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B2B Cart to Quote for Magento 2 Use Case: Enable non-registered customers to request a quote

Convert guest users into buyers, allowing quote requests for non-logged-in users

Magento 2 Cart to Quote helps merchants to negotiate quotations with customers and reach the best win-win deals in a smart and effortless manner. Taking into consideration oftentimes guest users don’t want to go through a lengthy registration process to simply request a quote, Aheadworks has made it possible for merchants to allow guests to do so. Admins can enable or disable quoting for customer groups selected in configurations. By selecting the Not Logged-in customers group, the ‘Add to Quote’ button becomes available not only for registered users for guests of the website as well. 

Let’s take a closer look at the new Magento 2 Cart to Quote features:

  • Quote submitting 
  • Negotiation via email

Quote submitting 

With an updated version of Magento 2 Cart to Quote guest users can follow the same process as registered customers. They can add products to the quote list, select their configuration and quantity, attach files, add notes to the quote to specify the details, and more. The only thing a user should do is to enter his/her name and email address while submitting a quote. These personal data are necessary for the admin to inform the user about further negotiations and updates.  

Negotiation via email

After submitting a quote, the negotiation between merchant and customer is conducted via email in the updated Magento 2 Cart to Quote. Admin can configure an email template to make sure all the vital information for customers is included. With the help of emails, users will be able to check the status of their current quote, add comments, view the history of negotiations, and take other actions by following the link in email notifications. As soon as the quote is approved, guests can follow the checkout as regular customers. In the case where a user registered after requesting a quote as a guest, they will have access to the quote in the newly created account where the negotiations can be continued.

Points to note:

How to enable B2B Cart to Quote in Magento 2 Store?

Purchase B2B Cart to Quote for Magento 2

Read reviews on Aheadworks B2B Cart to Quote for Magento 2 here.

Magento 2 Event Tickets Use Case: Provide a user-friendly shopping experience with customizable event tickets

Create personalized event tickets with an intuitive and easy-to-use ticket management system.

Magento 2 Event Tickets make it possible to create tickets for any type of event. Manage and schedule events to make them single-time or repeat. Allow customers to  book multiple time-slots of a recurrent event in the Calendar, displayed on the frontend. Offer special products that are available exclusively for sale upon purchase of a ticket. All the options mentioned above not only contribute to a user-friendly experience but also allow you to plan smart marketing strategies and increase revenue.

In today’s article let’s see some of the Magento 2 Event Tickets features in details:

  • Multiple time-slots booking
  • Event tickets emailing 
  • Familiar checkout 

Multiple time-slot booking

Engage users and drive more traffic to your store, organizing recurring events and offering multiple time-slot booking for targeted communities. As a store owner, you can set up specific days and time slots that are available for booking within Calendar Settings on the Event Product page. Once this option is enabled, a customer can select multiple time-slots within a specific quantity of days and even book different slots for a different amount of participants.

Event ticket options

Recurring event calendar

Event tickets emailing

With the help of Magento 2 Event Tickets you can create both physical and digital tickets. To make digital tickets more appealing, you can add personal details, logos, promo information, and more. Configure Ticket Email Template to facilitate your needs. Email digital tickets as PDF-attachments, nicely formatted, with personalized QR and bar-codes to cater to your customers in the best possible way. In case customers purchase tickets in bulk for a company, tickets are sent out individually to every employees’ e-mail. 

Familiar checkout 

Magento 2 Event Tickets allows you to operate tickets in the same manner as ordinary products. Create orders with tickets on the backend, send invoices, and more. Multiple tickets of different types and sectors can be purchased in a single checkout, which makes it easy to purchase tickets for the whole family and send them out to a single address. Add related, up-sell, and cross-sell products to tickets to promote particular items and improve conversion rates.

Points to note:

  • Configure different ticket types (child, adult, VIP, etc.) with individually defined ticket fees
  • Set up ticket templates to gather all the necessary information for the event
  • Specify ticket selling deadlines to motivate customers to purchase in advance, or offer Early Bird and Last Day discounts

How to enable Event Tickets in Magento 2 Store?

