Phew! Together with retailers all over the World, you will be breathing a sigh of relief now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2016 are behind us!
This is because the past weekend was the culmination of months of planning to ensure that your websites stayed up, your call centres were able to take the strain and your logistics partners were fully prepped for the deluge. Of course, it will not actually be over until all those parcels have been delivered and all the returns have been dealt with, so it is safe to assume that you will be busy for a little longer yet.
Now the clocks just changed, you are probably already fully focused on this year’s peak trading period, the almost non-stop 57 day Holiday Sales period including Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the January Sales.
But unless you work out now how you are going to get value from the inevitable bargain hunters your deep discounts will attract, you risk wasting most of the effort and money you invest. Yet there is hope. That is, if you get your bargain shoppers to bring you good clients, then you can save your Holiday Sales. Here is how.
After The Party…The Hangover!
Well as parties go, this year’s Black Friday weekend was ‘one huge sales party’!
We are not going to bore you by repeating all the stats about how many billion dollars of sales were made, how many million parcels need to be delivered or what was the average response time for the Argos or Target website. Let’s suffice it to say that US$4.4bn spent online in the US and £1.1bn spent online in the UK is a big party in anyone’s vocabulary.
As we are now officially in Autumn (a.k.a. ‘Fall’ for our US readers), you are probably starting to turn your attention towards this year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions.
With so much riding on these key sales dates, as well as meeting with your IT team to make sure your site stays up and external courier companies to ensure parcel deliveries, you will be probably also be firming up your advertising budget and deciding on the key messages you want to get across.
Sales exist for a good reason!
While clearing out last season’s left over stock frees up warehouse and display space and provides cash to reinvest in your business, the main reason you, as a retailer, sacrifice short term margins is in the hope that deep discounts will tempt good customers into your stores to begin a long term and profitable relationship. Of course everyone knows that sales also attract price sensitive bargain hunters with little notion of brand loyalty, but as long as there are enough good customers to compensate for the bad, sales make economic sense.