E-Commerce Platform for Iowa Manufacturers

Hand shakes have turned digital. With the spread of COVID-19 many businesses need a new way to stay connected to their suppliers and customers though digital transactions that were once face to face.

This bootcamp produces results for businesses looking to create a new dealer portal, intranet, e-commerce store, or other digital platforms to evolve your business forward.

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Bricks to Clicks

As people have embraced social distancing as a way to slow the spread of the pandemic, there has naturally been a drop-off in brick-and-mortar shopping. This means there is an increase in online shopping as people turn to ecommerce to purchase the items they might have otherwise purchased in person.

1..2..3.. E-Commerce

Running Robots helps customers plan, execute, and measure their digital presence. We find that successful companies need to be agile (GeekSpeak for changing quickly) and pivot their business to suit the markets needs by yesterday. This requires these businesses to aquire digital tools and strategies at a rapid pace. This training program will provide the tools needed and the training to keep robots running.  

The Solution

Our guided curriculum allows users to move at their own pace while following a proven process. A success coach will oversee the progress and provide feedback as needed to reach the next phase. Upon completion, all attendees will be able to edit content and products themselves, and leverage an array of existing software that will enhance their day-to-day business. The modules listed below are self guided training sessions followed by one-on-one meetings to answer questions.

Online Success Process

The phases and modules listed below are video training sessions (5min to 30min) with one-on-one meetings for Q&A scheduled in the project plan.

  • Phase 1 | Discovery (Meet to discuss needs)
  • Phase 2 | System Introduction and Content (Hand over the new toys)
  • Phase 3 | E-Commerce (Play with the new toys)
  • Phase 4 | Product Build (Do stuff)
  • Phase 5 | Launch & Testing (Finish everything and hit the big red launch button)

Phase 1 | Discovery

The new website will offer solutions to your target audience that drive them deeper into the website content. In essence, your website will act as a salesperson for your organization.

Virtual Face-to-Face Consultants:

  • Industry leading instructors will meet with your team to gain understanding. (1hr)
  • Our staff creates a platform and builds your project outline. (3hrs)
  • You will then begin uploading the needed content to a hosted project portal – logos, product lists, images, and text.
  • The timeline for this phase is 1 week.

Phase 2 | System Introduction and Content

During the Content Gathering phase, we’ll guide you on the best way to organize your content so your customers can navigate the products quickly and easily.

The timeline for this phase depends upon the client’s scope and scale of the project.

Self Guided Learning Modules:
  • The shopping cart system tour video
  • Guided Processes
  • One-on-one Content Discovery Meeting (1hr)

Phase 3 | E-Commerce Setup

Fasten your seat belts, we’re going into hyperdrive. In the build phase you take everything you’ve learned in the previous phases and start duplicating and expanding the content structuer.

Self Guided Build Modules:
  • WYSIWYG editor
  • Forms and Data Capture
  • Mobile/Tablet Friendly Design
  • Shipping
  • Payments

(WYSIWYG) Drag-and-Drop Product Editor

Our design platform is very simple and it’s easy to add or edit products on your own. We are strong believers in do-it-yourself edits.

Forms & Data Capture

The forms and polls entries can be integrated with other third-party software. Form fields can be easily edited and managed via the administration panel.


Phase 4 | Product Build

Each system is unique and keeping your product data organized is key. We will help you understand your customers actions when they search for products and how to organize the data in a simple and efficent manner.

Self Guided Product Modules:
  • What product data to export
  • How to clean your product data
  • How to import your product data
  • Migrate customer data
  • One-on-one Q&A update meeting (1hr)

Phase 5 | Launch & Testing

Upon completion, all students will be able to edit content themselves, manage the site’s navigation, and use features that will help take the site from a old time manufacturer to a fully functional e-commerce store.

If the attendee does not reach their goals within the aloted timeframe, instructors will continue to assist as needed (within the budgeted hours for the project). Additional support at an hourly rate of $100/hour will be provided by the instructors to help complete and launch the project.

A well-designed platform must tell a story and create trust that drives sales. When done effectively, browsing products, checking out, and account creation will be a breeze. The platform holds their hand the entire way to your payday.

Select your package:

Informational Site Package – $3100 $2550

(Use cases may include: Dealer Portal, Intranet, Website, Customer Information)

+$100-300 for premium plugins as needed*

Informational Site Package includes the following:

  • Lifetime Access to Content and Training Modules
  • 1-Year hosting and maintenance from Running Robots
  • Premium Theme
  • Domain Setup
  • Forms and Payment Gateway Plug-in
  • 1-2 hours graphic design assistance
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E-Commerce Site Package – $5590 $4590

(Use cases may include: Dealer Portal with pricing, Ecommerce Website, Account Management)

+$100-300 for premium plugins as needed*

E-commerce Site Package includes

  • All features included on the Informational Site Package
  • Lifetime Access to Ecommerce Training Modules
  • SSL Certificate
  • WooCommerce install and configuration
  • WooCommerce training
  • Payment Gateway
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*Any additional plugin costs are not included in the website package. Please budget for $100-$300 for additional plugins purchased by the attendee.

Attendee Takeaways

Confidence to start selling online

Understand the tools in the toolbox to change or pivot quickly

Learn basic e-commerce standards

Create a system that sells for your business

When you hire us, you’re hiring a team of passionate designers, developers, and conceptual producers. Even though we talk a lot about strategy, process, and approach, everything we do is rooted in a deep desire to help you produce something of value.

We’re not desperate to take just any customer, and we’re not driven by a demand for ever-increasing profits. We are here to pursue our passion, and that means an honest and straightforward collaboration with you.

Questions about the process? Let’s chat!