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Add Free Product to Cart for Magento 2 Makes your Promo Campaigns Capturing and Rewarding

Discounts and products as gifts. Some people hate them, some people no.

Add Free Product to Cart for Magento 2 Makes your Promo Campaigns Capturing and Rewarding

But where is the truth? Maybe the truth is some people can use discounts in the way it helps their business and some people have no ideas how to launch such promo campaigns effectively. Let’s get a deal with it!

Anyway, despite your attitude to the discounts, there are some cases when you are definitely recommended to go in for some kind of charity in the form of discounts or free products added to shopping carts. Thus, you will have to carry such promos to get rid of slow-selling or seasonal shopping items and to free up your stocks.

More to that, customers are not crazy about spending money to obtain an expensive product if they are not sure that they will actually like it. They will prefer to test a free sample of the product to understand whether it is worth investment. This is particularly useful for such industries as perfume, food, fabrics, and other materials – anything which you need to taste, smell, estimate tactile qualities, etc.

Also, promos with discounts or items for free are good for the businesses which have the primary goals to increase their brand awareness and build lifetime relationships with their clients.

Thus, there are at least three solid reasons why you will need to hold such kind of promos. The main point here is to realize how to start and estimate promos reasonably. Add Free Product to Cart, our new module for Magento 2, successfully meets these conditions allowing store admins not only to arrange the promos but to evaluate campaign effectiveness.

What Makes Magento 2 Add Free Product to Cart Especially Valuable?

The core extension functionality connects with the ability to add promo items to cart automatically:

  • ability to offer the products on the category, product or cart page;
  • simple, virtual, downloadable and configurable product type support;
  • pre-configured product support;
  • promotional blocks;
  • high-level dashboard;
  • integration with the Product Labels extension.

Advanced Subscription Products for Magento 2: Get Steady Profits with Flexible Subscription Options

Many e-commerce merchants deal with the problem of the insufficient average order value in their stores.

Advanced Subscription Products for Magento 2: Get Steady Profits with Flexible Subscription Options

One way to overcome this setback is to encourage customers to make repeat purchases. But what means to use for this purpose?

The answer is – product subscriptions. Customers will be charged once in a certain period, and you can anticipate your future income without a worry in the world.

Already excited and want to get a perfect subscription functionality? Try our brand-new Advanced Subscription Products extension for Magento 2!

Magento 2 Advanced Subscription Products Overview

With this module, you can assign subscriptions to products as well as share the existing subscriptions among them. Once the plan has been created, you can add it to your products. So, the whole operation is seamlessly performed on the product level. Learn how it all goes in our User Guide.

Per-product Subscription Configuration

Per-product Subscription Configuration

That’s it! Now your customers can add subscriptions to their carts by selecting the appropriate option in the provided selector. In the dedicated ‘Subscription details’ block, shoppers can estimate expenditures by viewing subscription payments already calculated per plan.

Subscription Plan Selector

Subscription Plan Selector

Advanced Subscription Products Main Features

  • Add a subscription option to almost any product in your store, including the simple, configurable, virtual, and downloadable ones;
  • Provide subscribers with the necessary purchasing flexibility by allowing them to add both subscriptions and one-off purchases to the same shopping cart;
  • Encourage customers to purchase more subscriptions by grouping subscriptions with the same delivery date in one order (at the delivery price of one);
  • Notify customers about their subscription billing status with email alerts.

Customer Group Catalog Permissions by Aheadworks: Manage the Visibility of the Website Catalog Elements for Different Customer Groups to Boost Your Profits

Many businesses are engaged either in B2C or in B2B spheres. By the way, there are companies who cover two segments, as they work both with B2C and B2B simultaneously. Customer Group Catalog Permissions by Aheadworks: Manage the Visibility of the Website Catalog Elements for Different Customer Groups to Boost Your Profits

It’s clear that such an approach complicates store operation because retailers and wholesalers purchase the products at the different prices. More to that, the set of products available for purchasing can be different depending on who are your customers: retailers or wholesalers. It means that the definite customer segments are eligible to obtain only definite products.

