LiveRecover Founder Sells Firm, Buys OrderBump



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 12 months later, he offered the corporate to Voyage SMS, a text-message platform.

He instructed me, “After we offered LiveRecover, I took the summer season to concentrate on 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 throughout the checkout course of. Hegstad bought the enterprise in November 2021.

He and I not too long ago mentioned the sale of LiveRecover and the acquisition of OrderBump, together with his plans for development.

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

Eric Bandholz: You offered LiveRecover.

Dennis Hegstad: Sure. After a few failures and a smaller exit final 12 months, 2021, we went by way of the method of making an attempt to promote LiveRecover. It wasn’t listed on a market or with a dealer. We had lots of unsolicited curiosity as a result of we have been one of many few SMS apps with scale that had not raised outdoors cash. From about Q3 2020 till the summer season of 2021, we spoke with a couple of potential acquirers. We ended up promoting to some nice folks.

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

Hegstad: Proper. We centered on real-time conversations with prospects. 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 obtained into ecommerce throughout the MySpace heyday, roughly 2008. I understood promoting issues on-line. There are such a lot of facets — constructing the gross sales funnel, the artistic, data of each promoting platform and gross sales channel, and conversion optimization instruments.

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

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

So I took coding lessons, 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 find out 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 offered LiveRecover, I took the summer season to concentrate on cross-country operating. Then I grew to become bored. I wanted to get again into one thing.

Quite than begin an organization from scratch, I made a decision to purchase a smaller software program enterprise and concentrate on rising it.

I had identified the OrderBump house owners by way of social media. They’ve an internet improvement company known 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 excited by 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 might have shoelaces. We goal impulse purchases of associated gadgets.

Bandholz: Did you deliver your companion into it?

Hegstad: No. He and I are engaged on one thing outdoors 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 instructed.

Bandholz: How does OrderBump know what to advocate?

Hegstad: A service provider with, say, 1,000 SKUs won’t know what gown matches a specific model of footwear. 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 shoppers, 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 characteristic 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 is determined by the stage. There’s a pre-purchase upsell once you’re getting into your card, identify, and phone 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 may add gadgets to your order. After that comes the thanks web page.

All three levels are alternatives for upsells. However a service provider might additionally provide down-sells, which observe upsells. Say an upsell provide is a pair of socks for $2 off. If the shopper declines, a down-sell provide 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 characteristic particular to Shopify Plus retailers. In the event you don’t have Shopify Plus, you may’t management the JavaScript at checkout. In the event you’re on Shopify Plus, we are able to inject upsells into your checkout, which might be the perfect place to do it.

Different apps have solved post-purchase suggestions. We added it not as a result of we have been the perfect 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 comparable. Then there’s a sidebar placement, which is the order particulars.

On cell, it’s all condensed into one. And cell 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 subsequent Klaviyo or one thing value lots of of tens of millions of {dollars}. And I don’t have buyers to please. So if I need to get up and do nothing, that’s what I’m going to do.

However I’m excited. It’s enjoyable constructing a top quality product. If it grows to $1 million in recurring annual income, mission achieved. I don’t need to work on it for years. I might 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.



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