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Revitalizing Retail: Health, Beauty, and Wellness Omnichannel Start-Up Opportunity in Former Boots Locations

In the wake of significant retail transformations, the recent closures of numerous Boots stores across the UK present a unique opportunity for innovative players in the health, beauty, and wellness sector. This article explores the potential for a venture capital-backed start-up or an ambitious entrepreneur to capitalise on this shift, particularly by leveraging the robustness of this sector against economic downturns and the burgeoning trends in omnichannel retailing. (more…)

Generate Unlimited Logo Designs (inc. vector files) for the price of a Chat GPT-4 Plus Subscription

In recent times, the intersection of machine learning and graphic design has paved the way for innovative tools capable of automated logo creation. With a Chat GPT-4 Plus subscription, one can now harness the prowess of Dalle-3 to generate logos. This article delves into the pros and cons of this approach, and the subsequent steps for optimizing and repurposing the generated logos for web and print.


Navigating The Presentation Landscape: A Deep Dive into Gamma, Pitch, and PowerPoint

In recent years, the digital presentation landscape has evolved, blending the realms of web content and slide-based storytelling. The advent of innovative platforms like Gamma, Pitch, and PowerPoint’s AI augmentation are leading this change, offering a blend of traditional presentation crafting with modern, web-based interactivity. This article embarks on a journey through these platforms, exploring their features, recent advancements in artificial intelligence, and how they compare with each other in the broader scope of digital content creation. (more…)

Crafting A Standout Brand for SME E-commerce

In a market teeming with endless competing products for every conceivable category, how does one carve a niche? The answer lies in robust eCommerce branding. As digital markets burgeon, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) are realizing the power of distinctive branding in navigating the competitive eCommerce landscape.


ChatGPT-4 Plus & Dalle-3: A Revolution in Contextual Image Generation

In the ever-evolving domain of artificial intelligence, a groundbreaking integration has taken place. Dalle-3, an advanced image generation model, has been seamlessly combined with the textual prowess of ChatGPT-4 Plus. This merger is not just a fusion of two models but a leap towards generating more intricate, context-rich images for articles, enhancing the visual storytelling experience.


Differentiating your Shopify Store: Custom Liquid Themes vs. Headless Shopify

Off-the-shelf themes from the Shopify theme store offer a great way to get started with ecommerce although ultimately will have some limitations in terms of creating a truly differentiated proposition. As your business expands it is important to create a unique store experience and there are two paths to achieve this: Custom Liquid Themes and Headless Shopify. Each has its merits and could suit different businesses depending on various factors. Let’s dive into an analysis of the costs, pros, and cons of these approaches, and explore the profiles of companies typically drawn to each.


How Cart Migration Specialists can Deliver a low cost, effective Migration

E-commerce businesses often find themselves needing to switch platforms to better serve their customers and stay competitive. Whether it’s a desire for better functionality, improved user experience, or simply a need for a more scalable solution, the decision to migrate can be daunting. Enter cart migration service specialists like Cart2Cart, Next Cart, and Lite Extension. These experts have revolutionized the migration process, making it more affordable and efficient for businesses to move to popular platforms like Shopify and WooCommerce.


Balancing Customer Acquisition and Retention: The Key to E-Commerce Profitability

In the e-commerce landscape, the balance between acquiring new customers and retaining existing ones is a delicate dance that determines long-term success. While many businesses focus heavily on one aspect, often neglecting the other, the true path to sustainable growth and profitability lies in giving equal importance to both. The Customer Lifetime Value (CLV) approach, which emphasizes this balance, is crucial for e-commerce businesses aiming for longevity and consistent profitability.


Strategies for Mitigating Risk: Insight Driven E-commerce

Embarking on an e-commerce venture is exciting but also fraught with risks. One of the best ways to safeguard your investment and ensure a favorable return is through informed decisions backed by robust market research. Even without a pre-existing store or customer data, entrepreneurs can employ a blend of qualitative (qual) and quantitative (quant) research to make educated choices.


The Importance of Optimal Minimum Order Values to New Ecommerce Ventures

Starting an ecommerce business means navigating through many decisions including the optimal Minimum Order Value (MOV) to ensure a feasible store. This article unpacks the process of setting an appropriate MOV while ensuring profitability and customer appeal. We’ll also discuss how preparing your audience in advance can lead to savings and better decision-making.


