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November 17 2011

Black Friday and Cyber Monday – How Will You Compete?

by Marni Weinberg

Both online retailers and shoppers wait with great anticipation for these sacred two days to roll around, and for very good reason; Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two of the biggest online shopping days of the year and as a retailer, you do not want to disappoint!  On the flip side, as a shopper, you do not want to be disappointed! The expectations are huge. What kind of promotions have you got up your sleeve? How will you compete with all of the retailers who will be aggressively marketing their websites? The answer is really simple: By advertising offers that are too good to pass up! Below are just a few of the most popular tried and true offers that statistically perform well year after year.

HINT: Be sure to include coupon codes in your ad copy. They work wonders in terms of tracking which ads/offers performed best.

Exclusive Time Sensitive Promos. Sort of like an “early bird gets the worm” deal. For example: 6 am to noon special savings. Most retailers make these the biggest offers of the day. Be sure to specify time zones.

Free Shipping. This one is a biggie, perhaps the biggest and shoppers have come to expect it. If you do not offer it year round you should definitely do so for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Sales will likely be lost otherwise.

Site Wide Discounts. Also a big one and very common. It gives your shoppers the freedom to purchase whatever they want and receive a nice savings.

Free Gift with Purchase. A great incentive – especially around the holidays. Shoppers are getting another gift they can either keep for themselves (if they are greedy, ha ha) or give to someone else.

Free Gift Wrap. Shoppers love this. Gift wrapping can be tedious and cumbersome and many wait until the night before to get it all done. This way — they get their gift shipped and wrapped. What could be better?

Take advantage of these two huge shopping days and capitalize on the increase in traffic and sales. Happy Holidays!

December 19 2007

It’s not too late to jump on the holiday bandwagon!

by MoreVisibility

Although we are more than halfway through the month of December and well past a much hyped Cyber Monday, there is still much online holiday spending to take advantage of! Online retailers are really stepping it up this season and they should be, as the competition is mighty fierce! Just a few questions for any online retailer to ponder…..Are you utilizing the most effective keywords? Are your paid ads eye-catchy enough? Why should/would a searcher click on your ad versus another?

In an effort to capitalize on this heightened online spending season, here are a few selling features retailers should try to get across in their advertising message. We have also found it to be helpful and quite effective to mirror the same message/theme on the website itself. For example, if you promote free shipping in your ad copy, the same promotion should be displayed on the page you are directing the searcher to. This will simply reinforce your message and possibly convert better, as well.

Here are just a few incentives to offer your potential shoppers:

  • Free shipping and free returns. This will allow your shoppers to purchase with confidence.
  • Repeat buyer/loyalty discounts – This goes a long way with shoppers who have bought on your site before.
  • Free gifts or gift cards with online purchases. The more money spent on your site – the better the gift!
  • Online only sales. Shoppers who buy online like to know they are getting a great deal!
  • Last minute specials/deals/discounts. There are a lot of people who wait until the very last minute to do their holiday shopping. You can take advantage by giving them a deal too good to pass up!

Happy holidays and happy selling!

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