[intro]When you have completed this Guide, you will understand how EKM’s Evolution service works, how to request it on your own EKM online shop and how to approve and decline suggestions.[/intro]
The Evolution Mode is a service that we pride ourselves on here at EKM. Our goal is to ensure that our customer’s online shops are up to date with regard to functionality and are the best they can possibly be. We do this through our Evolution Mode Team who check to see if the customer journey is effective, the design is modern and the quality of the content is appealing to maximise sales opportunities.
On the internet, in terms of both ecommerce shops and websites, design trends and styles change quickly and, amongst customers, shopping trends can change and grow at a rapid rate. An online shop that looked and performed fantastically well a couple of years ago may not be doing so well now and often the navigation, content quality and customer experience is the cause.
An Evolution Mode Designer combats this by ensuring that both the content and design are brought up to date, with complex content simplified for a better customer experience. This is a complimentary service unique to EKM, and one that has improved the experience for online shops. At EKM, the Evolution Mode Designers constantly research online trends and recommended practices to advise you which of these should be applied to your own EKM online shop.
What is included in Evolution Mode?
What Evolution Mode includes is specific to the EKM online shop in question; some shops may be older and more established, whilst others may be relatively new with small product ranges.
Logo & Colour Scheme
If appropriate, our Evolution Mode Designer can create a new logo for you, which includes a small number of revisions. They may also suggest a new colour scheme for your EKM online shop too that better suits your brand’s aesthetic.
The Evolution Mode Team may suggest a different Theme to the current one in use on your EKM online shop to one that better suits your industry or is more in line with current standards.
Design & Promo Images
We may also generate new banner images or promo images that reflect your brand’s aesthetic and encourage visitors to click deeper within the content of your EKM online shop.
Homepage & Featured Products
The Evolution Mode Team may suggest and elect some of your products to be listed on the Homepage or as Featured Products, to encourage sales.
The navigational structure - the order and naming of your Categories - may be amended to become more effective for visitors to your EKM online shop.
Cart & Checkout Flow
We may amend the colours and images used on the Cart and Checkout Flow to ensure that they match the aesthetic of your EKM online shop.
If there is not one already, we may add a ‘Welcome’ or ‘About Us’ element to your EKM online shop to encourage visitors to learn about your brand.
USP & Brands
The Evolution Mode Team may suggest adding a USP section to your Theme that lists the Unique Selling points offered by your EKM online shop. Equally, if appropriate, they may recommend adding a Brands element too, so visitors can clearly see the kind of product range you provide at a glance.
If changing the Theme affects the layout of existing Webpage content, our Evolution Mode Team can help by restructuring that content to fit with the new design.
Test Shop or Live Shop?
The Evolution Mode Team will make changes to the Test Shop of your EKM online shop unless you request otherwise. Using the Test Shop allows them to work on your account without disrupting the activity on the live version of your EKM online shop, and you can see how the recommendations will display at your side. However, if you would like the Evolution Mode Team to work on the live version of your EKM online shop, they will use the Password Protect feature if requested to ensure that the shop is hidden from public view until it is completed.
How often can I request Evolution Mode?
Accounts on the Standard tier can request Evolution Mode once every six months and any approved changes will be completed for you by the Evolution Team.
How to Request Evolution
1. If the Evolution Mode Team have not yet visited your account, you can manually request that they do so. To do this, from the Dashboard, click the Settings tab:
2. On the Settings Pages, click Evolution Mode on the bottom left-hand side:
3. Click the Improve Your Shop button:
4. The Evolution Mode Team will then receive a notification and will visit your EKM online shop very soon.
[remember]If you have any questions, let the Customer Support Team know - they will be able to advise accordingly. [/remember]
How to Approve/Deny Suggestions
1. When the Evolution Mode Team visits your EKM online shop, they will make suggestions as to how it could be improved. You will see a notification on the Dashboard advising you that suggestions have been made. Click Review Improvements:
2. This will take you to the Evolution Mode page again, where the suggestions made by the Evolution Mode Team are listed. Click the More Details button on a suggestion:
3. Within the window that opens up will be details of the suggestions and why it was made:
4. If you click Accept Improvement, this will notify the Evolution Mode Team and if applicable, they will complete the task for you. If you click Decline Improvement, a second window will appear:
5. In this window, you can detail why you do not want that suggestion implemented on your EKM online shop. However, if you click No, Don’t Decline Improvement, you will be returned to the previous window to accept the recommendation. If you have added comments and clicked Yes, Decline Improvement, this will be sent to the Evolution Mode Team.
How long will it take to implement these changes?
Your EKM online shop will be placed in a queue for the suggestions to be implemented. The length of the queue does vary, but we aim to get the changes completed as quickly as possible.
What if Evolution Mode isn’t right for me?
If you would like more input on the design process, perhaps our Custom Design service would be a better option for you. We offer a great range of ecommerce website design services to suit every need. Take advantage of our team of expert designers who know exactly what it takes to create a successful online shop. Using a thorough research and development process, our designers will work to create an ecommerce design that sets you apart and is perfectly designed to boost your online revenue. You can read more about this service here.
[contact] If you need our help with your EKM online shop, contact your Ecommerce Expert or the Customer Support Team, who will be able to point you in the right direction. We're open from 8am-6pm weekdays and 9am-5.30pm weekends. If you'd like to suggest a feature or an upgrade on any of the EKM platforms, please let us know on the EKM Suggestions Board. If you have a non-account specific question to ask the EKM Team, join us in EKM Community. If you need some inspiration for your EKM online shop, listen to our podcast on iTunes and Spotify.[/contact]