15 HOT ecommerce Christmas tips: let it snow (with sales)
Even though this year’s Christmas will be different, it will still be a special time in the ecommerce world. Are you wondering whether you got your sales strategy right this year?
Probably you can already tell whether your ecommerce results thus far are what you’ve been expecting. Or maybe you see what might have gone better.
Either way, not so many sleeps left till the most popular holiday season. Let’s recap some useful tips for all online sellers who want to do more than fine at the festive season.
Here’s the deal:
- First, read our HOT Christmas tips.
- Second, think about what you can improve when the next holiday period comes along.
- Third, even amid the Covid pandemic your Ecommerce Christmas can still be merry!
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15 HOT Christmas tips for ecommerce sellers
1. Christmas Ecommerce Tip #1
Offer free delivery, even a single Free Shipping Day. Learn more about how to use free shipping to boost your ecommerce sales.
2. Christmas Ecommerce Tip #2
Offer fast delivery on top of the standard delivery option. The thought of Christmas gifts not arriving on time is a source of great distress for many buyers. Offering multiple delivery options helps online sellers increase their checkout conversion rates.
3. Christmas Ecommerce Tip #3
Send your customers delivery updates: tell your buyers that you will keep them informed about the delivery status. They will feel more confident, also about you as the service provider.
4. Christmas Ecommerce Tip #4
Plan your stock. Your stock levels will fluctuate during the festive season so you should ensure that there’s a backup when you run out of certain items. You can also give your customers an option to sign up for an email alert that will notify them when items are available.
Planning your stock is extra important during the time of coronavirus pandemic with ecommerce orders on the rise and the general logistics landscape less predictable.
5. Christmas Ecommerce Tip #5
Organize and let others know about your sales offer. You have a flash sale or a new bestseller? Put it out there!
6. Christmas Ecommerce Tip #6
Start acquiring potential customers a few months before Christmas. When planning your SEO & ecommerce activities and campaigns for Christmas, you may want to concentrate most of your efforts towards the end of the coming year. However, your ecommerce activities and marketing campaigns should be planned far in advance.
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7. Christmas Ecommerce Tip #7
Make your returns policy easy: especially when stressed last-minute shoppers come into play.
8. Christmas Ecommerce Tip #8
Highlight gift wrapping options.
9. Christmas Ecommerce Tip #9
Retarget your Christmas customers in January: especially if you have post-Christmas deals in store for them. Plan your ecommerce activities wisely.
10. Christmas Ecommerce Tip #10
Offer vouchers that can be redeemed in the future. Many buyers will come back to shop with you again.
11. Christmas Ecommerce Tip #11
Offer gift cards: their recipients usually spend 40% more than the card’s value, which can mean extra revenue for you.
12. Christmas Ecommerce Tip #12
13. Christmas Ecommerce Tip #13
Use results from previous years and collect the current ones. Plan for the next Christmas season.
14. Christmas Ecommerce Tip #14
Don’t offer discounts too early. Savvy customers know that they should wait for final price cuts. Thus, leave yourself some time in which to get the full price for your items.
15. Christmas Ecommerce Tip #15
Don’t make your items too cheap: this may devalue your brand.
On a final note: go global
Many online sellers are convinced that they will see big Christmas sales figures by trading on their domestic markets only.
In fact, there’s a good chance that the numbers will be pretty impressive, especially if gift items are being sold. Yet, domestic markets are only a small part of the big ecommerce landscape.
Consider the fact that many shoppers want to buy unique gifts that are different to what is available locally. Imagine you’re a shopper and you’re looking for gifts at the festive time.
What can happen if most local high-street retailers and local online shops offer similar items?
Your nearest and dearest can end up buying exactly the same gift for you as you purchased for them.
Awkward? Funny? Both?
Of course, every such situation can be turned into a joke, but in many cases the feeling of awkwardness is likely to prevail. Hence, it is wise to make sure the gift is unique.
To avoid situations as above, one solution is to look for gifts elsewhere than on your local market. A good source of unique, rare items are foreign countries. Many buyers and gift givers realize that if they order abroad, their pressie is not that likely to be duplicated.
Hence, consider localizing your Christmas offers on international markets.
International ecommerce & Covid 19
During challenging times, such as the current pandemic, selling on international markets often allows sellers to plan and balance the sales between markets, spread their risk and make the most of diversification.
The lockdown and social distancing usually encourage additional populations to purchase online. However, consumer behavior related to cross-border ecommerce imports differs depending on the stage of the pandemic in each market.
If the country is within the peak of the outbreak, a slowdown of cross-border imports can be expected. It’s important for international merchants to try to minimize potential shipping delays and keep their clients informed. Reliable parcel tracking tools and simple return options should also help in reassuring buyers.
Finally: Happy Holidays!
2020 is coming to an end and many of us may have experienced numerous challenges this year.
Now it’s time to take a step back and relax. May the coming holiday season be full of joy and peace for all of us!
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