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Shopify e-commerce company with $41.1 billion revenue accepts Crypto for payments..!
Shopify's platform allows its merchants to accept payments in bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, and over 300 other types of cryptocurrencies. It recently expanded that reach by partnering with cryptocurrency payments processor CoinPayments, which helps merchants process 1,800 types of cryptocurrencies. From their website: "To accept cryptocurrencies, enable one or more of the following alternative payment methods from the Payment providers page of your Shopify admin: Coinbase Commerce, BitPay, GoCoin, CoinPayments Beta After you enable a payment method that supports cryptocurrencies, you can accept Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, amongst 300+ digital currencies". I don't know why this isn't big news in the crypto space, but it's an big step forward for the adoption of crypto by big companies..! https://www.fool.com/investing/2020/05/26/will-shopifys-new-cryptocurrency-partnership-widen.aspx https://help.shopify.com/en/manual/payments/alternative-payments/cryptocurrency
Shopify's platform allows its merchants to accept payments in bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, and over 300 other types of cryptocurrencies. It recently expanded that reach by partnering with cryptocurrency payments processor CoinPayments, which helps merchants process 1,800 types of cryptocurrencies. From their website: "To accept cryptocurrencies, enable one or more of the following alternative payment methods from the Payment providers page of your Shopify admin: Coinbase Commerce, BitPay, GoCoin, CoinPayments Beta After you enable a payment method that supports cryptocurrencies, you can accept Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, amongst 300+ digital currencies". I don't know why this isn't big news in the crypto space, but it's a big step forward for the adoption of crypto by big companies..! https://www.fool.com/investing/2020/05/26/will-shopifys-new-cryptocurrency-partnership-widen.aspx https://help.shopify.com/en/manual/payments/alternative-payments/cryptocurrency
Single solution for accepting CCs, PayPal, JCB, and Bitcoin?
I'm trying to get my company to accept bitcoin and have learned management is interested in transitioning away from Stripe (as they do not support JCB, PayPal, or Bitcoin). I think I'll be able to make the case most effectively for bitcoin if I find a vendor that can include all the above in one UI. I've been looking into Shopify but see they use Bitpay to process bitcoin, though there are some alternatives. Does anyone have any experience using Shopify to do this? Would you recommend a different vendor? edit: i know bitpay sucks and am not enthusiastic about presenting that as our solution for processing bitcoin transactions.
I'm in the process of building a crypto merch store (www.bitninjasupply.com is you wanna check it out) and plan on offering other services down the road. I thought it would be cool to accept bitcoin as payment. Shopify has bitpay intergrated so i naturally tried it out. The app is horrible. There's no direction or ease of use. Has anyone had any luck setting up p2p (the way it was intended) on shopify or another online store? Also any ideas for accepting other cryptos. Id love to accept cryptos that don't charge an arm and a leg for fees.
recently added bitcoin as a payment option to my shop via coinbase. is this what most people use?
Recently added bitcoin as an accepted form of payment on my bookshop via coinbase. The other options are gocoin and bitpay. Don't really want to have three different options as I'd rather manage a single login and not have to pay fees to transfer between various wallets. Would you say coinbase is the most widely used of the three?
Neutralize now accepting Bitcoin with Bitpay on website ( US shipping ONLY for Now)
We are excited to accept Bitcoin on our new product Neutralize by Advanced Dietary Formulas. Do you enjoy a few alcoholic beverages? Neutralize reduces acetaldehyde, which is the main carcinogenic metabolite resulting from alcohol (ethanol) consumption. As a matter of fact, a key ingredient in Neutralize reduced acetaldehyde by 100% after 50mls of alcohol (ethanol) was consumed by human subjects compared to placebo. Neutralize was developed for consumers that are ambitious, health conscious and still want to have fun. Neutralize will not prevent intoxication. We understand that the average supplement consumer has been deceived many times when it comes to supplements and their efficacy. We spent 3 years formulating Neutralize, and we believe in our product so strongly we are willing to give out free samples to prove to our future customers that Neutralize works. Enter your email on our websitewww.getneutralized.comand you will immediately receive an email with a link and password to access the free sample checkout. No credit card information required, no shipping cost to you! We just want you to try it! US ONLY for now until we figure out international shipping/ regulations. Limit one totally free sample per customer. We are available in the EU now through Prometeus.nl the largest nutritional supplement distributor in Europe. They can inform you when and who in the EU will supply Neutralize based on your location in EU. www.getneutralized.com Thanks for the support Bitcoin community! - ADF https://preview.redd.it/l1g3nh7c7ya11.jpg?width=1080&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=d903c19f1fac40e649dfe02b44a737ea9e45f973
We've been trying for months to get our ecommerce platform, Squarespace, to allow us to accept bitcoin. Today we're going around them.