The Green Sweetspot: Optimal Weight to Profitability Ratio in ESG Ecommerce

As e-commerce platforms continually evolve, integrating sustainability with smart retailing decisions based on the physical weight of products can be a recipe for financial success. Here’s why prioritizing lighter, sustainable products through the Physical Weight to Profitability Ratio (PWPR)  makes undeniable business sense in an ESG-conscious world.


Empowering Local Sustainability: Onmichannel Businesses Connecting Consumers with Locally Sourced, Sustainable Products

The importance of supporting local businesses and sustainable practices is more apparent than ever. As we strive to achieve the sustainability goals set by Agenda 2030, promoting responsible consumption has become a collective responsibility. Fortunately, advancements in technology and the evolution of platforms like Shopify have paved the way for innovative solutions, such as AI chatbots and multi-channel selling options, that can revolutionize the way we connect with local suppliers offering eco-friendly products. In this article, we will explore the potential of these localized omnichannel businesses, their impact on the retail landscape, and the exciting possibilities they present for a greener future.


E-commerce Ideas: Customized Frozen Pizza

The U.S. frozen pizza market size was valued at USD 6.62 billion in 2022 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.9% from 2023 to 2030.

Mass Customization is a significant trend in the food industry attributable to busy lifestyles, convenience-oriented consumption patterns, and the increasing popularity of frozen food among consumers. Differentiating through an automated, customisable,  locally sourced frozen pizza production model can provide an ecommerce USP.


Shopify and Sustainability: Eco-friendly Practices for e-commerce

In today’s ever-conscious world, consumers are not only looking for quality products but also for environmentally responsible brands. With the rise of e-commerce platforms like Shopify, businesses now have the opportunity to integrate sustainability into their operations. This article will explore ways you can utilize Shopify to drive your e-commerce business towards eco-friendly practices.


Leveraging Shopify’s Multi-Language Options for International Expansion

As the e-commerce landscape continues to expand globally, catering to a diverse and international customer base is more important than ever. Shopify, a popular e-commerce platform, offers several options for creating multi-language online stores to help businesses reach a broader audience. In this article, we will discuss the multi-language options available on Shopify and explore the features and benefits of using Weglot for your online store.


Minimizing Friction with UX/UI Optimization: Boost eCommerce Customer Conversions

The eCommerce landscape is fiercely competitive, with businesses vying for customer attention and conversions. Optimizing user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) design is crucial for increasing customer engagement and streamlining the buying process. In this article, we delve into key UX/UI optimizations that minimize friction, enhancing eCommerce customer conversions by focusing on efficient designs for filtering products and adding items to the cart without visiting product pages.


Top 3 Premium Plugins for Building a Competitive Wholesale Store with WooCommerce

Creating a wholesale store using WooCommerce can be an effective way to cater to B2B customers and offer them a seamless shopping experience. While there are several plugins available to help you achieve this, three premium plugins stand out for their comprehensive features and flexibility. These plugins enable store owners to offer personalized pricing, streamline the ordering process, and manage wholesale customer accounts with ease. In this article, we will explore the three best premium plugins for creating a wholesale store with WooCommerce, along with their key features that can help you differentiate in various markets.


Email Marketing Platforms for WooCommerce and Shopify

Email marketing is essential for eCommerce businesses aiming to connect with customers, boost sales, and build brand loyalty. WooCommerce and Shopify, two prominent eCommerce platforms, offer seamless integration with various email marketing services. In this article, we will explore the top 3 email marketing platforms for WooCommerce and Shopify: SendPulse, Campaign Monitor, and SendGrid. We’ll highlight their key features, easy integrations with WooCommerce and Shopify, and Capterra ratings.


Inventory Management Platforms for Ecommerce: A Guide for Startups and Growing Businesses

Effective inventory management is essential to the success of any ecommerce business. Selecting the right inventory management platform can optimize your supply chain, streamline operations, and improve your bottom line. This article explores various inventory management platforms suitable for both startups and larger businesses, focusing on multi-warehouse, multi-channel, and multi-language options. We’ll also discuss the internal effort required to set up these platforms and the potential advantages of hiring a consultant. Lastly, we will compare popular options, including Cin7, inFlow Inventory, Zoho Inventory, Linnworks, Odoo and Xentral, outlining the pros and cons of each to help you make an informed decision.


