5 Ways You Can Prepare for the Holidays Now

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While most people start thinking about the holidays with the arrival of fall, many eCommerce marketers are seeing the advantages in starting their planning early. If you’re wondering what the rush is, consider this: approximately 40 percent of consumers begin their holiday shopping before Halloween each year, according to the National Retail Federation.

With consumers beginning their shopping so early, it’s important that you also begin preparing your online store’s holiday marketing strategy well in advance. If you’re a bit behind on this planning, fear not. There are plenty of ways in which you can make up for lost time and get your holiday marketing efforts in place. Here are some of our top tips and advice for making this season successful for your eCommerce store:

1. Offer Customers Amazing Deals

The competition is tough for online marketers during the holiday season. If you want to drive traffic to your eCommerce store and increase your sales, it’s critical that you meet your customer’s high expectations this year. Your competition will no doubt be offering some big discounts, and it’s up to you to provide value to your customers this year. Consider offering them a discount on one of your best-selling items to make them feel valued and special this year.

2. Optimize Your Holiday Email Campaign

There is a lot of revenue at stake with your holiday email marketing campaign. In fact, we found in a recent study of our customers’ holiday marketing efforts from 2015 that revenue from email marketing accounted for 76% of all holiday revenue. Unfortunately, your competition knows the importance of email as well and is also increasing the frequency and personalization of their emails.

To make your own holiday email campaign stand out, you should be thinking of enticing subject lines that will convince your customers to open your emails. Coming up with these subject lines early will allow you to test them before deployment to find out which ones will work best. In addition to promotions and sales, don’t forget to create amazing gift guides to boost your holiday sales!

3. Track Your Holiday Performance

You spent all that time and effort in creating your holiday marketing strategy. Wouldn’t you like to know exactly how your plan faired?  Springbot’s Promo Code feature makes it simple to know your exact return on investment by easily tracking your coupon codes and generating reports that you can quickly assess. With this valuable insight, you can help improve your holiday campaigns for next year and generate more sales.

4. Prepare Your Website for Holiday Traffic

Successful holiday campaigns will result in large amounts of traffic. The last thing that eCommerce merchants want is for their website to have an outage. Testing your website to ensure that it can handle these spikes in traffic is critical if you don’t want your customers to become frustrated and give up on the sale. Have a plan in place for these jumps in traffic and a backup system as well.

5. Get Ready for Mobile

In 2015, smartphones and tablets played a significant role during the holidays, with mobile commerce accounting for 18 percent of total online sales in November and December—up 13 percent from the previous year. With consumer spending now fully revolving around mobile devices, it’s critical that your eCommerce site is mobile-friendly.

To improve your customer’s mobile shopping experience, make sure that your site’s mobile-friendly version uses larger text so that users can read it clearly, and that it uses whitespace around your links so that customers don’t click on something else by accident. You can also improve their mobile experience by streamlining the payment process for simple checkout. Give them several different options for payment methods, and don’t make them give tons of information in order to complete a purchase.

Make This Holiday Season Your Best by Planning Early!

The earlier you start thinking about your holiday marketing strategy, the better. Not only does planning early take a lot of the stress out of creating a holiday marketing strategy, but it also allows you to test your campaigns in order to make them as effective as possible.

If you haven’t started planning for the holidays just yet—don’t panic. We help eCommerce stores just like you achieve marketing success by providing tools to make smarter marketing decisions based off of data-driven insights. Whether your campaigns are all set for the holidays or you are just now putting things together, the springbots can help you achieve marketing success this holiday season.

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