We’re just one week away from Cyber Monday! As we pointed out one week ago, the annual occasion is the most popular online shopping day of the year. Smack dab in the middle of the always-busy holiday shopping season, Cyber Monday is notorious for offering online shoppers significant discounts on their purchases. Needless to say, the day gives your business the opportunity to enjoy a major spike in sales.
On the flip side, you’ll also have to contend with a lot of competition. What can you do to make sure your online store stands out from the rest? You only have a week to go to figure it out! Here are three last minute steps for a super Cyber Monday:
1. Engage your audience with storytelling.
The holiday season is one filled with many stories, isn’t it? The very act of storytelling is one that is closely tied with many holiday traditions. Don’t just advertise your products – tell stories about them. Utilize your email subscriber list and your social media accounts to tell genuine stories about how your business has helped to bring joy to others all throughout the year. It will do more than just promote your website. It will grow the reputation of your brand.
“Create holiday magic with engaging storytelling to promote your brand and products,” encourages Beatriz Estay on BigCommerce.com, “Help your customers envision how your products fit into the season and their everyday lives. Plus, consider adding gift guides to prepare your customers for Cyber Monday deals.”
2. Offer a free gift card with each purchase.
This gesture can go a long way. The vast majority of shoppers who visit your online store, this Cyber Monday, will be looking to buy gifts for their loved ones. Why not offer them gifts as well? By including a free gift card with each purchase (even one as small as $5), it will incentivize customers to return to your store. Chances are they will spend more than the denominations on the cards ensuring that you get both repeat business and increased profits.
“Since gift cards are only redeemed when they are used, this approach creates a win-win situation where you either get a repeat customer down the road or a new customer when that gift card is given to a friend or family member,” notes Mary-Rose Sutton on Shopify.ca.
3. Provide superior customer experiences.
As we mentioned earlier, you’ll have a lot of competition vying for the attention of online shoppers on Cyber Monday. It’s imperative you make it easy for your customers to use your website. The easier it is to locate items, add them to carts and go through the checkout process, the more sales you’re bound to make. A successful Cyber Monday won’t just be about making your products affordable. It will be about making people’s lives easy!
“As you plan for Cyber Monday, think about how you can set yourself a part from competitors,” insists Estay, “Can you provide a better user experience? Are your products more sustainable? Drive your selling points home in creative ways — like magical holiday messaging and engaging email copy.”
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