Note that customer segmentation doesn’t limit to wholesalers or retailers. There are many other customer groups with the specific trading conditions.

All the above mentioned issues have lead to the necessity to manage the visibility of the specified store catalog elements based on shopper segments.

The Сustomer Group Catalog Permissions extension provides control over the visibility of Magento 2 based website content for various customer groups thus to divide your store catalog between wholesalers, retailers, and many other relevant client segments.

What Makes the Extension Different:

  • Ability to divide a store catalog between different customer groups;
  • Hiding such catalog elements from specified customer groups as categories, products, CMS Pages both individually and in bulk;
  • Customer redirection set-up;
  • Customized message display instead of hidden prices and/or add to cart buttons;
  • Ability to update/delete permissions in bulk.

Product Labels for Magento 2: Promote your Products with Catchy Labels

Striving for higher sales, e-commerce merchants are in constant search for new promotional tactics. How to make products in a store more appealing to shoppers? Obviously, here one should think about proper visualization.

Product Labels for Magento 2: Promote your Products with Catchy Labels

Aheadworks is glad to offer you a solution. Welcome our brand-new Magento 2 extension – Product Labels!    

Magento 2 Product Labels Overview

Make your promotional campaigns truly eye-catching with the Product Labels module! How exactly? Simply by putting vivid labels on them!  And the word ‘simply’ is the key here. Make all your tweaks in a handy editor to create labels of custom look and with custom promotional messages. To top it all off, you don’t need any extra design skills for this!

So, with our Product Labels extension, you can highlight distinctive product features valuable for customers or announce some promotional info (discounts, stock status, customer choice, you name it).

Magento 2 Product Labels Main Features

  • Tailor labels to your promotional goals by choosing among the three available options: CSS shape, uploaded image, or text only;
  • Design labels in a comfy CSS editor;
  • Choose an appropriate label position on product images or next to product prices just to make products more presentable;
  • Put multiple labels on the same products to promote them by several campaigns at once;
  • Set conditions to put labels on particular products or whole product categories;
  • Use variables to specify product-adjusted label messages (and use different messages for different store views).

GDPR 1.0 Guarantees Straightforward Customer Personal Data Management in Compliance with the Main GDPR Regulations

As we all know, GDPR came into force on May 28, 2018, and now, it affects a lot of ecommerce businesses in Europe and abroad.

GDPR 1.0 Guarantees Straightforward Customer Personal Data Management in Compliance with the Main GDPR Regulations

In this light, many entrepreneurs are interested in some solutions that would allow them to follow the regulation terms and provide customers with all the rights they can require.

And today, Magento 2 merchants have a great chance to effectively shape their business in general and manage user privacy policy in particular according to GDPR regulations with our brand new extension.

Welcome! GDPR 1.0 for Magento 2 is released!

GDPR for Magento 2

The GDPR module collects customer consents to process their personal data and allows you to stay compliant with the most essential GDPR regulations, including the right to access, copy, change, transfer, and erase customer personal data effectively.

What makes it different

  • Be compliant with the main GDPR regulations by allowing customers to access, copy, change, transfer, and delete their personal information;
  • Collect data consents on registration, checkout, and other website pages;
  • Allow customers to send data access, transfer, and deletion requests right from their personal accounts;
  • Verify customers by email in order to avoid frauds;
  • Track customer statuses on the backend;
  • Use the extension API to get and delete data from third-party solutions.

Advanced Reviews 1.0: Collect Customer Reviews through On-site Review Forms and Email Review Reminders

The importance of online reviews for efficient and prolific sales is more than significant.

Advanced Reviews 1.0: Collect Customer Reviews through On-site Review Forms and Email Review Reminders

Almost every customer and every visitor pay attention to the feedback left by other people to make sure that both offered products and provided services worth their attention and money. The majority of visitors read 4-6 online reviews before they make a positive opinion about a business and trust it much enough to purchase from it.

