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Don’t skip the cart reminders. Take advantage of warm leads who are most likely to complete their purchase.
One of the most effective emails you can send to your audience is the abandoned cart email. When sent at the right time, it is a helpful reminder to encourage your customers to complete their purchase. Many people put together a cart but get distracted before checking out.
On average 69.82% of online carts are abandoned.
That is a lot of lost sales. But you can capture a lot of them back with an abandoned cart email — an automated marketing campaign designed to increase conversion rates. When they get a reminder of a shopping cart they left behind, many buyers come back to make the purchase. The best part? You can automate these reminders!
Shopify found that retargeting a customer with an abandoned cart email increases sales by more than 20% and reduces abandoned cart rates by 6.5%.
A visitor adding items to their shopping cart may get side-tracked or lose interest. If they navigate away, you can automatically send a reminder email to prompt the visitor to finish the purchase. This reminder is called an abandoned cart email.
The best reminder emails are creative and timely. The abandoned cart email’s sole purpose is to encourage completion of the sale.
Supportive calls to actions (CTAs) included in this email can also help guide the potential buyer to spend more on upgrades or other products/services. These CTAs might include opportunities to learn more or see related items.
Some abandoned cart emails include special deals or free shipping for increased appeal.
However, most simply serve as a timely reminder to spark action.
You can create a more effective sales funnel when you know what makes your visitors fall to complete their order. According to Statista, the most common reasons for cart abandonment in the US for 2021 included:
In many cases, being clear about costs in the process and reducing the number of hoops your visitor has to jump through will help conversion rates.
You will want to know if your rates improve when you implement an abandoned cart email strategy. This calculation will serve as your baseline.
To calculate your cart abandonment rate, divide the number of purchases by the number of shopping carts created during a determined amount of time. Subtract this value from 1 and multiply by 100.
This is the percentage of interest that didn’t end in a sale. Regardless of your current rate, send out reminders to reduce it as much as possible.
Since there are many different reasons a shopper may leave the website without completing the purchase, there are also several things likely to happen after the abandonment. According to Statista, UK shoppers who abandoned their carts were most likely to:
Abandoned cart emails can potentially prompt a purchase from 80% of those shoppers.
Writing a powerful reminder means following best practices for abandoned cart emails. Here are crucial steps you should follow to get the most out of your reminder emails.
Statistics have shown that sooner is more effective than later when it comes to reminder emails.
You want to catch your leads while they are still warm without being obnoxious.
Conversion rates for neglected carts are highest when the email is sent out 30-60 minutes after inactivity. However, those rates plummeted after 24 hours—when the lead had grown cold.
Getting your email opened is a huge step with a cart abandonment email since many shoppers are used to seeing them.
The best email subject lines stand out from the rest of the inbox, but still make it clear what the email is about.
”You forgot something” or “Oops, Did Something Go Wrong?” are examples of subject lines that would perform well for an abandoned cart email.
You should remind people what they left behind with copy that inspires them to take action. Get to the point very quickly with creative and succinct copy by trimming out all the excess.
Customers need a friendly reminder, they don’t need to be completely resold on the products or services. But highlighting a key benefit or two could help them finalize their purchase.
Speaking of being direct, check out this example from Nike:
The brain processes images about 60,000x faster than text. Images will spark instant reminders of what drew them to your items in the first place.
The best emails think about flow and don’t just throw a bunch of images on the page in a way that seems cluttered or disorganized.
Always include pictures or GIFs of the items they’ve left behind to help provoke a response.
Here’s a great example from hydrow:
Retargeting with a reminder email is the perfect time to highlight the product they are considering. Don’t assume your lead has made it through the funnel and understands your brand or knows your products.
Instead, offer your most influential reasons for why they should finish the checkout process on the items in their cart.
If you plan to offer a great deal, the cart abandonment email is a good time to offer it. Even a small discount, like $5 or 10%, can make it more appealing to finish the purchase. People love to find deals, which could be the perfect way to help them make a purchase decision.
Saatchi Art does just that, plus they add a FOMO headline:
What do other customers say about those products? Providing reviews or testimonials can help motivate your leads to take the leap and make a purchase decision.
Word-of-mouth marketing is the most influential marketing tool, and a genuine customer review has a similar appeal.
The primary goal of an abandoned cart email is to prompt a return and complete the sale. Your CTA should be positioned to drive that action. Don’t be afraid to use FOMO (fear of missing out).
For example: Get it before it’s gone or Limited availability.
You shouldn’t have to manually send out your reminder emails. Set automated emails for cart abandonment to go out after a certain lapse of inactivity.
There are all kinds of abandoned cart emails you can consider when creating your own. Here are some of our favorite examples from real brands. Check out the variations of value promise, humor, imagery and more.
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to target a warm lead and recover lost sales. Set up your abandoned cart email in AWeber for an easy solution with powerful results. If you need help getting started, we have a pre-built campaign.