Upsells On your Shopify Store

Upsells On your Shopify Store


Upsell opportunities on your online Shopify store can boost your sales and lead to a better customer experience. Upselling is a good way to increase average order value.

It can also improve customer experience on your Shopify store by making related products easier to find. If you did it right, upselling make recommendations to your customers about all or related products that they would or should have bought anyway. This ensures that your customers don’t have to make a separate order for such items on your store because they were not fully aware, or search for these products on other e-commerce websites.

Upsell & Cross-sell on your Shopify Store

Upselling and cross-selling when done right, can be an integral part of your online marketing strategy through Shopify apps. But then again, let’s first discuss the difference between upselling and cross-selling.

Upselling is recommending a better version of your product or services to your customers (also showing the additional cost or price) for that version. For example, if you sell SD Cards, recommending that a customer can purchase a higher GB capacity card of the same line of SD cards would be upselling.

Cross-selling is recommending related or complementary products to your customers. For example, if you sell SD Cards, recommending cellphone accessories or cases to the customer would be considered cross-selling.

Both upselling and cross-selling are considered opportunities in your store to help you boost sales and customer experience. It can have the opposite effect when done poorly, so be extra careful. Here are some things to keep in mind as you develop your upselling and cross-selling technique:

  • Product recommendations can be a good avenue to tell your customers about a newly launched product that can benefit their purchase. Your customers may not know that you have new products in your store, and newcomers may not be familiar with the full list of products on your online Shopify store.
  • When recommending a product, it should fall within common use cases. For example, if you sell affordable SD cards geared towards customers purchasing their first entry level smartphone, recommending expensive cases or covers for cell phones would probably not lead to more sales, and may end up causing confusion for your customers.
  • A good technique is to display recommendations that are priced less than your users’ selected products, that is, recommendations that do not increase the cost or value by too much. For example, your customer is unlikely to purchase recommendations if he or she is purchasing something for $30, and you recommend related products that cost close to $100. This also makes it look like you’re doing it wrong because your pushing sales too much. Be careful, this can lead to a bad customer experience.

When designing your marketing strategy, think about what customers would most likely buy. This may seem like a daunting task, but hey, it can yield to huge or positive results. If it still seems like a lot of work, then don’t fret because Shopify has a number of apps that can automate product upsells.

Useful Shopify Upsell Apps

Recommendify ($24.95 – $79.95 /month)

Recommendify is an app that allows merchants to upsell and cross-sell items on their Shopify product pages, and the cart page. This app automatically checks all your product information to create recommendations based on similarities.

Product recommendations based on:

  • similar products
  • top selling items
  • recently viewed products
  • custom recommendations

Recommend products on the cart pageRecommend products on the cart page

This app has a cool dashboard that allows you to track clicks on recommendations, as well as the value of conversions. You can tweak your recommendations based on this information or focus on cross-selling products that convert well.

Product Upsell ($9.99 – $59.99 /month)

The Product Upsell is  Shopify app that allows merchants to add recommendations when customers add a product to their shopping cart, are viewing the cart, and when they are at the Checkout page. It creates recommendations based on the selected product, and the current content(s) of the cart. You may also create recommendations based on the dollar value of the cart.

Linkcious (Free – $70.00 /month)

The Linkcious is an app that automatically selects products to show in related product sections on your Shopify store. You can allow the app to choose products automatically, or create recommendations manually. Moreover, Linkcious gives you the option to display social networking buttons on product pages, including the Facebook, Twitter, and Google + buttons.

It also allows you to create widgets that you can use on your other websites, including a WordPress blog. You can easily design the widget in the Linkcious dashboard with a number of layout options like a list, tile, grid, and dynamic layout.

Linkcious Widget

Customize products widget 

Once you are done designing your widget, Linkcious creates a chunk of code that can be pasted into your external sites. Linkcious then picks and recommends products in the widget based on the contextual information of your site. It gives you the freedom to sell your Shopify products on other sites that you manage, instead of putting banner ads.

Unlimited Upsell – Buy X Get Y (Free – $13.95 / month)

Unlimited Upsell – Buy X Get Y is somewhat similar to Product Upsell. This app creates a mobile-ready pop-up window for product recommendations. These can be based on the related products, items in the cart, or the value of items in the cart.

It features a dashboard that allows you to track clicks and conversion rates as well on your recommendations. You may also use this app to run promotions where customers get a free product or a discount based on their purchase.

Receiptful (Free – $5.00 / month)

You can upsell and/or cross-sell to your customers even after they have made a purchase on your Shopify store. Receiptful is an app that helps you create visually rich and engaging order receipt emails, that can include upsells and cross-sells.


We all know that e-commerce websites including the big players, Amazon or eBay, upsell and cross-sell to their customers. This is an effective marketing strategy that boosts sales, as well as the average order value for your online store.

When you display related products on your Shopify store, you make it a lot easier for customers to find new things that they would look for anyway. This also improves the customer experience as they don’t need to sift through all your product pages to buy related stuff.

Shopify has a number of good apps to automate upsell opportunities. These can display product recommendations on any page on your web store, including when customers click checkout, and even in receipt emails.

Do you have product combinations on your online Shopify store that upsell really well? Tell us about your experience in the comments section below.


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