The fear of missing out (a.k.a FOMO) can have a powerful impact on shoppers. A split test done by ConversionXL showed that when a countdown timer was placed on their product page, it converted 10% better than a variation of the page without a countdown timer.
Creating a sense of urgency among your shoppers can help make more people buy and less people “go home and think about it”. Now there are dozens of ways to create a sense of urgency, such as setting a deadline, offering something in limited quantities, etc. And the simplest way you can do this right now is using a WooCommerce countdown timer.
A WooCommerce countdown timer can be implemented to:
- Generate interest for a new product launch
- Promote flash deals / promotions / offers
- Sell limited edition / special products. Best use with a low-stock countdown widget.
In this post, we’ll show you top 5 best WooCommerce countdown timer plugins you should use for your store and how to implement this feature on your site wisely.
5 Best WooCommerce Countdown Timer plugins
Before we started, we’d like to state that we didn’t just throw up the first 5 plugins that showed up in the WP search query. Instead, we only recommend plugins that we have tried out and used for a long time ourselves to make sure they work well for your WooCommerce store.
Without further ado, let’s begin!
1. Checkout Boost by Beeketing
We make no bones about putting Checkout Boost first on this list of the best WooCommerce Countdown Timer plugins. It’s the ultimate marketing tool that deliver real impacts for WordPress sites using WooCommerce:
- Allbarks is using Beeketing’s offers to recover 19% of abandoned carts every month.
- Herbapproach made $115,000 extra sales in 2 months just by using Beeketing’s countdown offers.
The results speak for themselves, but that’s not all that makes Checkout Boost top our list.
Not a normal countdown timer plugins – Checkout Boost – built in the Beeketing for WooCommerce plugin – provides a unique feature that you can’t find an alternative on the WP Directory: the countdown offer in form of a pop up.
A countdown offer
You can use it to easily create a sense of urgency, increase conversion rate, and make more sales. You can target each offer to a specific product, collection, or trigger it to show only when some criteria are met. And it also includes 11 beautiful built-in themes for your urgency timers, as well as a variety of different ways to display timers.
Price: The Checkout Boost app built-in Beeketing plugin provides 15-day free trial for new installs, after that the app costs $20+ per month.
2. T (-) Countdown:
T(-) Countdown is a free plugin that helps display a styled countdown timer on your WooCommerce store using its widget and/or shortcode.
This plugin is perfect for informing online shoppers of an upcoming promotion / contest / event, such as a new product launch or a forthcoming giveaway. T(-) Countdown is highly customizable for its design using Jedi Mind-tricks and CSS codes. Here is basically how it works:
To display a countdown clock in any widgetized area – such as sidebar or header, footer – you can use the plugin’s built-in widget by ticking this option to Enable Rockstar Features then customizing it in the WP Admin.
If you want to display a countdown timer in a specific post or page, you’ll need to create your own shortcode. Here’s the Detailed Documentation – where the developer included many examples of all the shortcode attributes for your knowledge enhancement.
But in short, the basic shortcode is:
[tminus t= "DD-MM-YYYY HH:MM:SS"]HTML to be displayed when the countdown reaches zero.[/tminus] So entering [tminus t= "03-04-2018 01:01:01" style="jedi"]HTML to be displayed when the countdown reaches zero.[/tminus]
Price: T (-) Countdown plugin is free while T (-) Countdown Pro costs $49.99 for a single site license.
3. Countdown Cart by Beeketing
Countdown Cart is a free-forever app built in the big Beeketing plugin. This app helps you create a strong sense of urgency and scarcity to promote your sales campaign right on the product page. Besides the customizable countdown clock, this app provides two other features that you can’t ignore:
- Stock countdown: The counter bar displays with the number of items available for sale. This feature helps create scarcity, increase the perceived value of your products and make your customers buy faster.
- Social proof widget: The widget shows the number of visitors who have viewed your products and how many of them were sold. It creates a positive influence and build trust on your brand as well as your product.
Countdown Cart is a well-coded app that offers advanced functionality to increase the checkout rate and do marketing for your products. If you’re looking for a lightweight but powerful and feature-rich countdown timer tool, Countdown Cart is a good choice that’s totally worth a try.
Price: free-forever (even with customizable features).
4. Wow Countdown
With Wow Countdown plugin, you can create both limited-time and limited-amount countdowns. The plugin sets limits on the number of units purchased and the duration of promotional offers to increase the interest for each shopper.
Using cookies to track the session, Wow plugin will prevent data from being reset if a shopper refreshes your site. You can also set the due date to decide when the countdowns will start over.
Along with the free version, you would find a set of advanced features in the Wow Countdowns Pro version too:
- Create an unlimited amount of timers and counters with individual settings of styles
- Tracking the user’s session to make personalized offers
- Add a randomizer to increase the effect of realism
- Create a countdown timer to a certain date
- Create a countdown timer for the specified time with user session control
- Create a countdown to the set value
Price: Pro version costs $19 for a single site license.
5. Countdown Timer – Widget Countdown by WPDevArt
Similar to T (-) Countdown plugin, Countdown Timer by WPDevArt will help to add a functional countdown timer to a widget or to any post / page on your site in just a few minutes. This plugin is very easy to use so that you can quickly implement a timer on your site without a hitch.
If you’re running many campaigns or promotions together at the same time, feel free to add any number of countdown timers you want, the plugin wouldn’t limit anything.
There’s a good chance that you’ll need to custom CSS codes to redesign the basic template and make it match your store’s look and feel.
Price: WordPress Countdown Timer Pro costs $13 for a single site license.
How to harness the real power of urgency and scarcity
We’re all about helping you increase your sales & conversions so you can start earning more money with your WooCommerce store.
But please take note: don’t ever overuse those timers.
You might overwhelm a shopper and make them feel like they’re forced to take action. The result is you’ll end up scaring them away instead.
There’s no need to add a WooCommerce countdown timer to every product, but only when it’s appropriate:
- You have a product launch
- You’re promoting time-sensitive campaigns
- You have seasonal offers
- You’re selling limited edition items
Never again let your shoppers say “Well, I’ll buy this later…”
That’s it! Now you know the best WooCommerce Countdown Timer plugins to create a sense of urgency and scarcity on your site.
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