Learn more about targeted marketing strategies, like direct checkout links.

Have you ever abandoned your cart, then received an email shortly after reminding you of the products you’ve left behind? Chances are you received a direct checkout link that led you straight to check out—making it easy to continue your purchase without much thought or effort.

Not only are direct checkout links simple for customers to use, but they also have many benefits for ecommerce merchants. As one of the most powerful targeted marketing tools out there, direct checkout links can help you personalize the customer journey, hit your target audience with the right offerings, and help your brand connect with the right shoppers in the right channel. 

To learn more about this target marketing strategy and how to effectively use direct checkout links, continue reading. 

Key takeaways

  • Direct checkout link campaigns can make a huge difference for ecommerce stores looking to increase their revenue.
  • By personalizing the customer experience, direct checkout links make shoppers feel seen and create a seamless checkout process.

The importance of targeted marketing strategies

The best marketing strategies are those driven by data, enhanced over time, and continually improved upon. Targeted marketing strategies are successful because they:

  • Are personalized for high engagement 
  • Reach the right audience with the right offering
  • Use the proper channels for sharing specific information

With personalization, marketing strategies can be targeted to specific shoppers—aligning language, offerings, prices, and certain promotions with the needs and desires of that audience. This leads to higher engagement and conversion rates, when customers are shown exactly what they’re looking for, at the right time.  

When ecommerce brands reach the right audience with the right offering at the right time, that’s when marketing magic happens. By segmenting audiences in marketing campaigns—based on demographics, behavior, preferences, and more—you can show your customers offerings that are relevant to them. And with direct checkout links, you can make it even easier for them to shop what you’re offering. 

Finally, utilizing the right channels is crucial. With social media, email, and influencer marketing, brands have endless opportunities to use direct checkout links and make conversions across channels. 

Building a powerful solution for targeted marketing

Direct checkout links are exactly as they sound: links that, when clicked, take a customer directly to a checkout cart that has been pre-populated with the exact right products and associated subscription intervals. They can be extremely useful for both the merchant and the customer, and ultimately lead to a successful conversion. 

When used strategically, direct checkout links can save a customer time and effort and also increase the likelihood of a sale for a merchant. 

So how exactly does it work? It may vary across providers, but Recharge specifically allows you to create direct checkout links right from the Product page. A link is automatically generated that you can then plug and play in various situations, such as targeted email campaigns or specific cross-sell and upsell campaigns. 

Below we’ll go through just some of the many ways you can utilize direct checkout links.

How to effectively use direct checkout links 

In a business’ infancy, experimentation is key in determining how to best leverage strategies like direct checkout links. As your business grows, however, it’s important to collect and analyze customer data to segment your audience and deliver personalized direct checkout links with relevant product offerings at the exact right time, place, and to the right people.

1. Targeted email campaigns & promotions

Include direct checkout links in personalized email campaigns to engage specific customer segments. Customize the content and offerings based on their preferences, purchase history, or browsing behavior. These are also particularly effective when promoting new products, or during promotional periods like the holidays. 

Direct checkout links can also be shared in social media campaigns to target your followers and engage potential customers. It’s important to create compelling posts that highlight exclusive offers, limited-time promotions, or new product releases to get the high engagement your brand is looking for.

2. Retargeting campaigns

Utilize direct checkout links in retargeting campaigns to re-engage visitors who showed interest in specific products or abandoned their carts. By directing them back to a pre-configured checkout cart, you can increase the likelihood of them completing the purchase.

3. Influencer partnerships & affiliate marketing programs

Similar to social media campaigns, collaborating with influencers through an affiliate marketing program relevant to your industry or target audience is another vehicle where direct checkout links can be useful. 

You can provide influencers or partners with direct checkout links to share with their followers, accompanied by authentic and persuasive content that encourages conversions. Consider offering them incentives or commission for driving sales through their unique links, encouraging them to actively promote your offerings.

By utilizing influencer marketing, you can limit the barrier to conversion twofold by capitalizing on the trust already built between influencers and their audience, and reducing the steps needed to checkout. 

4. Cross-sell & upsell opportunities

Leverage direct checkout links to offer complementary or upgraded products during the checkout process. By pre-selecting these items in the checkout cart, you can encourage customers to add them to their purchase, boosting average order value. Primal Kitchen does this well through a careful analysis of when in the shopping journey it is most effective to upsell or cross-sell

5. QR codes & offline promotions

Despite being in a digital world, you can actually greatly benefit from including direct checkout links in offline marketing materials, such as print ads, brochures, or signage. By creating QR codes linked to direct checkout URLs, you can seamlessly bridge the gap between offline and online shopping experiences.

Utilizing direct checkout links with Recharge

It’s abundantly clear that direct checkout links can offer a seamless experience for merchants and customers alike. With Recharge’s direct checkout link feature we’ve already seen almost a hundred stores utilizing it—and seeing increases of up to 10% of their daily gross merchandise value (GMV) in the first 90 days of implementation. 

The journey isn’t over and ecommerce is constantly evolving, so we’re continuing to ask our merchants for feedback to collaborate on how we can make this feature even more powerful.

We’re looking at some specific enhancements to do just that, such as:

  • Select a specific variant to be used in the direct checkout link
  • Input discount codes to be automatically applied in the direct checkout link
  • Select multiple products to be included in a direct checkout link
  • Select custom quantity to be included in a direct checkout link

Stay up to date with Recharge and our enhancements to direct checkout link features with our Recharge product roadmap