Top 13 E-commerce and Shopify Experts to Follow in 2018

The words “Ecom Expert” or “Shopify guru” are thrown around A LOT these days. Self-proclaimed gurus who peddle low-quality content to inexperienced merchants for $ are seemingly everywhere. That is why the time has come for the ultimate Shopify and E-commerce experts to follow list.

Tons of entrepreneurs and experts share strategies, tactics, tips, hacks, tools, data, and so much more on social media through blogs, videos, and podcasts. However, with hundreds of experts, how do you find the ones worth listening to?

An important note about this list

Want to launch and scale a thriving e-commerce business on Shopify? Listen to people who’ve “been there, done that.” That is why we have asked Shopify merchants who use Loox one simple question: “Who are the experts whose advice has proven to be the most useful to you and your business?”

The experts on this list have been hand picked by our customers and have proven their value to the community time and time again. While many entrepreneurs on this list do offer paid premium training programs, you can get plenty of value for free either on their social media profiles or content like blog posts, newsletters, and YouTube videos. We believe you will definitely learn something new every single day from these 13 Shopify and E-commerce experts, so make sure to subscribe!

1. Kurt Elster

Kurt is a senior e-commerce consultant and Shopify Plus partner, public speaker and the host of The Unofficial Shopify Podcast, the single most popular independent Shopify podcast by far.

His agency, Ethercycle is focused exclusively on helping Shopify store owners generate massive revenue growth. In addition, Kurt regularly writes on the Shopify blog.

2. Ezra Firestone

Ezra went from starting his first e-commerce store in 2007 to running multiple successful businesses that bring in $20+ million in yearly revenue.

Now Ezra is the CEO at Smart Marketer, where he and his team run multiple e-commerce stores and then leverage their experience to help other entrepreneurs succeed. On Ezra’s profiles, you can find plenty of weekly content, premium training, live events, and videos.

He is also the mastermind behind several popular Shopify apps.

3. Jon Loomer

If you are running ads on Facebook (which you probably are), you must follow this guy. He helps marketers and business owners to take their marketing to the next level with the help of advanced Facebook marketing strategies.

Jon offers plenty of insightful articles on his website. If you are serious about Facebook ads – make sure to subscribe.

4. Frank Hatchett

Frank Hatchett is the world-leading dropshipping and e-commerce expert who offers a lot of value to his followers online. You can get tons of content by subscribing to his YouTube channel and free to join a Facebook group where he shares awesome free videos and blog posts.

When you are ready for more, he also offers paid training courses called eCom Elites as well as a Shopify theme called eCom Turbo that helps stores boost sales. Frank’s Ecom Elites course is considered to be one of the best dropshipping training available in the industry today.

5. Justin Cener

Justin Cener is a serial entrepreneur from Los Angeles who successfully started multiple ventures in various verticals. His specific expertise lies in his outstanding skills in driving targeted traffic with Facebook Ads. Justin offers plenty of information on his Facebook group and the YouTube channel.

6. Kevin David

Kevin has become a 7+ figure e-commerce seller utilizing Amazon FBA, Shopify and Facebook ads. Since he started his mentorship courses, he has taught hundreds of thousands of inspired Entrepreneurs about running a successful e-commerce business.

His goal? Teaching thousands of like-minded individuals to leave their 9-5 jobs behind. His YouTube channel has plenty of free videos and is a great place to start learning how to launch and scale your Shopify store.

7. Storetasker – Shopify Experts

Sometimes you need to outsource certain technical (and not so technical) tasks to someone who knows what they are doing. Storetasker is a community of highly qualified Shopify experts who take care of your Shopify jobs, so you can focus on what truly matters – growing sales.

Their Facebook group is a great resource to ask for advice on anything Shopify related. Storetasker is definitely one of the most relevant and engaged Shopify-related communities in the world, which offers high-quality discussions and practical tips for long-term success.

Don’t miss their LIVE series with Timothy Dann-Barrick held weekly that showcase notable Shopify Experts and Partners that offer free added value to help grow your business in areas of Email marketing, traffic generation, conversion rate optimization and more.

8. Anton Kraly

Drop Ship Lifestyle by Anton Kraly was voted “Best e-Commerce Course” in 2017 by Shopify. Quite an endorsement in and of itself! But Drop Ship Lifestyle is more than a course, it’s a community of entrepreneurs that know how to get results and support each other through every step of the journey.

9. Adrian Morrison

One of the top Facebook marketers in the world, Adrian has generated millions of dollars for his e-commerce businesses and partners using Facebook Ads. Adrian’s premium training program is not cheap; however he offers plenty of free goodies on his Facebook page, so make sure you follow for free advice!

10. Yousef Khalidi

Yousef has been once a struggling ecom entrepreneur who didn’t know what he was doing. After hitting it big with Teespring, Yousef now runs the most passionate (and unconventional!) community in the T-shirt industry where he shares his knowledge and strategies. Especially relevant for Print on Demand and Dropshipping stores.

11. Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary is a superstar entrepreneur, social media guru, investor, and author. He is somewhat of a legend in the e-commerce circles and has a lot of amazing stories to tell, like for example how he created an elaborate ad campaign targeting one single person.

He rose to fame in the late ’90s after establishing one of the first e-commerce wine sites, WineLibrary helping his father grow the family business from 4 to 60MM in sales. To get a bit more background on how Gary has built his e-commerce empire, read this insightful interview on Shopify.

He runs a Q&A show on YouTube that is packed with value.

12. Nick Peroni

Nick Peroni is a high-powered entrepreneur and the creator of Ecom Empires – the FIRST online group and platform where aspiring merchants can get high-value online training for free.

The Ecom Empires community is probably one of the best places online to ask questions. In addition, Nick provides plenty of training videos.

13. James Beattie

James is an e-commerce expert generating over 6 figures in revenue per month. Did we mention that he is in his early twenties? His YouTube channel has plenty of videos with tons of info to get even the complete newcomer to Shopify up and running.

These are the experts that our customers have vouched for. Can you think of someone else who definitely should be on this list? Let us know in the comments below!

Vera Smirnoff - Marketing Director at Loox Vera Smirnoff Vera Smirnoff is the Marketing Director at Loox, a top-rated photo reviews app for Shopify that is loved by over 50,000 stores worldwide. By making it easy and rewarding for your customers to submit photos, Loox generates tons of photo reviews and displays them in stunning review galleries boosting credibility, trust, conversions, and sales.
Vera Smirnoff - Marketing Director at Loox
Vera Smirnoff

Vera Smirnoff is the Marketing Director at Loox, a top-rated photo reviews app for Shopify that is loved by over 50,000 stores worldwide. By making it easy and rewarding for your customers to submit photos, Loox generates tons of photo reviews and displays them in stunning review galleries boosting credibility, trust, conversions, and sales.

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