Do you want to offer your WooCommerce customers a free gift along with their purchase?
Free gifts are a great way to get more sales, increase the average order value, and encourage customers to keep coming back to your online store.
In this article, we will show you how to create a free gift coupon in WooCommerce.
Why Offer Your Customers a Free Gift?
Offering a free gift is a great way to get more sales and encourage shoppers to spend more in your WooCommerce store.
You can even offer a free gift when the shopper spends a minimum amount or buys a particular product, as you can see in the following image.
This can increase the average order spend and encourage people to complete their purchase. In this way, free gifts can help you recover abandoned cart sales.
You might even offer customers a free gift coupon if they subscribe to your email newsletter.
In this way, the coupon can help grow your email list faster.
If you want to add some fun to your online store, then you could even use a “spin to win” coupon wheel so customers have to play a game to win their free gift coupon.
What Should I Give Away as a Free Gift?
Free gifts don’t have to be expensive, but they must be useful or valuable to the customer.
Many popular online marketplaces and stores use branded merchandise as a free gift. That way, the free gift will remind the customer about your brand. Merchandise such as T-shirts can also help build brand awareness by introducing your company to people who may not have heard about it yet.
For more on this topic, please see our guide on how to make a print-on-demand shop.
Other online stores offer complimentary accessories as a free gift. For example, many skincare brands use samples or travel-sized products as free gifts. As an added bonus, the customer may enjoy the sample so much that they decide to buy the full-size product.
That said, let’s see how you can create a free gift coupon for a WooCommerce store.
Creating a Free Gift Coupon in WooCommerce
The easiest way to create free gift coupons is by using Advanced Coupons. It is the best WordPress coupon code plugin on the market and allows you to create all kinds of deals, discounts, loyalty programs, and free gift coupons.
First, you’ll need to install and activate both the free Advanced Coupons plugin and the premium Advanced Coupons addon.
For more information, please see our guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.
Upon activation, head over to Coupons » License.
You can then enter the license key into the ‘License Key’ field.
To find this information, log into your account on the Advanced Coupons website. You’ll also need to enter your ‘Activation Email’, which is the email address you used when you purchased Advanced Coupons.
Once you’ve done that, click on ‘Activate Key.’
To create a free gift coupon, go to the Marketing » Coupons page.
Here, simply click on the ‘Add coupon’ button.
On the next screen, you need to type in a title for your coupon.
This will also become the actual coupon that customers will use to claim their free gift, so it’s a good idea to use something that’s easy for shoppers to remember and type.
If you don’t want to create your own code, then you can click on the ‘Generate coupon code’ button. This will create a code using a random string of letters and numbers.
Pro Tip: Another option is creating a URL that applies the coupon automatically. For step-by-step instructions, please see our guide on how to auto-apply coupons with coupon URLs.
After that, scroll to the ‘Coupon Data’ section and click on the ‘Add Products’ tab.
You can now click on the ‘+ Add Product’ button.
In the ‘Type to search’ field, start typing the name of the product that you want to offer as a free gift. When the right product appears, click on it.
Next, open the dropdown below the ‘Price/Discount’ heading.
You can then select ‘$: Override price.’
With that done, click on the ‘Add’ button to save your product.
To give away more than one free gift, simply repeat the process described above.
When you are happy with how the coupon is set up, click on the ‘Publish’ button. Now, the customer simply needs to enter the coupon code, and the product will be added to their cart for free.
Offering a Free Gift if the Customer Spends Enough
You may want to set a minimum amount that shoppers will need to spend to qualify for the free gift coupon. Many popular eCommerce sites use this trick to encourage shoppers to spend more money and increase the average order value.
To do this, create your coupon following the same process described above. However, before publishing the coupon, make sure you click on the ‘Usage restriction’ tab.
In the Minimum Spend field, type in the amount that shoppers must spend before they can use the free gift coupon.
In the image above, customers can only use the free gift coupon when their shopping cart is worth $20 or more.
If a customer tries to apply the coupon before reaching the minimum spend, then they’ll see an error message.
Scheduling Your Free Gift Coupon
You can often increase conversions using FOMO. With that being said, you may want to add a time limit to your free gift coupons, which encourages customers to act now in order to claim their free gift.
You can schedule all your coupons using Advanced Coupons. Simply create the free gift coupon following the same process described above.
Then, click on the ‘Scheduler’ tab and check the ‘Date Range Schedules’ box.
In ‘Coupon start date,’ go ahead and type in the date and time when the coupon will go live.
Then, use the ‘Coupon expiry date’ to specify the date and time when customers will no longer be able to use the free gift coupon.
For more detailed instructions, please see our guide on how to schedule coupons.
Promoting Your Free Gift Coupon in WooCommerce
Customers love a free gift, so it’s a good idea to promote your coupon.
You can use OptinMonster to create floating header bars, exit intent popups, slide-in scroll boxes, or even gamified spin-a-wheel popups. In this way, you can let shoppers know about the coupon and how they can claim their free gift.
For more information, please see our guide on how to build customer loyalty in WordPress with gamification.
You can even use these display rules to personalize each campaign and offer different free gifts based on factors like the shopper’s location.
No matter how you promote your coupon URLs, it’s important to track visitors to your WordPress website and monitor how they’re using those coupons.
This allows you to see what’s working and what isn’t so you can constantly improve your marketing and deals to get more sales. For more information, please see our guide on how to set up WooCommerce conversion tracking.
We hope this article helped you learn how to create a free gift coupon in WordPress. You may also want to see our list of the best WooCommerce plugins for your store and our comparison of the best email marketing services.