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Simplifying Shopify - How to Organize Your Store’s Collections by Variant

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    Entaice Braintrust

Hey, imagine you're walking into a huge department store, but instead of clothes and products neatly sorted into sections, everything is just piled up in one big heap. Sounds like a mess, right? Well, that's sort of what an online store can look like without proper organization. Now, let’s say you run a Shopify store. It’s going well, but you want to jazz it up by making it easier for your customers to find exactly what they're looking for. What you need is a way to group your products into collections, not just any collections, but cleverly grouped by their variants.

What’s a Variant?

First off, let’s mesh out what a variant is. In Shopify-speak, a variant is just a version of a product that comes in different options like size, color, material, etc. For instance, a T-shirt that comes in red, blue, and green, and in sizes small through extra-large.

Why Group By Variant?

Imagine a scenario: a customer arrives at your online store looking for a gown in size S. They find the perfect style, but oh no, it’s only available in size XL! Frustrating, right? Grouping products by variants like size can save this headache for your customer. It simplifies their shopping experience by letting them see only the products that meet their specific needs. This tailored experience can help reduce the noise of irrelevant options, potentially speeding up their decision-making process and improving their satisfaction – and happy customers are likely to come back!

How to Get Started

Let’s walk through how you might start grouping products by variants in Shopify. The platform doesn’t natively allow you to create collections solely based on variants straight out of the box but don’t worry; there are some workarounds and tools that can help us achieve this.

Step 1: Identify Your Needs

Before diving into any technical setup, think about what makes sense for your store. Which variants do your customers care most about? Is it size, color, material, or something else? Knowing this will dictate how you organize your collections.

Step 2: Smart Tags

One method to group products by variant is using tags. You can add tags to your products based on their variants. For example, every small size T-shirt gets a “Size-S” tag. Shopify allows you to create collections based on these tags. Here’s a simple walk-through:

  1. Go to your Shopify admin panel.
  2. Click on “Products,” and then on “All products.” Choose a product.
  3. In the product details page, scroll to the “Tags” section and add your variant-based tags like “Color-Red,” “Size-Small.”
  4. Now, go to “Products” > “Collections” > “Create collection.”
  5. Set the collection type to “Automated.”
  6. Add the condition to include products where the tag is equal to “Size-Small.”
  7. Name your collection and save it.

Repeat this for each variant you want to create a collection for. It’s a bit manual, but hey, it works!

Step 3: Using Apps

If the manual process seems like a pain, there are a bunch of Shopify apps designed to make this easier. Apps like "Smart Collections" or "Power Tools" can help you automate collection creation based on product variants. They often come with a cost but think about the time they save and the added functionality they bring.

Step 4: Update Regularly

Whichever method you choose, keeping your collections updated is crucial. New products should be tagged accordingly and checked if they fit into existing collections. Regular updates ensure a consistent customer experience.

Tips for Pro Users

While setting this up, keep a few pro tips in mind:

  • Keep your tags consistent. Decide on a format and stick to it across all products.
  • Consider using Shopify’s bulk editing tools to add tags to multiple products at once, saving you time.
  • Monitor how your collections perform. You might find that some variants are more popular than others, or some collections don’t attract much interest at all. Use this data to keep improving your store.

Wrapping Up

Setting up your Shopify store with collections organized by variants might seem a bit daunting at first, but it’s definitely manageable and well worth the effort. Improved navigation can lead to better customer experience, streamlined purchasing processes, and ultimately, more sales. Remember, the goal is to make shopping as smooth and satisfying as possible because a smooth shopper is often a shopper that returns.

So, give it a shot! With a bit of setup, you’ll have a store that not only looks great but also works efficiently. Your customers will thank you for it, and you'll love seeing those sales figures. Happy sorting!