We’re keeping a close eye on what you all tweet, share and post during this resolution season. So far we’ve learned that financial responsibility and growth is among the majority’s top priority. Out of the most shared lists on Twitter, we’ve read through and rounded up what we think is the most valuable advice from the likes of Forbes, LinkedIn and some small-biz experts.
How much do you really know about Black Friday? Here’s a quick history on the annual shopping frenzy following Thanksgiving:
- Black Friday was originally named for the crash of the U.S. gold market in 1869
- Retailers used to color-code accounting losses in red and profits in black, eventually adopted as the modern-day origin of the name
- By the 1980s, Black Friday became more widely associated with deep discounts on the day after Thanksgiving
#1- 4: IN-STORE INSIGHTS
Frequent shoppers will happily return for exclusive Black Friday sales if they are well-informed on the specifics. Use the opportunity to let them know when, what and how to take advantage of Black Friday promotions.
- Place posters or flyers on doors and windows with sale hours
- List products without the sale price on rack cards as a teaser
- Give customers postcards to promote friends & family discounts
- Include a business card with every purchase as exclusive coupons
#5-8: SEND AN E-VITE
Email marketing should definitely be part of your marketing mix when it comes to Black Friday. Send out reminder emails starting one week before Thanksgiving. It’s best to capture shoppers before they begin traveling out of town or spending all of Turkey Day in the kitchen.
- Write a grabby subject line (e.g. Find out what’s 75% off)
- Make it time-sensitive (e.g. 4 hours left!)
- Add animated gifs to stand out
- Instant return customers (e.g. No lie! Deals unlocked every hour)
#9-12: MOBILIZE YOUR MARKETING
With so many shoppers glued to their smartphones, maximize your Black Friday mobile promos. First step: Optimize website and email for mobile, especially the shopping cart. Second step: Offer unique deals for mobile purchasers. This keeps them shopping all day before they even get home from work.
- Boost bundling at the shopping cart (e.g. Others also bought this. Add to cart?)
- Create mobile alerts to instantly promote sales
- Have in-store customers check in online for extra discounts
- Use push notifications to push specific products
#13-16: TEASE A TRAILER
Video marketing is a great way to tease door-buster sales. Build anticipation leading up to the big day by filming the making of a product, receiving shipment at the store or the setting up of product displays.
On the morning of Black Friday, use Facebook live to show crowds gathering outside or happy shoppers checking out with coveted items. Gather testimonials on how much shoppers saved and let customers know how much time is left to enjoy Black Friday sale pricing.
- Keep videos under 60 seconds
- Add subtitles (most view videos without sound)
- Post directly on social platforms (avoid links from YouTube or Vimeo)
- Create or include a hashtag
Photography templates have changed how artists can market their business with less hassle. Photographers spend a considerable amount of time online looking for inspiring collections of unique business cards, brochures, flyers and postcards to help them promote their services directly to customers. With an increased demand for photography services, there is no denying that you can make a lot of money taking pictures.
A testimonial should be short and to the point. Let it focus on one important item—customer service, timely delivery, a key product feature—and not try to cover everything.
I work with these products all the time and I’m often being told by our customers how they’ve used our print products in new and interesting ways. After discussing this subject with some of our customers, I was given a “top 3” list of their favorite “alternative” uses for our print products.
The postcard is a very versatile tool for artists, designers, and freelancers. Used for self-promotional purposes it can put you in touch with companies, galleries, agencies and design firms. The postcard “begs” to be lavished with your best piece of work. It’s just aching to get “out there” and to start marketing you in a way that no other product can.
Self-marketing with postcards is certainly not a new thing. I can remember being a young creative straight-out-of-college in the UK, trying to get ad agencies to notice my ad work. I thought that I was being oh-so-very-clever by mailing my work examples to hundreds of companies!