Creating the Post-Purchase Flow – The PickaPocket Project
In this week’s episode of the PickaPocket project, we guide you through creating the post-purchase flow for first time buyers from the brand.
The post-purchase flow is an incredibly important email automation.
New buyers are hot, hot, hot, and as such, present an amazing opportunity for upsells, cross-sells, and quite frankly, turning them into a cult supporter of your brand.
Our goal with the post-purchase flow is to ensure customers are valued while simultaneously maximising our capabilities to increase Customer Lifetime Value (CLV).
The beauty of the post-purchase flow is that it’s a seamless way to enhance this; considering somebody has already bought from you, they’re incredibly likely to buy from you again.
In addition to this, it provides an ample opportunity to drive reviews, build social proof and migrate customers onto your social media platforms.
Setting up PickaPocket’s Post-Purchase Flow
Here’s an overview of what PickaPocket’s post-purchase flow looks like in Klaviyo.
The trigger is obviously when somebody places an order.
After that, they are sent 5 automated emails, the first one coming one hour after they placed the order.
Post-Purchase Email 1: We’re preparing your order! While you wait…
Sent 1 hour after customer places an order
The goal of the first email in this flow is to provide a strong upsell opportunity.
People who place an order are extremely receptive to placing more orders; we want to take advantage of this.
A strong discount, in this instance, is acceptable, and can also be considered rewarding to customers.
It acts as a reward for the purchasing customer and can offset any damage to profits back increasing the average order value (AOV) of the initial transaction.
That’s a win-win for PickaPocket & the customer.
And, the design is funky and welcoming – a great way to greet new customers to the brand and warm them up for future emails 😎
Email 2: About your recent order from us
Sent 5 days after the order was fulfilled
This is a very simple image, aesthetically. There’s a reason for this: we want a single course of action and to concentrate attention.
In this instance, it’s driving a review on the product page.
Reviews for e-commerce businesses are crucial: 93% of customers say they look at reviews before making a buying decision.
Post-purchase emails are the ideal opportunity to drive more of these. And who better to ask than a customer who has just recently bought from you?
Email 3: Join our selfie competition
Sent 4 days after previous email
Now is the time to inject some fun into the flow. What better way than to get customers to create their own selfies of the products they bought?
Not only does this add more value, but we accomplish two more things:
- We migrate our customers over to the social channels where they open up another communication channel with our brand
- User-generated content: by far the most powerful weapon in your arsenal for driving referrals from existing customers
Another example of how powerful automated emails can be to drive previously arduous tasks!
Email 4: Get your swag on
Sent 7 days after email 3
The goal with this email is to inject some fun, creative content from the PickaPocket blog that conveys high value and authority to customers.
We picked a collection of blogs from the website and repurposed them as creatives featuring products to initiate click-throughs from readers.
This type of email is an example of how content marketing can be used to drive traffic back to the website. This still has a positive effect on sales, while remaining a bit more subtle and leading with value first.
Email 5: Join the PickaPocket VIP Club
Sent 7 days after email 4
The final email in the flow leads with a sales push, presenting the best-selling products from the store (since they have the highest chance of driving sales).
We are leveraging Shopify’s dynamic coupon feature within Klaviyo to deliver the discount, so it’ll appear different for every customer and won’t be distributed and abused which is an awesome feature from Klaviyo.
The post-purchase flow is a powerful email sequence to drive up-sells, cross-sells, and drive reviews as well as user-generated content. Use it to achieve all these goals, and try to stick to one core message per email for best success.
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Adam is a digital marketing entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in the industry. His copywriting has contributed towards building multimillion £/$ e-commerce brands with proven email marketing strategies. Today, Adam is fiercely passionate about helping SMEs optimise their customer value journeys with effective content marketing and scaleable digital strategies at Magnet Monster.