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Today we begin our Easy & Effective Shopify Optimisation Series with Jamie Willmott, blubolt’s resident optimisation guru. Over four instalments, we’ll share advice to help you optimise your eCommerce site. Specifically, we’ll cover optimising pop-ups, product discovery, delivery and returns, and product copy.
Part 1 below discusses easy Shopify optimisation for pop-ups on your site. Let’s get started!
Whether you love them or loathe them, pop-ups on eCommerce sites are a vital tool in your Shopify optimisation arsenal. According to our partners at Nosto, pop-ups can drive increases in conversion by up to 44%. While retailers continue to enthusiastically use pop-ups, not all are using them well!
So rather than setting up pop-ups and forgetting about them, you’ll need to regularly review and tweak them. In this post, I’ll provide actionable insights to help you improve the performance of your pop-ups.
Let’s start by imagining an in-store experience. As you walk into a store, would you like some browsing time before being approached? Or, would you rather have someone immediately blocking your path with a massive message board? To create a welcoming online shopping experience, you need to replicate the first experience!
With that in mind, showing users a pop-up as soon as they land on your website will feel intrusive. Instead, let them understand who you are, what the site is about and what they can do here before interrupting their journey.
You can achieve this with clever targeting rules for your pop-ups. For example, consider criteria like:
If you decide to experiment with a pop-up on the Cart page, you could ask for more data points rather than just their email. At this stage, customers may be more willing (and motivated) to provide more information to get a discount.
As an eagle-eyed website reviewer and Shopify optimisation manager by trade, I’ve lost count of the times I’ve come across pop-ups that have been designed for desktop use only. To maximise the value of your pop-ups on mobile:
Brands with high conversion rates know to woo their customers with engaging pop-ups. To achieve the same thing for your brand pop-ups:
My last Shopify optimisation tip (but certainly not the least!) is to show empathy for your customers, i.e. put yourself in their shoes. They’ve arrived on your website (well done, marketing team!), primed to buy from you. So at this crucial juncture, do you want them to leave your website and go rummaging through their emails to find the discount code?
If you’re still not convinced, think about how many emails are your customers are likely to receive each day, particularly during sale periods and Black Friday/Cyber Monday. Maybe even a pile of emails from your competitors! Also, for customers on mobile, they’d have to close the website and open their email app, copy the code, re-open the website and paste it in when they get to the checkout.
So why risk this distraction? With that in mind, here are my two Shopify optimisation recommendations to keep your customers shopping on your eCommerce website:
The other benefit of the above two options is that you can use unique codes. This option is an excellent improvement on generic ones, which customers may share across affiliate sites or plugins.
So now you have our straightforward Shopify optimisation advice on pop-ups: how to create a great first impression, as well as making pop-ups mobile-friendly, engaging and user-friendly.
Fancy more Shopify optimisation advice? Stay tuned for our next three instalments on product discovery, delivery and returns, and product copy.
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Ready to leapfrog the competition with a next-generation eCommerce website? Whether you’re replatforming or migrating, learn how to confidently navigate your project on our masterclass!