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Our Picks for the Best Shopify Apps

Last Updated: August 19, 2022

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If you’re running an e-commerce business, chances are you’re using Shopify for your online store.

With its countless themes and templates, there are many ways to customize your website to fit your branding and make things easier for your customers.

But themes and templates aren’t all that Shopify has to offer. Its real power comes from the numerous applications you can integrate with your website.

These integrations and more are the top reasons why many people are making the switch from other platforms to Shopify.

If you’re from WooCommerce, you might want to check this in-depth comparison.

These applications enhance your website’s capabilities and improve user experience. Here are the top Shopify apps that you must try on your website:

CHAPTER ONE

Payment Options

Your Shopify store is built to convert, and your payment system is the culmination of that process.

Some integrations work well, while some add some clunk to your website, turning off your customers.

To avoid that, here are our top payment apps for Shopify:

Smartrr

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Unlike most payment and subscription apps on the market, Smartrr offers advanced subscription options for your customers.

Furthermore, you can create a branded customer portal, providing a consistent brand experience for your subscribers.

It has different pricing options, namely:

  • Launch: $99/month
  • Grow: $299/month
  • Excel: $499/month

There’s a two-week free trial of Smartrr for those who want to check out this payment app.

Recharge

Another top Shopify app for payment and subscriptions is Recharge. You may be more familiar with this since this is the most commonly adopted integration for Shopify stores.

What sets Recharge apart from Smartrr is its pricing. You can install this top Shopify app at no cost (which is also why it’s preferred by many eCommerce owners).

However, it has a pro version which costs $300 per month that gives you an enhanced customer portal and analytics.

CHAPTER two

Social Proof

If there’s one element that gives maximum credibility to your business, it would be social proof.

While several Shopify integrations do this, these are the top Shopify apps that you should use for your social proof:

Yotpo

Yotpo is used for larger e-commerce stores that leverage user-generated content daily. Regarding social proof, Yotpo is like an all-in-one Shopify app. They enable you to:

  • Collect reviews from your customers through SMS or emails
  • Collect high-quality reviews from high-converting topics
  • Respond to customer reviews with a relevant question

While Yotpo is not free, its suite of features is excellent for keeping your customers engaged while providing and collecting social proof for your brand.

Its most affordable “Growth” plan starts at $15 per month, while its flagship “Prime” tier starts at $119/month.

Okendo

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Another great Shopify store app for social proof and reviews is Okendo.

It’s fully integrated with Klaviyo, making it easier to showcase reviews of your products through emails.

Okendo also offers easily-customizable review displays that you can place all over your Shopify website.

They have widgets and brand customizations that you can leverage to ensure a seamless brand experience.

You can install this top Shopify app starting at $29 per month. However, its more powerful pricing options can go as high as $499 per month, depending on your needs.

Okendo is a premium social proof integration that can push your reviews into Google ads, search results, and big box syndication.

Judge.Me

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Judge.Me is a great budget option for smaller stores. You can automatically request reviews from your customers and display their reviews in different ways across your website.

Like other premium Shopify top apps in this list, Judge.Me also offers customer engagement capabilities through Q&A forms and more.

You can install Judge.Me for free. However, an “Awesome” plan lets you remove the Judge.Me branding and create an all-reviews page for your store. This paid plan will only cost you $15 per month.

CHAPTER three

Social Feeds

Social feeds can make your website look great and inform your customers about what you post on your social media accounts.

Of course, you want to maintain lightning speed and avoid cluttering your website.

Based on our experience, there are two top apps for Shopify that fits these criteria:

Instafeed

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The first one is Instafeed. It displays your Instagram feed, so your users will see what you’re up to on your Instagram account.

Other Instafeed features include:

  • Full support for desktop and mobile layout
  • Support for images, videos, and even reels
  • Filter your Instafeed by hashtag

This top Shopify app can be installed free to use its most basic features.

However, it also has paid plans, including:

  • Pro: $5.99/month
  • Plus: $19.99/month

FourSixty

Another excellent option for shoppable galleries is FourSixty.

While it can also integrate your IG feed into your website, it takes things a bit further with any user-generated content for your business.

You can create product page galleries with different styles, customize the displayed content, and tag multiple products in your feed.

There are three pricing packages for FourSixty:

  • Core: $50/month
  • Complete: $300/month
  • Complete Plus: $500/month
CHAPTER four

Filter and Search

Site search is a powerful tool to help customers find the perfect product for their needs.

These Shopify add-ons will make the searching experience even better in your eCommerce store:

Search Spring

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Search Spring is an excellent option for larger Shopify stores with numerous categories and products to sell.

