Do you want to add advanced gift cards in WooCommerce?
Gift cards allow your customers to buy store credit and then either keep it for themselves, or give it away as a gift. Since they’re so popular with shoppers, gift cards can help you get more sales and boost profits.
In this article, we will show you how to easily add advanced gift cards in WooCommerce.
Gift cards can also help spread the word about your brand, particularly if the shopper buys a gift card for someone who hasn’t heard of your online store yet.
Convincing a new customer to make their first purchase is often a challenge. However, if someone gets a gift card, then they’re almost guaranteed to use it, even if they’re not familiar with your store.
That being said, let’s take a look at how you can easily add advanced gift cards in your WooCommerce store.
You’ll need both plugins installed in order to create gift cards. That’s because the gift card addon needs the core Advanced Coupons plugin in order to work.
In the following image you can see an example of a gift card, created using Advanced Gift Cards for WooCommerce.
When the customer buys a gift card, WordPress will send them an email with a unique coupon code that they can use on your online store.
After activating this premium addon, your first task is entering your Advanced Gift Cards license key. You’ll find this key in the purchase confirmation email you got when you purchased the Advanced Gift Cards addon.
You can also get this key by logging into your Advanced Coupons account. In your account, click on ‘View Licenses.’
Simply copy the key that appears in the ‘License key’ field. If you have bought other Advanced Coupons plugins and addons, then make sure you’re using the license key for the Advanced Gift Cards addon.
After you’ve done that, go to Coupons » License in your WordPress dashboard.
Next, scroll to the Advanced Gift Cards License Activation section. You can now go ahead and paste your key into the ‘License key’ field.
After that, type in the email address that you used to buy the Advanced Gift Cards addon. Then, just click on the Activate Key button.
You’re now ready to create gift cards for your customers. To get started, go to Products » Add New.
Directly below the ‘Product Name,’ you can type in a description for your gift card. To get more sales, your description should be helpful, informative, and convincing.
To add this gift card to a category, simply check the category’s box.
Once you’re done selecting a category, scroll to the Product Data section and open the dropdown that shows ‘Simple product’ by default.
Then, go ahead and click on the new ‘Advanced Gift Card’ option. WooCommerce will now show all the settings you can use to create your gift card.
In the ‘Regular price’ field, go ahead and type in how much this card will cost to buy.
In Gift Card Value, type the amount that will be credited to the customer’s account when they use this coupon. This will usually be the same as the gift card’s Regular Price.
By default, Advanced Gift Cards will send the card to the buyer’s email address. However, gift cards are usually meant for other people such as a friend or family member.
With that in mind, you may want to give customers the option to send this card to a different email address, as you can see in the following image.
To give your customers this choice, check the ‘Giftable’ box.
When a customer buys a gift card, the plugin will send them an email with their coupon code plus some information about your store.
Advanced Gift Cards has several ready-made designs that you can add to these emails, as you can see in the following screenshot.
To use one of these designs, scroll to the Gift Card Design section and then click on any of the ready-made designs.
To preview how your emails will look, simply click on the Preview Gift Card Email button.
This will open a popup showing how your email will look with your chosen design.
To use your own image, click on the ‘Select image’ button.
There are few other settings that you may want to take a look through. However, this is all you need to create an advanced gift card in WooCommerce.
Before you publish your gift card, you may want to customize the email that’s sent to every customer who buys this product.
With that in mind, click on the Save Draft button to save your gift card without publishing it to your online store.
Whenever a customer buys a gift card, they’ll get an email with instructions on how to use their card.
You may want to customize this email, so it better aligns with your brand and has the messaging you need. You may also want to add any information that you feel is missing from the default email.
To edit this email, go to WooCommerce » Settings. Once you’ve done that, click on the ‘Emails’ tab.
On this screen, scroll to find the ‘Advanced Gift Card’ email.
Then, click on its ‘Manage’ button.
You will now see the template that Advanced Gift Cards uses for all of its emails.
You may want to start by editing the email heading and subject.
One option is to simply type in plain text into these fields. WooCommerce will then use this text for all of its gift card emails.
You can also add dynamic text. This is text that will update automatically based on factors such as the value of the gift card or the date when it is due to expire.
Dynamic text can help you create more helpful and engaging emails. To see all the dynamic text that you can use, simply hover your mouse over a field’s ‘?’ icon.
You will then see a popup that shows all the different dynamic text you can use in this field.
Now, you can simply type this dynamic text into the field, and WooCommerce will handle the rest.
You can even use a mix of plain text and dynamic text, as you can see in the following image.
Want to add some more text to the default email? Then you can type it into the ‘Additional content’ box. This text will appear beneath the main email content.
As before, the ‘Additional content’ box supports both plain and dynamic text. To see the different dynamic text that you can use for your additional content, just hover your mouse over its ‘?’ icon.
When you’re happy with your email, click on the ‘Save changes’ button.
You’ll want to make sure all of the emails sent from your WooCommerce store go to the recipient’s email inbox and not to the spam folder.
Once you’ve set up your emails, you’re ready to start selling your gift card.
To publish your gift card product, simply go to Products » All Products. On this screen, find the gift card that we created earlier, and click on its ‘Edit’ button.
After that, go ahead and publish your gift card by clicking on the ‘Publish’ button. This gift card will now appear on your WooCommerce store, ready for shoppers to buy.