Using Squarespace as your CRM
Alright, alright, alright - so Squarespace isn’t a “CRM” in the most traditional sense. But if you’re a small ecommerce business, it offers everything you need to sub as one and (bonus!) all the tools you need to manage your customers are all right there in one place. Squarespace can help you manage everything from inventory to orders, payments and refunds. It can even help you manage your customers (or - better yet - help them manage themselves).
Who this works best for:
Businesses that sell solely via their website (i.e. not a brick and mortar location)
Businesses that mostly sell physical or digital products or things like subscriptions or memberships (not so good for service-based businesses, jump to the bottom for my rec on that)
Businesses with smaller inventories
Businesses with a small team
How to Run Your Online Business With One Login
(Hint: it’s all in Squarespace)
With Customer Accounts enabled, customers can access all of their payment methods, shipping addresses, shopping carts, and order information in one place. The system will even help them reset their password on their own if they forget it. TL;DR all of this saves you admin time while also helping your customers feel totally taken care of. Moving along…
Even if you don’t have customer accounts enabled (or it’s not available on the plan you’re on) - you can still see all of that information in one, organized place online.
Other cool things you can do:
View key information for each customer like order history, email address, total number of orders, average order value and total money spent.
View customer information like name, email address, shipping & billing addresses
Add information to each customer account that’s private just to you and your team - things like tags and notes to help you take great care of your customer’s experience.
Email customers directly from their profile in your store’s back end, or if you use the Squarespace Commerce app call or email them directly.
Resend emails they may have missed like order confirmations or shipping confirmations
View and manage their subscriptions
View and manage orders for digital products including resending download linkss
Fulfill orders & send order fulfillment notifications with tracking info
Print order details for packing slips
Handle order cancellations
Process full or partial refunds
View and manage inventory
Search for inventory by product titles, tags and categories or SKUs
Edit stock levels and receive notices when stock is running low
View and gift card purchases
If all of this isn’t cool enough, you can also export your order information as a CSV file so that you can provide it to your bookkeeper or accountant. If you use Xero, this can even be done automatically! So, while it’s not going to be enough for everybody, I think that there’s enough power under the hood here that lots of small businesses can have a pretty robust store all run and managed in the same platform as their web presence!
Service-based businesses - do not feel ignored! Squarespace may be the jumping off point for you but you’re gonna need something a little more… robust… to manage all the moving parts to the work you do. For you, I recommend Dubsado! I’ve been a Dubsado devotee for a few years now and it’s the #1 thing that makes running a business of one a doable thing! Proposals, contracts, invoices, payments, forms, workflows & automations and more cool stuff like scheduling tools and task boards all in one place. Anyone knows me knows I hate logging into 14 different apps (and remembering 14 “unique” passwords!) so if I can’t manage it all on Squarespace, it pretty much all happens thanks to Dubsado! Bonus! You can use my link to get 20% off your first month or year!*
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