Black Friday 2023 Marketing Ideas

It’s no secret that Black Friday is one of the busiest retail events for eCommerce merchants. And with so many retailers jostling for shoppers’ attention, it can be challenging to cut through the noise and set yourself apart. Payflex outlines 10 Black Friday marketing tips to make sure you stand out from the crowd on Black Friday 2023 and beyond. 

1. Create a buzz

Build suspense and anticipation in the lead up to Black Friday 2023 to entice as many shoppers as possible. Create a buzz around your deals by offering your audience ‘teasers’ of what’s to come via your various platforms. This is a great way to prepare people to buy. You can do this by offering sneak peaks into upcoming deals, or offering a ‘surprise’ gift with a customer’s order

2. Reward repeat customers

Repeat customers are key to a successful eCommerce business. In fact, loyal customers spend 67% more than new ones. Similarly, 91% of consumers are more likely to shop from brands that recognise, remember, and provide them with relevant offers and recommendations. It can therefore be highly effective to reward repeat customers by offering them exclusive deals and discounts. 

3. Create a sense of urgency  

It’s not just about how much you lower your price on Black Friday, but about how you can make sure customers purchase your deals and discounts as quickly as possible. This is where urgency comes in. Apply time-related incentives to intensify urgencies like low-stock alerts and countdown timers. Flash sales are also an effective mechanism to create a sense of urgency. By putting a time limit on your offer, you encourage your customers to act right away. 

4. Black Friday for a Cause

Another way to set yourself apart is by giving back. Allocate proceeds from your sales to a cause that’s close to your heart. This is especially relevant at the moment, with so many people in need due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant lockdown. Shoppers under the age of 40 prefer to give back through where they shop. In the same vein, 75% of shoppers are likely to start shopping at a company that supports an issue they agree with. Giving back will not only create a tangible difference in the lives of others but will help foster a positive brand image for your brand. 

5. Offer free shipping

While competition amongst retailers heats up every holiday season, this year is set to be even more competitive in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. More than half of all shopping carts are abandoned because shipping is too expensive. That’s why for years, free shipping has been the gold standard for eCommerce. Free shipping is therefore an incredibly powerful incentive for shoppers. In fact, a recent survey showed that 90% of shoppers said free shipping was the number one incentive for shopping online. 

6. Tap into the power of email marketing

With the continuous growth of eCommerce websites, there is no doubt that email marketing has become an essential part of any successful online business. In today’s digital age, businesses must be aware of the changing trends in order to stay competitive and keep up with their customers’ needs. There are 4.258 billion email users worldwide in 2022 according to Statista

7. Offer giveaways 

It almost feels as if everyone is trying to sell you something on Black Friday (Which they essentially are). This is why giveaways are such a highly effective tactic. While everyone else is trying to peddle their wares, you are offering shoppers something in return for their loyalty. Consider offering giveaways based on client spending. For example, if they spend between R500 and R1000 they get a certain prize, while those spending R1000 and above get something a bit more valuable. Offering giveaways will also help grow your email list and expand the reach of your Black Friday promotion.

8. Advertise Black Friday offers on your homepage 

When you market your Black Friday offers via social media and email, shoppers will click through to either your homepage or a dedicated landing page. These areas therefore represent an ideal opportunity to reiterate what’s on offer. You need to make therefore sure your messaging comes across as clearly and succinctly as possible to help encourage conversions. 

9. Add extra discounts to sale items

Further, incentivize shoppers by adding additional discounts. This not only offers your customer further savings but encourages them to make a purchase immediately rather than shopping around for the right price.

10. Extend discounts throughout the Festive Season

Customers have come to expect Black Friday offers to be available for most of November. So, as you plan your offers, don’t view Black Friday 2023 as a one-day event. You don’t want your customers to believe that your offers are limited to one or two days, as they will simply move elsewhere. Make sure you stagger your specials throughout the month of November.