Top 6 Abandoned Cart Recovery Strategies
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Top 6 Abandoned Cart Recovery Strategies

Published : July 1, 2024

The average online shopping cart abandonment rate worldwide reached 70.19% in 2023. This means that for every 100 people who add items to their cart, only 30 will follow through and complete the purchase. Abandoned cart recovery is one of the major challenges faced by businesses, after user acquisition.


A potential customer visits your website, explores your products, and adds items to their cart but then abruptly leaves without completing the purchase. This phenomenon of cart abandonment is too common for businesses. However, the reasons behind it and the strategies to reduce it are not always clear. We will walk you through the major reasons and strategies to recover abandoned carts effectively.

Top reasons for cart abandonment

Understanding the common reasons behind cart abandonment is essential for reducing it, as this can help us develop strategies to overcome it.

1. Complex Checkout Process

When the steps to complete a purchase are too many or too complicated, the customer might get frustrated and leave without completing the payment, leading to an abandoned cart. Especially if the customer is required to fill out numerous lengthy forms, asking for unnecessary information or multiple redirects, they will lose interest.

Simplifying the checkout process by reducing the number of steps and providing clear and concise information about the progress can help decrease the likelihood of cart abandonment.

2. Bad UX or Lack of Personalization

A poorly designed website confuses customers in several ways. Firstly, if the UI is too complicated and has an unclear hierarchy, the customer might get lost and frustrated trying to find the needed product. Unclear CTAs further confuse the client about what to do next.

Difficult navigation with slow loading time tests the user’s patience, leading them to believe the website is malfunctioning, thereby abandoning it altogether. Lack of personalization makes the customer feel generic. Adapting personalized features like relevant product recommendations and tailored discounts also helps the customer feel inclusive.

3. Lack of transparency

The addition of external costs such as shipping, taxes, or any other fees can be shocking for customers who weren’t anticipating them. They might feel misled. Secondly, during  checkout, once the customer sees the revised amount, including the tax, the final price might be higher than their expected budget, leading them to reconsider the decision to make the payment.

Additionally, if the competitors are offering similar products with transparent pricing, there’s a high chance that the customer would opt for the competitor’s product. Not only would you be left with an abandoned cart, but you also would be losing a potential customer. Hence, it harms the sales and reputation of the company.

4. Limited payment options

Everybody has their own choice or preference of mode of payment when it comes to making a payment online. So when they don’t get their preferred mode of payment, they are likely to abandon the cart rather than try an alternative mode. International clients especially want to use the popular method in their region.

Nowadays, people are uncomfortable trying out other payment methods they are unfamiliar with and do not trust. Additionally, some customers may perceive limited payment options as a sign of untrustworthiness or outdatedness. Overall, offering a variety of payment options helps cater to a wide range of audiences and reduce abandoned carts.

How to Reduce Cart Abandonment – 6 Major Strategies to Reduce Cart Abandonment

Reducing cart abandonment is crucial for maximizing sales and improving customer retention in e-commerce. Here are some of the top strategies that Netcore offers that can help you reduce cart abandonment

1. Email Triggers: (AMP Emails)

AMP offers an App/Website-like experience within the email. With no click-throughs, no landing pages, and no redirections. These emails allow customers to interact directly within the email, such as updating cart items or completing the purchase without leaving their inbox. It will help customers avoid distractions and stay focused on your messaging.

The convenience and interactivity of AMP emails significantly enhances the chances of conversion by making the checkout process smoother and more engaging. Thus solving the problem of cart abandonment.

Here’s a cool example of an AMP-powered email trigger from Netcore that makes shopping cart recovery a breeze:

2. Push Notifications

Push notifications serve as timely reminders that pop up on users’ browsers or mobile devices, encouraging them to return to their abandoned carts. They can be a powerful tool to overcome the issue of cart abandonment.

These notifications can include interactive elements such as images, videos, GIFs, emojis, and audio, capturing the user’s attention and prompting them to return to their abandoned carts.

