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The Top 5 Most Useful Trigger Rigs from Shopify Flow

To help minimize the workload for developers and store managers, Shopify has officially released Shopify Flow – an automation application that leverages triggers to streamline development tasks. It’s an excellent tool for the developer with way too much on his or her plate and the entry-level Shopify store manager who doesn’t know a lick about coding. In short, it does the heavy lifting and tedious stuff so you don’t have to.

The automation solution uses a three-step process to simplify tasks. All you need is a trigger, a condition and an action to make the magic happen. You will be presented with a blank template where you choose the initial trigger.

Current triggers include:

  •       Customer created
  •       Inventory quantity changed
  •       Order created
  •       Order fulfilled
  •       Order paid
  •       Order risk analyzed
  •       Product added to store
  •       Refund created

You will then select conditional if/then logic based on the trigger chosen. From here, you complete the rig with an action (or multiple actions). For instance, if you choose “Customer Created,” you can then create the condition “If Buyer Accepts Marketing” followed by the action “Add Customer Tag” and automatically attach “Email List” to this customer – thus simplifying the email list building process. This is just one of many seemingly-infinite combinations you can create to make your life easier.

How To Use Shopify Flow

Sick of performing some of the same old tasks over and over? Wish you had more time to experiment with new marketing ideas? Now’s your time to shine. Start with these top 5 Shopify Flow trigger rigs to automate your Shopify tasks, minimize workload, maximize efficiency and bolster excellent customer relationships.

1) Inventory Control Manager

  •       Trigger: Inventory Quantity Changed
  •       Condition: Product Total Inventory = 0
  •       Actions: Hide Product, Send Slack Message

This stream is perfect for ensuring products are automatically pulled from the store the moment their inventory hits 0. Why offer something you don’t have, right? Nothing worse than getting a customer’s hopes up, only to dash them with a line of red text that reads “Out of Stock.” The Slack message notification allows for quick action – whether that be the deletion of the product after a clearance sale or restocking a very in-demand product.

Shopify Flow Risk Analysis Tool

2) Risk Analysis Coordinator

  •       Trigger: Order Risk Analyzed
  •       Condition: If Order Risk Level = High
  •       Actions: Send Email (to Marketing Coordinator)
  •       Condition: If Order Risk Level Doesn’t = High
  •       Actions: Capture Payment

Shopify already does a great job at assessing potentially risky orders. Now, you can automatically capture payments for low to medium risk orders while setting high-risk orders aside for further review. Have the high risk order ID sent to your Marketing Coordinator for investigation before capturing the payment. If it doesn’t pass their test, simply cancel the order and report the potential fraud or reach out to the customer directly. Either way, you won’t be processing any high-risk orders without another set of human eyes on the transaction.

3) Customer Retention & Quality Control Specialist

  •       Trigger: Refund Created
  •       Condition: Order Total Refunded is Greater Than $100
  •       Action: Send Email (to Marketing Team)

Refunds aren’t fun, but they’re a necessary aspect of the ecommerce realm – especially in the retail clothing industry where sizing can be quite complicated. This chain allows you to automatically send an email to a member of your marketing team when a high-loss refund goes through. This team member will get a breakdown of what the customer returned, along with the customer’s email so they can reach out directly and see what issues they had with the product(s). We can learn a lot from unhappy customers – consider this enrollment in Constructive Criticism 101. Who knows? Maybe that extra personal touch could even bring this customer back.

4) In-Demand Product Hype ManShopify Flow Tips and Tricks

  •       Trigger: Inventory Quantity Changed
  •       Condition: Product Total Inventory = Less Than 10
  •       Action: Add Product to Collection (Most Popular Products), Send Slack Message

Have a product that’s just flying off the shelves? Make the most of the hype by sending a product that’s close to selling out to a specific collection titled “Most Popular,” “In-Demand” or something to imply that everyone wants this product. You can also have a Slack message sent to remind you to restock that particular product to ensure it doesn’t run dry. And if inventory does hit zero, refer back to our first trigger rig “Inventory Control Manager.”

5) Loyalty Program Facilitator

  •       Trigger: Customer Created
  •       Condition: Customer Spent = More Than $1,000
  •       Action: Add Customer Tag (Loyalty), Send Email (to Customer Relations Team)

A major component of marketing is building undying loyalty to your brand. When you generate a list of die-hard customers who have spent a ton of money with your store, you’re going to want to keep them around and reward them for their loyalty. Use this rig to automatically tag customers for your Loyalty program and send an email to your team member. Reach out to this customer, offer a deal to keep them happy and ask to move them to your loyalty program. From here, you can closely monitor their buying habits to see what groups of items they buy together and add these customers to a Loyalty Program segment/list in MailChimp to offer them exclusive deals.

Have further questions about Shopify Flow and how it can positively impact your store? Get in touch with ForeFront Web today and we’ll help guide you! Need help with your Shopify Website Design? Well, we can get that done, as well.

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