The Power of Free Shipping in eCommerce

The Benefits of Free Shipping for eCommerce Retailers

The Benefits of Free Shipping for eCommerce Retailers

There are two ways to look at free shipping as an online retailer – on one hand it can cut into your bottom line, and on the other it can encourage more people to follow through with an order.

If you’re unsure whether the benefits of free shipping really factor into consumers’ minds, we’ll break down the benefits with a case study.

Case Study: Increasing Conversion Rates with Free Shipping

A client of ours was recently experiencing a relatively low 1.5% conversion rate on their eCommerce site, which didn’t add up when we looked at the high amount of traffic they were receiving.

Analyzing their website, we discovered that a huge issue for them was abandoned carts and few returning customers. To remedy this, we suggested that the client should trial free shipping on domestic orders within the US.

The Impact of Free Shipping

Free shipping is a huge incentive that encourages consumers to follow through with an order online, with statistics showing that 28% of shoppers will abandon their cart if they come across unexpected shipping costs.

To promote the new policy, we implemented social media advertising to reach new audiences and inform existing ones that free shipping is now available nationwide from the site.

Since trialing free shipping and promoting it, the client’s conversion rate has doubled to 3%.

Addressing Cart Abandonment

To combat cart abandonment, we also helped the client set up automatic emails that are distributed to customers who leave the site before completing a purchase, offering them a 10% discount if they complete their order. This led to a 26% decrease in cart abandonment.

To some, a 3% conversion rate may sound small, but in reality it’s a significant increase in profits for the business, all through a tweak to their shipping policy – showing that consumers might be happy to purchase goods worth hundreds of dollars, but the $10 shipping fee is the straw that breaks the cart’s back.

Learn More About Improving Conversion Rates

If you’re an eCommerce retailer and would like to know more about your conversion rates, be sure to check out the Emote Digital conversion calculator. For general help with your marketing or eCommerce website you can contact the friendly Emote Digital team today.

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