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We had a great turnout last week for our inaugural community chat. The ambitious plans to discuss a wide array of topics was scaled back and concentrated on US Taxes, Coupons/Promotions (see transcript below) and Taxonomies (specifically integration with 3rd party providers). It was an absolute success and the conversation was flowing. Seems ya'll have a lot to say
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Outside of the standard percent off, fixed amt, minimum order
coupons (and combinations of) what are some creative promotions/coupons that
We use free shipping coupons a lot.
And "Get X Product for free" coupons.
buy one get one (free|% off|$ off|specific product|multiple
Free shipping definitely
ability to restrict to certain products
or exclude certain products
Ability to restrict to a group of products is huge.
I've also had a lot of clients request the ability to do buy
one get one or by 3 get 20% off
not sure how to handle those
ability to limit coupons to one user per customer.
as far as free/promotional shipping goes, I have a client on
the east coast who can afford to ship free up to the mississippi river, but
beyond, costs are increasingly greater after that point...
What about upgrade to a better shipping method?\
I've also seen free shipping on only one product, whereas the
other items in the order are charged for shipping
For the appearance of free shipping to the customer, do you
restrict it to a certain method (ground) and $0 that out, or do you just offer
a new method Free Shipping which the customer selects?
On our free shipping we offer free on Parcel. If you want it
faster, you can pay full price for Priority or Express.
@Scott - I think if you allow to restrict based on product,
and offer the coupon as free shipping, it should do just that
amazon adds an otherwise unseen shipping option for their free
shipping, I think they call it super saver shipping...
we run into restrictions for free shipping coupon like lower
48 (not free for AK, HI, International)
A new shipping option would be fine, as long as it was
triggered by the coupon and not available to everyone
Same here Matt, good point.
I don't want to offer free shipping to everyone
The ability to create a coupon for a specific CUSTOMER would
What about promotions based on a certain order amount,
we have offered a discount of the lowest shipping cost, so
intl, hi, ak customers get a lowered shipping rate
we often give them a credit, but giving them a discount would
be a great way to apologize for messing up an order, etc
Yeah. We do a lot of "Orders of $100 get free shipping"
@Brandon - how about customer group?
@brandon the customer specific option would be great
Well specific customer implies the customer is registered
If you just create a coupon and limit it to 1 use and give
that to the customer...that would work as well.
how about automatic promotions/coupon with no code
@Moshe - that would be great too
like orders over $100 for example
Well, I've had clients who offer certain promotions to a group
of customers who are marked as a member of a certain group within the ecommerce
system, so that promotions are automatically calculated
promotions and coupons are different, I think
I perceive coupons as a code that people have to enter at
checkout to get
I'd love to be able to create promotions similar to coupons
@Brandon - it looks like coupon is just one more condition to
I agree with that statement (mainly). Coupons in my mind are
external promotions, other types mentioned are internal promotions.
for instance: customer groups such as restaurants, hotels,
grocery stores (these are groups listed in the system of a food supplier)
also, don't see it mentioned but I think coupons should have
an expiration date
or.. "in-store" promotions as they're called.
the client offers discounted prices on products as well as
so maybe have a "promotions" and offer a selection to whether
it's automatic or by coupon code?
What type of information would you expect from a coupon report
(from both a financial and marketing/conversion perspective)?
What about promotions where there's more than one reward for
an action, such as by 3 of product X and get a discounted price AND free
Primarily, I just want to make sure that type of functionality
works and is well tested...
I've ran into some issues with it in the past.
I'd want to be able to run a report to see how many times the
coupon code was entered, and maybe a list of all customers/orders associated
with the coupon
From a reporting perspective, I would like to see a complete
funnel report based on an email campaign. I assume that's how users would get
the coupon code in general.
Maybe conversion goals could be tracked for both orders with
coupons and without.
Otherwise, we would do most of our reporting in our financial
statement analysis and consider coupons as a deduction from gross sales.
I track conversion goals through Analytics, but would love to
be able to setup goals in my e-commerce software and track within
but that's not just coupons, it's for all conversionsx
I agree w/ Brandon
I do as well.
Kind of related... we offer packages of products (with a
discounted package price). So when someone adds all the product individually,
the ability to realize this and offer the same discount.
Right now I setup goals in Analytics for sales in general and
also through major channels
@Matt - so it sounds like a virtual bundle of some kind?
one more question on coupons - does anybody allow multiple
coupons per order? or is it usually limited to one coupon per order?
@Yoav: We only allow one.
That's a great idea Matt!
What I am looking for is a very flexible coupon system -- with
the ability to add in coupon codes and define what exactly that coupon applies
to -- current ecommerce usually only offer options such as free shipping or a
percentage off -- but what if I'd like to add a few calendar for orders over
$75 for example --
coupons, maybe just one, promotions could be many
Yoav - we have a flag for coupons to weather it's exclusive or
We actually only allow one coupon ever over promos. So like
you can't use your 10% off coupon AND get free shipping on your order over
but it may be a good option when setting up a coupon to mark
that it can be used with other offer
free calendar, not few -- lol
It would be nice to have an option to select what restrictions
multiple coupons would be fine for one-product coupons if they
have multiple products -- for instance I might have a coupon for $20 off a
specific printer and $10 off a toner cartridge
I would like to restrict to different variables (max
promotion, min promotion, etc.)
they should both work if they don't conflict
also related are miniminum advertised pricing... we have
several product that need coupon code or add to cart functionality to get the
but it should be an option that a coupon (like 20% off total
order) won't work with any other coupons
@Brandon - that sounds like multi-tier coupon discount right?
same coupon code affects different products differently
maybe coupons marked as usable with other promotions are only
usable with other promotions marked as the same
@Moshe... not necessarily. Coupons can apply to one product
(or several) or the whole order. There should be a setting to whether or not
the coupon can be used with other coupons. If it is checked, if they overlap
(i.e. a product specific coupon and total order coupon used) it wont work
but two coupons that do not apply to one another would be okay
I think Staples has a pretty good coupon system actually
I order from them a lot and they send out a LOT of
you can add coupons to your cart much like you add a
by clicking a link in the email or website, or by entering a
and they work very well, as far as recognizing conflicts and
notifying the user
that sounds like a good option
That makes sense to me too. So if coupon A is a subset
promotion of coupon B's promotion, there should be an option to prevent the use
of both coupon A & B.
I like being able to visually see the promotions
How about a "choose one" dialog when two conflicting coupons
That's an interesting idea.
Or some way to allow the user to choose which they'd
Something like... you can't use both, so which do you
anyone seen this on a site before?
not as far as I recall
I'm trying to envision coupon collisions in general from a
user experience perspective. You enter coupon A... the discount is applied.
Then you enter coupon B. What happens if there is a collision?
The Staples site might do something like this if you can get
ahold of two conflicing coupons
7720 2873 2296 xxxx
$20 off $100 order
Although, I'm guessing the user would rather choose the option
that get's them the cheapest order, am I right?
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