Exit Intent is an offer shown in a popup when a visitor is about to leave your website. It is your last chance to convert the visitor before they leave.
Done right, managing a visitor’s intent to leave can directly impact your conversion rates. Done wrong it can be an annoying distraction and be damaging to your brand.
We’ve pinned some screen shots along with comments on our Good Examples of Exit Intent Pinterest board.
Exit Intent works best when targeted for specific uses such as decreasing shopping cart abandonment or growing an email subscription list.
Below are the three common uses from our list of the 10 most common reasons you should use Exit Intent:
In 2015 Business Insider found that there could be up to $4 trillion dollars waiting to be recovered in abandoned shopping carts.
Shopping cart abandonment reflects a failure of the business to build trust, reinforce benefits and reduce fear.
Exit Intent provides a final opportunity, prior to abandonment, for you to:
Email marketing remains the number 1 tool with the biggest positive impact on revenue.
Organically building an email subscription list is one of the best ways to create an audience for you to market to. For most businesses adding subscribers to their monthly newsletter isn’t always obvious. They’ll add existing customers, but neglect to promote the availability of the newsletter on their website.
When a visitor is leaving your site it is a great opportunity to promote your newsletter or other mailing lists that may be of interest to the visitor:
In Google Analytics, bounce rate is the percentage of single interaction visits to a website. A bounce rate of greater than 70 percent for a blog or article isn’t unusual.
Visitors bounce because:
An Exit Intent on these pages creates an opportunity to convert a visitor to your newsletter or another offer that entices them to stay.
See our Top 10 Reasons to Use Exit Intent for more ideas.
However, additional factors can be considered as part of the user behavior for determining when to show the popup: how long has the visitor been on the website, is this an existing customer, what type of content is the visitor viewing and more.
Using Exit Intent on mobile experiences should be done with caution. You have much less screen space to work with and you can quickly frustrate your customers if a popup cannot be quickly ignored.
When designing your Exit Intent you need to be very mindful of how the interaction works in mobile experiences. The available screen size in mobile is much smaller and interaction elements need to be bigger to facilitate touch interactions.
And, an increasing amount of your traffic comes from tablet and mobile devices. Mary Meeker’s annual internet research has some great statistics on the rise of mobile:
2017 Internet Trends Report from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Since there is no mouse on mobile devices, detecting an Exit Intent is slightly different. For example, scroll speed can be a good indication that the visitor has lost interest in the page and intends to leave.
DailyStory recommends our customers not using Exit Intent on mobile devices and instead use Push Banners that don’t interfere with the visitor’s ability to read the content. Google agrees.
Creating a great Exit Intent strategy is not difficult. It just requires a bit of planning. However, a poor Exit Intent implementation will damage your brand and frustrate your users.
Below are three best practices:
Keep your Exit Intent simple with a clear, concise offer and an obvious call to action. We recommend including a graphic for visual interest, but it isn’t required.
Think of your Exit Intent as a micro-landing page. Put in the same amount of thought as you would into a landing page.
Be precise in your description. For example, if your offer is a 15% coupon a good description is “New customers are eligible 15% off their first purchase”. Or, if the offer is to sign up for a newsletter: “Love our blog? Can we send you our best articles once a month?”
Use a clear call to action. For example, if your offer is a 15% coupon a good call to action is “Get My 15% Off Coupon“. Or, if the offer is to sign up for a newsletter: “Sign up for our Newsletter”.
The tone of your Exit Intent matters. Don’t be patronizing.
For example, let’s say you are looking for a new wifi enabled pet tracker (such things do exist). You’ve spent a few hours on a Sunday afternoon using Google to hone in on the products you want to research. You’re on your third website and you trigger an Exit Intent behavior only to be presented with:
Maybe you’ve seen Exit Intent that uses this strategy. Known as “Confirmshaming” it insults you for not opting in.
The psychology behind this is effective because it forces you to do something that you don’t agree with to dismiss the popup.
But don’t be fooled, this has proven to create a negative impression of your brand/product.
Instead, focus on the value you are creating for your consumer and possibly educate them along the way. Remember, Exit Intent is shown because you have failed to convince the prospective customer that you have a product or service that fits their need.
This could be better written as:
An Exit Intent is disruptive and interrupts your visitor’s actions.
This is great because it quickly gets their attention, but can be bad if you interrupt a meaningful action such as checking out or reading content.
A best practice with any of your website’s popups is to enable them to be quickly dismissed. Some ways that visitors expect to dismiss a popup:
Not following these recommendations risks visitors simply abandoning their visit.
In addition, to quickly closing the popup, ensure that your popup follows other best practices:
See our Best Practices for Converting Visitors with Exit Intent for additional recommendations.
Below are some of the basic features you should look for in an Exit Intent solution.
These are features you should expect to find in any Exit Intent solution.
One of the problems that many people run into is what happens after the popup is completed.
For example, once the popup form is complete what happens next?
Ideally, you send an email follow-up confirming an action, like a newsletter signup. What sends those emails? Where do the replies go? What happens if an email bounces? How do you automatically add them to your bulk email newsletters like MailChimp or Salesforce? What about integration with other tools like Slack or Google Analytics.
These tend to be considered advanced features.
These are features you should expect to find in advanced Exit Intent / Customer Engagement platforms:
No, they are alive and well.
However, as it relates to mobile in 2016 Google said that “interstitials” (popups) that interfere with accessibility may not rank as highly.
To improve the mobile search experience, after January 10, 2017, pages where content is not easily accessible to a user on the transition from the mobile search results may not rank as highly.
More specifically Google says:
“Here are some examples of techniques that make content less accessible to a user:
By contrast, here are some examples of techniques that, used responsibly, would not be affected by the new signal:
DailyStory recommends our customers do not use Exit Intent on mobile devices and instead use Push Banners that don’t interfere with the visitor’s ability to read the content.
Exit Intent should be one of the tools you use to create customer engagement opportunities. But it certainly should not be the only one.
Combined with visitor tracking, live chat, and other customer engagement tools Exit Intent can be a complementary capability you use to engage with your customers. For example, if a customer service agent is available, why not offer a chat session when the Exit Intent triggers?
And Exit Intent doesn’t have to be the only type of popup you use either.
Displaying a popup, known as a Welcome Mat, when a visitor first comes to your website is another great way to convert visitors.
Also, showing a popup when a visitor is idle on your website. This usually means they opened the page and forgot about it and may have moved on to something else.
Exit Intent is just one of the features of the DailyStory Customer Engagement platform.