10 Best Popup Plugins for WordPress

Let’s talk about popups. Yes, most of us have felt that way at some point. In fact, according to some studies, people just hate popups. They find them obnoxious rather than useful or interesting at all. Some people even feel their browsing experience gets ruined by popups!

But, we can’t turn blind eyes to the truth when it comes to conversion stats.

In a research conducted by Sumo, we can find that the top performing 10% of popup forms converts at a huge 9.3%. The average popup forms convert at 3%, and even that is above average if you compare it to some other marketing channels.

Then, why people report to hate popups so badly? Well, because they’re probable being bugged by popup forms that add no value at all to their site experience.

What we are aiming to for a positive user-experience is popups that will convert your traffic, build your email list, drive sales and reduce your cart abandonment rate. Market statistics show that exit intent popups can help you save up to 35% of potentially lost visitors. The takeaway is that if used wisely, they can definitely change the game to your favor.

That’s why today we want to share 5 of the best WordPress popup plugins, show you how to optimize yours and roundup the best practices in terms of design & copy. We’ll also teach you how to translate your popups if you are targeting the international market. And if you are not, seriously, what are you waiting for? In this article, you may find good reasons to start engaging with multilingual strategies for the international market. (I just wrote this in case you wanted to link another article regarding this subject. If not, you may remove it.)

Optimize your WordPress popups

Imagine you are happily browsing an ecommerce store, and then one of those popups appears and ruins your experience…Ugh! Those popups…!

But wait, let me stop you there. What if that popup was appealing enough to make you forget about hating popups? What if that popup offered you a 10% discount on your first order if you sign-up to the newsletter?

Now, that’s different. That’s what we call a value.

And right after, there comes the conversion.

It’s no wonder people have a negative feeling about popups when these show up for no real benefit, interrupting their browsing experience and not adding any value at all. That’s why today we want to show how to optimize your WordPress popups to make sure they are converting your traffic instead of bugging your visitors.

Here’s a few quick tips in order to do so:

Would you like to read some other great tips? Check out this article.

Wow! They know what they’re doing!

Sticking to those tips will lead you to use popups that will actually get you that important conversion you’re looking for. Especially if you also pay attention to a good design.

Popups make most people think about the massive number of popup boxes that used to plague every website back in the early days of the Internet. Ah, that was not appealing at all.

Probably our mistrust of popups started back then, along with the viruses the so called “offers” came with. Luckily, those dark times are in the past, so let’s get back to the future 2019 and take a look at those companies that are doing popups like a boss, both in terms of design and offer.

Beautifully out of the box

Kate Spades takes advantage of color and design to create a popup that you will absolutely love when you land on the homepage. Also, let’s give them top marks for keeping the brand color and a bonus for thinking out the box, literally, and coming up with a circular popup form.

Also, check out the popup value. A familiar, witty intro, they offer you a 15% discount on your next order and you just have to enter your email and zip code. Isn’t that the kind of popups we all want to have on our websites?

A popup worth a thousand words

It’s important to flatter the eye because everyone knows that the user’s first impression comes from the eyes. They know this well at the swimwear company Tigerlily.

They have an email popup that will make you click “join” in the blink of an eye. Combining a black and white wistful image of one of their products with the promise of giveaways and VIP offers if you sign up to their newsletter, Tigerlily will leave you with a long-lasting impression of their brand.

Keep it simple

As design features and criteria grow richer and designers continue to reinvent themselves in color and fresh ideas outbursts, it might be a good idea just to go back and choose simplicity to stand out. That’s what Misen- a cooking tools ecommerce site –goes for.

They chose a black and white theme to match their brand website. As for the value, they decided to pass on the trite discount offer path and display a more engaging message. You subscribe to their newsletter and you’re automatically eligible for a $250 gift card.

So we’ve seen how these companies have optimized and designed good, traffic-converting popups. Now, what if we show you how to choose the best WordPress popup plugins for your own website?

