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Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Christmas, New Year’s — for most of us, these and perhaps a few others are the main holidays to focus on at year’s end. If you’re a business owner, though — and an e-commerce merchant in particular — then there’s one other day you should mark on your calendar: Cyber Monday. The Monday following Thanksgiving is one of the biggest shopping days of the year, a day on which many of your regular customers and clients are going to be in a holiday shopping state of mind. You ignore this day at your own detriment; hosting some Cyber Monday specials and promotions is a great way to seize some of this traffic and generate some real business.
But there’s not that much time until Cyber Monday gets here — so if you haven’t planned your promotions, the time to do so is now!
Allow us to offer a few pointers.
Getting Ready for Cyber Monday
You need to start building buzz now.
Trust us: Your audience is already thinking about the holiday season, and many brick and mortar stores have had their holiday promotions and displays running for several weeks already. You’ve got to compete with that, so set the details of your Cyber Monday promotions and start hyping them on social media and on your website soon.
Make sure customers can browse your features products and services now.
Long before Cyber Monday arrives, many shoppers will be doing online research to scout out the best deals. Whatever items you are going to promote, make sure your website showcases them well, including a note about any Cyber Monday discounts or specials.
Begin the process of creating content.
You’ll want to promote your Cyber Monday offerings with images, ads, blog posts, and more — and you don’t want to have to create all of that content at the very last minute. Start compiling some of it today.
Be meticulous and thoughtful in creating ad copy.
On Cyber Monday (and really for the entire holiday season), your audience is going to be inundated with sales copy. Yours must stand out. Brainstorm email marketing subject lines, blog headings, and effective Tweets now.
Tap into your existing customer base.
Cyber Monday can be a good season for new customer acquisition, but it can frankly be an even better time to re-engage with previous customers. Make sure your Cyber Monday marketing efforts include some emails targeted to the folks who are already on your mailing list.
It won’t be long before the big day is here — so are you prepared?
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