Orchestrating mobile journeys with hyper-personalized messages that consider user activity, name, location, and timing ensures that the notifications are relevant and compelling. Overall, personalized messages contribute to a more engaging, efficient, and customer-centric marketing approach, leading to higher satisfaction, loyalty, and sales.

Here are a few examples of effective push notifications designed by Netcore to address cart abandonment and enhance user engagement:

3. Omnichannel communication

Omnichannel reminders can significantly help reduce cart abandonment by reaching customers through their preferred communication channels and ensuring consistent engagement.

By combining emails, SMS, push notifications, social media, and even direct mail, businesses can increase the chances of reconnecting with customers who have left items in their carts. These reminders can be tailored to each channel, making the messages more personal and relevant.

For instance, a customer might ignore an email but respond to a text message or a push notification. Thus, continuously reminding the customer increases the likelihood of purchase.

See how Netcore’s omnichannel strategy works wonders in bringing those abandoned carts back to life!

4. WhatsApp Reminders

WhatApp can be a very powerful weapon to recover your abandoned carts. Unlike traditional email or SMS reminders, WhatsApp messages offer a more immediate and intimate form of communication, creating a sense of urgency and relevance.

By including images of the abandoned items and convenient checkout links, businesses can make it effortless for customers to revisit their carts and complete their purchases. So why not engage customers instantly on a platform they trust by crafting personalized chats that prompt quicker replies and deeper connections. You can also enhance the customer experience by integrating a chatbot.

Check out Netcore’s WhatsApp charm with this clever reminder nudging users back to complete their purchases!

5. Incentivize users in reminder campaigns

Incentivizing users in reminder campaigns can further help reduce cart abandonment. It involves offering rewards or discounts to encourage customers to complete their purchases.

Offering discounts, free shipping, or exclusive deals in these reminders can provide customers the extra push to complete their purchases.

Highlighting these incentives prominently in emails, push notifications, and messages can create a sense of urgency and value. Imagine receiving a subtle wink from your favorite online store just when you least expect it.

That’s what incentivizing users in reminder campaigns feels like—it’s like your digital shopping buddy saying, “Hey, we noticed you left something behind, and we’ve got a little treat just for you!” That extra touch of thoughtfulness turns a mundane reminder into a delightful surprise.

Here’s a peek at some clever incentivizing reminders from Netcore to lure customers back to their abandoned carts!

6. Seamless checkout process

Lastly, ensuring a seamless checkout process is crucial. This involves minimizing steps, reducing formalities, skipping lengthy forms, allowing the user to pay using various payment options, and optimizing the checkout experience for desktop and mobile users.

You wouldn’t want your customer to leave at the last stage because the website takes too long to load or the process of completing the purchase gets too complicated.

Businesses can significantly lower the abandonment rate by reducing complexity and making the checkout as effortless as possible.

Transforming Cart Abandonment into Sales with Netcore

In the journey of online shopping, cart abandonment is like watching someone walk away just as you’re about to share something exciting. It feels a bit like your friend promising to join you for dinner but never showing up. Addressing this issue is essential for maximizing revenue, maintaining a competitive edge, and fostering customer loyalty.

Leveraging tools like email triggers, push notifications, omnichannel reminders, WhatsApp messages, and incentivized campaigns, coupled with a seamless checkout process, can significantly reduce cart abandonment rates and increase conversion rates.

That’s where Netcore comes in. As a leading provider of customer engagement and experience solutions, Netcore empowers businesses to tackle cart abandonment head-on.

With the ability to send over 20 billion emails a month on behalf of 6500+ firms across 40 countries, Netcore offers a comprehensive suite of tools, including Customer Data Platform, Personalization, Journey Orchestration, and Email API.

With two decades of rich MarTech experience, Netcore provides the expertise and technology needed to create personalized, engaging customer experiences that drive conversions and foster long-term loyalty. Still wondering how to reduce cart abandonment for your business? Get in touch with us and let us devise a personalized abandoned cart strategy for you. Netcore can help your business reduce cart abandonment and unlock its full potential.

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Written By: Dhruv Pandya
Dhruv Pandya
Product Marketer at Netcore Cloud