Manage your out-of-stock products and
activate a waitlist
to notify users when products are available
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What the plugin does
Let customers subscribe to a mailing list for out-of-stock or unavailable products so they can get automatic back-in-stock notifications when these are available in your shop.
How you can benefit from it:
Create a list of prospective customers that may want to buy one or more products: it will come in handy for future marketing strategies;
Build a pre-launch strategy for some of your products and create a mailing list with interested users even before starting the sale;
Leverage the scarcity principle to grow hype for those products that are not available yet or that are available in a limited quantity;
Build targeted campaigns to push customers into buying as soon as the products they want are available (emails related to waitlist products usually have a significantly high conversion rate, between 10 to 15%!);
Win back those lost sales and customers by suggesting alternative products similar to the ones they wanted to buy. By offering good alternatives in case of out-of-stock or unavailable products, you can also increase your customers' loyalty and guarantee a positive purchase experience.
Win back lost customers and sales when your products go out of stock or are not available and send automatic back-in-stock notifications to push your users to buy.
A waiting list plugin is extremely flexible because it allows you to address different needs: you may want to launch a new product/service/event, build hype by disabling sales, and create a waiting list with a custom discount or a bonus for those who subscribe to it.
Or maybe you have a best-selling product and want to be sure you don’t lose any prospective customers when it goes out of stock.
Let’s think of the most likely scenario: Jerry finds an interesting product in your shop, it’s exactly what he was looking for, the same model and color, amazing! But then he realizes that he cannot buy it because his size is not available.
He goes through the product page looking for information about when that product size will be back in stock or how he can be notified when it is, but there’s no mention of that. Now, his purchase experience is at risk: his frustration hits the roof and he can’t help leaving the shop and looking for that product elsewhere.
Now let’s consider the same scenario, but with the possibility for him to subscribe to a waiting list: even if the product is not immediately available, Jerry reads that his size will be back in stock shortly and he can leave his email address to be notified as soon as this happens. One week later, he receives an email informing him that his size is now available with a $5 discount code as a gift for his patience.
Thanks to YITH WooCommerce Waitlist and just one email – with a conversion rate of around 10-15% according to market research – you converted a prospect into a customer and made a sale that would have been lost otherwise.
Choose the products on which you want to activate the waiting list option
Choose whether to activate the waitlist option on all out-of-stock products or use the exclusion list to pick specific products to enable or disable the option.
Customize the text and the form to show on the product page
Show a custom notice on the product page to inform users about the product stock. You can also use this section to offer an incentive (a bonus, discount, etc.) and encourage users to subscribe! Moreover, you can also customize the button text, the error message, or the subscription confirmation message.
Enable Google reCAPTCHA to prevent spam subscriptions
An email input field can be easily attacked by bots. From version 2.0 on, you will be able to prevent spam subscriptions by enabling Google reCAPTCHA and choosing which version to use.
Require your users to confirm their subscriptions to the waitlists
Choose whether to send an email to request your users to confirm their subscriptions to these mailing lists. You can send this email to either all users or only to those that are not registered in your shop.
Build a mailing list for future marketing campaigns
A waiting list includes the email addresses of all users that are interested in your products, it can be a powerful tool for future marketing strategies or to promote specific products. If you enable this option, you can make sure that the addresses are not deleted after sending the back-in-stock email and use it to build a targeted mailing list for your marketing strategies.
Leverage the social proof principle with a counter that shows how many people have subscribed to each product’s waiting list
The social proof principle is quite basic but still extremely effective: if you display a counter with the number of people that have subscribed to be notified about the out-of-stock products, then more users will feel the urge to subscribe to make sure they do not miss any news or updates about your popular products.
Customize the back-in-stock email sent to your users
Use the editor to customize the content of the email that will be automatically sent to all subscribed users when the product is back in stock and ready to be purchased.
Take advantage of the Mandrill integration for advanced email management
Do you want to monitor your back-in-stock emails in an advanced way? Take advantage of the Mandrill integration if you use this tool for your email campaigns.
