For retailers the holidays are often the most hectic time-of-year. While most business owners have hopefully already begun preparations to stay ahead of the holiday season, here's how you can leverage the upcoming season to stand-out from the competition and ultimately boot sales.
Come on, get festive!
After you've identified the dates that resonate with your customers you can then begin getting festive with your marketing. For instance, you can create a Christmas themed window display, reminding customers that there's only 6 days until New Year's Eve via email and social media, and updating your website so that it includes holiday related images and text on your homepage and appropriate landing pages.
Keep your customers and employees merry.
If you really want to stand-out from your competitors then personalize these incentives. It's been found that 42% of holiday shoppers will respond to a customized mobile ad. You can do this by sending them product suggestions based on past purchases or sending them messages through their preferred channels.
You can even let your customers insert themselves into your ads. For example, OfficeMax's "Elf Yourself" campaign resulted in 193 million visits.
Besides your customers, you also need to keep your employees happy and motivated. You can offer them incentives, such as gift cards, whenever they reach sales cards. Other little perks could be providing them with food and beverages. Trust me. They're going to work-up an appetite. And, don't forget to give them sufficient training on the key products and bestsellers that your business will be selling this holiday season.
Launch an email marketing campaign.
Constant Contact has put together a list of 30 creative ideas for your holiday email marketing campaign. This includes everything from sharing a holiday preview sale, a holiday gift guide, coupons and discounts, a holiday video, and thanking your customers for an amazing year.
Be a gracious host.
Visit the Ghost of Inventory Past.
Go back and review last year's sales to see what items were your best-sellers and which ones didn't sell that well. This way you know which products to push, as well as making sure that you're fully-stocked. The last thing that you want is to run-out of an in-demand item.
How to Take Advantage of the Upcoming Holiday Season For Your Retail Business was originally published on Due Blog by Peter Daisyme.