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1.75 million. That’s how many sellers use Shopify to power their businesses. The powerhouse company emerged as one of the biggest winners of post-pandemic booms and hasn't looked back.

Investors and users love Shopify for its comprehensive approach to commerce. Over the last year, the company has been busy announcing new partnerships. In the spring, it strengthened its partnership with Google, enabling merchants to leverage Shop Pay (its fast checkout feature) across Google experiences. In October, Shopify announced that artists will be able to connect their Spotify profiles to their stores for selling merch. MailChimp and Shopify just launched a direct integration, and Microsoft got in on a partnership too.

Then there’s the Shopify App store, which contains over 7,000 apps. They're a critical structure for the company — 87% of merchants use them. App makers add crucial functions for sellers, and challenge the limits of what merchants can do within the ecosystem.

Vajro is a recent example. The Shopify app lets brands build iOS and Android apps that sync with their Shopify stores, with a drag and drop builder (i.e. no-code.) Not only does this give brands a better shopper experience, it enables them to take advantage mobile push notifications, live streaming, and more features that can help boost sales.

“Mobile apps have always been the big guy’s jam… We wanted to democratize mobile apps by enabling and empowering small businesses,” maker Venkatasubramanian Ravi wrote. The app appears to be a favorite among competitors, with 862 reviews at a 5.0 rating when searching for "mobile app" or "app builder" in the Shopfiy App Store.

Need more? Here’s are five top-upvoted apps from the last year for Shopify sellers.

Dialogue: An AI-powered platform to surface suggestions, upsells & cross-sells, content, etc.
Paloma: Create automated shopping conversations for Facebook and Instagram DMs
Reeview: Automate collecting product review videos
Social Snowball: Turn your customers into affiliates with automated codes and payouts
Dovetail: A tool to help recruit, manage, and grow sales through influencers/ambassadors

Pen to paper to website

No-code knows no bounds.

This new app lets you start a website from a paper notebook and the Product Hunt community is all about it.

“... [F]or the past 18 months I've been building and launching tiny internet projects… I love writing using pen & paper, so the idea of running a website from my notebook seemed really fun… I've now written 40+ daily blog posts using Paper Website,” wrote maker Ben Stokes.

Cat Nips
  • We’re looking at you, Notion community: Ben Lang, Head of Community at Notion, is doing an AMA on discussions today. P.S. He’s also hunted a whopping 360 products, so why not ask him about those too?
  • Coefficient is a new data connector for Google Sheets — connect and sync from Salesforce, MySQL in two clicks, and begin automating your data.
  • This new universal charger takes a simple twist to reveal the plugs you need.
  • Brave dropped its own crypto wallet, and it’s built into the browser.
  • Ex-NASA engineer, Harleen Kaur, launched Mediaopoly — a new Twitter tool from Ground News. Plug in a Twitter profile and see who owns the news outlets they interact with on the platform.
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