Automatically Add Coupon To Cart via Query String URL Parameter
Many if not most promotions these days (and 90% of mine for the past ten years) are handled via newsletter and social media links that direct a user to a landing page such as a product or category page on a website store. As such it is always easier for the customer to purchase directly from a link that automatically adds a coupon discount code to the cart (and obviously validates it first before doing so) by grabbing the code from the url query string and not relying or expecting the customer to also note down the coupon code and manually apply it to the cart, whether or not there are items in the cart.
The idea of the checkout process is to remove obstacles and speed up the flow to purchase and such implementation would do this. Store admin should be able to generate a promotion url that redirects a potential customer to a category page or a product page or auto-add a product to the cart and at the same time auto-add a specified coupon to the cart too.
This ability has been added to the software
It also includes the ability to link several coupons at once.
With regard to shipping... it would be nice to have the option to use the customer's account (if applicable) to create a label within 3dcart .
Stacey Thomas commented
This is a very good idea. Would certainly help my promotions and email campaigns.
Richard Abbott commented
That posted workaround is no use since you want to give the customer a link to your actual product (not a fake hidden product) and apply the coupon code at the same time. If you give the link to a fake hidden product, sure there will now be a discount in the cart but the user doesn't really know that the discount has been applied and still then has to manually navigate to the product they wanted which is a huge obstacle in the way of making a purchase. This feature is like one of the basic features any cart should have so it's surprising 3DCart do not already have it in place and even more baffling is that they have been notified about its importance yet still won't implement it! Bizarre.
I agree! Customers should be able to click not have to remember a code and enter it. This would increase conversions for sure!
Denise Adams commented
For me this funcitonality is abosultely crucial. The idea of the checkout process is to remove obstacles and speed up the flow to purchase and such implementation would do this.
Store admin should be able to generate a promotion url that redirects a potential customer to a category page or a product page or auto-add a product to the cart and at the same time auto-add a specified coupon to the cart too.
But to be clear: you should be able to apply the coupon to the cart without an item in the cart and then when an item is added the coupon discount is applied if it is valid and relates to the item or items in the cart.
This is also a required feature if you wish to offer a discount to selected customers and hide the actual coupon code so people can't abuse a promotion by posting the coupon code via social media. If it is hidden in a url and automatically added to the cart then the customer cannot see the coupon code but the discount is still applied.
Richard Abbott commented
This is also a required feature if you wish to offer a discount to selected customers and hide the actual coupon code so people can't abuse a promotion by posting the coupon code via social media. If it is hidden in a url and automatically added to the cart then the customer cannot see the coupon code but the discount is then applied when the appropriate product is added to the cart.
Robert Schlein commented
I posted a workaround here that may work for some users:
Offer the ability to embed a coupon code (or better yet, multiple codes) in a link.
We can put this link on a promotional banner on the site, in a text promotion, or in an e-mail to customers.
It works better and is much more effective and professional to just have the promotion apply automatically when the customer clicks on the link.
Allowing for multiple codes would allow us the ability to offer promotions like save $5 on 50, and 10 on $75 , and all the customer has to do is click on a link. Currently they would have to enter the appropriate coupon.
Would be great to have an auto coupon combiner. We can generate several coupons, put them into the Generator, and out comes one code that would apply all of them.
Currently it is impossible to do varied discounts. xx on this, yy on that, and a free item with $xx, without having the customer enter three or four coupons codes, which is not practical.
The other option is to be able to apply the coupons through a link, like from a mailer, and string all the coupon codes together separated with a comma.
You can easily do 5 on 50, 10 on $100 or 15 on 200. All you do is three coupons, and string them together in a link.