Retail has changed at an incredible pace over the past few years. That’s why you need to start planning your Black Friday ecommerce strategy for 2023 as soon as possible (read: now).
Keep reading to learn:
- Why a Black Friday ecommerce marketing strategy is a must
- How to create a strategy that drives sales for your online business
Let’s get started!
Why create a Black Friday ecommerce marketing strategy?
As more and more people turn to ecommerce businesses for everything, from groceries to apparel, it’s become apparent that ecommerce needs Black Friday — and not just Cyber Monday.
Towards the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, online sales boomed. In fact, consumers spent about $10.5 billion more online in April and May 2020 than they did in November and December 2019.
May 2020, specifically, had three days of online spending that reached over $3 billion. The previous year, those numbers weren’t seen outside of the holiday shopping season.
Following this surge in online spending, Black Friday 2021 drove huge revenue, with ecommerce shoppers spending over $9 billion.
If you haven’t yet started your Black Friday prep, what are you waiting for? Now is the time! We have three tips to help you shape your Black Friday promotions, so you’re ready for the online rush.
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3 tips for creating your 2023 Black Friday ecommerce strategy
Make your 2023 Black Friday ecommerce strategy a success with these three tips:
1. Prepare your website for ecommerce transactions
This idea might go without saying, but your website has to have ecommerce functionality if you want to sell online. Getting this ecommerce functionality is not as simple as clicking a button. To prepare for the Black Friday rush, follow these tips:
Choose your ecommerce platform
Before you can partake in Black Friday ecommerce trends, you have to choose an ecommerce platform that works for you.
You can choose between options like WooCommerce, Magento, Shopify, Square, and others. Depending on which platform you use, you may be able to integrate ecommerce functionality with your already existing website or create a new website entirely.
Just know that creating a completely new website isn’t always easy, and picking the right ecommerce platform requires time and research.
Ensure your site’s design is user-friendly
After you’ve settled on your platform, you can choose your site’s layout, ecommerce UX design, and other functionalities that will improve the user experience. If you already have an ecommerce website, make sure it works. Make sure all of it works.
Check that people can easily navigate through your product pages. Can they easily find their way back to the main page if they’ve landed on a product page?
A simple way to help people navigate your site is to use breadcrumb navigation. This shows people where they’ve been so they can easily go back and forth between pages.
Make sure every link and button works, especially your add-to-cart button. Go through the purchase process and test different interactive elements.
Load test your site
With record sales comes record traffic. You don’t want your site crashing when it could be raking in big bucks for your business. Load test your website to see how much traffic it can handle without seeing a drop in performance.
If your site is normally slow, take action to make it faster.
Elements that affect your site speed include:
- Multimedia elements
Changing something like your web host can potentially take a lot of time depending on your business, so you’ll want to get a head start on figuring out where your website needs help before Black Friday comes along.
Optimize your site for mobile
While you get your site working in tip-top condition, don’t forget about mobile users. Mobile phones account for 46% of sales.
One of the most cost-effective ways to create a mobile-friendly site is to employ a responsive design. Responsive websites automatically adjust for the user’s screen size, empowering you to provide a seamless experience across devices without extra hassle.
2. Optimize elements of your website for maximum conversions
With all the ecommerce heavy hitters vying for their shares of online sales, it’s crucial that you get as many sales as possible from your web visitors on Black Friday.
You will need to run tests and do a website analysis to figure out what makes people buy.
Using a tool like Hotjar, look at how people interact with your site. Do a majority of people only interact with elements that don’t require scrolling (i.e., elements that are “above the fold”)?
If so, you definitely wouldn’t want to put a Black Friday promotional code below the fold and risk your audience not seeing it. While you have time to collect a significant sample size, run A/B tests on some shopping-related elements of your site.
You can A/B test elements like:
- The designs of your landing pages
- Text in your calls to action (CTAs)
- Placement of your “Add to Cart” button
You are in no way limited to those three test examples, but starting there can help you determine how to increase sales for your Black Friday ecommerce strategy.
Bonus tip: Enable popular payment options to your site, such as PayPal. When you allow shoppers to use their preferred payment method, you help reduce potential purchase barriers.
3. Advertise your Black Friday promotions
Don’t stay quiet about your special Black Friday deals. Tell your audience what you’re planning so they get excited! Give people a preview of your deals on your website. You can add a special page dedicated to all things Black Friday.
Share your reviews on social media. Whether you show your employees preparing your inventory or share photos of the products included in your sale, let people see what they can buy. Send out email newsletters to your subscribers with your deals, and look to successful Black Friday email campaigns for inspiration.
You can even include a special discount, or include one on your website if people sign up for your emails.
And don’t forget to invest in digital advertising. This investment will help you get your products and your Black Friday promotions in front of people who are most likely to buy. You can choose from many advertising formats including:
Just keep in mind that although you can create and launch a campaign in a day, you should probably take extra time to make sure you’re targeting the right people and your ad’s content resonates with your audience.
You have a lot of targeting options between all the ad platforms, and the more accurate you are, the higher your chances are of generating sales.
Also, make sure your landing pages work, both in design and in function. When someone clicks on an ad, they visit a landing page filled with information. If the page doesn’t relate to the ad, or if it’s not completely functional, you’re wasting your ad budget.
Start developing your Black Friday ecommerce strategy for 2023
If you incorporate these tips into your Black Friday marketing strategy, you’ll be on your way to a great day of online sales.
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