[#WebEngageLive] Personalizing Checkout Experience To Reduce Cart Abandonment

At WebEngage, one of the key pain points we solve for our customers is to reduce their bounce rate and cart abandonment. In the last 6 months, we have amassed tons of data to understand the root cause of the problem and help you solve it better.

We measure consumer psyche based on data collected on thousands of websites globally. This gives us some amazing insights into what works versus what doesn’t when it comes to conversion rate optimization on your cart/checkout page.

The #WebEngageLive series on this blog is aimed at bringing those insights to you. If you have anything to do with e-commerce or online travel, you’d find this post useful.

The Key Insight

Over 70% of users on your site abandon their carts. Depending upon your category and checkout flow on the site, a bulk of them do so anonymously. The reasons vary, but more often than not it revolves around comparative price or an alluring discount offered by your competition.

Reasons For Card Abandonment

Using behaviorally targeted push messages, almost 25% of such users can be made to stay on the checkout page for a bit longer. Interestingly enough, if you present a personalized offer to such users (a real-time push, while they are still on the checkout page), you’d end up converting almost 20% more than usual.

Does That Mean Discounting?

Neither exactly nor always. The point is – loyalty needs to be rewarded and there are many ways to do it.

These are some of our observations –

  • Most companies have some or the other rule based incentives for their users.
  • Most of the times, users aren’t aware of these incentives because they’re not triggered at the right moment, to the right users.
  • Users, therefore, bounce off the website, uninterested.
  • Incentives remain unused leading to loss of potential sales.

An interesting solution to engage potential consumers would be to trigger these incentives/offers/promotions when its needed the most.

Here’s a scenario …
A user lands on your site, intends to make a purchase, adds a product to cart and goes to the checkout page. Then (s)he decides to leave. What do you do? Well, make one last attempt to reach out with your best offer for the user to finish the transaction!

And here comes the sales pitch! … 😉
WebEngage can be a very effective tool in reducing the cart abandonment to a great deal. For illustration sake, let us consider you own an online clothing store. Your core clientele would most probably be the female demographic aged between 18 and 25. Money spenders and perennially distracted, which explains the high bounce rates from your cart page. Here’s how we help you convert them …

You have an inventory of unused offers, discount codes etc which you decide to leverage with WebEngage. Here are three different ways you can use WebEngage to push the right offer at the right time and make a sale instead of struggle with abandoned carts:

Use-case I: Use our Callout Notifications just next to your “got a coupon code?” box on the checkout page

Even if your user reaches the cart (s)he is still in two minds about the purchase (you can guess that by the time spent on the page). At this juncture, you choose to pop a discount code as shown and lure the user into making a purchase. Everybody loves surprises, you see!

Related reading:
Callout Notifications: blog.webengage.com/callout-notifications
Targeting Rules: help.webengage.com/targeting/how-to-setup-targeting-rules

Use-case II: Catch hold of users bouncing off the cart!

Did you know that we have a targeting capability inside WebEngage which allows you to push a Notification to users who are “about to abandon your site“? We call it Leave Intent Targeting. The idea is simple – make one last attempt to close a sale, before the user leaves your site.


Related reading:
Modal Notifications: blog.webengage.com/modal-notification-layout
Leave Intent Targeting: blog.webengage.com/leave-intent-targeting

Use-case III: Personalized offers based on user profile and purchase history

Loyalty is a rare quality and also, an under appreciated one. Users feel good when you recognize them and give them a little something just for the fact that they have stuck with you for so long. We let you achieve this via, what we call as, Custom Targeting. Don’t you love it when you see something like this?

Need to see more? Check out our live use-case gallery: #WebEngageLive



[Announcement] WYSIWYT (What You See Is What You Target) – Live Targeting On Webpage Content/Data

Customers, you are gonna love this! We have a introduced a brand new way to target users on your site – based on content/data present on your website’s pages. We call this WYSIWYT (pronounced /ˈwÉŠz.i.wÉŠT/).

Index:

What is WYSIWYT?

What You See Is What You Target is a cool new way for you to build rules based on data/content that can be visually located on your website.

Take a look at this quick explainer video to begin with:

Loved it? 🙂

Why/When should I use it?

First thing first, everything that you can do with WYSIYT is possible with our custom rules. However, to use custom rules, there’s some amount of JavaScript variable integration that has to be done on your website. Given how much marketing and product folks love us for NOT having to involve their development/IT teams in WebEngage experiments, we took the plunge and created this visual targeting add-on inside WebEngage.

With WYSIWYT, you can now build dynamic rules without fiddling with any code. These rules can be based on any visual content or data that you can SEE on your website. E.g in the video above, you saw how WYSIWYT was used to push a notification on your product pages, ONLY when the product’s price is greater than $200. You can now build similar rules from the comfort of your dashboard. Also, this rule can be paired up with all the existing targeting rules. Yes, you heard it right – no code needed. Underneath are a few more use-cases to explain the possibilities.

