Collins Harper is pleased to announce we have upgraded and released a new Canada Post shipping module!
The most complete Canada Post shipping solution currently available for your Magento store, the Collins Harper Canada Post 2.0 Shipping Module is built on Canada Post’s newest Web Services API (2012) to provide a completely streamlined shipping solution for the Magento merchant.
Our latest shipping module includes a host of new features accessible directly from Magento, including:
- Retrieve Live Shipping Quotes from Canada Post
- Create Shipments with Canada Post.
- Print Shipping Labels.
- Create and Send Return Labels to Customers.
- Create and Print Manifests (for Canada Post Commercial customers).
- Allow merchants to require signature for specific packages, or require insurance coverage for valuable packages.
- Allow customers to have parcels delivered directly to a Post Office in Canada.
- Allow customers to select advanced delivery options (Leave at Door, Card For pickup, Do Not Safe Drop, etc.)
- Integration with Google Maps to view nearest post office.
- Fully bilingual
- Auto-generate and Print Customs Documents for US and International Shipments (requires appropriate product configuration)
Having efficient tools to manage customer shipments can spell the difference between losing or retaining a customer. The Canada Post V2 Magento module helps translate your efforts into customer delight, enhancing your brand value. With the feature-packed latest version, Canada Post V2 is the smart choice to make. Watch our online demo here.
Social media can be a bit of a minefield for online retailers. There is a huge number of social networks, and more are sprouting seemingly by the day. With so many options, it’s difficult to know where to target a limited social marketing budget to get the best ROI. The big guys are a no-brainer, every e-commerce operation should have a presence on Twitter and Facebook, and ideally on Google+. In addition to these mainstays, retailers should definitely be considering Pinterest.
For those of you who are not familiar with Pinterest, it’s a social sharing site with an emphasis on images and videos that is particularly friendly to e-commerce. It allows users to find items on e-commerce sites, and “pin” and categorize them. Pinned items can display videos or images, as well as prices and links back to the product page.
What’s most interesting about Pinterest is the speed at which it has grown. It’s currently the third largest social network in the US, behind Facebook and Twitter, but ahead of Google+ and Youtube. Of specific interest to retailers is the rapid increase in Pinterest referral rates to retail sites over the last year. According to a study from Monetate, in the first quarter of 2011, Pinterest accounted for 1 percent of referral traffic to retail sites, by the same period of this year, it was 26 percent. Over the same time period referral traffic from Facebook dropped from 88 percent to 60 percent. Both of these took place against an overall referral rate increase of 77 percent. The take-home message here is clear: social media is a necessity for e-commerce, and with a year-on-year increase in referral rates of 2,535 percent by the second quarter of this year, Pinterest should be a focus of retailers’ social media strategy.
Sweeter still, figures from Shopify show that referrals from Pinterest are 10 percent more likely to result in a conversion than those from other social networks, and that the average spend of Pinterest referrals is double that of Facebook. These figures are likely due to the result of Pinterest generating much more targeted referrals than other social networks. Pinterest generates an interest graph of interconnected individuals of shared interests, rather than a social graph of individuals related by friendships and other social connections, making shares much more likely to find someone of similar interests and tastes.
If all this whets your appetite for a bit of pinning, there is a Magento extension that will put a “Pin It” button on your store’s product page.
If you’ve had any experiences with Pinterest and your Magento store or WordPress site, let us know in the comments or on Twitter.
We have come up with FREE Magento 1.6 Extensions which are very useful for your Magento Store.
Following are the FREE Magento 1.6 Extensions for you:
1. Magento Blog Extension
This Blog Extension for Magento will provide your regular customers with up-to-date information and will help in bringing additional visitors to your site, builds relevant SEO-friendly text links, and serves as assistance in building sales strategy.
Extension by: ecommerce.aheadworks.com
2. Facebook Connect Magento Extension
Facebook Connect Magento extension helps your customers to register in just one click and login with their Facebook account. New users can automatically registers and existing ones can automatically login.
