The Holiday Cat is Out of the Bag!

The Holiday Cat is Out of the Bag!

When we met here last we were blogging about the importance of developing your landing pages for the holiday selling season early.

We’re shifting our sense of urgency now to email. It’s time. Just look at the websites of your competitors. They are already posting gift guides, heavy, heavy discounts, and more holiday lights than National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation movie.

Need further incentive? Email is proven to have the highest ROI of your marketing spend than any other digital channel, including social posts, social advertising, PPC, and the rest.

Getting a return of $42 for every dollar spent on email marketing is well documented.

Another incentive? We are already seeing our clients “seeding,” as in making people aware, that COVID and supply-chain issues could impact you as a retailer and your customers.

We predict that your customers will be watching MSNBC more for news on supply issues than the tracking of Santa’s sleigh.

What better time to start beating the drum of “Shop Early”? And often, as we like to say!

Seriously, start building the framework for the emails you're going to start sending soon(!), and into the New Year.

Are you thinking “heck, we got this covered, no problema”? Let us stimulate your thinking (or your anxieties for a moment) with a sample of emails you can start to create and be ready to deploy according to schedule. If you do SMS marketing, most of these will apply as well.

  • Sales announcements
  • Price-drop reminders
  • Shipping deadline alerts
  • Avoid expedited shipping costs
  • See our gift guides
  • Black Friday blow-out deals (great for SMS)
  • Cyber Monday tech deals (also great for SMS)
  • X% off at noon PT
  • Taco Tuesday sale (just seeing if you are paying attention)
  • Last-minute gift cards

Here’s a few pointers as you build out your marketing plans:

  • Use SMS sparingly; it’s a big play you should run on big days (#BFCM)
  • Think positive! Don’t harp on supply-chain issues, harp on what’s ready to ship
  • Be precise: “sale ends at midnight Eastern Time,” not, “sale ends tomorrow”
  • Timing is everything. If your email platform tracks “best time to send,” use it
  • Let pop-ups pop-up. Many of these ideas can also be pop-up ads on your site

Don’t forget, you will be fighting for in-box attention from your customers. The heroes of the hour will be the person managing your pricing strategy, and who else? Your email designer (aka graphic designer, graphic artist) and copywriter. Lattes all around please.

Which snail mail pieces in your physical mailbox do you take a second look at? The ones that “pop,” use color/contrast powerfully, make a dramatic offer, and give you “reasons to believe.”

Your writer will confess, I’m not in the market for a house, yet I look at more real estate mailers than ever before because they have dramatic photos, well thought out designs, and more.

It’s the same with email. Unless you have a terrific story about how your merchandise was delivered to your warehouse by a camel wearing an elf hat with bells on it, stick to short copy, attention grabbing headlines, proof that your customers rave about your cashmere socks, and strong colors/contrast.

And remember, think positive! If you’ve been paying attention and working your plan, you’re probably much more prepared than any other season. Hey, and since the holiday cat is out of the bag, here’s an early “Happy Holidays to You!”

Example Emails

Jeni's Gift Card Example Email
Multiple Discount Code Email