Repeat Customer Insights now tracks how a customer was acquired. This article will explain how it translates Shopify’s data into a useful filter.
First order sources
Every order in Shopify includes the order’s source. On some orders it’s a name like
web but others it’s just a number like
This data is what Shopify uses to track which channel or app created the order but there’s not much more than that. No UTM codes, no campaign ids, or even referrer urls.
Simple, but very limited.
Behavior-wise, the first order for a customer defines much of their behavior. A customer from SEO will behave differently than an email subscriber will behave differently than one from a retargeting ad.
Repeat Customer Insights uses its order sequencing to figure out the first order’s source and assigns that as the acquisition source.
For example, if your customer first ordered online (
web) and then ordered in your store (
pos) then their acquisition source would be
web and they’d show up in reports about
Filterable Store and Latency Metrics
With the latest release of the app, you can now filter the Store Report and Customer Purchase Latency Report by the customer’s acquisition source.
Depending on your account level, you might see a few common order sources or all of the identified orders source Repeat Customer Insights has found.
There’s an additional "All" source so you can see all your overall metrics too.
Additional sources will be added over time
One problem with the order sources are those numbered ones.
They are the ID number for the app that created the order. There is no list of those IDs provided by Shopify so I have to do some sleuthing to find out which app they belong to.
If you’d like to help me, please email me at my support address and mention the app or sales channel you’d like to see added.
By tracking and analyzing the customer’s acquisition source, Repeat Customer Insights can now help you find out where your better customers are coming from. Not just by order volume, but by their long-term purchasing behavior.
Use cohorts to find out who the best customers are in your Shopify store
Repeat Customer Insights will automatically group your customers into cohorts based on when they first purchased. This will let you see how the date customers bought would impact their behavior.