Purchase Event Tickets for Magento 2Check reviews on Aheadworks Event Tickets for Magento 2 here.

Magento 2 Company Accounts Use Case: Orders With Company Admin Approval

Learn how to control orders placed by employees on behalf of the company with the Company Admin Approval feature.

Magento 2 Company Accounts makes B2B comfortably possible, as it allows creating and managing company accounts, the one-parent-multiple-children hierarchies with apparent role boundaries of member-accounts.  

Company admins, having full authority, can add as many child accounts as needed, assigning business roles, and managing the status of users. Magento 2 Company Accounts 1.6.0 introduces even more opportunities to gain control over company members with a new feature – Order Approval by Company Admin. We would like to present a real-life use case from our partner which the Magento 2 Company Accounts module can help to resolve with this new option.

Example

“Our company is a client of a big manufacturer that specializes in producing equipment, its parts, and primary goods. There is a general manager who is responsible for ordering mainly expensive equipment and big batches of equipment parts, and there are other purchase managers, who order mechanical parts in small batches in case the equipment got broken or we need something urgently. 

Sometimes a problem occurs – purchase managers order too many items without approval from the general manager what can cause misunderstandings and budget overrun.

We want to require general manager approval if the limit of the order is reached by managers, so we don’t have such problems in the future”.

Solution

Aheadworks Company Accounts 1.6.0 will help to avoid such problems with the Order Approval by Company Admin feature. Company Admin can set order limits to company roles so that they require his approval if the subtotal of the order is higher than the limit. This option lets companies control orders that employees purchase on behalf of the company.

If a manager wants to place an order with a higher subtotal, it will be automatically sent for approval to the Company Admin. 

The Admin can check all order details, including payment and shipping details. 

Once the order is approved, it’s automatically placed as a new order and no other actions are required from the buyers. Both Company Admin and sub-user will get notifications about the order status change, as well as the merchant.

Point to note:

  • Roles and permissions are managed by company administrators on the front-end.

How to enable Company Accounts in Magento 2 Store?

Purchase Company Accounts for Magento 2

Check reviews on Aheadworks Company Accounts for Magento 2 here.

Your Last Guide to Understanding GDPR for eCommerce & Complying With It

You might have heard a lot about compliance with GDPR. Hopefully, by now you have learned about it and began implementing appropriate measures in order to be compliant.

But if you’re not sure about what GDPR is and why an online eCommerce store/website must comply with it! You’ve landed on the right webpage. 

Within this brief informational content piece, we’ll be answering the following questions for you: 

  • What is GDPR?
  • What does GDPR regulate?
  • Whom does GDPR apply to?
  • Why should eCommerce store owners take GDPR seriously? and
  • How can you comply with GDPR on Magento 2? 

Let’s begin!

Magento 2 Blog Use Case: Advanced SEO

Discover how Blog for Magento 2 advances your SEO while simplifying workflows across departments

Advanced SEO practice is a must to run a successful Magento 2 blog – a content pool meant not only to entertain customers but to increase the visibility of the store on the web.

Taking into account that natively Magento 2 offers no tool to run a blog, store-owners often have to engage third-party platforms like WordPress. Such integrations can turn into really complicated environments where SEO is set on a sideline.

Magento 2 Blog extension from Aheadworks is an all-in-one solution which greatly simplifies the workflow across the Content, Publishing and SEO departments of your business. Start a blog or import it to your Magento 2 store from WordPress and tweak the many configuration options that will help your content attract as much organic traffic as possible.

Discover below the advanced list of SEO features Magento 2 Blog offers to increase the visibility rankings of a store:

Magento 2 Layered Navigation: Use Case

How does Magento 2 Layered Navigation boost conversions and increase buyer retention?

Magento 2 Layered Navigation Use Case

In the current market, delivering an ultimate customer shopping experience and boosting stores’ SEO rankings with a feature-rich navigation system has become imperative. 