Hey bitcoin, we need your help. Quick background: I'm co-founder of Baron Fig , a startup in Queens that was Kickstarted last year. (As a longtime redditor, the I've posted here several times in the past for feedback and thoughts.) Our goal is to make simple, beautiful products that support creators and thinkers. The Confidant notebook is our first (and only) product thus far. Why I'm posting today: Baron Fig is just two people—me and my co-founder, Adam—and we use Squarespace to sell our products. Right now we don't have the programming ability to create a custom site or move to a new platform. We've met with and emailed the Squarespace team over the past several months trying to get them to accept bitcoin. They don't seem to be interested. As huge proponents of bitcoin (we participated in the first ever NYC Bitcoin Fair this past weekend), we've worked around their limitations to sell with bitcoin. We're going to send screenshots of the transactions to the Squarespace people in hopes that tangible proof will help. Maybe if they see there are actually people out there transacting in bitcoin, we'll be able to convince them. How you can help: First:Check out the notebook we've designed. It's called the Confidant, and it was brought into being through a collaboration of 500+ creators around the world. Second:Grab your own via our workaround bitcoin page.NOTE: We can only ship to the US for now—if you try to purchase from another country we will refund the payment. PS. We're giving you guys a big discount as well! One book is $15 (save $1), two books are $28 (save $4), and three books are $39 (save $9). Thanks for your help!
You can safely use any of these gateways, each of which provides quality service proven by thousands of merchants. We hope this article will be useful to all merchants who are thinking of starting to accept Bitcoin, and other popular cryptocurrencies.
hello, I am starting business on shopify relating to Bitcoin and I would like a percentage of my sales to go towards supporting the team who develop Bitcoin. Does anyone know how I do this or where I should look? Is Bitcoin Core the team and if so does anyone know how I contact someone official there? I would ideally like the same structure/arrangement set up with a few charities whereby at the checkout page, my buyers can choose what charity a percentage of my proceeds to contribute towards. Also, in addition to accepting credit cards I want to accept Bitcoin (and will partner with Lolli), but does anyone know the benefits between Coinbase, BitPay and/or accepting Bitcoin Payments directly? I am researching all on my own but thought I'd ask in case anyone could drop any really helpful tips. Thank you in advance!
You can safely use any of these gateways, each of which provides quality service proven by thousands of merchants. We hope this article will be useful to all merchants who are thinking of starting to accept Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and other popular cryptocurrencies.
Hi Bitcoiners! I’m back with the 32nd monthly Bitcoin news recap. For those unfamiliar, each day I pick out the most popularelevant/interesting stories in Bitcoin and save them. At the end of the month I release them in one batch, to give you an overview of what happened in bitcoin over the past month. You can see recaps of the previous months on Bitcoinsnippets.com A recap of Bitcoin in August 2019 Adoption
Silicon Lottery now accepts Nano as the sole Crypto payment option!