You can use search spring to improve product filtering, search, and customer recommendations.

However, all these features don’t come cheap since its most basic “Essential” plan will cost you $599 per month. Its other plans include:

  • Advanced: $799/month
  • Expert: $999/month
Christi Carnahan

Search Spring’s white glove service is second to none. You definitely get what you pay for. Their customer support and implementation team go above and beyond to ensure you get the most out of the service. It is jam packed with features and functionality that reach past just search and filter with merchandising options and personalization and recommendations based on the entire shopper journey and real user behaviors.

Christi Carnahan, Digital Strategist

Product Search & Filter

Product Search & Filter, which can be found in the Shopify app store, is another search app you can use in your online shop.

Unlike Search Spring, Product Search & Filter can be installed at a very affordable price.

However, Product Search & Filter isn’t a letdown since it replaces the native search’s logic with its own and allows small to medium e-commerce stores advanced filtering options.

This Shopify app can be placed anywhere on your website and even measures the sales generated by your store.

There’s also an upsell and cross-sell feature that you can leverage in your online store.

They have a three-tier pricing model:

  • Regular 1: $19/month
  • Regular 2: $29/month
  • Regular 3: $49/month

Power Tools

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Another search integration you’ll find in the Shopify app store is the Power Tools Suite. With this search app, you can:

  • Create and manage product filters
  • Change product prices in bulk
  • Add, remove, and change product tags
  • Create product collections

Power Tools is also optimized for mobile, which is excellent for online stores that generate sales from mobile users.

While it’s not free, you can have a 14-day trial of Power Tools. After that, you’ll pay $15.99/month to use this top Shopify app.

CHAPTER five

Data Management and Utility

Managing a Shopify store means you’ll have to manage a lot of data and update it regularly. This can become overwhelming, especially with the number of products you’re trying to sell.

Here are the top Shopify apps for data management and utility:

Arigato

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One of the best apps for Shopify is Arigato. This nifty store integration allows you to edit your product tags and meta fields in bulk. There are tons of things you can do in Arigato, including:

  • Send emails
  • Make a Trello card
  • Send Slack messages
  • … and more.

While it’s not free, there are flexible pricing options to accommodate your needs and finances:

  • Basic: $15/month
  • Shopify: $25/month
  • Advanced: $40/month
  • Plus: $100/month

Matrixify

Shopify has a limitation in how much data you can edit and manage. This is where Matrixify comes in.

With Matrixify, you can update product fields, variants, and meta fields. You can also import and export data from your blogs.

There are tons of features and integrations for Matrixify, and you can have them starting at $20 per month. Its most expensive “Enterprise” option will cost you $200 per month with unlimited capability and 10 times more speed.

Metafields Guru

Metafields Guru is another data management app for Shopify. However, unlike Shopify’s native data management app, Metafields Guru is more secure and user-friendly.

It’s free to install but charges $1 per 1,000 app credits. Their other pricing plans include Adept ($9 per month), Guru ($19 per month), and Guru Plus ($59 per month). The charge per 1,000 app credits still applies to all plans.

CHAPTER six

Marketing

Your Shopify store won’t grow without some marketing tools. In this section, we’ll discuss the Shopify top apps for marketing that you can use to grow your store.

Privvy

Privvy is designed to grow your email list, increase your online sales, and get more repeat purchases.
It has advanced targeting, allows you to generate popups yourself or with templates, and runs pre-built campaigns.

Suppose you’re looking to create professional-looking newsletters, promos, or any marketing email. In that case, Privvy is an excellent option for you.

It’s free to install, but you’ll have to subscribe to their paid plans if you want to send emails to more than just 100 email contacts. Its pricing includes:

  • Starter: $15/month
  • Growth: $45/month
  • Conversion Only: $70/month

Klaviyo

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Klaviyo is undoubtedly the leader of email marketing for e-commerce stores.

Klaviyo has already integrated into numerous Shopify applications, making creating a workflow with them very easy. It has expanded into SMS marketing as well.

There are tons of templates that you can use for your marketing campaigns.

It’s initially free, but you’ll have to pay once you exceed 1,000 contacts. Its email-only plan starts at $45 per month, while its email and SMS plan starts at $60 per month.

Plug-In SEO

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Plug-in SEO enhances your search ranking by helping you identify and fix your store’s SEO issues.

While it has a free plan, you can choose to go for their paid plans for more advanced SEO features.