So, it’s obvious that any online store needs a lot of reviews, but the thing is that getting them is not that easy. However, the Advanced Reviews extension for Magento 2 is that proper solution which is able to simplify the process of collecting reviews and make them look good and professional.

What Makes the Extension Different

  • Email review submissions. Make significantly more reviews allowing customers to submit them right from notification emails;
  • Review comments. Answer questions, establish your own view, and provide professional clarifications via comments added to reviews;
  • Review summaries. Allow customers to embrace the tone of all reviews at a glance with the provided review summary blocks;
  • Voting for Helpfulness. Allow customers to highlight the most useful reviews and distinguish them by voting for their helpfulness;
  • ‘Verified Buyer’ badge. Show verified customers and their reviews clearly;
  • SEO Adjusted. Make your reviews appear in Google snippets using the schema.org markup.
  • GDPR Compliance (the right to be forgotten). If a reviewer deletes his/her account from a website, his/her review will then be signed as the review left by a guest visitor.

Refer a Friend 1.0 by Aheadworks: Boost Sales via Flexible Customer Referral Programs

Making more sales without any extra effort is a cherished dream of any entrepreneur. Still, who told that it is purely impossible under the sun.

Refer a Friend 1.0 by Aheadworks: Boost Sales via Flexible Customer Referral Programs

Magic aside, there are some excellent opportunities to involve customers in a great game mutually beneficial for both Magento store owners and their brand advocates. And, the one we’d like to offer you this time is customer referral programs or, to be exact, the refer-a-friend functionality.

The Refer a Friend extension for Magento 2 (RAF) is a new version of our Magento 1 module, which is a proven refer-a-friend solution popular among our customers. So, the new extension is made upon the same high-quality standards of functioning and code development.

Refer a Friend for Magento 2

The idea behind the extension is straight and simple. It allows you to motivate existing customers to look for and attract new shoppers using the benefits of the word-of-mouth effect.

What Makes Us Different

In addition to standard functions that will be described a bit later, we’d also like to focus your attention on some distinctive benefits of the extension, which distinguish it from other solutions:

  • Customer referral programs are easily launched, managed, and maintained;
  • Rewards are available for both brand advocates and their friends;
  • The module is integrated with the AddThis and ShareThis social media services;
  • The statistics of referral program performance is available for brand advocates and Magento admins;
  • The module is GDPR compliant (the right to erasure customer data).

Now, when the prerequisites are determined, we can proceed to the extension configuration and then see it in action on the frontend.

Main Product Subscription Trends in 2018

Product subscriptions continue to gain momentum. Today, they constitute a sufficient share of the entire e-commerce market.

Main Product Subscription Trends in 2018

In this post, we will discuss the most impactful subscription trends defining the ways of further development in this niche.

E-commerce Subscriptions in Figures

Just to understand the importance of subscriptions, we will walk through the stats:

  • Since 2011, the share of e-commerce subscriptions increased by more than 100%;
  • Additionally, last year, 15% of online customers in the US purchased subscriptions from popular e-retailers;
  • More to it, an average subscriber has at least 2-3 active subscriptions.

The modern e-commerce subscription market can be split into several distinct types. So, what are they?

E-commerce Subscription Types

Currently, one can distinguish three broad subscription types, as follows:  

  • Replenishment subscriptions;
  • Curated subscriptions;
  • Access subscriptions.

Let’s dwell more detailed on each of them.

Product Navigation Filters in a Web Store: Best Ideas

Product filters is one of the ways customers use to navigate products in an online store and an indispensable tool for convenient customer catalog browsing.

Product Navigation Filters in a Web Store: Best Ideas

Product filtering by such traditional criteria as size, color, etc. just adds to the overall navigation usability but can hardly bring any sufficient competitive advantages.

Rather, you should consider adding some original filter attributes able to make your navigation unique, comfortable, and, this way, standing out of the trivial filtering patterns.

Today, we will determine how product filters can be originally implemented on the example of several e-commerce stores.

Filter by Feature

A few years ago, the H&M world clothing brand offered users the possibility to sort products in catalog by their distinct features. In fact, this filtering option suggested picking items according to a particular occasion: festival clothing, off-duty events, random occasions, etc.