Those who are computer hardware enthusiasts may know about us, but we're a Texas company that sells binned and delidded computer processors. For CPUs that are able to be overclocked, we effectively take the "silicon lottery" out of the equation by selling processors by their overclocking capabilities. This is a premium service for those looking to get every last inch of performance. From day one when we started this business four years ago, we accepted Bitcoin as a payment option through Coinbase. December of last year was a bad time for us, as we had several orders placed in Bitcoin that took even up to a week to confirm. It was a pain to manage refunds for the Bitcoin payments that took too long to confirm. What used to be a clean and simple process became a mess. We temporarily stopped accepting Bitcoin for about a month until things settled down. Fast forward to this month, we took some time to research all the different cryptocurrencies that have come about over the years. Out of everything we looked at we determined Nano made the most sense for our use case. Instant transaction confirmations with high throughput and zero payment fees. Simple and easy. The fact that Nano isn't a mining crypto is also a big plus. The GPU shortage this past year has been directly hard on our own customers, inflating the cost of building PCs. In a way, supporting cryptocurrencies that require mining is against our own best interest. Thanks to BrainBlocks, we were able to easily integrate Nano payments through our Shopify store. We're not going to accept any other cryptos as a payment method at this point because it's simpler for our own bookkeeping purposes (zero transaction fees for moving crypto around is also an understated benefit for bookkeeping) and it should be simple enough for other crypto holders to convert to Nano first if they need to. https://siliconlottery.com/
We don't talk about the price for a number of reasons, not least of which is if you'd seen my investment history you definitely wouldn't take advice from me, but... hey, yeah, I know a lot of you have just had a really bad day, and it sucks. Take some time to remember what's important in life, hug your family, get some rest, come back to it tomorrow. Jackson has tweeted he's not intending to be involved with Dogecoin in the future: https://twitter.com/ummjackson/status/952391368067858432 , so lets talk about that for a bit. There's no status change in Max, Patrick or myself as a result of this. It does flag up a need to be better with single person failure risks, though; Jackson has the only control to the dogecoin.com domain, I have the sole access to the @dogecoin_devs Twitter account, etc. We're discussing plans to mitigate these risks currently. Technical stuff we're working on:
Max spent most of this weekend working on updating tests from Bitcoin Core 0.14 to apply to Dogecoin Core 1.14. He's got all but four to pass, and we currently suspect those four reflect actual issues in Dogecoin Core 1.14. These are all around mempool handling and fees, and it appears this is an interaction between the Dogecoin fee schedule and Bitcoin Core changes for replace by fee (RBF) and spam mitigation. Fixing those is the next priority.
Of changes required to complete Dogecoin Core 1.14, 36 are done, 28 are pending review, 26 are waiting attention. Most of those 26 are a lot simpler (documentation, etc.) than those we've completed.
Patrick is working on Travis builds, which automate the testing process on Dogecoin Core 1.14
Basically - there's a lot of testing happening while we kick the hell out of it to make sure when it ships, it's robust. Longer term, we're expecting to see a demo of the Doge-Ethereum bridge early next month. This is developed by an external team (and has its own specific bounty in Ethereum). If it works as expected, we'll then draw up a timeline for merging into Dogecoin; I anticipate we'll need a soft fork for this, and we'll handle comms around that when we know more. Examples of where this is useful is letting us do things like replacing the existing dev fund (which works on a simple 2-of-3 basis) with something much cleverer that can do pay-out based on complex voting requirements. Patrick reports he's seen issues with Bitcoin Core 0.15 (around handling of the UTXO set). I want to have an internal release of 1.15 for testing 1.14 with before 1.14 goes out, but we may skip doing a full release and go direct to 1.16. Bitcoin Core 0.16 is meant to be out in May, so Dogecoin Core 1.16 would ship after that. Things we need:
More service providers and stores accepting Doge - if you can do this, please do
Easier tools for service providers and stores. Shopify plugins, get Coinbase/Stripe/whoever to accept Doge. We may play silly, but we're a carefully engineered coin that's designed specifically to be a rapid drop-in replacement for Bitcoin, and anywhere with Bitcoin support should be able to support Dogecoin fairly quickly.
More fun - lets get some more memes going guys!
I'll get another update out over the weekend, but it may well be "We're still working out what's wrong with the fee schedule". Meanwhile, stay fluffy! Ross Edit: Oh, and you can see 1.14 progress as things are reviewed, at https://github.com/dogecoin/dogecoin/pulls
How Blockchain & E-Commerce Makes A Successful Combination?
