As the days of November are upon us, ecommerce vendors must be kicking around thoughts of how to make this holiday season their most successful yet. Every year the competition increases; also, every year there are new potential buyers ready to shun full parking lots and complete holiday shopping from the comfort of their desktops.
To ready for what could be a record-breaking year for your business, make sure you have prioritized and planned. That sounds cliché, but get this: While shoppers a decade ago were content to await the “Black Friday” post-Thanksgiving kickoff date to dive in to holiday buying, by 2016 more than 40 percent of all online shoppers began their purchasing before Halloween. This year, that’s expected to increase.
At some point, your success as an online vendor will rest on your willingness to navigate to a mobile platform. If you want to attract the customers more likely to pad your pockets, you’ll need to hit them where they live – and increasingly, that is on their smartphones and tablets. Last year more than 20 percent of holiday shoppers made gift purchases from mobile devices. Customizing your ads and promotional communications to read neatly on devices as well as full-screen computers may make a huge difference in your revenues.
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And finally, remember that holiday shopping opens up an invaluable opportunity you’ve probably never thought of: free advertising. If your goods are being distributed all over the country, chances are good it will translate to business in the post-holiday lull. To make this more of a reality, include a signature branding element with each shipment. With any luck it will reach the lucky recipient and entice a new customer.