Using WYSIWYT to offer an instant discount code to users abandoning your cart page, if their total cart value is more than, say, $500.

We have helped hundreds of e-commerce companies globally reduce their cart abandonment. The best aspect of what we do is that we are an instant solution – on your website, at the moment of the abandon! WebEngage’s push engine gives you this instant ability to control abandonment. Take a look at this. And, this. And, this. And, this. And, this … We can go on and on.

Now, let’s say, you wanted to use one of the samples above, on your cart. But ONLY when the total cart value is, say, more than $500.

Do you SEE the “total cart value” on your website’s checkout page? Yes? Done!

All you have to do is to “find” the placeholder for “total cart value” (shown above) and then build a rule saying “total cart value is greater than $500” (shown below).

These are the possible outcomes on your website!


Using WYSIWYT to push notifications/surveys to signed-in users.

Don’t all of us want to personalize a users experience on our website? Websites use WebEngage to push highly personalized messages/offers in different areas of their workflow. Here’s a sample.

Coming back to the point, let’s say, your goal was simple – to push a notification ONLY to logged-in users on your website.

Do you SEE something on your site, that helps you visually identify when you are logged-in? Is it the “My Account” link? Or, the “Logout” button? Or, the non-existence or Sign-in button? Did you say yes? Okay, done!

You locate the placeholder to find such an identifier for the “logged-in” state of the user (shown above) and then build a rule saying “Sign-in placeholder doesn’t exist” (shown below) – which essentially means pushing something to users who are signed in.

Here’s the outcome on your website!

Using WYSIWYT to nudge returning visitor who have items in their cart, pending checkout.

Our Callout Notifications have been increasingly used to re-target such users. Here’s a sample.

Let’s say, you wanted to configure such notifications on your site. Needless to say, this only needs to be shown to users who have items pending for checkout in their cart.

Do you SEE anything on your site, which visually indicates that a user has some items in the cart? Yes? Done!

You can locate the “cart item count” variable on your site (shown above) and then build a rule saying “cart item count greater than 0” (shown below).

Here’s the outcome on your website!

Using WYSIWYT to generate leads from users on your listing pages, if (s)he is viewing a premium listing.

Premium partners/advertisers need a premium treatment. What if you could generate leads for them or run promotions like this, or this, or this for them on your website?

Let’s say you want to push a time-delayed lead generation survey (like this, or this) on your website but ONLY when a user viewing a “Premium Listing” page on your website.

Do you SEE a way to identify a “Premium Listing” on your website? An icon saying “featured” or “premium”? Or, something else? If yes, done!

You can locate the “Premium listing marker” on your site (shown above) and then build a rule saying “Premium listing marker exists” (shown below).

Here’s the outcome on your website!

How to use WYSIWYT?

The feature is now a targeting option under the “targeting rules” section for each of your surveys/notification. Underneath is a screenshot from the targeting page. You start by opening the URL on which on need to find a placeholder (node).

Did you do something cool with WYSIWYT for your CRO? Let us know, we’d love to feature you in our case-study section.

Note: WYSIWYT is only available in the Premium and Enterprise plans. If you need to try this one out before upgrading, let us know – we’ll give you trial access for a week. Also, there’s no extra code needed for this add-on to work. Your current integration code will do the job. Please make sure that the page on which you are trying to locate a placeholder has the WebEngage widget integrated.

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[#WebEngageLive] 4 Ways To Reduce Bounce Rate And Generate More Leads On Your Website

Starting today, every fortnight, we’ll share a bunch of use-cases on how WebEngage is helping over 20,000 online businesses in improving their on-site customer engagement. Today, we are focusing on reducing Bounce Rate and improving Lead Generation on your website. We have picked up 4 distinct samples on how our Survey product is being used to collect leads, reduce cart abandonment and drive newsletter sign-ups. Underneath are today’s samples.
Reduce cart abandonment (and generate leads too!)
Is yours an e-commerce store? How often do users abandon your cart? Do you know the reasons? Underneath is a pre-configured modal survey for users leaving your cart page without finishing the transaction:

Liked it? WebEngage modal surveys (with leave intent targeting) are an interesting alternative to exit surveys. Not only do you get instant stats on why users are abandoning your cart but also a bunch of leads from users who would have otherwise left your site without completing their purchase.

Generate leads from first time users
Do you have an engagement strategy for first time users landing on your website? Especially for the one’s for whom you have spent some acquisition dollars on? Club our traffic source targeting with leave intent, and you can display an on-site modal survey window like this one to users who are moving away from your site:

We see an average response rate of over 5% on these kind of surveys. You can get up and running in less than 5 mins without having to add any extra code on your website!