It’s been a decade when the revolutionary concept of online selling was introduced to the world and the evolution of this industry has been exemplary. Within the past few years, the concept of ecommerce has been intensely affected by continuous technological advancements and blockchain is one of them. Blockchain offers a variety of new opportunities for the industry through its unparalleled potential; eliminating mediators to centralize operations, reducing complexities for ecommerce businesses to resolve their long-term challenges. However, it’s important to mention that this technology is the foundation of cryptocurrency payments which makes it more important for the e-commerce domain. It would be appropriate to say that blockchain is poised to change the way transactions are made. In continuation, both traditional selling stores, as well as e-commerce businesses, should be prepared for radical changes. Our focus will set on analyzing the impact of blockchain technology on e-commerce businesses in coming future. But prior, we need to clarify some important questions about the Blockchain technology. Those buzz will be helpful for you to spend on the services of a professionalshopify development company in an effective manner. What is E-commerce Blockchain? A traditional ecommerce store always has a large number of customers, inventory and transaction data, which requires adequate management & storage for effective results. In blockchain technology, this situation is addressed by combining transactions in block form and connecting those blocks in the form of a chain. Here every block is stored on individual computers hereby making it secure & scalable. How are Blockchain transactions verified? Transactions in Blockchain has a legitimate process of verification. Every node has a complete history of transactions and whenever there is a new happening transaction, the node performs several checks to ensure that it’s a genuine one. The process starts with a signature validation and if not valid then gets denied promptly hereby making it impossible to falsify the authenticity. Hiring a professional developer is most suitable if you are new to Blockchain technology integration. But prior to having a look at the unleashed potential of blockchain for the e-commerce industry, it’s required to understand the potential challenges and pain points it faces. The survival, sustenance and growth in E-commerce is difficult due to its complexity as a domain and to start here is a challenge in itself. Let’s have a look at some of the key challenges faced by the sellers on a day-to-day basis as well as in the long run. The e-commerce industry is becoming highly competitive, with existing players offering similar products and services and more sellers are joining the bandwagon at a rapid pace. It requires businesses to adapt smart business models & technologies to sustain in the race. Another pain point of the sellers is the presence of a middlemen in traditional business models who shares a hefty percent of earning in the selling process. Also the sellers have to pay a transaction processing fees to facilitate payments for completing the transactions. This fee reduces the profits of sellers to a considerable extent and result in lower revenues. Another key concern for these businesses is the protection of consumer data as they require to build the customer’s trust by assuring them about the complete safety of their personal as well as financial details. The implementation of data security regulations; General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has made data security an important concern for ecommerce companies. This is prime reason for sellers to invest more in data encryption and other measures for preventing hacks. There is an array of operations like supply chain, logistics, payments included in ecommerce business and management of these operations is a key challenge for the industry. From correct inventory replenishment, proper arrangement of shipping and delivery functions, to managing customer relationships are few of a lot things needed to be managed by the merchants. And since all these challenges can be overwhelming the sellers from very start of online selling, they have been searching for a technology that’s capable of handling them all. Fortunately, blockchain technology is a suitable answer for all these questions and being a decentralized system, it offers a lot of benefits for the e-commerce domain. E-Commerce Will Be Driven By Blockchain In Future Regardless of all the positive impacts e-commerce industry has on the world economy, things have not been fruitful for the sellers in the domain because of the challenges since the origin. Also, it has been seeking for a secure technological backbone to support it and address the diverse challenges it faces. Luckily, the Blockchain technology is ready to give it the same today through an array of features: Operational Efficiency: The decentralized model in Blockchain makes it capable of assigning operations and drive efficiently. Smarter contracts are passed down to regulate the intermediates like logistics and payment processing partners. It facilities the integration with several management systems to streamline the overall workflow as well. Blockchain offers the clients complete ownership of their assets like digital storefronts, product photos, and videos, and reviews. Assured Payments: Another significant advantage is the transparency in transactions, which increases a buyer’s trust. Every transaction is taped in a shared ledger which cannot be modified by anyone. Users avail high-security, faster processing speed, and radical visibility along with traceability through decentralized system. Also cryptocurrencies lower the transaction costs for international e-commerce stores. Cost-Effectiveness: Bitcoin is a well-known and most utilized case for this technology. Online sellers can trust bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to get in-budget payment solutions and since there are no payment processes involved, currency can be accepted at a zero processing fee by the sellers. Additionally, blockchain offers a decentralization of marketplaces, letting the inherent costs going down automatically. It also provide better pricing for online retailers for the customers as the savings are passed to them. Data Security: Consumer data of an e-commerce store is always on a vulnerable point due to weak encryption, since well-encrypted systems can be hacked by the tips and tricks used by modern hackers. The presence of a decentralized ecosystem makes it impossible to hack from a single point, enabling sellers to safeguard the sensitive customer information and databases. Conclusion Since there are extensive benefits of e-commerce Blockchain making it imperative for businesses to grasp for massive growth. If you require transparency in business transactions and manage your consumer data reliably, this technology is the best solution for you. Having a right technology partner is must for you to use this futuristic technology at fullest and take your business to the next level. AtPro Web - Unisys we develop robust e-commerce solutions to open unlimited opportunities and take your e-commerce business to the next level. Blog Source URL:https://www.prowebtechnos.com/how-blockchain-e-commerce-makes-a-successful-combination/
[FULOOSCOIN] Welcome to our Community and everything you need to know in a few minutes.
