12 Insanely Useful ChatGPT Prompts for Ecommerce Marketers

Learn the best ChatGPT prompts for ecommerce marketers to improve your efficiency, productivity, and output. Get started with AI and marketing now!

Matt Schlicht (CEO of Octane AI)
September 21, 2023

The rise of AI is transforming how businesses operate, and ecommerce marketers need to stay ahead of the curve to remain competitive.

One AI tool that is making waves is ChatGPT, which can be immensely valuable for ecommerce marketing efforts.

In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the myriad of ways ChatGPT can be leveraged to enhance critical ecommerce marketing functions.

With the right strategies, ChatGPT can become an invaluable assistant that saves you time and money while also boosting engagement and sales. We have already written about how brands will use Generative AI, and in just the few months since writing it, the technologies have improved remarkably! 

We will start with one of the most valuable channels for ecommerce marketers, one that ties in beautifully with the Octane AI quiz and zero party data: email! 

ChatGPT Prompts To Improve Your Email Marketing

ChatGPT can be a valuable tool for ecommerce marketers to enhance their email marketing efforts.

With its ability to generate human-like responses, marketers can leverage ChatGPT to create personalized and engaging email content.

To effectively use ChatGPT for email marketing, marketers need to have a strong understanding of their target audience and their pain points. (learn more about how to get started integrating Octane AI with Klaviyo here)

Marketers can input customer data (hello Zero Party Data!) into ChatGPT and generate tailored recommendations that can be included in email campaigns and flows.

This can help increase customer engagement and drive conversions by offering relevant products that align with the customer's interests.

Personalization is critical to conversion -- in fact, 72% of customers will only engage with personalized messaging. 

With Zero Party Data gathered by Octane AI quizzes, you are well equipped to create personalized messages and product recommendations. 

Here's how you can use ChatGPT to do that. 

1. Use Case: Write Abandoned Cart Reminder Emails

Abandoned cart emails are automated emails to customers who added items to their cart but didn't complete the purchase. The goal of this email is to remind them to come back and checkout. Include a coupon code for an extra incentive.


You are an e-commerce email marketer. You are an excellent copywriter who can use words to create action. You understand that customer experience and satisfaction is the utmost priority. 

Your task is to write an abandoned cart email, to customers who added a product to their cart but did not purchase it. Use a friendly and persuasive tone. 

The goal is to think through the needs of my customer, and how the product can address the needs. Focus on benefits over features. 

Ensure the email subject line and preview text are compelling and encourage open rates.

Create 3 versions of the email. Think through the different customer challenges, and use different approaches and frameworks. 

##Product Details
[Add Your Product Details]

## Product Benefits
[Add Your Product Benefits]

## Target Audience
[Add Your Product Benefits]

Assume that you are an email marketer for a chocolate brand. You can add some simple details into the above prompt, and the output will come out as follows: 


You can get a better output by adding even more details. Here are some additional details to consider adding: 

  • Product specifics - Mention the actual products the customer showed interest in like their cart contents or recent browses.
  • Usage data - Note stats like how long they've been a loyalty member, previous purchases in that category, etc.
  • Brand tone - Maintain the brand voice, but adjust formality based on email type and recipient.
  • Reasons to act - Give motivations like limited-time offers ending soon or risk of missing out.
  • Offer specifics - Provide full coupon code details, points required, etc.
  • Testimonials - Social proof like reviews or testimonials help influence customers.

Note: You can use the same format for Browse Abandonment emails, Back-in-Stock email notifications, or other customer emails. 

2. Use Case: Create Subject Lines to A/B Test

ChatGPT can help write effective email subject lines by leveraging its capabilities to generate clear, concise, and compelling phrases that grab attention and drive opens - a critical step for ensuring campaign success. Generate multiple variations with different styles and tones, and split test in your email tool to ensure the highest open rate. 