Send an email to recommend alternative products when the selected ones are not in stock
You have enabled the waiting list option but the supplier informs you that they will not be able to restock the products. What then? Since version 2.0, you will be able to send a product recommendation to all users who subscribed to a specific product waitlist. With the right words and a small discount, you have plenty of chances to make more sales out of it. Just give it a try to see if it works
Monitor and manage the products with a waitlist
In a dedicated table in the plugin panel, you will be able to monitor the products with the waitlist option enabled: you can see how many users subscribed, send the back-in-stock email or the cross-sell one with alternative products, remove users or waitlists, and much more.
Let your customers monitor the products they have subscribed to in their reserved area in My Account
Your customers can monitor the lists they have subscribed to – and check the products' availability at a glance – in a dedicated section in their account area.
All the products in our YITH catalog are developed on the same shared framework. This grants full compatibility among all our plugins and allows combining them together to get even more powerful results and more complete solutions.
We do our best to also include compatibility with the most popular WordPress and WooCommerce plugins available on the market.
You can use this plugin with*:
YITH WooCommerce Customize My Account Page
YITH WooCommerce Customize My Account Page helps you customize your "My Account" page in your website in a few simple steps, adding new sections and editing the default WooCommerce ones. The integration between these two plugins allows you to edit all the information in the Waitlist section from the "My Account" page (label, icon and content) using the admin panel of YITH WooCommerce Customize My Account Page.
YITH WooCommerce Multi Vendor
YITH WooCommerce Multi Vendor allows you to turn your store into a multistore where vendors manage their own product and earn a commission on every sale.
Thanks to the integration with YITH WooCommerce Waitlist, every vendor will be able to manage waitlists for their products and the related emails to send to their users.
YITH WooCommerce Product Bundles
YITH WooCommerce Product Bundles is an extension conceived to create bundles with the combination of some products of your shop. You can assign an ad-hoc price to the bundle or a price given by the sum of the single elements contained in the bundle itself. The integration between these two plugins allows your users to also add bundle products to their waitlist.
* All the plugins listed in this section are not included in YITH WooCommerce Waitlist. In order to take advantage of a specific integration, you need to purchase and activate the premium version of the related plugin.
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Here you can find some frequently asked questions about this plugin. If you can't find a reply to your doubts, ask a question: we will reply in a very short time
Can I customize the notices displayed to the users?
Yes, you can customize the info displayed on the product page and all the notices from Form in the product page > Customization. Refer to this page for more info.
I need that logged users are required to register to the waitlist. Can this plugin do that?
Yes, this is possible by enabling the Confirm your subscription email that you can find here. In this way, when users subscribe to a waitlist, they will be asked to confirm the subscription through the email automatically sent.
Is the plugin GDPR compliant?
Yes, it is as you can see in more detailed on this page.
Is it possible to send the "user subscribed" notification to another email other than the admin's?
Yes, it is possible by changing the recipients in YITH > Waitlist > Email Settings > User subscribed.
Does the plugin work with variable products?
Yes it does, the plugin is compatible with variable products. Each variation, if out of stock, will have the waitlist subscription form.
Can I customize the "add to waitlist" messages displayed for the products?
Yes, you can change the “add to waitlist” message in the Customization tab.
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Ed Berry - verified owner
The integration with Bundles is perfection!I use it with the bundles plugin and they work perfectly together. I couldn't ask for more
Carl Daniels - verified owner
Great!!I love this plugin, I knew I was losing sales when products went out of stock. Now I have customers subscribing to the waiting list instead
Björn Tòmasson - verified owner
Perfect for some storesThis is definitely the best solution I found for my client who runs an e-shop with a small number of handmade items. Products easily get out of stock and this plugin helped her with sales. Easy to use and straight to the point. Recommended!
Juan Brito - verified owner
muy buenoha sido un añadido muy bueno para mi tienda, totalmente satisfecho con los resultados, tienen una guia muy completa para configurarlo y se aprecia poder hacer todo fácilmente.
Max Ackerman - verified owner
No regrets!At first, I was hesitant to buy the premium version so I started with the free option. After a while, seeing the quality of the plugin and the results I was getting I decided to give it a shot and switch to premium to take full advantage of the plugin's features. No regrets!!