What is Fuloos Coin and why should we use it?
Fuloos Coin is an open-source digital currency, allowing merchants and users across the globe to send transactions fast and with low fees. We officially released Fuloos Coin on December 1st, 2017. We are the next digital currency that uses the Scrypt Algorithm to allow users to transact their funds fast and with low fees across the world without delays with the ability to stake your coins to earn interest on your funds. Fuloos Coin has grown a lot since we started in 2017, reaching other 20,000+ members supporting the community and the development team for the future of the Fuloos making us the most affordable cryptocurrencie for merchants and users around the world making it easier to pay for services, friends or employees with almost instant transactions. Our main infrastructure is backed by multiple dedicated nodes to insure our network never goes down and allowing users to use Fuloos Coin any time of the day providing a secure and reliable environment for merchants with no downtime what's so ever.
Where can I buy Fuloos Coins?
Here's a list of the current exchange platforms that allow you to trade FLS with different cryptocurrencies:
We are hoping to be listed on many more exchanges over the coming weeks to improve the accessibility of purchasing coins and daily trading for Fuloos. Any other questions regarding this? Please, contact one of the team members in one of the social chats we provide.
What is staking?
Staking also known as Proof-of-Stake or POS, is the ability for Fuloos Coin holders to earn interest on their funds with our inbuilt stake-miner into our desktop wallets which allows our network to run smoothly with our community support by validating transactions or by mining blocks just by keeping your wallet open. For example, if I had 1000 Fuloos Coin's and if the transaction's dates have been longer than seven days, I could potentially earn 0.85 Fuloos Coin's every 10 minutes. Technical Specifications:
Minimum Stake Age : 24 Hour
Maximum Stake Age : 7 Days
If you would like to know more information about staking your funds, you can use our own calculator to find out how much you can earn. Proof-of-Stake Calculator
Where can I store my coins?
There are several options on places to store your coins, starting from the exchange platforms which have inner wallets like Stocks.Exchange. However, the most secure way to store your coins is to keep it in outside wallets. Here’s a list of wallet options to store your coins:
Official Web-Wallet (Coming soon, beta version released)
Official Mobile Wallets (Coming very soon, still in development)
Official Merchant Platform (Will be released within the coming weeks)
Choose the best option that is suitable for you and don’t feel shy to ask us for help when setting up your wallet. Please, understand that your wallet is a source where you store your funds. Take it seriously, use all the available protection methods (backups, 2FA, complicated passwords).
Are there any local communities presented in my native language?
Definitely, Fuloos Coin is a cryptocurrencie with supporters all over the world. Be the first one to hear news in your native language and meet other users in our community! You can see our community managers via our official team page on our website and also can ask questions in our chats to speak one of the community managers directly, if you have any suggestions for the Fuloos Team or your local community.
Can I use Fuloos Coin as a payment method? Is it possible to spend the coins in a store, shop, hotel, etc.?
Of course, you can purchase items or buy goods/services using Fuloos. We are currently working on our new merchant platform which will allow online store owners to accept Fuloos easily using a created plugin by our development team. Popular E-commerce Platforms will be supported:
And many more...
If you are a developer and would like to help create service or integrate Fuloos into your own website, you can use the created PHP Class created by LiteSpeed to make it easier to install and use, there will also be a c++ version released soon for programs integration. https://github.com/LiteSpeedDev/FuloosRPC/
Social Links & Community Chats.
Following our social media and joining our community chats will allow you to keep up to date with the Fuloos Development and News relating to Fuloos Partners and Announcements.
The Fuloos team is glad to welcome every new user into our community. Join our family to be a part of one of the most prospective cryptocurrencies and enjoy it! Yours truly, LiteSpeed, CryptoKnight & the Fuloos Team.
