How much revenue have you lost in the last 30 days from abandoned carts? I'm guessing, pretty much.
A staggering 88% of all online orders are abandoned. Smarter customers mean brands have a crucial mission to find out what their customers want before they know it themselves. But before you start rallying your team to pivot, why not just ask your customers why they didn't complete their purchase? We did.
We analyzed over 514,719 text conversations with abandoned shoppers. And we're going to share with you the real reasons behind why most customers are abandoning their online shopping carts.
We summarized these top 6 spicy behavioral insights for you, and we'll show you what you can do to solve them.
So let's jump to it.
Shoppers who place products into their shopping cart and leave without completing their purchase are your hottest leads. They're one step away from making that purchase— but didn't.
And that's why you're here. You have 30-minutes to nudge these customers back to the check out to complete their purchase, so how do you do that?
This question has stumped brands for years. Just take a look at the graph below showing you that eCommerce cart abandonment rates have been rising steadily for the last 13 years.
If you're still relying on one-way marketing blasts to do the job this year, it spells a huge missed opportunity for you to understand the deeper insights on your customers and grow your tribe. Reaching out to your customers with two-way messaging enriches their relationships with your brand and the data that feeds back to you and your marketing team.
The biggest mistake you'll be making this year is if you're not using your abandoned carts as an opportunity to understand your customers at scale. It's your brand's turn to start talking to your customers this 2021, and conversational text messaging might be your golden ticket.
We'll show you how, but first here are the 6 top reasons for cart abandonment as told by 500k text conversations with real customers:
Your customers are lazier than you would expect. Your checkout process should be the easiest and most seamless last leg of your customer's buying journey.
According to a study, 8% of customers will abandon their carts if they don't see a payment method they want.
If you're offering limited payment options, chances are they won't retry again after their payment was declined. This adds up to about 4% of your customers who came so close, but yet so far.
It's important to offer prominent payment options and a little more just to make sure those shopping carts reach their final destination. So here's what you can do:
Everyone loves free stuff, so it's an unwelcome surprise to see a shipping fee calculated a check out just before you hit that "Buy" button. People want free shipping and guaranteed free returns.
Looking to tip the odds in your favor? If you start to offer free shipping, you'll be 5 times more likely to have people buying from you.
If you're already offering free shipping from your store, that's great! Make sure you tell the world. Let your customers know they'll be treated to this at the checkout everywhere on your website—on a bold welcome banner, at the footer, and at the check out again for good measure.
However, if you're still considering how you can offer free or discounted shipping while conserving your margins, here's what you can do:
There's been a glitch in the matrix. Emptied carts, expired discount codes, and a website built like a maze usually spells out a bad shopping experience for online shoppers.
Almost 50% of your customers will drop their carts because a discount code isn't working. We found an interesting one — customers who abandon their carts because they were unable to edit them.
Focus on smoothing out the wrinkles in your customer experience in these major areas:
Brand recognition is important, so make sure you keep everything consistent on your website from a branding perspective. Also, optimizing your store's theme and layout is one of the hidden ways you can easily this year.
We put together our very own hit list of best Shopify themes that you can try out this year.
With some countries like the UK and US experiencing shipping delays due to COVID-19 it's important to know how to stay communicated with your customers.
Most common instances that contribute to delayed shipping times:
If you're able to interact with your customers in real-time, they'll not only appreciate being kept in the loop and the instant support.
Managing your customers' expectations can give your store a competitive edge— and bad customer support might cost you more than a refund.
Customers are trusting you with their personal information. It's important to make sure they know you have taken the proper security measures to earn their trust. This includes both your first-time shoppers and paying customers as well.
Customers' trust is hard-earned, but easily lost. A survey found that 58% of shoppers dropped their carts because they doubted the payment security.
Remember we told you how important brand recognition is? 71% of consumers are persuaded by it and more likely to commit to a purchase.
The customer is always right. And all the right customers have questions. Especially when it comes to consumer products such as skincare, apparel, food and beverage, or nutrition.
If your website is tight-lipped on the following: product information, reviews, instant support, and contact for assistance. You'll need to fix your FAQ section fast.
We mean this figuratively, here's your to-do list:
Read how an Australian skincare brand leveraged SMS to recommend products to their customers in real-time and drove 30x in ROI.
The biggest lesson here is, modern customers have mercurial preferences and even bigger demands to be met. Brands will need to figure out a cost-effective way to keep them nurtured and engaged through every stage of their journey.
In summary, here are the 6 takeaway lessons you can learn from over 500,000 real conversations with real customers on cart abandonment:
The only way you can offer real value to your customers is by engaging with them frequently and gain insights through real-time feedback. It's time to amp up your support game and turn your website into a growth engine. Taking a conversational approach is how you'll gain a competitive edge in 2021, and get to solving your online shoping cart abandonment rates once and for all.
If you loved these insights, watch the full talk: "Lessons from 514,719 Customer Conversations — The Less Obvious Playbook to Optimizing Your Ecommerce Business" hosted by Cartloop's co-founder and COO, Lisa Popovici. Watch it here.