Combine Shopify and Voodoo 3D printing to quickly create custom cookie cutters for your next batch of Rachael Ray inspired mouth-watering treats this holiday season 

Weekly Loop #23

Combine Shopify and Voodoo 3D printing to quickly create custom cookie cutters for your next batch of Rachael Ray inspired mouth-watering treats this holiday season

There’s nothing quite like the smell of warm cookies coming fresh out of the oven during the holiday season. With that inspiration, and my own interest in testing out the Shopify Voodoo 3D Printing app, I decided to create my own set of holiday cookie cutters this past week.

About Voodoo 3D Printing

The Voodoo app was only recently released, and we included the news of the release in Weekly Loop #19 in early November. At the time of install, it has a solid 5 star rating, albeit from just 8 reviews.

The premise of the Voodoo app is simple: create custom 3d printed products and offer them for sale on your site. Similar to Printful or other print-on-demand merchandise apps, Voodoo 3D Printing takes care of the printing and shipping to the end customer.

How the Voodoo Shopify App Works

While Voodoo offers many custom 3d printing options on their own site, the Shopify Voodoo app is much simpler. After installing the app, you’ll be given 3 product options: cookie cutters, coasters, and wall hooks, with jewelry dishes “coming soon.”

After selecting a product, you’ll have the option to select a quantity of items to print. This designs do not need to be unique so it’s easy to create sets. Pricing starts around $5 for a single product and gets to around $4 per piece in larger quantities.

Once you’ve selected the quantity, the app loads a designer screen. Each design requires an SVG file, which is an XML-based vector image format. Voodoo gives some guidance on how to create these, although I ran into trouble with one of the tools mentioned.

In my case, I found files using our FlatIcon Premium account. Since files must be solid or just an outline, I converted the files to be one solid color and converted from PNG to SVG using Voodoo’s recommended tool. Unfortunately, those files wouldn’t load within the Voodoo app so I ended up editing the Flaticon files directly then downloading SVG files.

Publishing & Ordering Samples

voodoo cookie cuters 3d printing shopifyAfter uploading all designs, you are presented with options to set titles, descriptions, prices, and tags. Again, it’s a process familiar to any of the print-on-demand merchandise apps.

It takes a few minutes for the product to be created within Voodoo. Once it is, you can order samples at cost, which includes shipping. Printing time is stated to be just two days, with shipping via USPS.

I’ve yet to see the results and I will update once I do. The process was extremely easy and has left me brainstorming new ideas for a new 3D printing project – and looking forward to a batch of holiday cookies!

 

Summary: The Voodoo 3D Printing App for Shopify makes it easy to add 3D printed products on demand to your site. We tried it this week to create some custom cookie cutters for the holidays. Read what we think of the app. 

 

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CONTENT MARKETING

Looking for help with content marketing for your ecommerce shop? Read this comprehensive guide from EcommercePlatforms

A Beginners Guide to Ecommerce Content Marketing
Rosie Greaves | Ecommerce Platforms

As you can see, ecommerce content marketing is a fabulous way of driving traffic to your store and building the authority of your brand.
We’ve covered a lot of information in this guide, but don’t let that put you off. You can refer back to this resource as you continue to develop and fine tune your ecommerce content marketing strategy.
Our best advice is to complete three or four of these action step, to begin with. Then, follow up with the rest of them when you’re in the swing of things!1

 

SHOPIFY SELLERS SCORE BIG

“At their peak, Shopify merchants generated over $37 million USD in sales per hour and $870,000 USD per minute during BFCM.”

Black Friday Cyber Monday 2018: An Analysis of Over $1.5 Billion in Sales
Shopify Team | Shopify Blog – Company

This year’s Black Friday Cyber Monday featured a number of special moments and notable milestones. What often gets lost in the shuffle is the growing importance independent businesses play in this now global shopping weekend. The collective effort of businesses of all sizes was the most compelling story to unfold, and one we will continue to support and celebrate every year.2

 

MAKE REMARKABLE PRODUCTS

Ecommerce is much more than Cyber Monday discounts. As Seth Godin says, make some remarkable instead.