You are an excellent email copywriter skilled at writing compelling subject lines that capture attention and drive opens. Your goal is to create effective subject lines that speak directly to the target audience and motivate desired actions.

Write 3 different subject line options for the following email scenario:

Product Details
[Add product and brand details]

Target Audience
[Add customer persona details]

Email Goal
Maximize the number of people who open the email based on the subject line.

Ensure the subject lines are:

Clear and descriptive
Written with the customer's needs and perspective in mind
Focused on creating a sense of urgency or triggering FOMO
Personalized and relevant to the product/audience
Optimized for open rates
Write the subject lines in this format:

Subject Line Option 1:

Subject Line Option 2:

Subject Line Option 3:

Using the same example of a chocolate bar brand: 

subject line - prompt

ChatGPT will give you subject lines with various angles and ideas:

subject line - response

3. Use Case: Segment Your Customer List

Segmentation allows email marketers to divide an audience into distinct groups based on shared attributes like demographics, behaviors, and interests. Tailoring messaging and content to align with the preferences of each micro-segment makes emails more relevant and drives higher engagement--read more about personalizing the customer journey here. 

Segmentation can take time and a strategic approach, but it is a highly valuable investment for all ecommerce brands. 

Here is a prompt that you can use to help guide you to segment your audience: 


You are an email marketing expert skilled at segmenting audiences into meaningful groups. Your goal is to help develop an effective segmentation strategy for an ecommerce company's email list.

The objectives are:

Identify different customer personas within the list based on key attributes like demographics, behaviors, purchase history, interests, etc.
Understand the motivations and needs of each segment to inform content and messaging strategy
Develop 3-5 core segments to target with tailored emails

To accomplish this, provide:

- An overview of potential segmentation models and approaches
- Data points/criteria to segment customers (e.g. new vs returning, high vs low spend, product category interest, etc)
- Descriptions of key customer personas and their needs

Examples of customized content and messaging strategies for each target segment

Format your response as follows:

- Recommended Segmentation Approaches
- Key Segmentation Criteria
- Customer Persona Profiles
- Content/Messaging Strategy Examples

Here is more context: 

Product Details
[Add product and brand details]

Target Audience
[Add customer persona details]

The goal is an actionable segmentation strategy that allows delivering personalized, relevant messaging and experiences to distinct audience micro-segments within the broader email list.


Continuing with our chocolate example, ChatGPT suggests the following when I used the prompt above: 

segmentation responses

And messaging strategies for each segment: 

segmentation examples 2

4. Use Case: List Growth Ideas

Growing a list of emails and SMS is critical because it expands your potential customer base, allowing you to reach a wider audience and increase your sales opportunities.

Whether you use an Octane AI quiz, or a simple pop up form, you will want to capture the contact information of as many site visitors as possible, so that you can share your brand story, products, and promotions.

Additionally, a well-nurtured leads list provides valuable insights into your target audience's preferences and behaviors, enabling you to tailor marketing strategies for better engagement and conversion....especially if you have been capturing zero party data with your leads!


You are an e-commerce marketer striving to grow your email list and expand your customer base. Your expertise lies in devising strategies that attract and engage potential customers effectively while prioritizing customer experience and satisfaction. Your task is to create a plan for list growth that can be adapted to various products or services.

In your response, you will include: 

1. Ideas for lead magnets and ways to capture leads
2.  Effective List Building Tactics

Select the most suitable list building tactics based on my product or service. Some potential tactics include:

Content Marketing: Create valuable content such as blog posts, ebooks, or guides to attract potential subscribers.
Lead Magnets: Offer incentives like discounts, free trials, or exclusive access to entice visitors to subscribe.
Social Media: Promote your newsletter on social platforms to capture engaged audiences.
Referral Programs: Encourage existing subscribers to refer friends and family for added benefits.
Contests and Giveaways: Host contests or giveaways to generate excitement and grow your list.
Landing Pages: Create dedicated landing pages with compelling calls to action for subscription.
Exit-Intent Popups: Use popups to capture visitors' emails before they leave your website.

