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Looking to set your Shopify store apart from the e-commerce crowd? With over 4.8 million active Shopify websites, we know it’s a big crowd. 

But don’t let that put you off. It’s exciting! There’s so many stores out there to draw inspiration from. 

Plus, we know exactly how you can make your store stand out.

We’re here to teach you how to take your e-commerce game to the next level. 

Trust us. You’re gonna hope that you’re the only person reading this. 

What we’re about to tell you is pure gold. 

Free gold. 

Have you heard of 3D e-commerce

What’s 3D e-commerce?

3D e-commerce is 2024’s next hot trend, and it will undoubtedly shape the future of retail. 

In this immersive tech, products are showcased in a three-dimensional space. Shoppers can explore and interact with the products in a more lifelike, engaging manner. 

What does this look like, though? 

Well, we’ll show you: 

3D e-commerce puts a virtual store right at your fingertips. Your customers can navigate a curated virtual space that fully encapsulates your brand. How do you want your customers to feel when they use your products?

If you’re an activewear brand, perhaps you’ll set up shop in a virtual gym. 

Selling tools and hardware? Welcome your customers to the workshop of their dreams. 

What about eco-friendly skincare? Transport your customers to a lush, lively jungle. 

Anything you can imagine, you can do. The beauty of 3D e-commerce is that it’s not tied down to physical constraints. Your brand’s virtual space can be however big and bold as you want it to be. 

Read more: Why 2024 is the year of the virtual store

How does using 3D e-commerce set your Shopify store apart?

1. Higher customer engagement

Now, we want to make one thing very clear: There’s nothing wrong with standard 2D product listings. They’re practical and a very easy way of conveying information. But they’re not memorable. 

How many times have you browsed through listings, only to forget what caught your eye an hour later?

In a virtual store, your customers become active participants. They’re not mindlessly scrolling through thousands of product listings. Instead, they’re exploring and navigating an environment that’s tailored to evoke specific emotions. 

Customers will spend far more time on your website, engaging with their surroundings. A virtual store doesn’t just showcase your products. It sparks genuine interest. 

This doesn’t just boost your store engagement. You’re providing a memorable experience for your customers. An experience that’ll make them want to return

3D experiences are a conversation starter. They leave a lasting impression that extends beyond the products themselves. 

Need we say anymore?

2. Visualisation experience for customers

3D e-commerce experiences are highly practical for your potential customers. Remember, you’re trying to stand out from the crowd. 

It’s important to provide as much value as possible on your Shopify site. You need to convince people to buy your products: A virtual space makes that a million times easier. 

If you’re selling furniture, 3D e-commerce goes beyond showcasing individual pieces. 

You can place and position the products within fully furnished rooms. Your customers can explore where each piece of furniture would fit and visualise how it would look. 

More importantly, they can imagine how they might place your furniture in their living rooms. It is a try-before-you-buy.

3. Eco-friendly

Traditional brick-and-mortar stores demand staggering amounts of energy to run. Lighting, heating, you name it. They gobble it up, leaving your carbon footprint looking like the Yeti’s shoe size. Not to mention those hefty utility bills – ouch! 

In a virtual store, it’s a different story. Digital transactions, electronic invoices, and online messaging reduce your store’s reliance on paper. Your customers can kiss goodbye to the millions of creased receipts floating around the bottom of their bags. 

And the cherry on top? There are no transportation carbon emissions associated with visiting your virtual space. Customers can clock in from the comfort of their own homes, wherever that may be in the world. 

By adopting 3D e-commerce, you can expel expenses and give Mother Nature a little breather without sacrificing an authentic store experience. Win-win-win, right?

How much does 3D e-commerce cost?

With so many great advantages, we know what you’re thinking. “Hiring developers to build a virtual store must cost a fortune!”

Not with Odyssey3D.

Odyssey3D is a first-of-its-kind Shopify plug-in that integrates a 3D virtual store into any existing 2D website. 

All a business has to do is download the app, choose their store design and add the 3D store block to their website. 

No developers needed, and no extensive coding or tech stacking, all at zero cost. 

Are 3D models part of 3D e-commerce?

Yes indeed. 3D models are a crucial component of 3D e-commerce. 

When you pick up an item in a physical store, you can examine every angle of it. You can inspect those trainers you like in greater detail before overspending on them.

Using 3D models on your website provides the same type of immersive, interactive experience. The models can be manipulated and viewed from different angles, so your customers can get a realistic view of what the product would look like in person. 

And they don’t just act as eye candy. As an e-commerce business owner, you always have to convince your customers to choose your products. Buy your products. 3D models give your brand a sense of transparency. They can ‘try before they buy’. 

After all, you wouldn’t buy a car before you’d taken it for a test drive. 

3D models and virtual stores: Do they mix?

It’s a simple equation. Add together the benefits of both 3D models and virtual stores, and you’re left with a winning combination. 

3D models add dimension to virtual stores. Customers can still touch, rotate and inspect products like they would in a physical store. 

Virtual stores add an extra layer of immersion to 3D models. They bring them to life, showcasing them in an exciting, interactive environment. Customers can see the products in the environment that you’d want to showcase them in instead of in front of a dull, white screen. 

The two technologies only amplify each other’s strengths. 

And with Odyssey3D Forge, customers will be able to upload their 3D models to their virtual store. 

So, there you have it.

There’s the free gold that’ll make your Shopify store shine in the crowded e-commerce landscape: 3D E-commerce. 

The best part? You don’t need a fortune or any technical prowess to start. Odyssey3D’s Virtual stores are free and set up in less than 3 minutes. 

All you need is belief and a burning desire to lead the e-commerce revolution. 

So take the plunge, explore Odyssey3D, and set a new industry standard. 

We’ll see you on the other side!