Once per customer discount codes - still not available?

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Shopify Partner
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Hi,

I know that previous threads have asked about once per customer discount codes in the past but I just wanted to check if anything had changed in this regard recently? We would love to get such a code in place for our new email newsletter subscribers for example and it seems such a basic feature that it's kind of odd that it is missing :-(

Any help?

Thanks

Rick

HolgaDirect - All your Holga Cameras and Accessories in one Place! : http://shop.holgadirect.com
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Shopify Expert
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There has always been a one time use coupon. Why can you not just distribute one per customer and know it can only be used once? 

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Shopify Partner
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Thanks Bill. What we are actually looking for is a code that we can put into our email newsletter signup acknowledgement emails so that new subscribers can get a discount on their first order. We can only really do this if we know that the discount we do create for everyone can only be used once per single customer... And we can't create a different code for each customer as that wouldn't work for a generic email... Unless I am missing something?

 

Thanks

Rick

HolgaDirect - All your Holga Cameras and Accessories in one Place! : http://shop.holgadirect.com
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Shopify Expert
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Indeed you are missing something. Say your newsletter contains 1000 subscribers. Any decent email campaign service will provide you with a template that will auto-fill in the newsletter with values you provide. So you use a discount code generator (eg: the one from Shopify is free and works fine) to generate 1000 codes. Now all you do is merge those codes into your subscriber list, one per customer. Each one is unique, each one is one use only. 

So there is nothing stopping you from doing what you need to do except few a little management tasks:

  1. generate enough unique one use codes for your subscribers
  2. merge the codes into your newsletter as you send it out

Hope that helps.

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Shopify Partner
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Hi Bill,

Thanks for your reply again. I think your solution does kind of work although not in a fully automated way. It doesn't seem like there would be a way to automatically add either a standard coupon code in the 'subscription confirmed' email which could be used only once per customer OR one of a 1000 codes. I think your solution would require us to create a 'new' mailing list in our email service (mailchimp) and then periodically (weekly) go through the list, merge the new codes, send emails and then move the list to our main list... Although it's not rocket science that will take someone some time every day/week to manage... Of course a much better/simpler/correct solution would be if Shopify could just make a change on their end so that on the discount code creation screen they had an additional option which was 'maximum one per customer'... I'm pretty sure that would be a feature that would be really appreciated by the merchant community...

Anyway, thanks for your time and the workaround!

Rick

HolgaDirect - All your Holga Cameras and Accessories in one Place! : http://shop.holgadirect.com
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Shopify Expert
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You have a Customer Group that has never purchased anything. You know that right? And your new subscribers are in it, as well as any other customers that have never purchased. So create a code, and assign it to that group. And then use that code in your email. Nothing weird going on there. 

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Shopify Partner
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Hmmm.... that assumes all our new sign ups are coming through Shopify... we also have signups through our blog and facebook pages so they would fall through 'the gap' :-(

 

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Shopify Expert
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Merchants can automatically sign-up external accounts (FB/Blog) etc. to Shopify, provide a coupon and ensure they get an email asking the new customer to provide a password to the shop.

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This is an interesting thread I am also looking for a way to automate a first order discount. I would like to know in details about how we can merge the code in mailchimp providing the code is unique and used once per recipient? Thanks to advise!
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Shopify Staff
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You may want to check out the Bulk Discounts app in the App Store. It's a free app from Shopify that lets you easily generate single-use codes for campaigns. 

I work for Shopify.
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