November 12, 2015
Converting holiday shoppers is super easy. Just follow this simple fool-proof formula.
1. Get a person with a holiday shopping budget/per person = to (your AOV + 20%).
2. Get them to visit your website organically (so you don’t have to pay for them to get there).
3. Don’t mess it up. Possible ways you could mess it up:
4. CLOSE THE DEAL and get them to convert
5. Everybody wins. Holiday cheer all around
Today we’re going to tackle problem #1: Confusing navigation/weird purchase journey.
Setup campaigns that cut through the awkward small talk and help move potential customers further down the funnel.
Increase the impact of your holiday marketing spend by creating campaigns that are consistent and relevant to the referring traffic source.
Start by auditing your marketing campaign calendars for the holiday season and ensure you have consistent campaigns across your acquisition and retention marketing programs. If you attract prospects to your site via Ebates, make sure you carry through that offer on your website.
Here’s an example from a Freshpair/Ebates campaign:
Hide elements such as your navigation on checkout pages to help keep customers focused on finishing the checkout process.
This thought process works in other contexts, too. On your wish list page, help shoppers complete the purchase rather than putting it off. When searching, make sure your customers have access to similar products or search terms they may not have thought of.
Here’s an example of what we’re talking about from our test store:
Make the gift discovery process simple, intuitive, and fun.
Look for creative and prominent ways to promote these new areas of your site. Cut down the clicks and increase the carts. You could even make a landing page designed just for gift shoppers. Look for creative and prominent ways to promote these new areas of your site.
We love how Jet onboards new shoppers. Although the following example isn’t about gift shopping, we think it’s certainly worthy of emulation.
Let’s take a deeper dive:
Add personalized shortcuts to make it easier for shoppers to find what they’re looking for.
You don’t need to rebuild your navigation to get people where they need to go. Add banner-style navigation elements that call out the gift areas that are right for each customer. Provide new visitors with a starting point by showing them top holiday products. Show returning customers with a brand or category a nity eye-catching creative that highlights their favorites.
Here are some examples:
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