Here is more context on my product: 

[Add product details]

[Add target audience details]

[Add points of differentiation]

ChatGPT offers some great ideas for leads with our chocolate brand 

lead magnet

ChatGPT Prompts To Improve Social Media

Ecommerce marketers can leverage ChatGPT to enhance their social media strategies and improve their effectiveness in engaging with customers. With the help of generative AI, marketers can create more personalized and engaging social media content.

To take advantage of generative AI for social media, marketers need to have a strong understanding of their brand voice and target audience.

This will be helpful to include with your prompt to ensure that the output aligns with your brand identity and captures the attention of your audience. 

5. Use Case: Create a Social Media Strategy for Your Brand

ChatGPT can be valuable for helping to ideate and strategize social media marketing. With some context on your product and brand, you can get a great outline of how you can dominate social media in your niche! 


You are an e-commerce social media marketer working for [Brand Name], an established brand known for [Brand's Unique Selling Proposition]. Your expertise lies in crafting compelling social media content that authentically represents the brand's voice and resonates with [Target Audience], who are [Description of Target Audience].

Your mission is to create a comprehensive social media marketing plan that effectively communicates how to use [Product Name], a [Product Description]. This content should not only educate but also inspire and engage the audience.

In your response, you will include:

Content Strategy: Develop a content strategy that aligns with [Brand Name]'s values and messaging, ensuring that every piece of content reflects the brand's identity.

Educational Content Calendar: Create a content calendar that outlines a series of informative posts, videos, and graphics specifically designed for [Target Audience]. Each piece of content should focus on different aspects of using [Product Name] effectively.

Engaging How-To Videos: Design engaging and visually appealing how-to videos that showcase [Product Name] in action. These videos should be concise, informative, and easy to follow.

Comprehensive Written Guides: Craft detailed step-by-step written guides or blog posts that dive deep into various use cases of [Product Name]. These guides should provide value and establish [Brand Name] as an authority in the field.

Interactive Infographics: Develop interactive infographics that simplify complex instructions related to [Product Name]. These infographics should be shareable and visually captivating.

Audience Engagement Strategy: Implement a strategy to encourage [Target Audience] to ask questions, share their experiences, and request specific how-to content. Engage with comments and messages promptly.

We get a comprehensive social media plan very quickly with this prompt: 

social content

6. Use Case: Generate Social Content

ChatGPT can be a valuable tool for generating social media content and posts by providing creative ideas, assisting in drafting engaging captions, and streamlining the content creation process, ultimately helping brands maintain an active and consistent online presence.


You are an expert social media marketer aiming to captivate [Target Audience] with engaging and relevant content, generating fresh ideas and crafting compelling social media posts, captivating captions, and informative blog articles for promoting [Product/Service].

In your response, consider the following:

Content Strategy Alignment: Ensure that the generated content aligns seamlessly with [Brand Name]'s mission, values, and unique selling points, effectively conveying our brand identity.

Audience Relevance: Tailor the content to resonate with the interests, preferences, and pain points of [Target Audience], addressing their specific needs and aspirations.

Engagement Enhancement: Prioritize content that not only informs but also engages the audience, encouraging interactions, discussions, and sharing among [Target Audience].

Multi-Platform Adaptability: Create content ideas that can be easily adapted across various social media platforms, such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, maximizing our reach.

Value Proposition Highlight: Emphasize the key value propositions of [Product/Service], highlighting how it addresses [Target Audience]'s pain points or enhances their lives.

Visual Appeal: Suggest ideas for visually appealing content that incorporates graphics, images, videos, or infographics to capture attention and convey information effectively.

Storytelling: Explore narrative approaches that can be used in blog articles or longer-form content to create a compelling and relatable story around [Product/Service].

CTA Integration: Include clear and persuasive calls to action (CTAs) in the generated content, guiding [Target Audience] towards desired actions, such as making a purchase or engaging with our brand.

