Suppose you want to tweet out a link that when clicked a product is instantly in the shopping cart and your buyer is looking at the checkout page ready to complete the sale. You can easily do all this with Cart66. You can even apply a promotional discount with the link as well.
Creating “Add to cart” links
Cart66 has an “add to cart link” feature that will let you:
- Specify what page to go to (such as the checkout page, view cart page, or any other page)
- Specify which product to add to the cart
- Optionally specify a promotion code to apply to the order
To make an add to cart link follow these steps.
Pick the page where you want the customer to land when they click your link. Often times a good choice is your checkout page, but it can be any page or post on your entire site. For this example, let’s say you want folks to go to straight to your checkout page to pay for their order.
Landing page URL: http://mystore.com/store/checkout
You will need to put the product id for the product you are selling in the link. This is the product id, not the item number. So log into your WordPress admin and navigate to your Cart66 products. You will see the product id in the left most column. It will be a number, in this example it is 4.
If you want the link to also apply a discount to the item, go into your Cart66 Promotions and create the promotion you want to use. Suppose you create a $5.00 off promotion and you give it a promotion code of 5OFF. Make sure you check the “Enable” check box so the promotion is ready to be used and that the promotion applies to the product you are working with.
Promotion code: 5OFF
Now that you have all the pieces figured out, let’s put the together to make your link.
Here is a summery of what all the pieces mean:
- The page you want your customer to be on after they click your link (Required)
- This tells Cart66 that the link is going to add a product to the cart (Required)
- This is the ID of the product that will be added to the cart (Required)
- The promotion code for the promotion you would like to have applied (Optional)
The end result – an example buy now link
- Shorten your URLs: Since the link is fairly long, run it through a link shortening service like bitly or goo.gl
- Sell with social media: Post your shortened link on your Facebook page or on Twitter.
- Put E-Commerce in your newsletters: Add “Buy Now” links directly in your email newsletters and even include a promotion just for your newsletter subscribers.
- Sell with banner ads: Wrap a banner ad images with an add to cart link. Customers will click the ad and will then be right on your checkout page ready to buy.
- Buy Now Google AdWords: Make your Google AdWords become “Buy Now” links.
- Run a Duck Feeding Promotion