The Holiday Sales Period: The best time to launch Refer-a-Friend

After this year's record breaking Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you may have just about finished dealing with all those returns from Take-back Tuesday and are probably now fully focused on the Christmas period and the upcoming January Sales.

In fact, we wouldn't be surprised if you are feeling a bit exhausted by now, as you will have been planning for this busy time since early September. But as you make plans for spending the festive season with your family, while nervously watching to see how your marketing ideas actually translated into sales, you might think it strange to be already thinking beyond the end of the Holiday Sales. However, smart brands and retailers are already considering how they will get value from all those new customers acquired from almost two months after Black Friday.

And one thing on your checklist should definitely be a referral marketing programme. Whether that is launching a new scheme from scratch or replacing your existing one with a best-in-class platform to really leverage the goodwill from all those fresh new customers. That is simply because, as we see from verticals as diverse as beauty, fashion, finance, grocery, home furnishing, travel and telecoms, referral marketing


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Entretenir l'emulsion du Black Friday et des soldes d'Hiver : La recette

Les soldes d’hiver sont lancées avec le coup d’envoi du Black Friday. La sur-consommation est à son apogée, les marketers sous l’eau, les ventes au beau fixe. Mais n’oubliez pas que la descente peut aussi faire mal : après l’émulsion, il faudra patienter cinq mois jusqu’aux soldes d’été et espérer atteindre ces types de trafic.

Alors que faire dans l’attente pour continuer d’imprimer du ticket de caisse ? Le parrainage digital s’avère être aujourd’hui le levier d’acquisition numéro un des marques et distributeurs. Durant les soldes vous recrutez des chercheurs de bonnes affaires, quand vous pourriez recruter les amis de vos clients existants qui connaissent et aiment déjà votre marque. Etant recommandé par une personne de confiance, le nouveau consommateur est alors plus engagé, dépense plus, et revient.

Pourquoi maintenant

Avant le moment ou vos ventes baissent ou juste après, il est temps de lancer ou réactiver votre programme de parrainage. Car :

  1. Les soldes représentent probablement l’équivalent d’un trimestre d’activité, et vous aurez acquis de nombreux clients que vous pouvez relancer et fidéliser via le parrainage. Il est inévitable de saisir cette opportunité.

  2. Les consommateurs ont tendance


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Black Friday: After the Party, the Hangover...

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.

But while you won't have actual numbers for a few weeks, it would only be human for you to be already taking a mental stock of what these two momentous sales days actually meant for your business.

A big shopping party

Early indicators already suggest that the Black Friday weekend was one big shopping party, even bigger than 2015! And even if shoppers continued to shift spending online, with Tamara Gaffney of Adobe claiming Black Friday 2016 dethroned Cyber Monday as ‘largest online shopping day of the year’, in-store spending in the UK was still


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How to stop bargain hunters ruining your Holiday Sales

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.

It's going to be a big deal

Adobe has forecasted this year’s Holiday Sales will drive US$91bn in sales in the US with US$3bn on Black Friday alone. The same period is predicted to drive £24.3bn in the UK. However you look at it that is a big deal.

So as well as meeting with your IT team to make sure your site stays up, external courier companies to ensure parcels get delivered on-time and working out how to deal with all those inevitable returns, you will also be putting the final touches to your customer acquisition campaigns. You will


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The Miracle Cure for Your Black Friday Hangover

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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.

But like all good parties the morning after normally starts with a hangover as you try and piece together what happened the night before.  And the bigger the party...... the bigger the hangover.

If you are a retailer you will still be busy for a few days trying to get all those parcels out and working out how to deal with the inevitable returns. But there is a moment on the horizon you are dreading, in effect this moment is going to be the ‘mother of all your hangovers’.

That moment is going to be like someone throwing a jug of ice cold water over your poor


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