Holiday eCommerce Planning How To Create A Shared Holiday Promotion Calendar

Savvy eCommerce and online marketers know it’s time to start planning for the holiday eCommerce rush.

With the holiday season quickly approaching, a shared holiday promotion calendar is the best way to get all of your staff on board and on the same page as you dive into holiday eCommerce marketing.

A Forrester Research study earlier this year reported that the eCommerce industry is steadily growing, faster than expected. A previous report from 2010 didn’t expect the industry to top $300 billion until 2017. Yet, by the end of this year, the industry is projected to reach nearly $334 billion in consumer spend.

With nearly half of shoppers taking care of their holiday shopping online, September is the perfect month to start your holiday eCommerce planning. In this article, we’re going to talk about how to create a shared holiday promotion calendar.

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Promoting your business for the holidays is a huge task. When you factor in email, social media, pay per click, content creation and blog writing, you’ve got a big work flow to put together and manage. The best way to execute your holiday promotions is with a shared calendar.


eCommerce Industry Stats For Mobile And Mobile Marketing

Tech analysts predicted that mobile Internet usage would overtake desktop usage by 2014. We’re well past that tipping point now as shown in a July 2015 study.

This study’s year to-date data shows a consolidation with mobile digital media time in the United States significantly higher at 51% compared to desktop usage at 42%.

What does this mean for your eCommerce business? In the simplest turns, if you’re not reaching your audience effectively on their smartphones and providing a good user experience, you’ll miss out on business.

A Shopify study shows us that mobile traffic to eCommerce sites is at more than 50%, while desktop traffic to eCommerce sites sits just below mobile traffic. Shopify says mobile traffic is now the “default” way people shop eCommerce stores.

Let’s explore eCommerce industry stats for mobile and mobile marketing. We’ll review studies and make a case for the importance of a mobile-friendly eCommerce site.

Why the Rise in Mobile Traffic to eCommerce Sites?


popup-strategiesPopups are annoying, right? Sometimes. Okay, usually they are annoying.

Popups don’t work, right? Wrong.

Popups work. They usually work very well. (See my 2012 post on testing opt-in email popups.)

Why are marketers across the Internet suddenly so interested in popups when before everyone thought users hated popups? Technology, coupled with etailers using popups in more strategic ways, have led to more and more ecommerce conversions and sales.

Take for instance, Nikky from Etsy shop, Nikky in Stitches. She installed a popup to capture email addresses, and she saw a subscription rate of 5.5%. She found that an entry popup with a timed delay of 2 seconds led to an incredible 1,375% increase in email subscriptions.


Just like everything in life, marketing has some basic rules that you’re supposed to follow. However, in some cases, your marketing benefits from breaking these rules. While you don’t want to break all of the rules all of the time, remember that these are not set in stone.

1. Keep Your Focus Unwaveringly


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Rule: It’s said in the marketing world that you should keep your focus. What should you be focusing on, exactly? The rule is that you should focus on your marketing strategy and conversions. Without conversions, you’re not going to make any money. So, you need to do anything and everything necessary to increase the people coming to your landing page, which will in turn help you sell more.

How to Break It: Let’s be honest – making money is most likely the reason you have a landing page in the first place. You want people buying your product or service. However, the best way to do this is not to constantly focus on getting people in the door. If you do this, you’re going to end up getting the wrong people. Instead, focus on your customers. Figure out your target market and use it. In addition to this, you’ll want to split your focus between a few things. Customers, marketing strategy, and your landing page layout all need to be on your mind.


When it comes to generating new leads for your business, you don’t have to do all the work. Your customers can also work for you by generating leads through social media and sharing. The following ideas are low-cost ways you can use your customers and social media to spread your company name.

You Can’t Afford to Ignore Video

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In December of 2013 alone, 188.2 million people in the United States watched online videos. Video content is no longer just for funny pet tricks and embarrassing falls. Retailers are learning that videos are an ideal way to generate sales and turn customers into brand advocates. For example, online housewares store Stacks and Stacks found that customers were 144 percent more likely to buy an item if they had viewed a video about it. With close to 55 percent growth in 2012, video is the fastest growing advertisement tool online. While the ideal product video is no more than 30 seconds long, it should also be engaging enough for consumers to share.