If you would like to equip your store with flexible and intuitive product navigation that allows customers to find items fast and effortlessly, you can make use of the Aheadworks M2 Layered Navigation extension. 

Using this extension can lead to improving buyer retention.

Magento 2 Layered Navigation introduces two options to perform accurate navigation: 

  • Single-mode and 
  • Multi-select mode

How is Layered Navigation useful for M2 eCommerce stores?

Use a Single-select category filter to orient your customers throughout catalog categories. 

Apply Multi-select mode to let your customers choose all the necessary attributes at once and see the available products.

Top 3 Cross-Selling Scenarios in Magento 2 eCommerce

Learn from the use cases of Aheadworks Add Free Product To Cart extension for Magento 2 to effectively convert advanced cross-selling scenarios.

Magento 2 Cross-Selling Scenarios - Use Cases of Add Free Products to Cart extension

The Add Free Product to Cart extension by Aheadworks facilitates powerful cross-selling scenarios for Magento 2 stores. It helps online merchants build rule-governed promos which suggest customers free or discounted products in response to their topping-up the Cart. Such scenarios are meant to increase both customer retention and average order value. It is time we show some real-life use-cases of Add Free Product to Cart and expand on the scenarios in use by the extension, namely:

  • Buy X Get Y
  • Spend $X get Y
  • Coupon

Use Case 1: Buy X Get Y

We want to be able to do the following:

  • offer customers the Y Product(s) with a discount should the X Product(s) be added to Cart
  • decide how often the scenario is to respond: first, every or every Nth time the condition is met
  • condition scenarios against the multiple attributes of the X Product(s)
  • condition scenarios against X Products subselection

Solution

Although part of the native Magento 2 Cart Price Rules, the Buy X Get Y cross-selling scenario receives further functionality in Aheadworks M2 Add Free Product to Cart. The extension allows creating explicit rules for the promo. This involves conditioning the scenario against the many product attributes and setting the frequency of response to the condition. Merchants are able to select the Y Product(s) and indicate how many of them customers can add to Cart within one offer. Moreover, the extension enforces this scenario with advanced configuration of the promo look. This is essential to make a Buy X Get Y offer clear, attractive and informative – customer-centered, in fact.

Examples

How to Import and Export Magento 2 Data: a B2B Solution from FireBear

FireBear to spur further B2B engagement into eCommerce with the Improved Import and Export extension for Magento 2 data channeling.

Magento 2 Import Export

Dozens of articles describe how the B2B segment is taking over the e-commerce market. Some of the reviewers of the matter are positive about the changes. Others are in a non-stop search of ways to deal with the reformation. For both types, the fact is clear ‒ the situation is not a momentary process, but the result of the steady development of the supply-and-demand relations.

The team at FireBear find it natural. B2B commerce promises a definitive growth in business performance while an increase in service quality leads to a substantial revenue boost. The prospects are tempting no matter the cost; however, the ignorant use of B2B strategies can seriously drop the rate of the enterprise success.

The B2B peculiarities require a sizable amount of investments and a range of support tools. Speaking about Magento 2, it still has no actual means to sustain a B2B enterprise on all the levels. One can’t do such a business without third-party helpers. So is Magento 2 B2B worth considering?

Measure & Analyze Product Performance in Magento 2

Measure product performance and create effective sales strategies with Advanced Reports, a bestselling Magento 2 extension from Aheadworks.

Utilizing Advanced Reports for Magento 2 Stores

You are in control of your Magento eCommerce success, and we, here at Aheadworks are eager to facilitate your analytical capabilities. Our Magento 2 reporting modules retrieve and populate your data in an organized and collective way, allowing merchants to analyze store performance quickly and accurately!

Let’s review how Aheadworks  Advanced Reports helps you retrieve data on product performance in your Magento 2 store.

How Much Support Does a Customer Support Team Need?

