In recent years, the importance of e-mail as a direct communication channel with customers has once again increased significantly. After all, in order to reach clientele and rebuild trust and a bond, email marketing is one of the most effective ways. However, there is always the challenge of grabbing recipients' attention, even if their inboxes have already been flooded with other emails and newsletters. To overcome this hurdle, it is important to take a closer look at email marketing and, of course, to use the right tool.
For this reason, in the following article we will take a closer look at these email marketing services. We will briefly introduce Shopify's own newsletter solution and then go into a very good alternative: Klaviyo. This is one of the most popular email marketing services among Shopify merchants, as evidenced by the fact that no other app under the email marketing category in the Shopify App Store has been downloaded more often.
- Creating a Shopify newsletter: These options are available
- What is Klaviyo?
- How Klaviyo works: Structure & possibilities
- Shopify & Klaviyo: Implement Email Marketing with the Klaviyo App
- Klaviyo Pricing: That's what the newsletter app costs you
- Klaviyo Examples: These Shopify merchants use Klaviyo
- Conclusion: Klaviyo for your Shopify email marketing
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Creating a Shopify newsletter: These options are available
Shopify launched its own email marketing app, Shopify Email, in November 2019, which is free for all plans. Shopify Email is a mailing tool integrated directly into Shopify that makes it easy for you to create and send newsletters and emails. Smart templates automatically use your store's logo, colors, and products. This saves you time and increases your brand awareness by using your corporate identity. You can easily customize the template. Pre-made sections and settings assist with design - even without design experience. Product grids also allow you to use images to showcase specific collections, so you can get your products out there faster.
As an alternative to Shopify Email, there are third-party tools on the market. One example is MailChimp, but we recommend Klaviyo, a marketing automation tool that specializes in e-commerce.
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What is Klaviyo?
Klaviyo is compatible with popular store systems like Shopify and WooCommerce. The marketing platform allows users to segment their customer data and send automated emails and text messages from a customer database to increase sales per customer. Users can also create multi-level email flows with welcome emails, discounts or rating prompts. In addition, the database can be linked to social ads to target Custom or Lookalike Audiences on Facebook.
How Klaviyo works: Structure & possibilities
Klaviyo is a marketing automation software for online retailers with a focus on email. Core features include:
Here you will find all the information about customers or contacts that is collected by the store system and the connected tools. With just one look at the customer profile, you can see what type of customer they are - including referrers, sales, and previous interactions with your company.
Lists & Segments
Lists and segments help to categorize accounts and contacts and use them for further actions.
With a drag-and-drop editor, emails can be designed very intuitively and content can be compiled with blocks. Various templates are also available for the design.
Klaviyo uses a combination of existing data and artificial intelligence to predict shopper behavior and derive events for further action. From this, probabilities are calculated for specific values such as lifetime value (CLV), churn risk, and next purchase date. These in turn can be used by you for marketing automation.
In Klaviyo, flows are automated rules that make it possible, for example, to send e-mails according to certain criteria. The collected data (e.g. from predictive analytics) are used as triggers for this.
In addition to typical marketing emails, transactional emails can also be sent via Klaviyo. These are directly related to an order and must not contain any marketing content (including rating prompts). Examples are mails with order confirmations or delivery information.
Klaviyo's final focus is on evaluation and reporting. The tool collects data at just about every point - in customer profiles, personal emails, processes and campaigns. This way, you can easily keep track of everything. You also have the flexibility to create your own reports in the reporting area, e.g. on conversions, campaign results and referrers.
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Shopify & Klaviyo: Implement Email Marketing with the Klaviyo App
Integrating Klaviyo to Shopify is very easy, as there is an official Klaviyo app that pulls all the important information directly from Shopify. Just follow these steps to add Shopify integration:
Sign in to the app with your Klaviyo login.
Click the Integration > Shopify tab.
You will be redirected to the Shopify integration page > Paste the URL of your Shopify store here.
Configure the settings according to your preferences.
Install the Klaviyo: Email Marketing & SMS app to connect your Shopify store with your Klaviyo profile.
Done! You can now send automated emails with Shopify-related data from Klaviyo.
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Klaviyo Pricing: That's what the newsletter app costs you
Klaviyo offers the following three price plans.
|Price per month||Free of charge||$20||$5|
|Number of possible contacts||E-mail: up to 250 SMS: up to 50||Up to 500 (expandable thereafter)||Up to 150 (expandable thereafter)|
|Functions||Email and SMS campaigns Automations Forms Push notifications Segmentation and personalization Predictive analytics & A/B testing||All features from the Free plan No contract commitment Additional chat support||Library of automated flows for multichannel 2-way conversations Customizable reports and attribution SMS opt-in forms|
Klaviyo Examples: These Shopify merchants use Klaviyo
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Melvin & Hamilton
Melvin & Hamilton is a fashion brand founded in 1988, which since then designs and manufactures leather shoes with high quality craftsmanship. What makes the company special is clearly the combination of innovation and tradition. Thus, the proven craftsmanship meets a modern Shopify store with automated marketing through the integration of Klaviyo.
Conclusion: Klaviyo for your Shopify email marketing
All in all, we can say that Klaviyo is a good alternative to Shopify email and a great way to implement your Shopify newsletters. The app convinces with its numerous functions. Due to the easy connection to Shopify, insightful customer profiles can be created and excellent segmentation becomes possible. The flow templates are a great help, especially for customers who are new to Klaviyo or who are generally not very experienced in email marketing. You can create automations and save resources in no time at all. Regardless of whether you work in the B2C or B2B sector, you should definitely take a closer look at Klaviyo. If you have any questions about the integration with Shopify or Shopify Plus, please feel free to contact us.
Frequently asked questions about Klaviyo & Shopify
What is Klaviyo?
Klaviyo is a common marketing tool that specializes in e-commerce and is used to design, optimize and automate mostly email campaigns. Klaviyo combines good interfaces to webshops to optimize customer targeting and provides numerous plugins for store systems like Shopify.
Who uses Klaviyo?
Klaviyo is particularly suitable for online retailers, as the marketing automation tool can be seamlessly integrated into store systems. How easy the integration into Shopify is, we reveal together with numerous features of Klaviyo here in the article.
What email marketing tools are available for Shopify merchants?
There are now quite a few Shopify apps for your email marketing. Examples include MailChimp, Sendinblue, CleverReach, and ActiveCampaign. Our favorite, however, is Klaviyo.
How much does Klaviyo cost?
Klaviyo offers three different price plans. These are billed according to the number of contacts. The free package includes up to 250 e-mail and up to 50 SMS contacts. After that, the price starts at $20 per month.