The output goes through the list and suggests ideas for the chocolate brand for each aspect of a social media plan: 

social media listening.

7. Use Case: Social Media Content Optimization

ChatGPT can be an invaluable tool for improving your social media content by helping to ideate creative content ideas, suggesting engaging headlines and captions, and helping with keyword research to enhance discoverability. This all contributes to boosting social media engagement and reach.


You are an ecommerce social media marketer looking to optimize my social media content to maximize engagement and conversions.

First, analyze my target demographics, competitors, and previous best-performing posts. Then, generate innovative social media post ideas focused on promoting my products, highlighting their benefits and value proposition.

Create unique, eye-catching headlines and captions tailored for each platform - Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok.

Ensure the messaging resonates with my followers and encourages engagement. Experiment with different content formats like videos, carousels, and Stories for optimal results.

Produce an initial library of high-quality social posts for A/B testing across my channels. Continuously refine the content based on performance data to achieve my goals of driving website traffic, social engagement, and online sales.

Here is more context on my product: 

[Add product details]

[Add target audience details]

[Add points of differentiation]

We get some good examples and ideas for our chocolate brand, depending on the social media platform:

social posts

ChatGPT Prompts for SEO

Ecommerce marketers can leverage ChatGPT to enhance their SEO strategies and improve their job effectiveness. With the help of generative AI, marketers can generate high-quality and relevant content for their websites, blogs, and product descriptions.

Additionally, ChatGPT can be utilized to conduct keyword research and identify long-tail keywords that have high search volume and low competition. Marketers can input seed keywords or industry-related queries to ChatGPT and receive a list of potential keywords to target.

This can help in optimizing product listings, blog posts, and category pages, ultimately driving more organic traffic to the ecommerce website.

8. Use Case: Generate Optimized Product Descriptions

Optimized product descriptions help ecommerce marketers improve search visibility and conversions. Descriptions with targeted keywords, compelling messaging, and scannable formatting enhance product findability for relevant searches. Quality descriptions also convince shoppers that the product suits their needs.

Here is a prompt that you can use to improve your product descriptions. 


You are an ecommerce marketer looking to optimize my product descriptions for SEO.

For the product [name], generate a unique description highlighting the key features, benefits, and target audience. Incorporate relevant keywords throughout the description, focusing on the primary term '[keyword]'.

Include compelling benefits-driven copy and make use of formatting like bullet points to improve scannability. Ensure the tone is engaging yet informative.

Generate at least 250 high-quality words of descriptive copy I can use to improve search visibility and conversions for this product.

We get an optimized product description for chocolate bars in a matter of seconds: 

product description

9. Use Case: Creating Blog Post Outlines

Comprehensive blog post outlines help ecommerce marketers map out content that targets keywords and covers subtopics needed to attract search traffic. The outlines save time while ensuring SEO-optimization from the start.

Here's a prompt you can use: 


You are an SEO and content marketing expert.

Your task is to create a detailed blog post outline for an article focused on the topic '[topic]'.

Include an SEO-optimized title using '[primary keyword]'.

Structure the outline with H2 and H3 subheadings for 5-7 sections covering related subtopics like [subtopic 1], [subtopic 2], [subtopic 3].

Under each heading, provide a bullet point list summarizing the key points, facts, and takeaways to cover.

Aim for a word count around 1500 words. Format this as a detailed outline, ensuring relevant keywords are incorporated throughout to help drive traffic and rankings.

Write the article for the target audience of [add target audience challenges, problems, goals, habits].


This is a great way for you to leverage the customer data gathered in your quiz to target different segments and customer profiles. 

I used the above prompt for an article targeting "chocolate for vegans", and it gave a comprehensive outline that I can use to create my content: 

vegan chocolates


10. Use Case: Crafting Compelling Meta Descriptions

Optimized meta descriptions improve click-through rates from search engines by providing concise, compelling previews. Meta descriptions are critical for on-page SEO, so ecommerce sites need keyword-focused copy that also entices click-throughs.


