We often share stories of e-commerce merchants that use Ecwid E-commerce to build their stores from the ground up. However, not only small business owners use Ecwid E-commerce to grow their stores.
Ecwid also partners with a variety of site builders, agencies, and payment providers to present their clients with an e-commerce solution. And these success stories are just as inspiring! Don’t believe us? Keep reading.
Beirut-based digital marketing agency Maze needed an affordable, customizable, and easy-to use e-commerce solution for their clients. By partnering with Ecwid E-commerce to become a white label reseller, this allowed them to support their existing clients and attract new ones — all while growing their revenue by 500%!
Looking for an E-commerce Solution
As with other agencies, Maze’s initial experience in working with e-commerce came at the request of their clients. It wasn’t until they had invested in an array of different e-commerce platforms that they soon realized the benefits and long-term advantages of offering their own platform. A standalone solution would allow them to scale revenue generated from reselling e-commerce and offer additional services to new clients.
With some clients already using WordPress to manage their websites, WooCommerce seemed like an obvious choice to invest in. However, WooCommerce required additional hosting expenses and the implementation process resulted in a lengthy turnaround that fell short of their client’s expectations.
Maze began researching alternative e-commerce platforms, prioritizing the most affordable solution for delivering customized stores in as little time as possible.
Comparing E-commerce Platforms
Maze invested in a few options, including Shopify and Volusion, both of which start at $29 per month for their basic plans.
They then found Ecwid, where basic paid plans are almost half the price, at only $15 per month.
Beyond its exceptional affordability, Ecwid’s customization options made it easy for Maze’s agency and their clients to design a stylish store without help from a developer.
We were spending too much time and money on custom development. Before Ecwid, our e-commerce solutions were expensive and time-consuming, not ideal for clients who need to be online quickly.Joe Abi Raad, Maze Co-founder
Ecwid’s localization features also benefited Maze, because they could customize payment options relevant to the businesses operating in their region. With clients in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, this was not only a benefit, but practically a necessity.
Maze partners with multiple region-specific payment providers which are supported by Ecwid’s platform. And with 50 additional payment providers, Ecwid never penalizes you for using one over the other on any given transaction.
Advantages of a White Label Solution
Joining Ecwid’s white label partner program allows companies to purchase Ecwid plans at a deeply discounted price, rebrand them under their own platform, and resell them to their clients at a price that makes sense for them.
Maze partnered with Ecwid as a Gold level reseller, which gave them a 45% discount on all of Ecwid’s store subscription plans. Maze customized the platform with their own branding to release their first-ever SaaS product offered to clients, MEM Ecommerce.
Given the resale discount, Maze was able to offer e-commerce to clients at the competitive starting price of $19 per month, earning them a profit margin of nearly 60% on all monthly paid store plans!
Being There for Their Clients
To further support their clients, Maze helps them migrate from other platforms, set up and launch their stores. They also custom design and develop clients’ stores and promote them by utilizing Maze’s core services in digital marketing and advertising.
If we can successfully help clients start selling online — it gives us the opportunity to offer a complete service package that includes our marketing efforts. And ultimately, we give merchants the tools needed to succeed.Joe, Maze Co-founder
With MEM Ecommerce, Maze had their client’s stores launch in as little as one to two business days. This speedy turnaround proved to be invaluable to Maze, as many small businesses in their community needed a quick online store solution.
The COVID pandemic along with the devastating explosion that took place in their home city of Beirut has forced many local brick-and-mortar businesses to start selling online. Maze recently kicked off their initiative “Let’s get your business started again” to help local businesses affected by the tragedy with free consultations and modestly priced resources.
Results and Future Plans
Since joining the Ecwid partner program, Maze has seen a 500% increase in revenue, attributed to e-commerce. While digital marketing services are their specialty, reselling e-commerce has them on track to reach 15% growth in their overall services revenue by the end of 2020.
Maze reselling e-commerce has resulted in success for their clients as well, who have now seen a 335% increase in sales.
Maze is currently building service packages that provide businesses full-service e-commerce, from backend development to online store deployment and beyond. From being able to customize Ecwid’s white label solution, they’ve successfully bridged the gap between their core services in digital marketing and meeting the needs of their clients.