Shopping cart abandonment remains a major challenge for businesses online, with abandonment rates in the second quarter of 2013 averaging 75%, according to a recent report by SaleCycle.

Online shopping cart abandonment is usually attributed to unexpected shipping costs and long delivery times. However, the study found high abandonment rates across all verticals—including those where shipping/delivery is not a factor, such as travel.

In fact, the average abandonment rate was even higher in the travel vertical (81%) than in the home retail (74%) and fashion (75%) verticals.

In addition, the send rate (the percent of abandoners whom brands are able to contact) was significantly lower in the travel space, with 90% of abandoners remaining anonymous by not leaving an email trail.

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Ayaz Nanji is a digital strategist and a co-founder of ICW Media, a marketing agency specializing in content and social media services for tech firms. He is also a research writer for MarketingProfs. He has worked for Google/YouTube, the Travel Channel, AOL, and the New York Times.

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