To get the most mileage from text message marketing, it’s critical that the copy you send to subscribers is well-honed to convert, charm, and captivate. In this guide, we’ve put together a set of best practices built by the pros at Attentive to help you achieve the results you’re after.

Note that when you first create a transactional journey, it will automatically include template message copy from Attentive. You can click on the message and edit like any other message in a journey, but keep in mind that any changed transactional journeys must be submitted and reviewed by Attentive before it can be activated.

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General transactional message best practices

  • Wait Time: We recommend not including a wait time on transactional messages so you can update your customers about their order or subscribers as soon as possible.
  • Message Copy: We recommend launching with the below message types and then layering on additional messages / dynamic values over time as we make them available.

Shopify transactional message copy suggestions

As with normal journeys, you can use personalization macros to automatically insert details about the subscriber or what they’re trying to do. Shopify transactional macros include:

  • {firstName}: First name of the customer.
  • {fullName}: Full name of the customer.
  • {lastName}: Last name of the customer
  • {orderNumber}: The Shopify order number of the transaction.
  • {orderStatusLink}: A link to the Shopify order. For more, see About order status pages on Shopify’s help center.

Order confirmation messaging best practices

  • Option 1: Thank you for your purchase! Your order number is {orderNumber}. View more information about your order here: {orderStatusLink}
  • Option 2: Hey, {firstName}! Thanks for your purchase! View more information about your order ({orderNumber}) here: {orderStatusLink}

Shipping confirmation messaging best practices

  • Option 1: Great news, {firstName}! Your order ({orderNumber}) is has shipped and will be to you soon. Click here to view your order details: {orderStatusLink}
  • Option 2: Get excited! Your order ({orderNumber}) is has shipped and is on its way to you. Click here to view your order details: {orderStatusLink}

Order canceled messaging best practices

  • Hey {firstName}, order #{orderNumber} was successfully canceled. You can check the status of your order here {orderStatusLink} .

Shipment canceled messaging best practices

  • Hey {firstName}, part of your order (#{orderNumber}) was successfully canceled. You can check the status of your order here: {orderStatusLink} .

Order out for delivery messaging best practices

  • Hey {firstName}, order #{orderNumber} is out for delivery. Track your order here: {trackingLink} .

Order delivered messaging best practices

  • Hey {firstName}, order #{orderNumber} has been delivered! Track your order here: {trackingLink} .

Order refunded messaging best practices

  • Hey {firstName}, we have successfully refunded you {refundAmount} for order #{orderNumber}. View the status of it here: {orderStatusLink} .

Refund failed messaging best practices

  • Hey {firstName}, we were unable to process your {refundAmount} refund for order #{orderNumber}. You can view the status of your order here {orderStatusLink} .

ReCharge transactional message copy suggestions

As with normal journeys, you can use personalization macros to automatically insert details about the subscriber or what they’re trying to do. ReCharge transactional macros include:

  • {firstName}: First name of the customer.
  • {fullName}: Full name of the customer.
  • {lastName}: Last name of the customer
  • {productName}: The name of the product purchased

Subscription Started

  • Option 1: Great news! Your subscription for {productName(s)} has begun
  • Option 2: Thanks for subscribing to {productName(s)}!

Upcoming Charge

  • Option 1: You’ll be charged for {productName(s)} on {nextChargeDate}
  • Option 2: Your next payment for {productName(s)} is scheduled on {nextChargeDate}

Subscription Skipped

  • Option 1: You have skipped the next subscription for {productName(s)}.
  • Option 2: Your next subscription for {productName(s)} will be skipped.

Charge Failed

  • Option 1: We were unable to complete your upcoming order for {productName(s)} due to an issue with your card on file. Check out {billingPageLink} to update your payment information
  • Option 2: Hey {firstName}! Just a heads up - we're having trouble processing your {productName(s)} order. Please update your payment method at {billingPageURL}