we want to have full e-mailmarketing integration for cs-cart but this seems hard because there are no off-the-shelf API's for any of the major players, such as Klaviyo and Mailchimp.
Mailchimp and Klaviyo are both extremely powerful tools for e-mailmarketing offering product database integration (so you can easily select and add your products in you newsletters), segmentation, etc etc.
All the plugins out there provide some basic functionality but none of them seem to take full advantage of the possibilties and basically just forward the subscriber details. After a long talk with Klaviyo it became clear how powerful their platform really is, and how many options are unavailable to us, but there is no API for cs-cart and writing it will be costly.
I am curious to know from any cs-cart users and/or any devs here:
- what solutions do you use for e-mailmarketing?
- are there any devs that have already offer or are capable of developing a full API?
- what would it cost to write a cs-cart API / plugin?
- who is interested in working together and either share the costs? Maybe with sufficient interest a dev here would be interested in developing an API / plugin (platform to be discussed) for sale on cs marketplace. I am convinced this would become a very popular plugin very quickly, because I've seen how much this increases and how much time it saves.
Currently I feel this is a major weak point for CS-cart and should be addressed. But perhaps my conclusions are wrong and there are in fact powerful solutions that take full advantage of all the possibilities for e-mailmarketing (which seem to be readily available for all other populair webshop systems).
Im curious, why not make it a plugin if you've done a couple already?
I will e-mail for a quote
@poppeweb defines it pretty well. It's a business decision.
To make a "product" (for us anyway) it has documentation, licensing, upgrade and other automation built in. Maintaining that for a couple/few installations isn't worth it. When version 5 comes along, we will be dramatically reduce our product offering to only a few of our best sellers from V4 for V5 (depending on what that turns out to be). I.e. Auto Mail,Squarepay, Checkout Summary Fields, possibly our EZ Charities addon and our Vendor Plans Plus for MVE.