nopCommerce Tips: Review of the Nop Customer Reminder

I’ll admit it; I’m one of those people. I love to window-shop, and price-comparison, and bargain-hunt. I’ve made it a rule that if I want to buy something, even if I add it to the shopping cart, I have to give it a certain amount of time before I click that “buy” button. My theory has always been that if I really want it, I’ll remember to go back for it later. Some of my favorite sites have gotten wise to this tactic, and send me “cart reminders”, to keep those items fresh in my mind. nopCommerce-based sites can now offer the same functionality, using the new Nop Customer Reminder by Nop-Templates.

Nop Templates is one of the best third-party vendors for nopCommerce; their collection of plugins elevate an already terrific open-source product to an excellent commercial-quality e-commerce solution. The Customer Reminder plugin comes with three basic reminder classes: abandoned carts, inactive users, and unpaid orders. The plugin is extensible to allow additional reminder classes to be added.

As usual, the plugin installation is seamless, and easy to follow. The plugin configuration screen allows the administrator to determine how many reminder e-mails should be sent out, and how soon after the initial parameter state has been completed. You can even customize your reminder messages with nopCommerce-specific tokens to include store information and other relevant information.

Abandoned carts are the bane of most online retailers; with the Nop Customer Reminder plugin, your nopCommerce-based site will have a new tool to help reduce your drop-off, and increase your conversions.


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