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How You Can Maximize Your Marketing With Any Budget

How You Can Maximize Your Marketing With Any Budget

How to market your web design business

Whether you're a brand new freelancer with a limited marketing budget, or an agency with millions to spend, marketing is the lifeblood of any business. Shopify Partners Marketing Manager Courtney Symons and four Shopify Partner panelists met up online to discuss marketing best practices for freelancers and agencies. 

In this article you'll learn:

  • Marketing tips & insights from industry leaders.
  • Suggestions for various tools and process that can help you with your marketing efforts.
  • The largest challenges faced by partners and merchants.

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Mike Kus Talks Design Process

Mike Kus Talks Design Process

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If you’ve seen us at any conferences lately or follow us on Twitter, you’ve likely seen our beautifully designed t-shirt reading, “Design is at the heart of everything we do.”

This has become the motto of the Shopify Partner Program, and we teamed up with Mike Kus to design an exclusive t-shirt depicting these words.

Perhaps you’ve seen the video that Mike Kus put together documenting his design process. If not, it’s definitely worth taking a look:

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Announcing the 2014-2015 Shopify Ecommerce Design Awards

Announcing the 2014-2015 Shopify Ecommerce Design Awards

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Today, we launched the 2014-2015 Shopify Ecommerce Design Awards. We’re throwing down a challenge to submit your best builds for the design battle of the year. Our goal is to celebrate the talented designers and developers that create and customize themes for the Shopify platform, and to showcase ecommerce sites that display exceptional design, creativity, and usability.
You can win a $5,000 cash prize by sharing the beautiful websites you’ve built for your clients. Follow the hashtag #shopifydesignawards to find out competition updates and tips for success.

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A Freelancer’s Guide to Taking a Vacation

A Freelancer’s Guide to Taking a Vacation

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It's summer, and that means fantasizing about spending days on end at the cottage or beach. But choosing to take a holiday as a freelancer can be difficult, because of one looming fear: how am I going to escape from work?

In the interest of providing baby steps, we’ll walk you through three types of vacations and how to take them:  

  • A working holiday
  • A moderately unplugged getaway
  • And a full-fledged vacation

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Your Guide to Ecommerce Microsites: How, When, and Why to Build Them

Your Guide to Ecommerce Microsites: How, When, and Why to Build Them

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What happens when a company wants to launch experiments? What if they want to try a new look and feel, or experiment with a vertical they’ve never previously tried?

Enter microsites — a single landing page, or a small cluster of pages, that live entirely outside of the brand’s core domain.

In this article, we’ll cover:

  • Case studies from Shopify Partners who have launched microsites with major brands.
  • The difference between microsites and landing pages.
  • Microsite best practices and how to achieve specific goals.

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[Free Webinar] Shopify Shipping 101: How to Pitch Shopify Shipping to Clients

[Free Webinar] Shopify Shipping 101: How to Pitch Shopify Shipping to Clients

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In this free webinar hosted by Rebecca Maiorino — Commercial Manager of Shipping and Fulfillment at Shopify — will walk you through the Shopify Shipping solution, and give you a first glimpse at some of the new features we’re introducing to make shipping better for our merchants.

During this session, we will cover:

  • A Shopify Shipping walkthrough to get you familiar with the product.
  • Who can use Shopify Shipping.
  • Carrier calculated shipping — what it is, and why your clients want it.
  • Other important shipping information you need to know.

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Introducing the Next Shopify Partner Accelerator

Introducing the Next Shopify Partner Accelerator

Introducing the Next Shopify Partner Accelerator

We’ve seen growing demand from entrepreneurs around the globe who are looking for ways to connect with other Shopify Partners. That’s why today, we’re excited to introduce you to the next generation of the Shopify Partner Accelerator — a digital cohort of Shopify Partners in strategic regions who will undergo a 10-week program to elevate their freelance business or agency to new levels.

In this article, you will learn:

  • How to apply and participate in the Shopify Partner Accelerator.
  • Which countries are eligible for this program.
  • What key areas the program will focus on, in order to grow your technical and entrepreneurial skills.

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Go Back to School With These Online Courses for Continuous Learning

Go Back to School With These Online Courses for Continuous Learning

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Just because you’ve long since graduated/dropped out/never even thought about getting a degree doesn’t mean you can’t head back to school. Continuous learning is essential for high-achieving individuals, and the reality is that the world we live in moves so fast that you need to constantly work hard to keep up to speed.

In today's article, we're sharing:

  • 20 suggested courses across five different online learning platforms.
  • Recommended courses for freelancers, agencies, app developers, and affiliate marketers.
  • Social proof indicators to help you select a quality learning experience.

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How to Develop an Effective Creative Brainstorming Process

How to Develop an Effective Creative Brainstorming Process

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Your next big idea could be the one that makes your business take off. It could be a feature that changes the way your clients do business, or a service that makes their lives easier.

Getting to that big idea, however, can be a struggle. That’s why it’s so important to borrow from the collective genius of your team via brainstorming — and it’s essential to develop an effective creative brainstorming process to get you there.

In this article, you’ll learn:

  • How to prepare for a brainstorming session.
  • Effective brainstorm facilitation techniques.
  • Follow-up strategies to continually improve your brainstorming process.

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How an India-Based Web Developer Quit His Day Job and Built an Agency

How an India-Based Web Developer Quit His Day Job and Built an Agency

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What does it take to make the leap from a steady job into freelancing? This is the story of how an India-based Shopify Partner found his way into the professional world of web development and agency ownership.

In this article you'll learn:

  • How the founder of Code Rapper started generating contract work as a freelancer.
  • How he transitioned from freelancer to agency. 
  • Tips for web designers and developers who are thinking of starting up their own business. 

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