Of course, video content production can be as expensive or cheap as you want it to be. You can either hire another company to create something for you, or you can pick up your iPhone and use your computer’s editing software. (more…)

Your “About Us” landing page isn’t just an opportunity to introduce your business to potential clients – it’s a place to ask for the sale and so much more. Think of your “About Us” page as tool in your ROI arsenal.

If your “About Us” page contains basic information – or worse, is blank – then read on to learn how to transform your “About Us” page into a sales opportunity.

Creating an “About Us” Page
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A surprising number of companies don’t have a true “About Us” page. And no, a “Mission Statement” or “Company History” page doesn’t count. Creating a real “About Us” page is the first step to transforming your landing page into a sales opportunity. Search engines typically crawl for “About Us” pages and display them as part of your web results beneath your homepage. Potential customers use it as a direct link to learn more about not only your culture, but your services.

Lack of an “About Us” page can be a deterrent for those who are likely already shopping around for similar services. If your company can’t send a concise message about your offerings via a branded landing page, then what’s to stop your potential customer from finding the answer in another company that does just that? (more…)

Offering a free trial is traditionally a great way for a company to get its digital foot in the door with potential customers; however, all too often, companies miss the mark when it comes to actually retaining clients. Conversions are key to your bottom line, but does your company know how to transition to sales?

How can you ensure your customers will stick around after they take a peek at your product? Read on for eight tips on retaining customers after the free trial.

1. Require a Credit Card
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Some users are lazy in cancelling a trial membership that automatically converts to paid, but that isn’t why you should require a credit card. The revenue you’ll receive from this stream is little at best and the numbers will hardly reflect your actual user-base. In fact, that’s the point of requiring a credit card. You want real users with real money to take a stab at your service – a credit card number is typically verifiable, which means your free-trial sign ups will be easier to track and analyze.

Actionable Tip: Pair an automatically converting membership with a clear money back guarantee. Make it easy for users to follow through and get their money back if, for instance, they continue on for one month paid, but still decide your service isn’t right. (more…)

The world of social media is heavily populated and still growing. With contenders ranging from the well-established behemoths to the promising newcomers, picking the right site for your business is tricky. Signing up for all of them is overkill, so you need to narrow down your options and focus on the few that best suit you and your landing page.

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With 1.23 billion monthly active users, Facebook is king in the world of social media. If you’re going to choose just one site for your social presence, this is a solid pick. Your landing page should invite visitors to like your Facebook page so you can get your posts into their regular feed. Individual stories featured on your home page will also gain weight with a like button that allows users to share that particular piece. Pair your Facebook presence with one or two other sites for a well-rounded approach to social media marketing. (more…)

As marketing success continues to grow dependent on a digital track, truly understanding pay-per-click (PPC) makes a big difference in your business’s ad profits. When correctly managed, almost any company reaps the benefits from PPC optimization. To get the most from your PPC campaign, consider these optimization strategies:

Keyword Bidding

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Using broad batch matching in a campaign tends to trigger ads for unwanted search queries. To uncover what exact search words or queries bring up your ad, whether by time period, by campaign, or by group, go to the Search Terms under Dimensions (in Google AdWords). Since exact match bidding presents large limitations, instead opt for exact match with modified batch bidding which adds a “+” in front of the keywords. This allows you to detach from phrases that deliver the wrong message in connection to your brand, but still enables longer search entries to pop the ad. Furthermore, this method facilitates negative keyword research. (more…)

Trying to keep your audience’s attention can feel like trying to herd cats. There are a lot of distractions to compete with, and they can keep your visitors from doing what you’ve set out to accomplish on your landing page. Fortunately, there are a few tried and true ways to not only keep all eyes on you, but also convey the message you’re looking to share.

Do Give Your Audience Something For Free

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This may be a difficult pill to swallow, but it’s a powerful tactic. What and how much you give away is your decision, but if your audience doesn’t know what they’re getting in to, they probably won’t be willing to stick around and gather more information, or more importantly, they probably won’t be willing to purchase anything. (more…)