Shopify & WooCommerce: Unlocking the Power of Social Selling

In the competitive world of ecommerce, businesses need to harness the power of social media platforms to reach new audiences and drive sales. Social selling, a strategy that leverages social networks to build relationships with potential customers, has become increasingly important for online stores built on Shopify and WooCommerce. In this article, we will explore the basic social selling tools and techniques for Shopify and WooCommerce users to maximize their reach and boost sales on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.


E-commerce Fundamentals: Reducing Customer Acquisition Costs and Maximizing Average Cart Value for Long-Term Success

The e-commerce landscape is fiercely competitive, and one crucial factor that can make or break your online business is striking the right balance between customer acquisition costs and average cart value. This article will delve into the significance of understanding acquisition costs across various marketing channels, highlight the advantages of low-cost acquisition strategies, and share practical tips for boosting average cart values and customer lifetime value.


Do I need WooCommerce or Shopify?

When it comes to setting up an online store, two most of the most popular e-commerce platforms are WooCommerce and Shopify. Both platforms have their own set of advantages and disadvantages, and it is important to choose the one that best suits your business needs. In this article, we will compare WooCommerce and Shopify in terms of custom development requirements, usability, and costs within the context of small businesses and start-ups.


Selecting the Right Shopify Theme for Your Project: The Importance of Versatility and Future-Proofing

When it comes to creating an online store on Shopify, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is choosing the right theme. A theme sets the foundation for your store’s design and functionality, and can greatly impact the user experience and overall success of your business. However, with hundreds of themes available on the Shopify theme store, it can be overwhelming to choose the right one. In this article, we’ll discuss the importance of selecting a versatile theme that future-proofs your store, and how design choices can impact the success of your store.


A Guide to LearnDash Cloud for Educational Content Creators

As the world of education moves increasingly online, Learning Management Systems (LMS) have become an indispensable tool for educators and learners alike. And LearnDash is one of the most popular LMS platforms out there, offering a user-friendly and customizable experience for both content creators and students. In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps to set up an LMS website with Learn Dash.


Create a stable source of revenue with Shopify Subscriptions

Shopify Subscriptions is a powerful ecommerce tool that allows businesses to easily create and manage subscription-based services. With Shopify Subscriptions apps, businesses can offer recurring payments, recurring billing, and automated customer management. It’s a great way to create a stable source of revenue for your business. It has a simple user interface that makes it easy to set up and manage your subscriptions. You can also customize the look and feel of your subscription page, as well as manage customer accounts.


Boost the productivity of your content writing and SEO efforts with GPT3

Many business owners struggle to find the time to write content for their businesses.  GPT-3, the latest artificial intelligence technology from OpenAI, is revolutionising the way businesses create content for their websites and online stores. With GPT-3, businesses are able to generate content with unprecedented ease, accuracy and speed. (more…)

Which approach should I use to customise a Shopify theme?

Shopify is an incredibly popular e-commerce platform, offering businesses a great online store with a range of features, including a range of paid themes available from the Shopify theme store. However, it is important to remember that it is not a good idea to make code edits to paid Shopify themes purchased from the Shopify theme store. There are a number of reasons why this should be avoided.


Custom WordPress Development vs Paid Theme?

Sheer offers both custom WordPress development and paid themes – the two most popular options for building and customizing a WordPress website. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, and the choice between the two ultimately depends on the specific needs and goals of a website owner. In this article, we’ll explore the differences between custom WordPress development and paid themes, and help you determine when each option is the best choice for your website.


Sheer Digital wins Clutch award: Top London Shopify Developers 2023

Now in our 10th year, Sheer Digital continues to serve Clients with Shopify design and development services in the UK and globally. We love working with Shopify to create custom themes and customising paid Shopify themes for small & medium-sized businesses, start-ups and agencies. We listen carefully to our Client’s commercial objectives and leverage Shopify’s technology and wide range of apps to help them achieve their goals of financial independence and freedom. (more…)

Sheer now offers Elementor for WordPress

Sheer has added Elementor theme customisation, and the design and build of custom Elementor themes to it’s WordPress offering. If you’re looking for the lowest possible cost for a website, Elementor could be a good option.