Increase your newsletter subsription base
Time delayed surveys are the most effective way to generate more leads from visitors coming to your website. One of the most frequently used use-cases is newsletter subscription, if yours is a content website – sample underneath from a large television network’s site:

Using our Webhooks (explained in the use-case below), you can push these leads directly into your CRM.

Optimize your conversion funnnel (and generate leads too!)
Do you see a hole in your conversion funnel? Where is it leaking? On your search listings page? Or, product page? Do you know what the problem is? The only way to find out is to ask your users. We have helped thousands of businesses optimize their conversion funnel – underneath is a sample from an online travel website (lead generation from users doing more than “X” number of searches for flights):

As illustrated in the image above, you can specify a Webhook for your surveys – thereby instructing us to POST the leads generated on your site instantly to your servers. You can process the data and add it your CRM or use it in any other workflow.

If you are an existing customer, log-on to your dashboard to create such lead generation surveys for your website.



[Announcement] Introducing Leave Intent Based Targeting; Now, Convert Users Exiting Your Website – Pounce On Bounce!

After gazillion requests from our customers to find an elegant solution to the irritating exit surveys that open a new window when a user closes the browser window/tab, we decided to give this problem a shot – a graceful solution to a problem that online product managers and marketers struggle with globally.

Take a demo first



Loved it? It needs less than 5 minutes to implement this on your website without adding any extra code to your site or involvement of your dev/IT teams! Too much to ask for? Yeah, we know … 🙂

Google Analytics is information. WebEngage is ACTION
Tools like Google Analytics, Clicky, Kissmetrics etc have historically been telling you about bounce rates on your website. We know how terrible it feels to know of a problem but not be able to do anything about it. Well, not anymore. Say hello to WebEngage’s Leave Intent Targeting – the ultimate solution to catch hold of users bouncing off your website.



Introducing Leave Intent Targeting
We are extremely excited to announce the launch of “Leave Intent Based Targeting” under the targeting rules section for surveys and notifications. With this feature enabled, you can now choose to display a survey (lead generation form, any other mini questionnaire etc) or a notification (push message to display offers etc) to users who are about to leave your site. At the core of this technology, we detect mouse movement of visitors on your website – and pop a pre-configured survey/notification the moment we find out that a user is either approaching the browser’s close button or moving away from your site to a different tab in the browser window. Cool, ain’t it?

Wanna get started? It takes 2 simple steps as explained underneath:

Step 1. Create a notification/survey for users bouncing off your site

First, you need to choose what would you like to do with users bouncing off your website – ask a set of questions or show them a nice HTML message with some call-to-action? Depending upon that, you either create a survey or a notification. Check out the how-to images underneath:

Step 2. Implement leave intent targeting for your notification/survey

Now, that you have decided the action to be taken on bounce, here’s how you configure the “targeting rule” for it. It is as simple as checking this option in the targeting screen:

That’s it! By simply following the two steps mentioned above, you are good to catch hold of customers/visitors exiting your website and make one last attempt to have them stay back a little longer – by offering a helping hand, or, an offer, or, a lead generation survey integrated solution with your outgoing email/SMS sending engine! All in real-time!

Need more filtering capabilities?
Have we ever said a NO? 🙂

Leave intent targeting can be used in conjunction with other rules that we support in the system. Some use-cases to give you an idea of what can be done:

  • Want to show a notification/survey to visitors exiting your website ONLY from the cart page or any other section on your website? Use Page URL Targeting
  • Want to show a notification/survey ONLY to visitors from certain geography(/ies) trying to leave your website? Use Geo-location Targeting
  • Want to show a notification/survey ONLY to exiting users who came to your website via a Google search or your FB Page or from any other specific website? Use Traffic Source Targeting
  • Want the bounce notification/survey to work ONLY during midnight, say from 11pm to 4am? Use Time Of The Day Targeting
  • Want to show the bounce notification/survey ONLY to visitors with a certain Cookie planted in their browser? Use Cookie Based Targeting
  • Want to show the bounce notification/survey ONLY to your Premium Customers who have made a purchase of more than $1000 in the past? Use Custom Targeting

Need more dope on targeting? help.webengage.com/targeting/how-to-setup-targeting-rules

Want to see a real world sample of how a leave intent survey works? Please go to our pricing page. Once the page has loaded, try moving your mouse cursor away from the tab to any other or towards the close button of the window. Ain’t it magical? We call it eating our own dog food 🙂

Note:

  1. This feature is available only for customers in the new premium and enterprise plans.
  2. This feature is, currently, only supported in Desktop browsers (IE7 & above, FF, Chrome, Safari all versions); support for mobile browsers will soon be available.

Have questions? Get in touch

Edit (10th Dec, 2013): We have recently released

the Modal Window Layout for notifications. Check it out. This layout works really well with leave intent targeting.