Shopify Merchants Can Now Accept Bitcoin Payments via Lightning Network
https://preview.redd.it/b80t9hp3bhk31.png?width=696&format=png&auto=webp&s=321a118500c3cf8ff3b72f391875ed2011ff7c47 News by Altcoin Buzz: Luc Lammers Shopify, one of the biggest e-commerce platforms with over 500,000 merchants, now features a Lightning Network plug-in for Bitcoin payments. OpenNode, a payment processor that facilitates Bitcoin payments for individuals and businesses, has built a Shopify plug-in that allows stores that use the platform to accept Bitcoin payments through the Lightning Network. OpenNode CEO, Afnan Rahman, said about the Shopify plug-in: “Other payment processors have failed to provide a smooth experience for both the customers and the businesses using them and we intend to improve the overall experience” On-chain Bitcoin payments on Shopify have been possible for some time through BitPay, but OpenNode is the first company to bring cheap, split-second Lightning payments to the platform. Currently, the plug-in features:
The payment amount is calculated using real-time exchange rates;
Allows for fee-less and instant Bitcoin payments through Lightning Network;
Supports traditional on-chain transactions using the new native SegWit addresses (bech32);
No setup or recurring fees;
Free Lightning Network and scheduled withdrawals.
Besides Shopify, OpenNode has also integrated with other major e-commerce platforms like OpenCart, PrestaShop, and WooCommerce. OpenNode, founded in 2018, received an investment of $1.25 million from venture capitalist Tim Draper and early-stage investment firm Draper Associates. According to Almeida, the continuous development of infrastructure from protocol developers would see the company grow even further. “By 2019, we plan to be the leading bitcoin payments platform. Also, more importantly, we aim to push microtransactions onto gaming/streaming/content platform and create payment models never before possible.”
He started with little to no product or business experience.
The product went somewhat viral - he sold all 1,000 units within 25 days of launch.
Has since launched hundreds of unique products.
Here's the interview - hope you enjoy:
Hello! Who are you and what are you working on?
Hi, my name is Jeff Phillips and I am the inventor of the Beardo beard hat. We started out with one product which is our patented hat with a detachable beard (the Beardo), but have since launched hundreds of unique products and have even moved into branded promotional products. Beardo really started out as a bit of a gamble and we never really took it that seriously. I knew the Beard hat was fun and functional and that I really liked it, but my friends weren’t so convinced that others would feel the same and actually purchase it. I really just trusted my gut and went for it. I am glad I did because within the first 25 days of launch we had sold out of our entire years stock of 1,000 units, and pulled in over $40,000. What our product looks like
What's your backstory and how did you come up with the idea?
I suppose I get my creativity from my Dad and Grandpa. They both were always looking for ways to improve things and generally just liked working with their hands. I’ll never forget the day my dad designed a ‘can crusher’ so that our recycling didn’t take up so much space. He never wanted to put it to market or anything like that, but just wanted it for himself. When he saw that someone had released one a few months later and was probably making millions on it, he was pretty annoyed! Like Dad and Grandpa, I am constantly thinking of crazy inventions and edits around the house to make life simpler. It’s not something I can turn off, so I started writing my ideas down in a journal. I guess it was just a matter of time until one of us went into mass production with a crazy invention! The Beardo came about organically and out of sheer necessity. At the end of 2006, I was snowboarding in Whistler, and it was an absolute chiller of a day. We had made our way to the top of a run called ‘7th heaven’ and I was certain that the wind was going to be the end of me. I had this old brown knit scarf in my bag and had tied it around my face to stay warm. About halfway down we stopped on the side for a bit of break and instead of taking off the scarf, I just spread a hole in the knit and popped my water bottle through to take a drink… one of our group cracked up laughing because it looked like a real beard! I got back to where we were staying, cut the scarf up to refine the beard a bit and the first Beardo beard was born! I used it a few more times until I got some better prototypes knit, and the true form took shape into the World’s only hat with a foldaway, detachable and adjustable beard! I did keep the original though and I have been meaning to get it framed to hang on my wall!
Describe the process of designing, prototyping, and manufacturing the product.
