Getting Started: Shopify
Welcome to Sandbox Commerce: the worry-free way to take your business to the next level! Here is a quick and easy guide to help you get started.
Step 1: Setting up your Account with Sandbox
Locate and download our “No-Code Mobile App Builder” in the Shopify App Store: https://apps.shopify.com/sandbox
Once your Sandbox Commerce app is installed, you should see a new item under “Sales Channels” in your Shopify sidebar menu
From your menu, select the “Sandbox Commerce-App Builder” option
Select the package that best suits your needs, and begin your Free 7-day trial!
You have arrived at the landing page where you will begin to create your personalized app. Use the Menu on the left side of the page to move through different phases of your app’s creation: Branding, Builder, Notifications, Engage, Integrations, and Settings.
**IMPORTANT: Before you begin customizing your store, don’t forget to add Sandbox Commerce to your shop’s “Collection Availability”. This step ensures all of your products will be available to include in your new app!**
Step 2: Customize your Branding
Every client begins their journey here, on the Branding Menu. However, the similarities end there; you have multiple options to customize color, layout and add personalized images to shout the unique attributes of your brand.
You will automatically begin in the “Branding” Menu. Click the Branding icon, featured above these bullet points, to return to this menu any time during app development.
Customize the color scheme of your app from the “Theme Settings” Menu on the right of your screen
Make sure to click the “Save” button at the bottom of this menu to see your changes reflected instantly
Add custom brand and product images from the “Branding Menu” on the left side of your screen
If you want to preview the appearance of your app at any time, just click the “Preview” button at the top right of your screen
Step 3: Add Content
Choose from a variety of options from the “Builder” Menu, the square image above this bullet point, to showcase your products in a way which works best for your business
Title: Choose what will be displayed at the top of your customer’s screen as they shop
Marquee: Choose images which best highlight your brand to scroll across the screen. You can even link these images to your categories for a seamless shopping experience
Category Row: highlight select items from different categories and display them in a scrollable row
Category Grid: highlight multiple items at once and display them in a grid form
Item: Got an item you really want to feature? Give it priority space, along with pricing and an “add to cart” option
**IMPORTANT: To ensure customers can view all of your products, make sure to make all collections and products from your Shopify account available to “Sandbox Commerce-App Builder”. Not sure how? Here’s a guide.**
Step 4: Push Notifications
Notifications, the bell icon pictured above, allows you to send out perfectly timed content to your user base. Upcoming sale? New collection? Specials for loyalty members? Manage all of those notifications here!
Create custom notification titles and messages
Select the date you would like the notification released (no reminders needed)
Select who you want to receive the notifications.
This feature will be available to you once your app is published
Next, let’s look at how to manage these notifications and address your target audience.
Step 5: Engage
This section is broken down into two specific areas: Analytics and Customers. You can toggle between the two by selecting one option or the other at the top of your screen
Let’s start with the “Customers” tab
Now that you’ve created push notifications in the previous step, you can decide which audience you want to reach
Select which customers you want from your populate customer list
You can always add more customers manually or by using a CSV (comma separated values) list.
Select which customers you want to notify, and select the “Message all Customers” button. The “0” will change depending on how many customers’ names you select.
Once you click this button, you can tell us how to send your notifications
At this point, you can select where you want the notification to send customers
Your home page
A specific product category
A specific item in your product line
**IMPORTANT: You must have a fully published app before
you can begin adding customer information and sending targeted notifications.**
Now, let’s look at the “Analytics” tab
Here is where you can witness the ROI of your new app first-hand!
Use the “Analytics” Menu, found on the left side of your screen, to select the data points that will benefit your business most.
**IMPORTANT: You must have a fully published app before
you will begin receiving data here.**
Step 5: Integration
This section is all about making it easier for the customer to say “Yes!”
Add more pay options with Google Pay or Apple Pay
You can add additional payment methods by using the “custom payment options” integration
Allow customers to log in with existing accounts via Facebook or Google
Set up marketing campaigns using Klaviyo, Mailchimp, Twilio, or Urban Airship
Want to offer curbside pick-up from your app? “Curbside Commerce” allows you to add physical store locations from which you would like to offer curbside services.
Track success with Google and Facebook analytics. You must have your Google and Apple Tracking Codes to enable these features. Here’s how to find them:
Step 6: Settings
The “Settings” tab holds all of the basic information about you: Store Information, Billing Information, Personal Information, and Extended Customer Support
Stores your Shopify URL
Not sure which plan you signed up for? That information can be found right here
You can even change plans to best fit your current business needs
This tells us a little more about your company and how to contact you
Extended Customer Support
Upgrade to different tiers of customer support here
You can also find a handy link to all of our resource guides; just like this one!