Kickstarting Your Holiday Marketing: Early Preparation Tips


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The holiday season is a time of joy and celebration and, for businesses, a golden opportunity to connect with customers. As a podcaster, marketing strategy consultant, and author, I've seen firsthand the impact of a well-executed holiday marketing campaign. But the key to success isn't just in the execution—it's in the preparation.

In this article, I'll share actionable insights and strategies to help business owners and corporate marketers like you get a head start on your holiday marketing. Let's dive in!

1. Understand Your Audience

Before crafting a compelling holiday campaign, you must know who you're speaking to.

Action Item: Conduct a survey or use analytics tools to gather data on your target audience's holiday shopping habits, preferences, and pain points. This will help you tailor your messaging and offers to their specific needs.

2. Plan Ahead

The early bird catches the worm, and in the world of holiday marketing, the early planner catches the customer.

Action Item: Plan your holiday marketing campaigns 3-4 months in advance. This gives you ample time to strategize, create content, and test different approaches.

3. Embrace the Power of Storytelling

The holidays are all about stories—families coming together, traditions being passed down, and memories being made. Tap into this by crafting a narrative around your brand or products.

Action Item: Share customer testimonials, behind-the-scenes looks at how your products are made, or stories of how your business gives back during the holiday season.

4. Optimize for Mobile

More and more consumers are shopping on their mobile devices. Ensure your website and marketing materials are mobile-friendly.

Action Item: Test your website's mobile responsiveness. Consider investing in a mobile app or optimizing your email campaigns for mobile viewing.

5. Collaborate and Cross-Promote

The holiday season is a great time to collaborate with complementary brands or influencers in your industry.

Action Item: Identify potential partners for holiday collaborations. This could be a joint giveaway, a bundled product offering, or a co-hosted event.

6. Offer Exclusive Deals

Everyone loves a good deal, especially during the holiday season. Offering exclusive discounts or bundles can incentivize customers to choose your brand over competitors.

Action Item: Create a holiday-specific discount code or offer a limited-time bundle of your best-selling products.

7. Engage on Social Media

The holidays are a time of connection, and social media is one of the best platforms to connect with your audience.

Action Item: Host a holiday-themed Q&A session, go live to showcase your products, or run a festive contest to engage your followers.

8. Monitor and Adjust

The key to a successful marketing campaign is adaptability. Monitor your campaign's performance and be ready to make adjustments as needed.

Action Item: Use analytics tools to track the performance of your holiday campaigns. If something isn't working, don't be afraid to pivot.

The holiday season is crucial for businesses to connect with customers and drive sales. Starting early and implementing these strategies can set your business up for success. Remember, the key is to understand, connect, and adapt. 


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About Marcia

Marcia Hylton is a seasoned marketing professional and travel enthusiast. With over 15 years of experience, she has a track record of planning and executing successful marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 companies. After starting a national award-winning marketing agency, she has served a wide range of clients, including small business owners and NBA celebrities. Now, Marcia offers expert marketing strategy to a diverse range of clients, with a focus on delivering measurable results.