Though I didn’t have any design experience, I had run a few small businesses before and knew a little about graphic design as well. I also had a couple degrees (B.A and a film and TV diploma) that gave me a lot of great experience and the know-how to do things myself. All of these experiences really came in handy while designing the beard hat because it helped limit the startup budget. When this really started to take off, I was living in a friends garage to save a bit of money. We had no internet and things were pretty tight. Getting Beardo off the ground with trademarks, patents, and web design was costly, so again I did a lot of it myself and leaned on friends for help when needed. I remember that I used to drive around the suburbs with my laptop open trying to find a wireless internet signal that was unlocked! Most of the designing, patents, and trademarks were created in my wagon. I remember one house must have picked up on what I was doing because I had been in front of their place for a week when they started to peer out the window and the next time I went back the free wifi was no more. The design process was pretty straightforward though, it was easy enough to get an actual knit prototype made and from there I went off looking on Google for manufacturers. My early focus was to stay in Canada, but after seeing the quality issues with the first round of samples and a price tag of more than I could sell them for, I had to look elsewhere. I ended up finding some great companies in asia who specialize in knitwear and went back and forth for a while before deciding that they were a great company to work with. After getting the patents, trademarks, website design and the first batch of beard hats, I had spent about $8,000 and was ready to launch. I still wasn’t sure what would happen, but I figured that at worst case, I could take the beard out of these really nice knit hats and sell them to a store for cost. That was my backdoor if the whole thing crashed and burned.
Describe the process of launching the online store/business.
I’ve seen a lot of changes since I started Beardo and there are definitely a lot more people launching sites and small brands. I think it’s great and it makes things that much easier to get going, but it also means you have a lot of competition and you need a point of difference. Luckily for me, I had created a unique product so I didn’t have to contend with any similar businesses. The best advice I can give is that before launching you need to have a rollout plan in place. A lot of people think that getting the site and product made is the hard part and that all you have to do is wait for orders to roll in. In reality, the launch and promotion are the hard parts. Before going live, you should be ready to contact media (local and otherwise), start advertisements, run promotions, send out free samples to bloggers and influencers and keep pushing and expanding your reach every day. For example, one major undertaking was to search for direct email contacts for all the magazine, Newspaper, TV, and University newspaper editors that I could find. Then one by one, I hit them up and try to get a story, collaboration or even a paid ad. Below is a short list of some of the neverending projects I would also work on in those early days:
Facebook Pages: Write on walls/hockey teams, fan clubs, and ski pages.
Bloggers: Find some and pitch them an angle (ie. winter is coming), free gear or reviews.
Free magazines to be included in (movie theatre mags etc)
Paid Magazine editors (UK, USA, CAN)
University/college paper editors - Stories or collaboration/contests.
Newspaper editors - Angle: "Lead into winter".
Playoff Beard Promos: Hit up hockey teams, shops, etc.
Ski Season Promos: Hit up slopes, shops, events, etc.
Look for and contact retailers for wholesale accounts.
Look into potential of running market stalls and mall kiosks.
Daily deal sites: Reach out to them.
Tradeshows: Organize and set some up.
Now I am not saying that you need to have everything ready to go before you launch, but you need a rough plan. Truth is you’ll never launch if you try to get everything all lined up. it’s going to be messy and constant and that’s ok. Just roll with it and keep planning and pushing. I had a pretty good plan in place but was really surprised when the first order came in - it was from South Korea! It seems my planning had worked and Beard hats were quickly picked up by global bloggers and the media, which was unreal! The best part was, after only one live-to-air interview on the Canadian news, it quickly went viral and more and more bloggers and ‘cool product’ sites started listing the Beardo.
What has worked to attract new customers?
Without a huge media boost, it can be tough to get new customers. I would always keep a list of ideas I had, or things I saw that other brands were doing that seemed to work. That pretty much became my neverending to-do list. The MOST exposure and returns we have seen were directly resulting from being featured by the big fish like ‘Good Morning America’, our Kickstarter, or our appearance on ‘Dragons Den’ and also having exposure from celebrities. A company called FAB (daily design deals) liked our product so much that they used it in their online campaign in 2011/12 which resulted in HUGE social media growth and a lot of sales. One thing leads to another though, so the more exposure you can get will almost certainly lead to more and more. It’s kind of a snowball effect, and that’s what you want. Out of everything we do, social media and SEO are consistently the best returns for us. When you set up your website, the first thing you should think about is SEO, and making a list of all your top keywords is just a small part of that. There are some really great google SEO guides out there and I recommend that anyone starting out should take night classes or online course for the basics, like: SEO. blogging for business, HTML, photoshop, photography. A good place to start for SEO are on the guides that Google provides. SEO is constant and you need to keep on top of it. Not only in terms of your site changes, but also google is constantly changing their own algorithms and with that, suggestions to improve your strategy. One thing I would recommend everyone do is to start following @SEOMOZ and even signing up for a trial. You’ll learn alot about SEO really quickly and it’s a great way to look into what your competitors are doing too.
