Step 1: Add a New Rule

1. From your Dashboard, Click the Marketing tab then click Cart Price Rules in the flyout menu.

2. Click Add New Rule.


Step 2: Configure Your Rule

1.  Give your Promotion a name and description (for internal use only). 

2.    If you want the rule to go into effect immediately, set Status to “Active.”

3.    To establish the scope of the rule, do the following:

a.    Select the Websites where the promotion is to be available.
b.    Select the Customer Groups to which the promotion applies.

  • To make the promotion available only to registered customers, do not select the “NOT LOGGED IN” option.
  • To select multiple options, hold down the Ctrl key (PC) or Command key (Mac), and click each option.

4.    To associate a coupon with the price rule, set Coupon to “Specific Coupon.” Then, do the following:

a.    Enter a numeric Coupon Code that the customer must enter to receive the discount.
b.    To set a limit on the number of times the coupon can be used, complete the following:

Uses per Coupon: Determines how many times the coupon code can be used. If there is no limit, leave the field blank.

Uses per Customer: Determines how many times the coupon code can be used by the same registered customer who belongs to any of the selected customer groups. The setting does not apply to guest shoppers who are members of the NOT LOGGED IN customer group, or to customers who shop without logging in to their accounts. If there is no limit, leave the field blank.

6.    To define the “good through” date range for the promotion, do the following:

a.    Click the Calendar  button next to the From Date field, and choose the first date. The promotion will start at the beginning of that day.
b.    Click the Calendar  button next to the To Date field, and choose the last date. The promotion will stop at the end of that day.

7.    Enter a number to determine the Priority of this price rule in relation to the Action settings of other price rules that might be active at the same time. (Number 1 has the highest priority.)

8.    To apply the rule to published listings in RSS feeds, set Public In RSS Feed to “Yes.”

Step 3: Add Conditions for your Promotion

1. Click the word Conditions to expand the Conditions dropdown.

2. Click the + icon to add a new condition.

3. In  this example we're going to be discounting items in the APPAREL category so we'll choose the condition "Product attribute combination

Then choose Product Attribute > "Category"

4. Next, click the "..." after "Category is" and enter or use the chooser to specify they category or categories you'd like to qualify for the discount. In our example, we chose "APPAREL".

Now the promotion will apply to all items found in the APPAREL category when the promo code is applied.

Step 4: Define the Actions

We've defined which items will qualify for the promotion, now we have to define what happens when qualifying orders are in the cart and the promo code is entered.

1. Click the word Actions to expand the Actions dropdown. 

2. In our case, we want to add a 30% Discount for qualifying items so for the Apply dropdown, we'll choose "Percent of product price discount" and enter "30" for the Discount Amount

For our purposes, we'll leave the rest of the items blank.

Step 5: Create a Label

The label appears on the order below the subtotal to identify the discount. You can enter a default label for all store views, or enter a different label for each view.

Step 6: Apply the Rule

1.    When complete, click the Save Rule button.

2.    When you create a new price rule, it might take an hour or so for it to become available. Allow enough time for it to get into the system. Then, test the rule to make sure that it works correctly. Unless otherwise specified, price rules are automatically processed with other system rules each night. As new rules are added, Magento recalculates the prices and the priorities accordingly.

You can see below that the coupon code has been applied and is discounting the applicable items by 30%.