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Webinar: Last-Minute Must-Dos For a Successful Holiday Selling Season

Black Friday/Cyber Monday (BFCM) is almost here. For online stores, that can be a double-edged sword.

On one hand, you have mobs of people with extremely high buying intent dusting off their credit cards.

And on the other?

You’ve got a hundred tasks to manage during the busiest — and for many online stores, the most important — time of year.

We want to help make this the absolute best BFCM your store has ever had. So we joined some of the leading minds in ecommerce to provide you with a webinar full of proven Black Friday/Cyber Monday strategies you can use right now.

This on-demand webinar is packed with a ton of tips, tactics, and examples into one on-demand webinar that will help you:

  • Quickly develop an audience that’s more likely to buy from you during BFCM.
  • Eliminate common friction on the path to conversion.
  • Increase long-term value by turning holiday shoppers into repeat customers.

We’ve pulled out six of our favorite tips for you here. You can get even more useful BFCM ecommerce strategies by watching the on-demand webinar.

Strategy #1: Make all aspects of shipping super-transparent

If you’re offering free or discounted shipping to your customers during the holidays, don’t wait until the checkout process to tell them.

Make that message visible on your landing and product description pages.

Check out this example from Calm Blanket.

By highlighting both free shipping and a money-back guarantee in the blue promo bar, Calm Blanket has removed two common areas of friction for their customers.

Transparency doesn’t end when the product ships, either.

Strategy #2. Use a loyalty program and FOMO to increase customer lifetime value

If you’re not investing in retaining holiday shoppers, you’re leaving a lot of money on the table. 

According to Shopify, for 64% of retailers, shoppers acquired during BFCM have a lower lifetime value.

The first step is encouraging gift buyers to create an account by offering loyalty points. And don’t make them wait for their reward.

If they don’t sign up right away, send an email that generates the fear of missing out (FOMO) on their reward.

Make the reward for creating an account specific and immediate. Then remind your new customer what they’re missing if they don’t register.

Once they’re in the club, you can offer them more points in exchange for reviews and referrals.

Strategy #3: Make audiences crave with targeted teaser campaigns

According to Klaviyo, 48% of BFCM sales in 2018 came from people who first engaged a brand before Black Friday. Meaning, don’t wait until the big day to find your audience. 

Creating teaser campaigns to attract an audience pre-BFCM is key. To make them relevant, you can use different campaigns for different audiences.

For audiences that haven’t taken an action that shows buying intent, like browsing your product pages, share educational content that builds brand interest.

Use helpful content to introduce your brand to new audiences

For those with high buying intent, use product-focused, sponsored message ads.

Current fans of your brand are the perfect audience to show new products and bundles

And for past purchasers, offer unique promo codes to make them feel like part of an exclusive club.

Make your past customers feel special with offers only they can get.

You can then retarget those audiences efficiently throughout the holidays. 

Strategy #4: Update your email sequences for BFCM

If you’re using email marketing (and you should be), you likely have standard email sequences for new subscribers, first-time buyers, cart abandonment, and so on. In all the excitement of new campaigns, these flows can be overlooked as a powerful BFCM conversion opportunity.

Luckily, this fix is easy. Just make sure each of your standard email sequences includes your unique holiday promotions, coupon codes, gift guides, and other seasonal offers. 

Tactic #5: Use gift guides to help people who don’t know what to buy

Promo codes, discounts, and free shipping are great incentives to convert people who are actively shopping for a particular product.

But what about the people who have no idea what to buy?

To help these shoppers, create and promote segmented gift guides for different niches.

Remember, holiday shoppers are trying to answer the question “What should I buy for a 40-year-old baker/a seven-year-old science buff/a new mom?” So make sure your product descriptions spell out who the product is for and why they’ll love it. Like this example from National Geographic.

Specificity is king in product descriptions. Going broad for reach won’t captivate your best customers, so write for the niche audience that will love what you’re selling. 

Tactic #6: Don’t spam customers who have hit their spending limit

According to Churn Buster, nearly 40% of customer churn is due to failed credit card payments.

That problem becomes worse during the holidays when customers hit credit card limits and credit card fraud is at its peak.

Most credit card failures, like spending limits, don’t require a customer to take action. So tap the breaks on those customer recovery emails.

“Unnecessary billing issues cause confusion, increase support issues, frustrate customers, and spike cancellations,” Kristen explains.

Instead, position payment retries before emails. Churn Buster customers recover a whopping 63.4% of payments without requiring customer action.

Then, if retries aren’t working, create a customer recovery flow that includes multiple channels like email, SMS, and even phone calls.

Black Friday/Cyber Monday is almost here, and it’s going to be a great one for your store. I can feel it.

But everyone can use a few reminders and tips from experts who have been there, too.

Stream the BFCM webinar on-demand for even more tactics you can use right now to capture — and keep — more customers this holiday season.

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