After all, let’s agree that when we are looking for an item to dress on some occasion, sometimes, we just cannot be satisfied with only, say, color and size attributes. Rather, we need an item that fits not only our size and taste but also a particular purpose.

Another good example of filtering products by their features is the Hunter clothing store. Here, the brand placed focus on physical characteristics of particular items. This way, shoppers could sort, say, shoes by such features as:

  • Waterproofing
  • Water resistance
  • Grip, etc.

Again, here the brand allowed shoppers to find the items that corresponded to their specific needs and not just to some general preferences.

Aheadworks Partners with the B2B/B2C Magento Accelerator BULLDOG by Born

Aheadworks is constantly working on making more new partner projects and today we’d like to highlight our cooperation with BULLDOG, a Magento 2 accelerator delivered by Born.

Aheadworks Partners with the B2B/B2C Magento Accelerator BULLDOG by Born

BULLDOG is the solution that makes it possible to start and launch Magento 2 Commerce projects extremely fast and professionally.

In general, the process of building a Magento 2 Commerce website takes up to a year or even more. BULLDOG is a Magento Commerce Cloud solution. With it, merchants can accomplish the same within just two months and at reasonable prices.

Flawless Mobile Shopping with the Aheadworks Extensions

With the growth of mobile commerce, the need to adjust web stores to mobile devices is now beyond question.

Flawless Mobile Shopping with the Aheadworks Extensions

We already discussed how to arrange a mobile checkout in an e-commerce store. However, one should note that before proceeding to the checkout stage itself, every mobile shopper should go through the whole shopping path seamlessly and comfortably.

Today, we will learn how to provide mobile users with a convenient mobile shopping experience ensured by the Aheadworks extensions. But, first, we’d better start with some vivid statistics.

Mobile Shopping Stats & Facts

Undoubtedly, mobile adaptation is among the top e-commerce trends, which is proved by the following facts:

  • Over the last 6 months, 62% of smartphone users made purchases from their smartphones;
  • Also, 40% of mobile shoppers will likely leave a website due to mobile commerce issues;
  • More, last year, 50% of all mobile searches were made with a purchase intent.

Considering the above facts, now, let’s explore the main aspects of the mobile shopping process that we can efficiently handle with the Aheadworks extensions.

Catalog Search

It all starts with finding the right product in a store catalog. There are several ways to find a product, but the shortest one is, perhaps, on-site search. Using it instead of continuous browsing, a user can just type a query in a search bar and enjoy the results closely relevant to their target products.

Since typing on mobile devices is not that simple, there is always a high chance of typos. In case of the native Magento functionality, wrongly typed search queries are likely to bring no search results. So, the user has to type the query once again and feel quite irritated about the entire process.

However, with the Advanced Search extension, your mobile shoppers will quickly find what they need in the catalog even if they type their queries incorrectly.

Purchase Magento 2 Themes from our Partners and Take our Extensions with the 10% Discount

Magento is a functionality-rich ecommerce platform and, unarguably, is one of best choices for any online retailer.

Purchase Magento 2 Themes from our Partners and Take our Extensions with the 10% Discount

Still, rich and powerful selling and purchasing options provided by the platform need to be finalized and even enhanced with a high-quality theme.

A great theme is able to make the whole functionality scope properly provided to customers and, in fact, is a final touch for any Magento 2 store. There are a lot of ways to improve the look of your store. For example, you can create a custom theme, resort to free themes, or you can purchase a great theme for reasonable money and enjoy the quality.

The last option, apparently, is the most popular among Magento store owners, and, perhaps, one of the most reasonable solutions, as soon as theme providers have already resolved most of the important issues and offer you:

  • Well-thought usability and advanced UX experience;
  • Responsive and mobile-friendly template and layout;
  • Visually attractive design;
  • And extra valuable functionality.

So, other thing being equal, a reasonable decision about a Magento theme leads you to the themes that correspond to all the points above, including the scope of extra functions either added to the theme or provided by some Magento extensions compatible with this particular theme by default.

