It was Christmas Eve babe, in the drunk tank an old man said to me, it’s time to get your store ready for the festive season. Here are our top five web design tips for the 2016 holiday season.
Instead of visiting various stores and hustling out the best offers around town, shoppers in 2016 will once again turn online for their purchases. Your branding should always primarily represent the values and personality of your brand, but if you want to get your customer into the Christmas spirit, you have to change your branding slightly to reflect that the holiday season is coming.
To start, think of altering these elements and try to avoid just putting a santa hat on your logo. Be creative!
Other elements to take into consideration, keep copy straight and to the point of what you are trying to promote. You might have some special holiday products you want to be seen… Tell that directly to the audience with simple but effective design. Try bold background colours and various playful typography styles.
2. Call To Actions on SALE
In some ways, that small button or single line of text can be the most important part of your sales page. When optimized correctly it is the final step to convincing those undecided customers to purchase. Call to actions (CTAs) deserve a lot more attention than they ever seem to get. Be sure to take the time to optimize your CTAs to gain the highest transactions during the festive season, here are a few tips to get you started…
For example, messages such as: one day only, limited sales, special discounts, buy one get one free and holiday discounts are amongst the most popular deals. However, in order to bring the attention to the actual message, be sure to place the text on a background that is festive but not too distracting. Apply the original principle of font hierarchy too, by giving bigger font sizes to the CTA’s and discount value information.
Creating specific landing pages from Christmas promotions is also a great idea, did you know that one third of people start their Christmas shopping in September? So now is definitely the time to start on these, as it can take Google several weeks before it will rank new content. You need to make sure your Christmas content is already listed and ranking well in Google, so from a SEO point of view, alone, it’s important not to leave publishing festive content till last minute.
Here are a few reasons why Christmas landing pages are a great idea:
Landing pages will ensure to a higher conversion rate over the christmas period. It’s a no brainer, start now or forever hold your pennies.
This is massive one. You’ll notice all the big brands do it, so you should too. Your email marketing can be extremely powerful leading up to Christmas, as people are searching for different gift ideas for different people – not just honing in on the one item. This allows you the opportunity to upsell what you have. Did you know 43% of marketing experts say that email is a very important channel to generate additional sales during the Christmas period. Email affects at least 10% of the total holiday sales.
So where do you start? Well, first look what has and hasn’t worked for you in 2016 so far. Once you refine your knowledge you can start on the five phases of email marketing outlined below.
Write holiday specific copy. Now that is easier said than done. Often marketers are fraught with stress on how to attack festive copy. Whether it’s a greetings card as a reminder to your customers that you are thinking of them or a themed drip campaign to show of all your great products, you are going to be spending A LOT of time mulling over the right words to use. So here are some helpful holiday ideas to keep your copy clean.
Christmas time is the big league, so in order to get your brand ready. You need to invest time into making the elements of your store more festive.
A company who follows the above tips will ensure they are in a better position than if they did not. Ensuring your campaign goes to the right customer, at the right time, with the correct offer during the peak sales period is vital to your success.