Aheadworks experts to reveal the secrets of their top-notch customer support. Come and meet the team, in an up-front talk on their job-role needs and demands. 

How Much Support Does a Support Team Need

Customer-facing roles require high stamina and resilience, even when you worship and admire your job. In a regular workday, a customer support team stretch their emotional intelligence, continuously engage in creative problem-solving, sprint for response times, collect customer feedback, analyse gargantuan volumes of information and write sharp. Awesome people are those, who help! 

Though, let’s face it, these jobs can be exhausting. The expectation for customer support fellas to be relentlessly cheery is dangerous. There is a lot of care a customer support team need too. Just think about:

  • Self-care;
  • Continuous learning;
  • Interpersonal communication;
  • Team care.

Let’s talk to experts, the highly acclaimed Customer Support team from Aheadworks. Let’s see what they say.

Solutions to Improve B2B eCommerce Experience

Aheadworks examines B2B 2020 calls to action and accentuates their Magento solutions to key up your eCommerce capabilities.

B2B eCommerce solutions

Analyzing current trends in B2B eCommerce, the demands and challenges of the sector, it comes vivid that consumerization of B2B is the reason to them all. Aheadworks acknowledge the phenomenon and stress out they have all the solutions for Magento B2B vendors to get consumerization right.

The present millenia dictates B2B experience to mirror that of B2C, and we happily fall into its charms of convenience and simplicity. 

It takes careful examination which familiar B2C features can be integrated into your eCommerce platform to target the consumerization call. Time and effort spent will pay off with dramatic enhancement of customer experience and, thereby, higher conversions. We have done a great deal of research in the field to come up with a variety of B2C eCommerce functions in particular that perfectly align with the B2B procurement process. Such comprehensive approach allowed us to elaborate a unique strategy to produce B2B eCommerce solutions, extensions and services,compatible with both sectors – B2B and B2C. 

We are now happy to reveal our findings and showcase how to respond to the present-day B2B calls to utterly improve your eCommerce experience with Magento 2.   

5 Gateways of Recurring Payments

Recurring payments made ample with multiple payment gateways to manage subscriptions and membership plans, Aheadworks claims a break-through.

5 Gateways of Recurring Payments

Aheadworks starts the season with a burst of two consecutive releases of updates to the Advanced Subscription Products, a best-selling extension for  Magento 2 stores. The success of the module feeds on the company’s keeping pace with the latest trends on the market of alternative payment methods. Ahead of innovations, we are constantly trying to predict what the future looks like. 

In 2020, 65% of all online transactions are predicted to be made using alternative payment methods.

Why the buzz

Recurring payments are at the core of the Advanced Subscription Products. These are automatic payments triggered against a pre-set schedule for subscriptions and memberships on selected products. The need to store and periodically process the details of customers’ credit cards or bank accounts on the side of the vendor raises issues for shoppers. They want the process to be secure, convenient, and fuss-free.

According to Experian, 27% of customers report abandoning a cart simply due to a lack of visible security.

Consumer demand brings about an utter response – merchants who want to deliver a customer-centric experience focused on flexibility, choice, convenience and speed opt for alternative payment methods. This empowers people to pay in a way that fits their needs and lifestyle, and takes security worries away.

How we keep you calm

How to Configure Product Attributes in Magento 2: Quick Tutorial

The assortment of any web marketplace is built on specific products with related attributes.

How to Configure Product Attributes in Magento 2: Quick Tutorial

In our foregoing user guide, we explained how to compose configurable products in Magento 2. Nevertheless, for the sensible arrangement of such product type, one should preliminary take care of the conforming product attributes. This issue will be reviewed in our today’s article.

Product Attributes Configuration

Besides featuring product’s specific info, product attributes designate the input types, say, sliders, dropdowns, swatches, and the like, of product options picked by shoppers when filtering products in a catalog.

To embark the configuration, click Stores in the Magento 2 dashboard and choose Product underneath Attributes.

Next, click Add New Attribute.