LiveRecover Founder Sells Firm, Buys OrderBump

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Dennis Hegstad first appeared on “Ecommerce Conversations” in October 2020. He had co-founded LiveRecover, an SMS-based cart restoration app, to nice success. Lower than a yr later, he bought the corporate to Voyage SMS, a text-message platform.

He informed me, “After we bought LiveRecover, I took the summer time to deal with cross-country operating. Then I grew to become bored. I wanted to get again into one thing.”

That “one thing” is OrderBump, a Shopify app for driving upsells through the checkout course of. Hegstad bought the enterprise in November 2021.

He and I lately mentioned the sale of LiveRecover and the acquisition of OrderBump, together with his plans for development.

Our total audio dialog is embedded beneath. The transcript is edited for readability and size.

Eric Bandholz: You bought LiveRecover.

Dennis Hegstad: Sure. After a few failures and a smaller exit final yr, 2021, we went via the method of making an attempt to promote LiveRecover. It wasn’t listed on a market or with a dealer. We had numerous unsolicited curiosity as a result of we have been one of many few SMS apps with scale that had not raised exterior cash. From about Q3 2020 till the summer time of 2021, we spoke with just a few potential acquirers. We ended up promoting to some nice folks.

Bandholz: LiveRecover is a cool resolution — leveraging SMS to drive orders.

Hegstad: Proper. We centered on real-time conversations with clients. We weren’t the one app doing it. There was Tone Messaging, which was acquired by Attentive, and one or two others.

Bandholz: However you’re nonetheless in ecommerce.

Hegstad: I received into ecommerce through the MySpace heyday, roughly 2008. I understood promoting issues on-line. There are such a lot of elements — constructing the gross sales funnel, the artistic, information of each promoting platform and gross sales channel, and conversion optimization instruments.

After operating my very own ecommerce shops from 2009 until 2017, LiveRecover was a pure evolution. I needed to create one thing one time after which promote it ceaselessly. Plus, it’s enjoyable to assist different manufacturers generate profits.

I’m not a developer, however my co-founder is. He’s tremendous technical, a wizard. I had spent numerous cash on engineers who informed me, “Simply one other week. One other $2,000.” That ended up being $30,000, and I didn’t know what was completed.

So I took coding courses, on-line tutorials, constructing clones of Twitter, Airbnb, Reddit. Now I can undergo GitHub or learn a deploy. I understand how many traces have modified, what the nodes are, and tips on how to do these issues myself.

I’m not an engineer, however I do know sufficient to guage somebody’s work and billable time.

Bandholz: You’ve purchased one other firm. Inform us about OrderBump.

Hegstad: After we bought LiveRecover, I took the summer time to deal with cross-country operating. Then I grew to become bored. I wanted to get again into one thing.

Reasonably than begin an organization from scratch, I made a decision to purchase a smaller software program enterprise and deal with rising it.

I had identified the OrderBump homeowners via social media. They’ve an online improvement company referred to as The Vaan Group. They constructed OrderBump as a one-click upsell app, primarily for Shopify Plus retailers. I began poking round with it and requested in the event that they have been fascinated with promoting.

They have been centered on constructing web sites, not operating a SaaS enterprise. After six months of negotiations, we landed a deal that was truthful for each of us. It was an asset sale — the software program and buyer information.

The web site is It’s an app for upsells. For instance, somebody shopping for a pair of sneakers may have shoelaces. We goal impulse purchases of associated gadgets.

Bandholz: Did you convey your accomplice into it?

Hegstad: No. He and I are engaged on one thing exterior of Shopify. OrderBump is simply me because the proprietor and one other engineer who got here on board. We even have a customer support rep. Three of us, all informed.

Bandholz: How does OrderBump know what to advocate?

Hegstad: A service provider with, say, 1,000 SKUs may not know what gown matches a specific model of sneakers. However Shopify is aware of that. So OrderBump leans into Shopify’s Product Suggestions API. Shopify is aware of anonymously who you and I are, as customers, and all of the Shopify websites we’ve shopped on.

Shopify can counsel one other SKU based mostly on our nameless historical past. It’s not a local function on the Shopify platform, nevertheless.

Bandholz: Say a buyer locations three merchandise within the cart. Then what?

Hegstad: OrderBump can have a number of product suggestions. It relies on the stage. There’s a pre-purchase upsell while you’re getting into your card, identify, and make contact with data. After submitting the order, you’re redirected to the post-purchase upsell web page, the place your bank card data is held for about 5 minutes. Throughout that point, you possibly can add gadgets to your order. After that comes the thanks web page.

All three phases are alternatives for upsells. However a service provider may additionally supply down-sells, which observe upsells. Say an upsell supply is a pair of socks for $2 off. If the client declines, a down-sell supply may very well be, “Would you want a pair of laces for 50% off as an alternative?”

The worth proposition for OrderBump is in-checkout upsells. It’s a function particular to Shopify Plus retailers. Should you don’t have Shopify Plus, you possibly can’t management the JavaScript at checkout. Should you’re on Shopify Plus, we are able to inject upsells into your checkout, which might be the most effective place to do it.

Different apps have solved post-purchase suggestions. We added it not as a result of we have been the most effective however as a result of our pricing and buyer help are equal or higher.

To make clear, for in-checkout upsells, retailers have two placements on desktop. One is above the cost strategies — PayPal, Store Pay, Apple Pay, and related. Then there’s a sidebar placement, which is the order particulars.

On cellular, it’s all condensed into one. And cellular is 90% of the visitors for many sellers.

Bandholz: What’s your imaginative and prescient for OrderBump?

Hegstad: We closed on the acquisition in November 2021 — a few months in the past, as you and I are talking. We’re not going to construct the following Klaviyo or one thing value a whole bunch of thousands and thousands of {dollars}. And I don’t have buyers to please. So if I wish to get up and do nothing, that’s what I’m going to do.

However I’m excited. It’s enjoyable constructing a high quality product. If it grows to $1 million in recurring annual income, mission completed. I don’t wish to work on it for years. I’d love to rent somebody wanting to run a SaaS enterprise, give them some fairness, after which step again.

Bandholz: How can listeners attain out and keep in contact?

Hegstad: Our web site is I’m on Twitter and LinkedIn.