How to Create an Exit Intent Popup

How to Create an Exit Intent Popup to 5x Your Email List

Looking for a way to create an exit intent popup for your WordPress site?

An exit intent popup can be incredibly effective for capturing leads. They’re designed to convince and convert by pulling the visitor’s entire focus on themselves.

But having to code one from scratch is a real pain. For one thing, you’d have to know enough HTML, CSS, and Javascript to create the popup along with trigger rules for when to show it. Then, you’d have to create a manual integration with your email service provider. And finally, you’d have to deal with any privacy and security issues.

Good news: there’s a much simpler way.

In this article, we’re going to show you how to launch a full screen popup in WordPress with zero coding in less than 10 minutes.

Let’s dive in.

What is an Exit Intent Popup?

An exit intent popup is an opt-in form that pops up when your visitors try to leave your site. Your exit intent popup typically gives any abandoning visitors an offer in exchange for their email address. But if you want, you can also redirect them to a product with a discount code or even your most high-converting content.

In short: an exit intent popup is built to convert visitors who would have otherwise left without converting.

Here’s an example:

Exit intent popups

You can use exit intent popups to:

And more. You can even create popup contact forms. Popups are super flexible and as long as you’re creative, you can set up high-converting ones easily.

How to Create an Exit Intent Popup in WordPress

Now that you understand what an exit intent popup is and why you’d want to create one, how do you create one? We recommend using OptinMonster to create all your popups.

OptinMonster home

OptinMonster is the #1 conversion toolkit in the world and we’ve used it ourselves. OptinMonster makes it super simple to create powerful popups that convert. And you’ll never have to use any coding at all.

OptinMonster has pretty much everything you need to start, grow, and scale your email lead generation process.

Here’s a quick rundown of what you can do using the toolkit:

  • Grow your email list smoothly for remarketing
  • Convert first-time visitors into regular readers
  • Reduce cart abandonment and browse abandonment rates
  • Create limited-time offers with actual countdown timers
  • Increase eBook downloads and digital product sales
  • Create a funnel for live events
  • Improve site engagement using gamified popups
  • Redirect your traffic to pages and posts that make you money
  • Create a list of genuine leads and remove fake emails using two-step opt-ins

We use OptinMonster quite a lot and we even wrote a full review of OptinMonster. You can check that out, or get started with your campaign right now. All you have to do is signup for OptinMonster and follow along with the rest of this article.

Step #1: Create a Campaign

Head over to your OptinMonster dashboard and hit the Create button:

Create a new popup campaign

Select the Template option to start creating an optin using a pre-designed template:

Create a New OptinMonster Campaign

For this tutorial, we’re going to create a full screen popup. Select the Fullscreen to get started with full screen popup templates:

Select Fullscreen Campaign Type

Then, choose a campaign template. You can choose whatever template you like, but we’re going with the Product Recommendation (Gamified) campaign template for this tutorial.

After you select your template, give your campaign a name. Remember, this campaign name is for you and you’ll likely create a whole bunch of these popups with different targeting options. So, give the campaign a meaningful name or you’ll end up really confused later on.

Also, depending on your plan, you can also use OptinMonster on multiple sites. So, select the website where you want to display your campaign as well.

Create campaign identity

Press Start Building when you’re done.

Step #2: Edit Your Popup

With OptinMonster, you’ll get a visual drag and drop popup builder. Once you’re done creating your campaign, you’ll be able to edit even the tiniest details about your popup. Start by editing your popup headline:

Edit OptinMonster Full Screen Popup

The most amazing part here is that you just click whatever text you want to edit and change it inline. There’s no need to fill out a form or edit any HTML code in the popup.

You can edit everything you want about your popup. When you’re happy with the optin’s appearance, you can move on to more advanced settings.

Step #3: Set Exit Intent Popup Display Rules

Display rules are meant to define when your campaign shows up on your site and who sees it.

Popup display rules

Our recommendation is that you set the popup to display if exit detected:

Exit-intent lightbox popup

This creates an exit intent popup. Your popup doesn’t have to be a full screen popup to get triggered by exit intent. Simply by changing the display rules, you can convert any popup into an exit intent popup.

Click Next Step to choose the Action. Here, we recommend that you set Show the campaign view to Optin View, set the show with MonsterEffect to any entry animation you like, and play sound effect to any sound effect for your popup.

Campaign Action Settings

And then, click the Next Step button. You can see the full extent of your settings in the Summary tab.

Step #4: Setup Your Email Integration

The next step is to set up your email integration. Click Add New Integration from the Integrations tab and select your email service provider:

OptinMonster Integrations

We recommend using Drip for your email marketing if you don’t already have an email service provider.

Step #5: Publish Your Exit Intent Popup in WordPress

When you create a new campaign, it’s Paused by default.

Go to the Publish tab from the top menu to see the Publish Options. Then, set the status to Publish and select the website platform:

Publish OptinMonster campaign

If you’re running a WordPress site, the OptinMonster plugin handles the rest of the setup automatically. It’s the same for Shopify and BigCommerce. For any other site, click on Any Site and paste the embed code in your website’s head:

Global Embed

And you’re done!

What to do After Creating an Exit Intent Popup in WordPress

That’s all for this one, folks!

Let us know if this article helped. Creating popups on your site can help you convert your traffic into email subscribers and genuine business leads. And we highly recommend that you start creating exit intent popups right away.

And if you’re looking for an affordable way to grow your traffic, we recommend using push notifications. Push notifications can help you bring in more repeat traffic and site engagement. You can also create automated push notification campaigns that generate sales.

Not convinced? Check out these resources:

We recommend using PushEngage to create your push notification campaigns. PushEngage is the #1 push notification software in the world. So, if you haven’t already, get started with PushEngage today!

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