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Made in Canada for Canadians: Shopbot’s new plans for SMBs

Canada is the land of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). According to the Government of Canada, more than 95% of businesses in Canada are small businesses. 

To remain competitive, gain visibility and attract customers, small businesses have turned to ecommerce sales channels. Only in Canada, the revenue generated within the retail e-commerce market doubled from 2014 to 2018, from $22 billion in 2014 to $40 billion and is expected to surpass 55 billion Canadian dollars by 2023. 

Particularly popular among Canadian businesses are Etsy, Shopify and Shopbot.

The marketplace Etsy is currently ranking third in the number of Canadian online sellers on the platform. This year, Shopify became the 10th largest publicly-traded company in Canada.

In March 2019, Shopbot has been ranked as the number one price comparison site in Canada. It has been comparing and tracking prices from over 5 million products and deals from 1000s of stores & brands since 2004.

One would think that the adoption of online tools (marketplaces, online stores and price comparison engines) made sure everyone was on the same playing field. Right? Almost. 

The market is tough, customers are selective and funding is limited. So how can a small business have a successful online presence without getting lost in the shadow of large businesses? 

With that in mind, Shopbot has released for it’s 15th year anniversary new plans with SMBs in mind. The new plans focus on offering unlimited traffic monthly plans for a monthly fixed fee.

Shopbot’s Unlimited Monthly Plans for Small Businesses are shaking things up

Much like when the telecoms industry introduced all-inclusive plans with unlimited calls or the online streaming industry with Netflix’s unlimited movie plans, Shopbot is introducing a new billing mode. They’ve changed their modus operandus to offer businesses affordable plans side-by-side their competitors such as Google Adwords or Facebook Ads.

For as little as $29/month, Shopbot offers an advantage for small businesses to be listed alongside ecommerce giants, and the opportunity to reach the 50% of people that begin their search for a product online. 

Shopbot’s Unlimited Monthly Plans enable Canadian small businesses to cater to the 69% of consumers that value national ownership as “Most Important” or “Important” when shopping. 

What’s included in these plans?

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  • 48 Hour Setup
  • Unlimited Traffic
  • Listing of your most popular products (30 or 160 items)
  • Access to Shopbot’s Performance Dashboard
  • Access to Sales Tracker
  • Monthly Fee Only
  • No Long-Term Engagement

We all know how channels like Adwords or Facebook Ads can quickly eat away any budget with their pay-per-click pricing plans. With more than 50% of consumers preferring to buy locally made products, this is the perfect opportunity for entrepreneurs and local shops to focus on gaining visibility and reaching the right audience. 

The rise in eCommerce businesses indicates not only a highly competitive environment, but also an important consumer behaviour. 

Shopbot is showing that they’re in line what Canadian consumers and small businesses need. 

Made in Canada for Canadians.

The Shopbot Team


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