Top 5 WordPress popup plugins

WordPress offers a wide variety of popup plugins to choose from, each one with different flexibility and customization features.

Of course, it’s important to choose the right one, but here’s another thing you will love to know. All these popups are 100% compatible with WordPress translation plugin ConveyThis.

Let’s take a closer look at the top 5 WordPress popup plugins, some paid and some other freemium.

OptinMonster is a powerful conversion plugin that has become very popular in WordPress since it helps you grow your email lists with ease.

These are the key benefits you can get from it:

OptinMonster starts from $19 a month. There’s no free trial but users can get 100% refund within 14 days if they don’t like it.

Popup Maker is also a very popular choice for WordPress users. It’s active on more than 400.00 websites and it has over 3000 positive reviews on the directory, probably helped by its generous free version.

These are the key features:

Popup Maker starts from $16 a month and it has a free version available.

This is an intuitive and powerful form builder that will allow you to design beautiful popups, call-to-actions and banners on your website. These will link directly to your email list, helping you grow it easily.

The features and benefits of MailOptin are:

MailOptin price starts from $79 a year

More than one million WordPress sites were created using Elementor. This popular page builder has just launched its new popup builder feature available with Elementor Pro.

This popup builder is strongly focused on design features and allows you to create impressive and interactive popups on your WordPress site.

Its remarkable features are:

Elementor Pro starts from $49 a year, including this popup builder. There’s also a 30-day money back guarantee for new purchases.

Last but no least, we have Hustle, a popup maker with over 80.000 active installs that will allow you to build email optin forms on your website.

Using Hustle to create popups is easy and simple. This plugin gives you the chance to customize every aspect of your popup, from colors and font to style.

Let’s see the features in this one:

Hustle is free and has a premium version quote which is available on request.

Shall we translate our WordPress popups?

Of course!

If you have translated your ecommerce site content and created marketing strategies to bring your products and services into an international, multilingual market, then it makes sense you’ll want to make sure the whole site is translated to offer your visitors a top-notch site experience.

And of course I’m talking about your WordPress popup plugins too. Your call-to-actions are one of the key ways in which you may boost business growth and increase your conversion rate.

You are missing excellent opportunities to do so if you’re tapping into the market scenario of new countries but you’re not building your email list or saving your abandoned carts in these new markets.

If you translate your popups, you will collect important data from all your new markets. Also, how do you expect your visitors to buy, subscribe or hire your services if they can’t read your call-to-actions or email capture forms?

How to translate your popups with ConveyThis

Our purpose on ConveyThis is to make you get where you want to get effortlessly. That’s why translating your website with us is extremely easy and seamless. ConveyThis automatically detects all of your content, therefore, any WordPress plugin you have installed will be also translated into the languages you asked for.

Installing ConveyThis on your WordPress site is a very quick and simple process that will automatically have all of your content translated and displayed on the desired language. Plus, it will add a language switcher (no code required) to the front-end and you’ll be able to customize it.

So, you have already installed the WordPress popup plugin of your preference. Now it’s time to start creating your first campaign in your original website language.

Yes, it’s time to rely on ConveyThis! Translating your website will take just 5 minutes and 4 simple steps:

Congratulations! Now your WordPress site is multilingual!

Oh, what about your popup campaigns? Sit back and relax, they’re already translated! ConveyThis detects automatically all the content on your site, so you’ll find your popups are already translated in your ConveyThis dashboard.

(It’s important to point out an exception here. If you’re using OptinMonster to create your popups, you will need to create the same popup in each one of the languages you are setting your site to. Then, through the OptinMonster dashboard, you can connect each popup to a targeted URL. ConveyThis gives you the possibility of having differente URLs per language to choose from, for example www.mysite.com/fr for French, etc)

Now, if you need to edit the translated version of your popup, you will go to your translation editor in the ConveyThis dashboard and you will search your translations list using the original text of your popup, in the original language.

Ready to go! Your international website is multilingual and you have popups targeting your new markets!

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