Need start-up capital? Demo your idea with an interactive MVP prototype

Over the years we have met some imaginative founders whose ambition exceeds their pockets. Often they have an embryonic idea, some starter slides for a pitch, a lot of energy and some [limited] personal capital to invest.

Rather than remortgaging / maxing out personal credit we recommend putting ideas to the test with seasoned investors. The rationale is that if an idea passes muster with Investors this offers partial mitigation of the risk of bootstrapping and allows the tapping of more substantial funding for scale (as opposed to winding up homeless!).


Meet Ayo our new Intern

Sheer is expanding its development team with a brand new Internship! After exhaustive testing, interviews and practical challenges we selected Ayo to join us and help create all things #Digital for Life. (more…)

Share the meal – together, we can end global hunger

We have been donating each month to Share the meal, a fantastic app which enables you to contribute to the UN goal of ending global hunger. Well thought through and super easy to use, the app provides updates on where your money is spent – even sharing the details of the food that is bought and the families who receive the food. (more…)

Sheer Digital wins Clutch award: Top UK WordPress & Shopify Developers 2021

Sheer Digital has been serving Clients with design and development services in the UK since 2012! We create informational websites, e-commerce platforms, international multi-language websites, and web applications for small & medium-sized businesses, start-ups and agencies. We listen carefully to Client’s commercial objectives and leverage technology to help them achieve their goals of financial independence and freedom. (more…)

Invest in yourself, build an audience, win your freedom

Sheer has been helping start-up businesses grow for nearly 8 years. During this time many people have come to us looking for ways to fulfil their dreams of financial independence and freedom. Many of these individuals have had very good ideas, and some with relatively detailed plans. However, one of the most common misconceptions is what we call the Field of Dreams – “Build it and they will come” mentality.


Setting up an online Supermarket in your local area

If the headlines are to believed then most national supermarkets do not have the capacity to cope with demand for online deliveries.  Some supermarkets are only meeting 10% of demand so if your future prospects are uncertain setting up an online supermarket in your local area could be a good opportunity.


Harnessing the power of digital to transform your life

We live in uncertain times and many of us face the challenge of finding new ways to generate income as social distancing forces fundamental changes to the nature of work.  Sheer Digital was founded under similar circumstances during the previous financial crisis. 100% remote for over 7 years, the company was born out of a need to straddle geography and to allow our team the freedom and flexibility to work as they choose.


Sheer Digital is Named a Top 2019 UK Company on Clutch!

Now in our 7th year, Sheer Digital has successfully created a broad range of digital experiences which help our clients grow their businesses. Our creative team includes UX experts, developers, and project managers working together in a small and agile agency. This allows us to provide our clients with the level of attention and care they deserve.


Why creative agencies often need a white-label partner

Creative agencies are often faced with the challenge of keeping overheads to a minimum as they negotiate irregular demand patterns. In addition to this struggle, working with larger clients can mean long payment delays with a negative impact on cashflow. Hiring a full time developer knowing that delays in approval to build can lead to significant downtime is therefore an expensive luxury.


Apple ushers in a new era for Web-Shops

Buried in the news from Apple’s Developer Conference yesterday was the advent of something really big for e-retailers. Iphone and Mac users will be able to pay online in Safari using a “Pay with Apple Pay” button, and authenticate their purchase using Touch ID on their phone or watch. (more…)

Are you a mobile friendly laggard?

Picture the scene: you turn up to a job interview – you arrive on time (check),  you smile and greet the interviewer (check),  you look down at your feet and realise you’ve forgotten to put your trousers on – oops!, major faux pas – right? It’s been nearly 14 months since Google updated its search algorithm to favour mobile friendly sites, yet still there are stalwart laggards who believe that it’s perfectly acceptable for the above scenario to happen every day! (more…)

Why portable websites are more affordable

With a myriad of website options for your newly minted business, your eye is caught by the cheap prices of the do-it-yourself variety of website builders. Let’s put aside that you may not be a creative genius and work on the assumption that the do-it-yourself option has some form of AI or a huge range of templates, which will create a website which will wow your prospective clients. What’s not affordable and to love here?