How is everything going nowadays, and what are your plans for the future?
I joke with friends that I thought Beardo would be a short-lived business, and beard hats would be a fad that would be dead in 12 months. I don’t think anyone thought it would do so well, or be around so long. As long as I am still meeting people who have never seen it yet, there is always room to continue. Today, Beardo has warehouses in 5 countries and has a range of over 140 fun and functional winter headwear products and we are always coming up with new ideas! We do have plans for new products, but they are top secret!
Through starting the business, have you learned anything particularly helpful or advantageous?
As I said earlier, I have seen a lot of changes in the e-commerce space and I think the number one regret I have is not blasting Facebook ads more. When I first started advertising beard hats on facebook it was just to grow the fanbase as the objectives today simply didn’t exist. I started out with about $10-20 a day and at a cost of about $0.01- 0.02 per fan - it grew really fast! Back then I thought $70-140 a week was quite a lot of money to spend on advertising, and kinda thought things would stay the same… I was dead wrong. Facebook changed their algorithm and cost per reach, which basically means to get that same fanbase growth you would have to spend thousands a day. It’s also now nearly impossible to speak to your own fans through organic reach with your posts without paying, so that’s a big bummer. Back when we had 10k fans, we would get 500-1000 likes per post. Now we have 330k and are lucky if we get 10 likes. We should have been focused more on channeling our fans into email subscription as it allows for a direct method for contact. I think there is no real model for success that covers all brands and products, you really never know what will work and what will fail and just because something works for one brand doesn’t mean it can be reproduced. You should try everything and don’t be afraid of failure and definitely don’t get hung up on failure. Move forward and try your next idea. If you are out of ideas, Google, follow others or ask around. I think a major attribute of a successful entrepreneur is not just driven but creativity and the ability to think outside of the box, so trust your weird ideas.
What platform/tools do you use for your business?
We now use Shopify because it is nearly impossible to crash it! We have tried and have even had hundreds of thousands of concurrent visitors on the site with no issues. Not even a flicker. One of my friends just had her bikini site crash last night because she wasn’t prepared for a big rush of visitors and it’s been down for nearly 15 hours now. Do yourself a favor and go with Shopify. We also use the Product Upsell App through Shopify as well as discounts, reviews, and BitPay which allows people to pay using bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. We also accept Paypal and Shopify payments too.
What have been the most influential books, podcasts, or other resources for your business?
I really liked the 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferris. It’s a bit of fiction, but gets you thinking out of the box! Besides that, I don’t really look for business motivation. I am more interested in design inspiration, so I just look at lots of strange art, and try to travel as much as possible to open my mind to new ideas.
Advice for other entrepreneurs who want to get started or are just starting out?
If you are looking to start out online, you should remember that simple is better. When designing your website try to make it as streamlined as possible. That goes for product design, packaging and ads as well! Simple is better and trial and error is the key, so keep testing. Some issues I see are things like spending too much money before you have even started. These days you can start with an idea and turn it into millions before you even have product! Just look at Kickstarter.com. It’s a perfect place to launch and trial your product or idea to see if others are even interested. If it gets funded, perfect! If not, you hopefully haven’t spent too much and can move to the next idea. We did a kickstarter of our own in 2013 and it was the reason we were able to launch our line of ski masks! You can also start out on the cheap by selling on a platform like Etsy and try to grow a fanbase and revenue that way before blowing your paycheque on a fancy website. Things like patents and trademarks are important but easily done without spending tens of thousands on legal fees. Trademarks are especially easy, so before getting a lawyer, check it out yourself! The most important thing is to trust your gut and go with it. There are lots of people out there with great ideas but who are too afraid to start. Interview at https://www.starterstory.com/beardo-beard-hat
So someone told me if I accept bitcoins on my website, I get free advertising/upvotes from you guys?
I sell cosplay costumes through my Shopify site: www.cosforia.com. They just fully integrated with Bitpay, which lets me accept bitcoin payments while being insulated from exchange rate fluctuations. So I figured, why not, there's literally no harm to me for doing my part to support bitcoin adoption, and I might even get an extra sale or two. I'm also doing a Bitcoin Black Friday sale - 25% off everything with discount code: Satoshi. I only just started learning about this thing, but I'm already very excited to see where it goes! Edit: Thanks Shaypar from Shopify for enabling the bitcoin payment icon on my site!
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