This Facebook Connect Magento extension is compatible with latest Magento CE 1.6 along with older 1.5, 1.4 and 1.3.2.x versions.
3. Magento Live Chat
With LiveChat Magento extension, you can implement Live Chat on your online store in a few minutes. Live Chat is very important for any ecommerce store. This can help you in increasing conversion rate.
Now monitor your website visitors, talk to them in real-time and provide better support.
Extension by: livechatinc.com
4. Fooman Google Analytics Magento Extension
This extension helps you in configuring Google Analytics account with your online store. It tracks each individual pages of your website and also tracks the keywords that your visitors typed to access your website.
5. Canonical URL’s for Magento
Canonical URL’s are the search engine friendly URLs that you want the search engines to treat as authoritative. This Magento extension adds the new canonical links to the head of your Magento pages. This version is compatible with Magento 1.4 only.
Extension by: Yoast.com
6. Tell A Friend Magento Extension:
Tell a friend module is used to tell a friend about the site.
Extension By: magepsycho.com
7. Magento-WordPress Integration Extension
Now integrate wordpress with Magento. You can easily add your wordpress Blog with Magento Store.
Compatible with: 1.3, 1.4, 18.104.22.168, 1.4.2, 1.5, 1.6, 1.6.1
Extension By: fishpig.co.uk
8. Zizio Social Deals
Launch your social deals, campaigns and successfully promote and close them, using social networks.
Compatible with: 1.3, 1.4, 22.214.171.124, 1.4.2, 1.5, 1.6, 1.6.1
Extension By: zizio.com
9. GooglePlus Extension for Magento
This Magento extension adds Google +1 (Google Plus One) support to your Magento store. This Google-feature (similar like “Facebook Like” feature) can be added to all your Magento catalog-pages.
Extension by: yireo.com
Comment below with what type of extension you’d like to see!
Good things come to those who wait… The Magento JS Promo Slider module is available for download!
JS Promo Slider Magento Extension
We have been hard at work creating a nice little Magneto extension that is sure to brighten up even the most boring website.
This little Magento gem allows you to scroll or slide your images across the screen in a sleek fashion!
This lightweight module also comes with a host of easy to configure options to allow you to really customize the functionality and behaviour of the slider.
Want to see it in action?
Modules features include:
- Out of box install
- Options to customize the behaviour
- Add links to your slides
- Allows for mulitple sliders to be used on the same page
- Fully compatible with IE7, Safari 2, Firefox 1.5+ (mac +win), Opera
Good things come to those who wait… The JS Promo Slider module will be available for download for only $50.00!
Collins Harper started working with Sweet Tooth over 2 years ago and have been partners ever since. Our staff is very familiar with Sweet Tooth and has developed excellent Sweet Tooth customizations for several clients. This what Sweet Tooth has to say about us:
As a Sweet Tooth Partner, CollinsHarper is as experienced and as competent as any Magento development firm we’ve come across. They deliver well-developed Magento projects, and also have many powerful extensions to meet the shipping and payment needs of many Magento merchants.
We have worked with CollinsHarper on several Sweet Tooth and Magento projects, and they have always impressed. These projects have included complete Magento solutions as well as custom development centered around Sweet Tooth.
Their modules are featured on Magento Connect so be sure to check them out! Also, don’t hesitate to email them with any inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org. Amazing development firm and HIGHLY recommended!
The Sweet Tooth rewards point module is the premier rewards point module for Magento.
It is massively customizable and extremely scalable to your needs and can be used in a variety of ways to build your business. With Sweet Tooth, your customers will earn points for purchasing products from your site that can be used for future purchases.
This builds brand loyalty and repeat business that can make a huge difference to your sales volume.For screen shots, a 5-minute demo video and links to the demo store sandbox, visit their PLAY page. The module is built by WDCA and is available for purchase here.