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How to reduce form abandonment rate?

Form abandonment is when a user exits a form before completing and submitting it. Form abandonment is a major concern that can impact both the user experience and your business that is gathering data through the form. When users abandon a form, the information they were expected to provide is incomplete or missing, which can result in lost leads and missed opportunities.

Form abandonment

Users may abandon a form before completing it for a variety of reasons. Let's look at some of the major changes that you can do to your form to maximize conversions.

Form Length

Long forms with numerous fields can feel overwhelming and time-consuming, causing users to abandon the form before submitting it.
If you cannot avoid having a lengthy form, try breaking it into a multiple pages with logically organized sections in it to reduce the cognitive load. This way, your respondents can focus on one section at a time, feeling a sense of progress as they navigate through the form. 
Multi-page form navigation

Form Fields

Not all fields in your form may be important to all users. Each of your customers is important and so is their form response. Having irrelevant fields in a form can lead to a negative user experience by lengthening and complicating the form and causing the users to abandon your form mid-way. Assume you have a form that asks for a respondent's meal preferences, and you have a different set of questions for users based on their preference for vegetarian or non-vegetarian food. In such cases, you can use conditional logic with Field Rules to display only relevant fields to the respondents based on their choice. If you have a multi-page form, you can skip irrelevant pages using Page Rules and create a personalized journey for each respondent.
Example of Field Rules

Form Design

Your form's look and feel have a direct impact on its effectiveness and how users interact with it. Forms that are aesthetically pleasing, well-organized, and visually engaging can enhance the user experience and make the form more interesting to complete.  Check out the tips to create visually appealing forms.
Design a form such that it is simple to use and navigate, with clearly labeled fields and instructions.

Form Title, Description, and Fields


Forms are an important part of your brand's identity, and their design should reflect your brand's values. Colour scheme, fonts, and illustrations used consistently can help build up your brand and create a seamless user experience.

Zylker logo on the form

Use Custom Domains to promote your organization's brand in the form URLs to all your form respondent without any reference to Zoho Forms in your form URL.

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Customize Form - Zoho Forms

Track form field clicks with Google Tag Manager

To understand how respondents interact with your form, Google Tag Manager (GTM) can help you add and manage analytics and measurement tags on your form to track events in Google Analytics when respondents view your form, click the form fields, review, save, and submit your form. When a respondent clicks on certain fields in your form, you can send an event to Google Tag Manager. This will help you understand the form fields where most users abandon your form so that you can improve it as needed.

Installing Google Tag Manager in your form

In a nutshell, a wide range of factors can lead to online form abandonment, which makes it essential to design forms that are intuitive, efficient, and interactive in to lower abandonment rates. 

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