  • Basic: $29.99/month
  • Plus: $49.99/month
  • Premium: $79.99/month
CHAPTER seven

Rewards

Rewards are excellent at maintaining customer engagement and loyalty programs. Because of its robustness, we only have one Shopify app to recommend in this category.

Smile

Smile allows you to build and manage your rewards program even if you don’t have any basic coding skills.

It also has a free plan, but once you exceed 200 monthly orders, you’ll have to start choosing between their paid plans, namely:

  • Starter: $49/month
  • Growth: $199/month
  • Pro: $599/month
CHAPTER eight

Shipping and Logistics

Another critical component for Shopify stores is shipping and logistics.

Here are the top Shopify apps that make both of these tasks more efficient:

ShipStation

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ShipStation is undoubtedly one of the top apps for Shopify when it comes to shipping. It’s effortless to set up and supports many carriers in the US.

Their flexible pricing options also ensure that any business can use their shipping solution. Its Starter Plan is $9.99 per month, and its most expensive “Enterprise” plan will cost you $159.99 per month.

Loop Returns

Loop Returns is a plug-and-play solution built to streamline product returns. It has many integrations, including Klaviyo and Gorgias.

Their pricing depends on your business needs, so you have to set up a call with them to learn more.

Gorgias

Communication is vital when it comes to shipping. Gorgias aims to improve your customer service by:

  • Centralizing all your tickets
  • Consolidating customer data in one place
  • Automating support

Its pricing options are the following:

  • Basic: $60/month
  • Pro: $360/month
  • Advanced: $900/month
CHAPTER nine

Contact forms and Quizzes

Your emailing lists and customer base won’t grow if you don’t capture information from your customers. These form builders will help you do just that.

Form Builder

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You can build compliant forms and customize their styles according to your brand guidelines.

Form Builder’s free plan only allows one form and 12 fields, while the paid plan gives you all the features in an unlimited number. You can choose between $9.90 per month or $99 annually.

Product Recommendation Quiz

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Product Recommendation Quiz can be integrated with Klaviyo and Recharge. It allows you to build shoppable quizzes and even reconfigure quiz logic on the fly.

You can use the Product Recommendation Quiz to compare complex alternatives, sort out customer preferences, and provide prospects with a straightforward product choice.

It’s free to install, but you must pay for the service once you exceed 100 quiz completions per month. Its paid plans include:

  • Basic: $39/month
  • Pro: $99/month
CHAPTER tEn

Miscellaneous and Bonus

That’s all we can suggest for the must-have in your Shopify store.

However, if you want all this good stuff in Shopify plus more, here are three top Shopify apps that you don’t want to miss:

Rewind

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Rewind gives you peace of mind by allowing you to backup everything in your Shopify store. It has daily automated backups and even provides customer support if you need help.

It has a seven-day free trial. After that, you’ll have to choose between their four pricing plans:

  • Growth: $9/month
  • Pro: $39/month
  • Plus: $99/month
  • Enterprise: $299/month

Route

Route is an excellent Shopify app that allows you to track your packages and provide order protections to your customers.

You can add Route to Shopify and Shopify Plus even if you don’t have basic coding skills.
Route offers flexible pricing options, which vary based on your business needs. You can contact them to schedule a demo.

Booster: Page Speed App

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Site speed is a significant contributor to sales conversions. If your website is too slow, your customers may leave your website without buying anything. This is where the Booster App comes in.

It automatically improves page speed, so you won’t have to lose sales and revenue. It’s free, so nothing stops you from installing this app.

CHAPTER eleven

Final Thoughts: Best Shopify Apps for Your Store

Christi Carnahan, Digital Strategist at Huemor does warn, “It’s important to be selective when choosing applications to add to your store. Too many apps or unused apps can affect load time on your site. Additionally, even after some apps are deleted, they leave behind residual code that can continue to delay page load. Once an app is removed, the site should be scrubbed and unnecessary code should be removed. It’s important to weigh the app benefits against the potential effects on site performance and look at alternative options for providing the same functionality via custom code if an app does significantly effect site speed.”

Feel free to contact us with any concerns about residual code from removed apps or if you would like to improve site performance!

Overall, running your business can be overwhelming, and these apps can make your work more efficient and targeted. Still, there are many more integrations created every day so it’s best to be always on the lookout for useful and the best Shopify apps.

Check out this list of Best Shopify Stores to get some inspiration!

Meet The Author

Jeff Gapinski is the President of Huemor where he helps plan the long-term strategic growth of the agency. Jeff is passionate about UI/UX, demand generation, and digital strategy.

Originally Published

August 17, 2022

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