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How I Create Invaluable eCommerce Profits for My Clients with Themify – Tanner Rankin

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Welcome back to a new edition of our Customer Stories. To kick off the new year, it’s time to refocus your website’s eCommerce and marketing strategies to be more profitable and successful. To provide us insight into this vast world is business maven, Tanner Rankin, who’s appeared on the likes of Forbes, MSNBC, and Entrepreneur. Read on to see how Tanner uses WordPress themes to stay current in the ever-changing eCommerce world.

About Me

My name’s Tanner Rankin and I am a top-rated eCommerce and Amazon consultant, as well as an eCommerce website designer. For 10 years, as an author, speaker, and founder of The Source Approach, I’ve helped brands, startups, and retailers get to where they want to go quicker and easier through eCommerce & Amazon marketing. I focus on lending a hand to help businesses and my own companies grow in the eCommerce and SaaS (Software as a Service) spaces.

Building a website, setting it and forgetting it is one thing, but being responsible for its performance month after month is an entirely different beast. Having been involved in eCommerce for a decade, I’m going to touch on why Themify is the best and most efficient way to design and regularly optimize WordPress websites.

Before Themify

Prior to discovering Themify in 2014, there was a considerable amount of time spent on:

  • Identifying a theme unique to the needs of a client
  • Overcoming objections to using pre-made themes that were not unique to their business
  • Making visual or performance optimization updates & improvements each month based on what we were seeing from visitors
  • Creating campaign specific landing pages

In my situation as an eCommerce consultant, I am involved and responsible in architecting every piece of the sales funnel, from the top, which is content marketing, to the bottom of the funnel, which would be the eCommerce website. Not only does the site need to be beautiful, but it needs to be search engine friendly and convert customers.  

Brick Mates Screenshot
Project: Brick Mates
Base Theme: Shoppe

With multiple campaigns going on, there became a need to quickly churn out and optimize landing pages for specific use cases or advertising channels. Without a drag-and-drop CMS platform that would allow me to quickly and easily accomplish this on a daily basis, it greatly reduced the number of clients I could take on at a time.  

After Themify

After identifying Themify through Google, I tried it out on one of my own company sites and became familiar with it quickly as it was incredibly intuitive and things “just worked” the way I expected. I immediately became a Lifetime Member and my life became so much easier.

Since I’m an eCommerce consultant, I stick to Ultra and Shoppe as my go-to’s. Generally speaking, I may start with a particular theme or Skin within Ultra and Shoppe for inspiration, then customize from there for each particular client based on which visual assets are available at the time.

After the initial site setup, I can then easily optimize my clients’ sites based on monthly analytics reports or if new visual assets become available. This is a much faster and more efficient process than jumping from theme to theme, platform to platform. Everything is streamlined, thus extremely efficient.

  • Source Approach Screenshot
    Project: Source Approach (Company Site)
    Base Theme: Ultra
  • Lupus Health Shop screenshot
    Project: Lupus Health Shop
    Base Theme: Ultra

eCommerce & Digital Marketing Tips

When it comes to your landing pages, in my experience, it’s easy to get carried away with all of the great plugins and builder add-ons that Themify offers. My advice? Keep it simple. This will help you succinctly illustrate the value in your products and will help your page load times as well, thus helping to improve your search engine rankings.

After getting folks to your site as visitors, you need to convert them to customers. You can do this by keeping your ads and landing pages focused on establishing trust. When customers purchase online, buyer risk looms large. Many customers have experienced purchasing from unfamiliar brands while not receiving the right product.

One great tool to eliminate these worries is by using trust badges. Trust badges specifically call out key trust factors, handle objections, and note competitive advantages. Take for example this website I designed below for Lupus Health Shop.

Themify Trust Badges

The trust badges listed removes perceived buyer risk, and reassures the customer in many ways, including that they offer the best price possible, that service is the top priority, and that their purchases will arrive quickly.

These badges were created using Themify’s image module. It works great, especially when using the Hook Content section for the WooCommerce product pages. Make sure the website you build has these kinds of assurances regarding quality and service, and you'll see it driving up your sales.

Themify User Tips

Themify is also great with tech support and customer service. In the times that I do need help with something custom that can’t be achieved with a builder module or plugin, they are always there to lend a hand quickly.

Plus, Themify puts a focus on having speedy page load times, which, as someone who needs to deliver not just a “pretty” website, but a search engine friendly website, this is incredibly important.  

Using Builder Layout Parts & Hook Content is a very powerful combination for adding things like credibility badges to product listings or unique menus based on what the customers are viewing.

  • Brick Mates Screenshot
    Project: Brick Mates
    Base Theme: Shoppe
  • Elma Wine & Liquor screenshot
    Project: Elma Wine & Liquor
    Base Theme: Ultra

Themify is hands down the best and most important tool a WordPress website designer can have. As the eCommerce industry evolves and I evolve with it, Themify makes it easy to stay at the forefront.

- Tanner Rankin

Tanner has appeared on Forbes.com, Entrepreneur.com, MSNBC, and The Business Journals, discussing everything from the customer journey to Search Engine Optimization, eCommerce, Amazon marketing, and more. Tanner regularly shares eCommerce strategies on his website, Instagram, and Twitter.

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3 Comments

  1. DNN
    Jan 19, 2019 @ 22:56

    One thing I trylu love about WordPress is that anyone with no previous experience can install it on their dedicated server and start blogging about passionate topics to their heart. When I dabbled in affiliate marketing and blogging back in 2005, I knew nothing about having a domain name nor how to make big bucks in online marketing. I started a blog on blogspot. Played with it and wrote a few sentences. Included links to Walmart from my affiliate account. Lo and behold, someone bought a $700+ pool table and I received a commission check for a little over $70. Been hooked since. Now, I have a positive affirmations blog that runs on WordPress that I need to dress with a new theme. I like to write on that blog from time to time about real life experiences and how to use positive thinking to overcome adversity and start a business. I’m always looking to build new successful online relationships in hopes of working together to increase online $ gUaP $ potential. :-)

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  2. Darshan Nagekar
    Jan 21, 2019 @ 05:54

    Hi Team Themify,
    Thanks for sharing this article :)
    Helped me a lot
    Very Informative content

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  3. Colastrina
    Feb 04, 2019 @ 11:40

    Excellent Article, allowed me to get an idea of how to make the best use of the theme

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