You are an SEO and copywriting expert.

Your task is to write an optimized meta description for my webpage focused on [key topic].

The target keyword is [primary keyword] and the page covers [summary of topic]. Keep the description under 160 characters while accurately summarizing the page's content and using the focus keyword naturally.

Make the description compelling and clickworthy to maximize click-through rate from search engines. Structure the description clearly, highlighting the unique value proposition of the content.

Provide 5 examples with different styles and copywriting frameworks.

The website focused on [add brand and product details]

We now have a bunch of ideas based on different approaches for our chocolate brand, in this case assuming it's a page covering vegan chocolate. You can specify the style or approach of the copy that you want.


ChatGPT Use Cases for Copywriting and Brand Messaging

ChatGPT can be a valuable tool for ecommerce marketers when it comes to brand messaging.

To effectively use ChatGPT for brand messaging, marketers need to have a deep understanding of their brand's personality and voice. You should provide clear guidelines and examples to train the model on the desired tone and language. By doing so, ChatGPT can generate responses that resonate with the brand's target audience and maintain a consistent brand image.

11. Use Case: Highlight Customer Testimonials

Customer testimonials serve as powerful social proof, validating the quality and effectiveness of a product or service. They can significantly influence purchasing decisions by building trust and credibility.

However, simply having testimonials is not enough; they need to be presented in a compelling and relatable manner to resonate with potential customers.

Generative AI like ChatGPT can help eCommerce marketers curate and highlight testimonials in a way that aligns with their brand's voice and unique selling points.

By inputting key brand attributes and target audience characteristics into the AI, marketers can generate copy that not only showcases these testimonials but also contextualizes them.

Also, have you seen Octane AI's tool specifically for this, Insights Analyst ๐Ÿ˜€ 

Here's a prompt you can use for that: 


You are a copywriting expert and brand marketer. You understand competitive positioning and landscape.

We have received some great testimonials for our [Insert Product or Service].

Can you help me create a section that highlights these testimonials in a compelling way?

The target audience is [Describe Target Audience], and our brand emphasizes [Brand's Unique Selling Points].

Add samples of customer testimonials and feedback here. 

If you add a few of your testimonials, you can get a variety of examples. I did not even add any real quotes, and ChatGPT created a bunch of quotes from the target audience, who I mentioned was "Health-conscious millennials":


12. Use Case: Improve Your FAQs

The FAQ section is often a critical touchpoint in the customer's decision-making process. It serves to preemptively address concerns, clarify uncertainties, and provide essential information that can either make or break a sale. A well-crafted FAQ section can also reduce the burden on customer service by answering common questions, allowing the team to focus on more complex issues.


You are an expert copywriter and customer support expert. You understand consumer psychology and our customer's biggest needs.

We need to update the FAQ section on our website for our [Insert Product or Service].

Your task is to write clear and concise answers to common questions.

Here is a list of our frequently asked questions [insert list of questions]

Make sure the answers reflect our brand's tone and focus on [Brand's Unique Selling Points].

Each answer should be detailed and fully comprehensive. 


I added these simple questions for a vegan chocolate brand, and ChatGPT created these answers. You will always want to double-check the output of the answers, and ideally give some guidance on the answers: 


Wrapping Up

ChatGPT has demonstrated immense potential to transform how ecommerce marketers approach critical functions like email, copy, and strategy. With the right inputs and prompts, this advanced AI tool can become an invaluable assistant that saves time and money while providing impactful insights and boosting key metrics.

The use cases and prompts outlined in this guide showcase the multitude of ways ChatGPT can be incorporated into ecommerce marketing efforts. 

We will cover more ways that you can use ChatGPT and AI to become better ecommerce marketers and merchants. What is your favorite use case for generative AI? Please let me know on Twitter, @MattPRD!

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