So, we are glad to announce that now, our Magento extensions are compatible with some great themes for Magento 2.

Aheadworks Theme Provider Partners

In order to add some more value to our extensions and make your experience with Magento holistic and comprehensive, we partnered with several Magento theme providers, and now, you can use their themes and our extensions together with no issues. So, welcome the themes provided by our partners:

  • Claue by ArrowHiTech;
  • Milano by Alotheme;
  • Market by Magentech.

This offer is equally valuable for both current and future theme customers and our extension users looking for a chance to improve the look of their Magento 2 stores with a new professional theme. Moreover, if you purchase the above themes, we are glad to offer you a 10% discount on the Aheadworks extensions compatible with the partner themes.

RMA 1.3 by Aheadworks: Backend Request Creation, Canned Responses, and Return Management Improvements

The return process is quite complicated as soon as it involves a lot of steps, conditions, status changes, and constant communications between merchants and customers.

RMA 1.3 by Aheadworks: Backend Request Creation, Canned Responses, and Return Management Improvements

The main purpose of any business is to simplify and clarify the whole RMA workflow and make it less time-consuming.

Any considerable or even small improvements can serve the final goal, where each positive amendment (even the slight one) brings you closer to the smooth and fluid procedure reasonably arranged for both sides.

Today, we are glad to announce that the new version of the RMA extension introduces a lot of process improvements able to make your return management hassle-free.

RMA 1.3 for Magento 2

New RMA Requests Created from the Backend

The biggest benefit of this update is that now, Magento admins are able to initiate and create RMA requests right from the backend. This opportunity is especially valuable if you regularly receive return requests offline.

For this purpose, enter the Manage RMA page (Sales > RMA by Aheadworks > Manage RMA) and click the New Request button. This will open the New request page with the following sections: General Information, Products, Customer Information, and RMA History.

Event Tickets 1.0: Straightforward Event Ticket Management with Personalization Opportunities

Selling tickets for events is not prerogative to only a small portion of the entertainment business field. Perhaps, you’ll be surprised, but almost any company that has some specific expertise can share it with profits.

Event Tickets 1.0: Straightforward Event Ticket Management with Personalization Opportunities

Imagine that you sell some kitchen equipment and regularly promote it with cooking masterclasses. Or, you sell digital cameras and accessories and sometimes, host meetings for photography lovers explaining them some know-hows and suggesting specific hints. Isn’t it a good occasion to make money? Yes, it is.

Still, in this case, you need specific online functionality able to handle the whole process of ticket sales. If you run a Magento store, we have a great offer to you.

Our brand new Magento 2 extension allows you to successfully sell digital and physical tickets online. So, welcome Event Tickets 1.0 for Magento 2!

Business Areas

The Event Tickets extension is suitable for:

  • Almost any kind of business that arranges marketing or promotional events;
  • The companies that use tickets as a complimentary business model;
  • The companies that arrange seminars, trainings, master classes, etc.

Follow Up Email 2.1 by Aheadworks Brings New Trigger Events and Functionality Improvements

Sending automated follow-up emails is a must-have functionality, especially if your customer base is rich.

Follow Up Email 2.1 by Aheadworks Brings New Trigger Events and Functionality Improvements

The more sending options and conditions you have, the better the response rate of your emails and stronger the customer loyalty to your brand are.

You may enumerate a lot of occasions to send emails to customers, but it will definitely include customer birthdays, submitted reviews, and created wishlists.

In fact, these are the new events we’ve just added to the Follow Up Email extension with this latest release. Please welcome Follow Up Email 2.1 for Magento 2!

New Events

New Wishlists and Wishlist Content Changes

Creating wishlists is the process that needs careful consideration and feedback from your side. The customers adding products to their wishlists are a half way from actual purchases, and they just need to be pushed a little more to complete their orders.

That’s exactly the incentive provided by the latest version of the Follow Up Email extension. In this case, the module automatically reminds customers about their wishlists if the ones meet some predefined and flexible triggering conditions.