Why Are Your Customers Abandoning Their Orders Before Checkout?

Posted on September 15th, 2018 by Breck Hapner

It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in. If you’re in the business of selling goods and services online, you’ve likely seen customers load up their virtual shopping cart only to abandon their order completely, never to return.

The restaurant industry is no exception. It should be said upfront that it’s impossible to convert 100 percent of your online leads. But it can still be frustrating to see potential customers not complete their orders.

So, here are several possible reasons your customers are abandoning their orders and what you can do about it.

Too Much Hassle

Isn’t it ridiculous to think that something as convenient as online ordering could be perceived as inconvenient?

Well, sure, today it’s more convenient than it ever was to place an order online. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t certain glitches or bottlenecks in your web development or mobile app.

Maybe it doesn’t work properly on mobile devices. Maybe the system requires the customer to go through too many steps to confirm their order. Perhaps the checkout process just isn’t as easy and straightforward as it could be.

What to do: If you have your own app, it’s worth testing on every possible device to confirm it is functional on every level. If you’re primarily going through a third-party app like SkipTheDishes, it’s worth making some recommendations to them to see if they can make the user experience better.

Can’t Find What They’re Looking For

Are there certain menu items your customers can access at your restaurant, but not online? Be honest. Whether you have a lot of menu items, or you allow for a high level of customization in-store, it can be altogether too easy to make a half-hearted attempt online.

Even with an accessible e-commerce storefront for your restaurant, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that your customers are abandoning their order if they can’t access what they’re looking for.

What to do: Organize your menu items into intuitive categories. Offer as much customization or selection as you possibly can without sacrificing quality. Make note of the most common requests in-store and create them as options online.

Didn’t Want To Create Another User Account

It may come as a surprise that some users don’t want to have to create yet another user account just to place an order. It’s understandable that you may need to gather certain information for takeout or delivery, but sometimes asking for too much can cause you to lose sales.

What to do: If possible, allow your prospects to place an order without having to create a user account they may not even remember. Ask for all the vital information you need to confirm the order, but aside from that, streamline as much as possible.

Too Expensive

It’s common practice for restaurants to charge a delivery fee on online orders. Assuming this is stated upfront, it’s not a problem. But if customers input their order only to see that the total cost has suddenly jumped by $5 to $10, they may be turned off.

What to do: Ensure that all the fees are included in the order, and that the customers can clearly see whatever charges may apply, including taxes, delivery fees, gratuity and so on. If you do a better job of equipping them with the knowledge they need, they’ll be less likely to back out at the last minute.

Final Thoughts

Again, it’s worth restating that there are only so many variables you can control when it comes to abandoned orders. Some customers simply won’t follow through with an order, no matter how intuitive and straightforward the process is.

But if you’re noticing any specific hiccups that need to be addressed, then don’t be afraid to tackle them. Keep an eye on your analytics via a dashboard using business intelligence, and if anything stands out, investigate the matter and see how you can improve.

Optimize Your Online Sales

Does your restaurant offer online ordering? If so, has it been as successful as you’d hoped? Regardless of your answer, DineEngine can help you optimize your online ordering interface and boost the number of customers who use it. We are eager to learn more about your restaurant and what you envision for your online ordering option or options. We design our digital experiences based on customer feedback, and we’re certain we can help you gain an edge in your market.