Tips from the Shopify pros to make this your most successful holiday season
Congratulations - you’ve survived the Black Friday + Cyber Monday rush in hopefully one piece With any luck, you saw a huge increase in traffic and sales thanks to all your hard marketing work, and we think it would be a shame to let that go to waste with the next big sales rush already underway!
Today we’re sharing our favourite actionable tips from some of the leading experts in the Shopify community to help power your most successful holiday season yet.
Offer strategic discounts
“Holiday shoppers are always looking for bargains. One way of finding out which strategy works best for your store is to look at past sales trends. By looking at your BFCM sales data (or even data from earlier this year), you can predict what your hot products will be and which products might be best suited for a discount.” - Pixel Union
Add incentive beyond discount codes
“Our most successful merchants have all run non-discount related promotions: exclusive limited edition gift with purchase, free international shipping or expedited shipping on all orders. Your promotions don’t have to always be purely discount related.” - Kurt Elster, Ethercycle
“Shoppers expect good deals and discounts leading up to Christmas, but they also value choices when it comes to how they gift. Consider adding options like gift sets and bundles, free gift wrapping, and gift cards to increase conversions.” - Hey Carson
Launch a new holiday Collection or Product
“A good way to keep your offerings fresh and exciting for the holidays is to drop a new product or collection right after the BFCM weekend. After giving out some of your best deals of the year, you'll need to keep your audience’s attention with something other than just discounts. Tease your new product launch on social media, email, and other marketing channels to not only your existing customers but your newly found potential-customers as well!” - Bold Commerce
Create a browse abandonment campaign
“Similar to abandoned cart, these are customers who viewed a product but didn't necessarily add to their cart. Capturing data for browse abandonment requires a little extra work on your end, but it's not too difficult. These customers aren't necessarily interested in purchasing, so treat this as a lighter touch point compared to your abandoned cart flow. Use these emails to demonstrate the value and features of the products they were viewing, and suggest similar or best-selling products.” - Kelly Vaughan, The Tap Room Agency
Use social proof to reinforce trust
“Providing your customers with a user-friendly and safe payment interface is, of course, a given. But sometimes, if you don’t provide them with proof of how secure and trustworthy your store is, doubts can still linger. Reviews from consumers, trusted brands and online personalities can go a long way in showing how reliable your company is and how good your products are. Moreover, once a customer has bought a product, make sure you follow through by sending them a confirmation email and a status update regarding the product’s delivery.” - Blend Commerce
Use BFCM data for Facebook ads
“You can run paid ads directly to these visitors again and also build lookalike audiences from the exact same type of people who purchased during Black Friday. This is a fantastic way to scale your advertising campaigns and reach similar people who were proven to buy from you in the past.” - Rebecca Worsely, Rainy City Marketing
Leverage your Support team
“What’s the open rate of your email promotions? 5, 10, 20%? And what’s the open rate of customer service messages? Probably close to 100%. Try including your promotions in your customer support tickets to leverage the additional visibility.” - Gorgias
Make it easy for your Affiliates to promote your products
“Affiliate marketing is the fastest and easiest way to remain visible when customers tune out holiday advertising. Some best practices for affiliate marketing are true year-round, but the holiday season presents some unique challenges. Getting affiliates to publish new content during the holidays requires meeting them halfway. Proactive communication and ample incentives are the best way to keep them engaged.” - Refersion
Optimize your SEO
“While it is tempting to slap a few deals onto your shop and call it a day, your Shopify store will hardly make any sales if your target audience – i.e. eager consumers – doesn’t know about these mind-blowing BFCM deals. So how do you get their attention (and their purchases)? Through good, old-fashioned search engine optimization (SEO). Get organic traffic by putting your shop in front of people who already intend to make significant purchases during the holiday season. The easiest way to do this is by anticipating your potential customers search queries on search engines, like Google.” - ReferralCandy
Focus on the numbers
“Even though BFCM has passed, there is still time to tweak your marketing for the run up to the holidays by looking into the data that your Google Analytics account has captured for you.
Measure how your Landing Pages performed against each other and then make sure you are getting visitors to the best converting pages at the moment.
Behaviour > Site content > Landing pages
Exit pages should be looked at to see where you are leaking the traffic and as you still have time to tweak the worst performers.
Behaviour > Site content > Exit pages
How did your traffic perform for the main traffic sources, which one is worth investing more in?
Acquisition > Channels
Then dig deeper to see which sources performed well and which didn’t.
Acquisition > Source/Medium
How did your products actual do as it might be worth promoting a better Performer?
Conversions > Ecommerce > Product performance > then check the shopping behaviour columns.
By using all this valuable data and all the rest you can see where your site is doing well and identify any areas that need working on.” - Steven Hudspith, Crowth