E-commerce abandoned cart text message examples that will save your sales

These abandoned cart text message examples will reduce your e-commerce brand’s abandoned cart rate and boost your sales.

Abandoned cart text messages are something no e-commerce business owner wants to send. Unfortunately, they’re a necessity anytime a customer leaves their items in limbo.d

You might ask “Why bother?” Are abandoned cart text messages really worth sending? In a word, yes. E-commerce abandoned cart texts see a 36% click-through rate (versus just 3.2% for email), which represents revenue you can’t miss out on.

With that in mind, as a veteran of the SMS marketing industry with years of seeing the best and worst of e-commerce texting, I’ll give you some ready-to-use examples along with some invaluable tips and tricks to get you started.

What are e-commerce abandoned cart text messages?

E-commerce abandoned cart text messages are texts designed to remind your customers that they have items still in their cart that they haven’t finished purchasing and encourage them to come back and check out.

They typically contain a greeting, a mention of the items still left in the cart, and a call to action (CTA).

E-commerce abandoned cart text message examples

If you’re reading this, you’re likely looking for some inspiration as you get started writing your abandoned cart texts. Without further ado, here are eight abandoned cart text message examples you can take and use in your own business today.

With a discount

We noticed you left your [ITEM NAME] in your cart! We don’t want you to miss out, so use code FSGHI23 for 10% off your order.


Hi [NAME], it looks like you still have some things left in your cart. Don’t forget to come back and snag them!

With an invitation to reply

Hello! This is [NAME] from [BUSINESS NAME]. I saw that you still have some items in your cart. Are there any questions I can answer as you consider buying from us? Feel free to reply to this text with any questions or concerns!

With a link to the cart

You’re on your way to an exciting purchase! Don’t forget to finish checking out at [LINK].

A/B testing CTA’s

Option 1

Excellent choice, [NAME]! Come back and get your [PRODUCT NAME/TYPE] before they sell out.

Option 2

Excellent choice, [NAME]! Come back and get your [PRODUCT NAME/TYPE] with a 10% discount at [LINK].

Offering a surprise discount

Hey there [NAME], you’ve got great style! Be sure to come back and finish snagging your items (and check out the exclusive gift we left for you at [LINK]).


We saw you looking 👀 Don’t be shy, come back and finish buying your [PRODUCT NAME/TYPE]!

During a flash sale

Time’s almost up! Grab your [PRODUCT NAME] at [CART LINK] before our 40% off sale ends on [DATE].

How to send e-commerce abandoned cart text messages

Now that you know what to send, it’s time to talk about how. Fortunately, SimpleTexting offers a few different options for sending e-commerce abandoned cart texts.


Third-party integrations make triggering automatic messages seriously convenient for e-commerce business owners. The most common integrations these brands use are Zapier and Shopify.

For Zapier users, the process varies depending on which software you connect Zapier to, but the basic idea is that you set up a trigger (that’s the customer action that will launch your pre-written text) and your action (in this case, that would be the text itself sending).

So, for abandoned cart texts, you’d set up a trigger based on customers leaving items in their cart without completing their purchase and an action that sends out your reminder text in response.

A look at the in-app page that helps SimpleTexting users get started with Zapier.

Shopify integrations work similarly. You can simply set up a trigger based on carts that your customers have left incomplete and automate a text to send whenever that happens. 


If you serve a relatively small customer base or want the option to send out individual abandoned cart texts, I recommend the SimpleTexting inbox.

  1. After logging into your SimpleTexting account, select Inbox from the left-hand menu.
  2. Start a new conversation or choose an existing one. 
  3. In the message box at the bottom of the screen, type out your abandoned cart text and either hit Send to send it immediately or click the clock icon to schedule it for a future date and time.
Composing an e-commerce abandoned cart text in the SimpleTexting inbox

Pro tip: To save some time and effort, you can also save your standard abandoned cart message as a template. This will allow you to send it in just a few clicks each time.

An example of an abandoned cart text message set up as a template

Customer segments

Customer segments are essentially groups of customers with something in common. In this case, that’s customers who abandoned their carts. 

Using segments to send your abandoned cart texts works best if you’re sending a second follow-up after you’ve sent a link. What do I mean by that? Well…

If you sent an initial abandoned cart text with a link to complete their purchase, you could then create a segment made up of subscribers who never clicked the link. Here’s how:

  1. In your SimpleTexting account, choose Contacts from the left-hand menu, then Segments
  2. Hit New segment, then Add criteria.
Setting up the criteria for a contact segment in SimpleTexting’s platform.
  1. From the criteria drop-down menu, choose Link.
  2. Choose not clicked and on campaign, then move to the next line and specify the campaign you’re referring to and the link they didn’t click on. 
Specifying which contact behavior makes up your segment
  1. Save your segment. 

How to send abandoned cart text messages with SimpleTexting and Shopify

Thanks to our integration with Zapier, you can integrate your text marketing with all the tools and apps you use to keep your business running. Shopify, one of the most popular e-commerce platforms, works seamlessly with SimpleTexting to automatically generate abandoned cart text messages. (You can also collect your customer’s phone numbers.)

If you aren’t a Shopify customer, the same process applies to whatever online store platform you use. Here are the three easy steps you need to take. It’s worth noting that you’ll need a SimpleTexting, Zapier, and Shopify account. 

1. Set the “when this happens” field

You’ll first need to select the “When this happens” field in Zapier. You can start the process here.

You’ll then need to log into your Shopify account and authorize Zapier. Now you’ll be able to set how many hours after an abandoned cart occurs that you want your text to send. This study from Rejoiner found that 1 hour appears to be the sweet spot.

2. Set the “then do this” field

In the “Then do this” field, you’ll have to log into your SimpleTexting account. You’ll then write your template abandoned cart text message in Zapier. You can select a number of fields to include in your text to personalize it. Here’s an example of an SMS:

You can then send a test text message to see how it looks.

3. Set your abandoned cart text messages live

The last step is to set your abandoned cart automation live. You can do this by turning the “Zap” on at the bottom of your screen:

As you can see the entire process takes less than 15 minutes to set up. If you have any doubts or need help getting set up, reach out to our support team by clicking the blue chat bubble in the corner of your screen. We’re always here to help answer questions about SMS marketing.

E-commerce abandoned cart text message best practices

You’re almost ready to start sending. Before you do, take a look at our top three best practices for abandoned cart texts.

  • Don’t send too many. Reminders of any kind can go from helpful to annoying if brands send too many of them. Limit yourself to one abandoned cart text and potentially one follow-up message and leave it at that if there’s no response.
  • Get contact consent before you text. Express written consent is a must in text marketing. As long as you use a compliant opt-in method and you’ve identified both your brand and a way to help contacts opt out of your messages, you’re set up for success.
  • Be aware of your timing. It won’t help your results if contacts are getting your texts at four in the morning. Make sure you send your texts between normal business hours and take time zones into account (even and especially when you’re setting up automated texts).

Elements of this piece were originally published April 20, 2020. Drew Wilkinson and Meghan Tocci contributed to this piece.