Most customers enjoy making great deals on their purchases. You can build customer loyalty and increase sales by offering discount coupons in your store. Coupons are unique codes that customers can enter at checkout and get a discount on their purchase. You can distribute promo codes in any way, for example, print flyers with coupon codes or include them in abandoned cart reminders.
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A discount coupon is basically a code that a customer can enter at checkout and get a discount on their order.
If you create at least one coupon and it's active, the coupon field will appear on the cart page. Your customers can click on Redeem your coupon link to access it:
You can create codes for monetary ($5 off) or percentage (10% off) discounts, free shipping and a combination of the two — a discount (fixed value or percentage) plus free shipping. A discount code is a combination of letters and/or numbers or a word. You can use your own codes or let Ecwid generate them for you.
When a coupon is applied at the checkout, the discount amount is deducted from the order subtotal — a total cost of all items in the cart excluding taxes and shipping.
Watch how to create discount coupons in Ecwid:
You can create discount codes for:
- a fixed value discount (e.g. $5 off),
- a percentage discount (e.g. 10% off),
- a free shipping discount,
- a fixed value / percentage discount + free shipping.
To create a new discount coupon:
- Go to your Ecwid Control Panel → Marketing → Discount Coupons.
- Click Add New Coupon.
- Enter a Name for your coupon:
- Keep the Code generated by Ecwid or type your own code. Here you can use any combination of letters/numbers or type a word, e.g. 'Promo'. The code is what customers should enter at the checkout to get the discount:
- Select the Discount type – discount, free shipping or discount + free shipping:
- Enter the discount Value and choose between a percentage or a monetary value:
- Choose the day from which the coupon should be active:
- Choose the day when the coupon should expire:
For example, if you select a coupon start day of January 1, the code will activate at 00:00:00 UTC on January 1. If you select a coupon end day of January 2, the code will expire at 23:59:59 UTC on January 2.
In case you want to create a coupon that is active for one day only, select the same start and end days.
- If the code should apply to specific orders, products or customers, click No limits and define the coupon limits:
- Click Save.
You can set coupon codes to be applicable to specific orders, products, and customers and limit the number of times a coupon can be used.
To add usage restrictions to a coupon:
- Go to Ecwid Control Panel → Marketing → Discount Coupons.
- Open the coupon to edit it and click No limits:
- Here you can configure which orders, customers and products the coupon should apply to:
- When you have defined all coupon limits, click Apply.
Orders over specific amount
If you want customers to spend a minimum amount to qualify for the discount, select Subtotal over in the Orders section and enter a minimum subtotal amount:
If you want to define what customers can use your coupon, you can set it up in the Customers section by selecting one of these:
- All customers
Anyone can apply the code.
- Repeat customers
Those who placed at least one order with Paid status and are signed in your store qualify for the discount.
You can send such coupons in Order Confirmation emails as a bounce back offer that encourages people to return to your store for another purchase, or reward your regular customers with a special discount.
- New customers
Those who haven’t yet ordered in your store can use the code.
You can promote these coupons right in your storefront or send them in Abandoned Cart Recovery emails to drive sales and increase the conversion rates.
Number of uses
To restrict the discount usage, select one of these:
Customers can apply the code numerous times.
- Once per customer
Each customer can apply the coupon only once with the same email at checkout. The same person will be able to use the code several times, if they provide different email addresses for each order at checkout.
- Single use
The coupon will expire as soon as a customer places an order with this code. You can use these coupons for making personalized special offers to your customers.
In case you want to clear out some excess inventory or boost sales of seasonal items, you can create coupons that should apply to specific products or categories. Click Limit by product or Limit by category to select items that qualify for the discount:
Offering discounts on specific products may also encourage shoppers to add other items to their shopping carts, as even small savings can result in big spending.
Modifying existing coupons
You may need to change details in an existing coupon. To modify a coupon:
- Go to Ecwid control panel → Marketing → Discount Coupons;
- Place a checkmark next to a coupon that you want to update;
- Click Modify above the list of coupons:
- Change the coupon as you need:
- Click Save.
You can manage coupon codes in your Ecwid Control Panel → Marketing → Discount Coupons. Here you can filter coupons by:
- discount type
- time of life
- number of uses.
Filters help you quickly check what codes are used oftener than others, which coupons are active at the moment and which ones have already expired and more.
In case you want to stop the coupon usage for the moment and keep it for another promotion, you can pause the code and reactivate it later: