Marketing for Shopify Partners

I'm Keir Whitaker — A product & engagement marketing specialist helping Shopify focused businesses attract new customers, build their reputations, and help their merchants prosper.

A Bit of History

Hello! I'm a product and engagement marketing consultant based in Bath, UK.

Today I specialise in helping Shopify focused app companies, theme developers, and agencies grow and thrive with a relevant, friendly, and educational approach to marketing.

MC Duties at Shopify Pursuit London 2018

MC Duties at Shopify Pursuit London 2018

I've been working in the web and technology industry since 2000 and have held a number of roles in web design & development, product marketing, content strategy, event production, and team development and leadership.

6+ Years at Shopify

Before starting my own consultancy business I spent six years working at Shopify. In 2012 I joined the Partner Program team with the responsibility of promoting the benefits of Shopify as a platform and business opportunity to the web design and entrepreneurial community.

I worked on many educational and content focused marketing campaigns including the Grow series of books, technical and business webinars, online courses, and the Shopify Partner blog.

I gave away thousands of beautifully designed t-shirts, worked on conference stand designs, ran Liquid and theme building workshops, presented at conferences including Unite and MC'd numerous conferences including Pursuit. I was also lucky enough to build and lead a team of highly motivated and talented individuals who helped bring these ideas to fruition.

After six and a half years I decided the time was right to bring my experience and knowledge of this unique ecosystem to app companies, theme developers, and agencies who need help standing out from the crowd.

Product & Engagement Marketing for Shopify Focused Businesses

It's more important than ever for businesses to engage with their customers, clients, and users in more meaningful ways. The era of one-way broadcast marketing is over.

Today businesses are eschewing traditional marketing tactics and are instead focusing on building long-term meaningful relationships through content, education, and in-person events.

Through understanding the problems your app, theme, and agency solve and a deep knowledge of your target audience we'll be able to deliver marketing that's:

Things we'll look at include:

If you would like to discuss how I can help your business I offer a free 30 minute 1:1 consultation. We'll take a close look at your current marketing activities, discuss your ambitions and identify opportunities to help you get there.

What is Product Marketing?

Product marketing is focused on understanding, and marketing to, customers. This includes helping position a product as well as creating the right messages to help drive understanding and growth. It involves working on personas, helping guide the interface, launch strategies and on-going communication around the product and its development.

What is Engagement Marketing?

Engagement marketing involves the use of content, education, customer service, and in-person events to help build meaningful relationships with the people who use, or will use, your products and services. Marketing today is shifting from one-dimensional broadcast tactics to a focus on the long term value of happy and loyal customers.

Conferences, Events, & Workshops

Since 2011 I have presented at a number of conferences in Europe and beyond. Additionally, I have devised and delivered workshops focusing on Shopify theme building, the Liquid template language, ecommerce, working in the web industry, podcasting, and the value of side projects.

As well as speaking at events, I have also been involved in producing and curating workshops and conferences. In 2016 as part of my work at Shopify my colleague Cat Hunter and I put together the first A Day With Shopify conference in Bristol, UK. It attracted 150 Shopify Partners from 13 countries and was the forerunner of a five-country tour in 2017, and morphed into Pursuit for 2018.

Highlights from A Day with Shopify: Bristol, UK 2016

These experiences have given me a unique insight into the value of in-person events and the benefits they can bring to a business. Helping select speakers, craft their story, and hone their presentations has been a very rewarding experience and one I hope to do more of.

Writing, Editing & Podcasting

Over the last ten years I have contributed to many online and print publications including Net, Smashing Magazine, Tuts+, Creative Bloq, and SitePoint. From 2011–2012 I served as an editor with the amazing team at Smashing Magazine helping curate and edit articles that appeared weekly. In 2017 I was delighted to be asked to be the techinical reviewer for Gavin Ballard's Apress book "The Definitive Guide to Shopify Themes: Master the Design Skills to Build World-Class Ecommerce Sites".

In 2018 I started Leader of the Pack — a blog dedicated to my obsession with carry-on luggage and travel. I regularly review bags and accessories and produce round-ups of interesting travel-related news.

Back in 2013 Kieran Masterton and I started a web industry focused podcast called The Back to Front Show. We've amassed 49 episodes and plan on getting back behind the mics for #50 one day! Podcasting is a great medium and, done well, can lead to unexpected returns.

Previous Positions & Projects

Pre 2008

Prior to moving to the West Country from London in 2008, I worked at a small web development agency with a focus on large scale data-driven web applications as well as undertaking a variety of freelance projects. Pre 2004 I held a number of mostly web related positions in the NHS (National Health Service) in East London, UK.

Before the internet was even a thing I worked at the Royal Albert Hall in the box office. I have many funny tales from this era, feel free to quiz me if we meet.

Say Hello

If you would like to learn more about how I can help your Shopify focused business I offer a free 30 minute 1:1 consultation. Fill in the form and I'll get back to you within one working day with more details. Alternatively, if you fancy a chat or have something to say then please feel free to get in touch.