Affordable versus cheap web design

You’re an established small or medium sized company, or a start-up and you need a new website. There are a multitude of competitors to choose from – thousands of agencies and freelancers  (literally)  – so where do you start? what is affordable vs cheap? (more…)

Is your WordPress website a sitting duck for hackers?

It’s been a long a challenging journey – perfect UX, page speed optimised, SEO and SSL all done. Your brand new WordPress website is Live, so now it’s time to relax and forget about it for a while? Wrong! WordPress is an open source platform, which is often exploited by hackers. Putting your website in the back drawer and forgetting about it could cost you big. Here’s our top 5 reasons why you should regularly back-up and update your WordPress CMS and plugins: (more…)

Planning an International website?

So you’re planning an international expansion and need your products or services to be communicated in languages other than English. With international websites there are a number of things that influence your search engine position requiring careful consideration.


Google’s game changing IoT play

Apple made their first move into the IoT (Internet of Things) with iBeacons over two years ago. A number of forward thinking retailers and others have been experimenting with the technology with mixed success.

For those who are not aware, iBeacon’s transmit a unique ID via Bluetooth, which can be picked up by phone with the appropriate app installed within a 15m radius. So far, the predominant use-case is beacons broadcasting contextual information and offers for products in-store. Of course, there are many other innovative ways to deploy them. (more…)

Does a subject matter expert write your content?

A cursory search and you will find a huge amount written about how content marketing and how it’s going to turbo charge the growth of your business. Marketers have now for the most part bought in, but often face the challenge of who should be responsible for writing their content? (more…)

Does your website do you justice?

After a January full of new-year-new-you, it may be hard to stomach, but is it time to look at that tired old website and give it makeover? Sheer have just undertaken some renovations and we are proud to launch our new look – but it’s more than that, our site reflects the changes that have occurred in our business strategy over the last year. (more…)

Making Amazon more democratic

Ever wondered how retailers make their decisions on what to sell? Sometimes it’s the result of savvy professional buyers capitalizing on trends, occasionally it’s down to good luck, but more often than not its based on data i.e. if sales are growing, then let’s do more of the same. (more…)

Could 4G kill BT stone dead?

For Internet users in the UK wanting a fast connection at home, there’s cable, BT or, well nothing actually! If you don’t have fibre to your doorstep, or just want a broadband connection you are going to have to pay the BT tollkeeper some £10+ per month. (more…)

Need a Voice for your company?

A picture speaks a thousand words, but when you add in a voice and great music, the effect is transformational. Adobe Voice is an app that allows you to tell your own animated stories with great templates, icons, music, images – and not least, your own voice. (more…)

Is Guy Kawasaki a bot?

Apologies in advance to Guy here – this article is nothing personal. I just noticed that Guy is based in the US and yet his Linkedin updates and Tweets seem to march on regardless of whether he is sleeping or working or otherwise. (more…)

Selling or Marketing to Expats?

The global expat community is attractive to many businesses not least because it comprises some 40 million high-income earners (Source: OECD). Until recently, reaching expats could be patchy and involve joining various online communities in different cities. (more…)

Marketing cloud for small business?

Adobe, Salesforce, Oracle, IBM – all offer derivatives of what has been termed the marketing cloud. There’s little doubt about the logic of creating an integrated platform to bring together all aspects of web and digital marketing – it’s a marketers dream. (more…)

Want to know who’s visited your website?

So, you have a website, and maybe you have some data to tell you how many people have visited. But how can you leverage this data to generate leads? The great news is there is now a free tool out there that can really help. Leadfeeder ( formerly Wanapi) connects to your site via your Google Analytics account. (more…)

Digital Democracy for all – Finally!

Is your Digital Marketing agency a Supermodel? Won’t get out of bed for less than £10k? Fear not there is salvation ahead – Sheer Digital aims to level the playing field with a more democratic approach to digital. (more…)

Single web page = huge impact!

Many entrepreneurs and newly formed businesses realise they need get online but want to keep costs down. With so many single page offers available Sheer wanted to break the mould with a complete package fulfilling every possible need to get started on the Web.


Introducing Sheer digital

We want to make your “digital life” a lot easier! Sheer specializes in web-design and development for commercially focused small and medium-sized companies. Our small (but nimble!) team has experience of a wide range of sectors from consumer packaged goods to fashion. (more…)