An inconvenient shopping list
Seth Godin | Seth Godin’s Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

Cyber Monday (inspired by its evil cousin, Black Friday) is a symptom of our obsession with convenience. As Tim Wu has pointed out, convenience trumps privacy, morality and good judgment for too many of us–the internet has made things faster, and faster has become faster, and faster has become the point.3

 

SHOPIFY’S LA SPACE

Get an inside look at Shopify’s first physical space in downtown LA. Anyone had a chance to visit yet?

Shopify’s First Flagship: Why We Opened a New Space for Business Owners in Downtown L.A.
Lindsey Peacock | Shopify Blog – Company

Equal parts educational center, coworking space, and technical support hub, the Shopify flagship in L.A. is a multi-use space designed to help business owners upgrade their skills. And the night before the grand opening to the general public, organizers swung open the doors to celebrate Shopify’s first permanent space with select VIPs.4

 

MORE ON VOODOO 

Here’s another look at the Voodoo 3D Printing App. We tested it out this week and are excited to get our custom cookie cutters!

A Complete Review of the Voodoo Manufacturing App
Rosie Greaves | Ecommerce Platforms

Are you an owner of a Shopify store? If so, do you ever find yourself stuck in a rut when it comes to sourcing new products?
If you resonate with this problem, you may find the Voodoo Manufacturing App useful. So, we’ve written a comprehensive review of this tool, to help you decide whether there’s potential for it to compliment you and your business goals.5

 

FACEBOOK LIVE VIDEO SHOPPING

Facebook is testing out live video shopping through Messenger. Ready for some new infomercial style marketing?

FB QVC? Facebook tries Live video shopping
Josh Constine | eCommerce – TechCrunch

Now it’s running the Live shopping test, which allows Pages to notify fans that they’re going broadcasting to “showcase products and connect with your customers”. Merchants can take reservations and request payments through Messenger.  Facebook tells me it doesn’t currently have plans to add new partners or expand the feature. But some sellers without access are being invited to join a waitlist for the feature. It also says it’s working closely with its test partners to gather feedback and iterate on the live video shopping experience, which would seem to indicate it’s interested in opening the feature more widely if it performs well.6

 

MARKETPLACE SELLERS ACCOUNT FOR 2/3 OF AMZ SALES

Marketplace sellers will account for 68% of Amazon’s ecommerce sales this year

Amazon Marketplace Is the Largest Online Retailer
Marketplace Pulse | Marketplace Pulse

At $175 billion, Amazon marketplace sales will make up 68% of the Amazon’s $258.22 billion total sales in 2018. Marketplace sales will grow 35.6% in 2018, double the rate of Amazon direct sales’ 17.5% growth. Combined, Amazon is expected to grow 29% compared to 2017.7

 

ADD INVENTORY TO SHOPIFY WITH THESE APPS

Looking to add drop shipping to your Shopify store? Check out these apps including oberlo, spocket, and modalyst

Best Shopify Dropshipping Apps
Jami DeLoe | Ecomdash

Shopify, one of the most popular and successful ecommerce platforms to build an online store, makes it easy for dropshipping business owners to improve operations with their comprehensive app store. With over 2000 apps to choose from, you can be sure to find the perfect one for your business.
We’ve put together a list of the seven best Shopify dropshipping apps to get you started.8

 

 

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  1. https://ecommerce-platforms.com/articles/ecommerce-content-marketing-guide
  2. https://www.shopify.com/blogs/blog/black-friday-cyber-monday-2018
  3. https://seths.blog/2018/11/an-inconvenient-shopping-list/
  4. https://www.shopify.com/blogs/blog/shopify-space-los-angeles
  5. https://ecommerce-platforms.com/ecommerce-reviews/voodoo-manufacturing
  6. https://techcrunch.com/2018/12/06/facebook-live-shopping/
  7. https://www.marketplacepulse.com/articles/amazon-marketplace-is-the-largest-online-retailer
  8. https://www.ecomdash.com/best-shopify-dropshipping-apps/

Andrew @ EcomLoop
Are you looking to start or grow a standalone ecommerce shop? I help independent businesses achieve success on the Shopify and WooCommerce platforms. As the owner of multiple ecommerce businesses, I've had the opportunity to get experience with nearly every aspect of the ecommerce industry. I started EcomLoop to help other quality independent businesses using my knowledge and experience. To stay on top of new ecommerce developments, I publish The EcomLoop Weekly Loop, a blog and email newsletter with original thoughts and curated links to help independent businesses improve their businesses.