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6 Tips For Writing More Effective Abandoned Cart Emails

By Ryan Gilmore on December, 7 2015

How to Write More Effective Abandoned Cart Emails

Cart abandonment is a serious issue that online retailers face on a regular basis. There are few things more frustrating than seeing that a site visitor came so close to making a purchase and then left without completing it.  

But an abandoned shopping cart doesn’t have to be the end of the story. There's still an excellent chance that those shoppers will come back to complete their purchases. With the right approach to cart abandonment emails, you can improve those odds significantly.

Here are six useful tips to help you craft more effective abandoned cart emails.

1. Embrace clarity

Consumers are used to getting a lot of emails from businesses, and many immediately ignore any messages that lack a clear purpose or seem generic. They'll be much more likely to open and act on the email if they realize that it is contextually relevant to their situation and was sent to them for a specific reason.

Given that, your abandoned cart emails should embrace clear subject lines that identify what they are. Something as simple as "We noticed you didn't complete your purchase" or "There are items in your shopping cart" help to increase open rates, especially among those consumers who may still be debating whether or not they want to make the purchase.

2. Details matter

The body of the email should also be clear and specific. It’s very important to include details like the items that were left in the cart, along with images of the items, in your abandoned cart recovery emails. By including this level of detail, the email will be much more likely to remind the consumer of why they nearly bought the products in question, and may be enough to nudge them into returning to the website and completing the purchase. 

3. So does timing

Timing is one of the most important factors for effective cart abandonment emails. As Ometria reported, a SalesCycle study of 200 global companies found that emails sent within 20 minutes of the cart abandonment had a 5.2 percent conversion rate. For emails within an hour, this dropped to a 4.5 percent conversion rate. Emails sent more than 24 hours later achieved a conversion rate of only 2.6 percent. Clearly, speed matters. 

4. Add personality

In general, marketing emails should have some personality to them. A flat, dispassionate message is not nearly as likely to have an impact as one that makes a reader smile or feel intrigued. The same goes for cart abandonment emails. An attention-grabbing image or clever bit of language will put consumers in the mood to reconsider and revisit their shopping carts, while they'll likely just ignore an automated, personality-free reminder.

5. Discounts help

This is one of the most popular tactics available, and for good reason. Naturally, a consumer who was considering a product at its current price will be even more likely to buy with the added incentive of a discount. However, you also have to be careful with how freely and frequently you resort to this tactic. You don't want to condition your customers to always abandon their carts in order to receive an inevitable discount. Instead, consider offering discounts in second cart abandonment emails, or on a randomized basis. 

6. Keep it simple

Lastly, it's important to keep your cart abandonment emails simple. Get straight to the point, presenting your reminder and, if relevant, offer directly to the consumer. Don't try to incorporate additional promotions - the more focused these particular messages are, the better the chances that your audience will return to and reconsider their shopping carts.

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