How To Prepare Your Store For Black Friday/Cyber MondayNEWS

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are an amazing

opportunity for your ecommerce business to make money!


If you want to get in on the years biggest shopping

event, then you need to plan now.

The goal is simple; more sales, happier customers and

less problems… But it can be a stressful time as you prepare your business for

an increase in traffic, sales, orders to be fulfilled and customer support

requests.


By Failing To Prepare You Are Preparing To Fail - Benjamin Franklin

You need to prepare your sales as early as possible and let your

customers and website visitors know about your upcoming sales event well in

advance. You need to make sure people in your niche who are looking for product

find you.


Plan your deals and discounts ahead of time. Look at

the products in your store and organise your upcoming sales. Don’t wait until

the last minute, plan in advance!


Do you have backups in place should anything go wrong?

How fast can you get extra stock if a hot selling product sells out? Can you

switch shipping channels if your current provides becomes overloaded in the

sales frenzy?


You need to think about the worst case scenarios for

your business and create contingency plans for the toughest situations. Then

you will be prepared and ready to react should the worst happen during you

busiest sales period of the year.


Make sure that your website host can handle the spike

in traffic to your store. Check this by using free online tools to test your

servers load capacity.


Can your store handle increased product demand? You

need to work with your suppliers to make sure they can handle your increase in

sales volume. One of the worst things that can happen during a sale is not

meeting customer demand for your products. You only have one chance to make a

sale this visitor, so make the most of it… Ensure there is enough inventory in

your fulfillment warehouse well in advance or the Black Friday/Cyber Monday

weekend.


You need to have your suppliers or manufacturers ready

to send you extra inventory if needed.


Its a good idea to plan your ads and sales copy for

your promotions ahead of time too. Also remember that advertising can get more

expensive during Q4, so plan out your budget and bid prices too.


Making The Most Of Your Traffic

Boost your conversions by setting up targeted abandon

cart emails. Use compelling copy and offers to bring the customer back to your

store to complete their purchase. Make your order process and checkout as

simple and hassle free as possible. Especially for mobile sales. Having to fill

in too many detail fields, especially on mobile can kill your conversion rate.


Sharable discount links are a great way to leverage

your sales, making it easier for your customers to redeem your offer codes and

also boosting your conversions.


Another way to encourage visitors to buy is by using

scarcity. Offer shopper last second deals by using countdown timers and limited

stock alerts.


You should also be retargeting your previous customers

and website visitors. People who bought from you in the past should be

especially receptive to your black Friday - cyber Monday offers. Email

marketing campaigns should be used to target previous buyers and get them back

to your store.


Incentivise visitors to give you their email before

leaving your site by offering exclusive deals for being a subscriber.


Marketing should play and important role in the

success of your holiday sales. Make sure your tracking pixels are set up

correctly for remarketing to your increased holiday traffic. Click-through

rates are known to double on Black Friday, so be prepared and make the most of

this traffic.


Once you’ve attracted visitors to your store, your

next task is to increase your Average Order Value (AOV). You can do this by offering

product bundles or offering free shipping or a free gift on orders above a

specified value. That way you can nudge people to add more to their carts.


TEST, TEST, TEST

Get someone ramdom to usertest your store and listen

to their feedback. Try this a few times and look for common areas where users

are getting confused or frustrated. Don’t make changes on a single source of

negative feedback, but alway keep testing and finding solutions to the problems

your encounter.


Communication Is Key!

Don’t lose sales by not answering quickly. Do this by

using an integrated “live chat” app on your website or connecting via Facebook

messanger app. Create standard replies in advance to some of the most common

questions you receive. Always be courteous and never argue with or insult your

customers.


Ensure your returns policy and guarantee are clear,

fair and well-communicated on your store. This creates confidence in your

product and removes potential risks, making it easier for the customer to buy.


Track Everything - What Gets Measured, Gets Done

Every ecommerce business should be using Google

Analytics. The powerful, free traffic tracking tool from Google can measure and

improve your marketing campaigns and help gain insights into how your visitors

are interacting with your store.


Always pay attention to what your competition is

doing. The easiest way to do this is by signing up to their email subscriber

list. You can also track them on social media and by setting up Google Alerts.


Finally, learn from your mistakes as well as your

successes, which is why it is so important to track everything. That way you

know what has worked and what didn’t. You then implement new tactics and

strategies to improve from what you have learned.


Treat everything as a learning experience, stay

motivated and be ambitious, but set realistic goals.


And remember to have fun and enjoy the ride!


Noel Murphy

Co-Founder

PFC Express & ParcelfromChina


PFC Express is a dedicated order fulfillment company

headquartered in the economic hub or Shenzhen, China. With over 10 years

experience in providing top-quality fulfillment services to e-commerce sellers

from around the world.


Having worked with Internationally renowned brands,

Kickstarter and other Crowdfunded projects, Incubation Hubs, Amazon/eBay

sellers and e-commerce businesses of all sizes over the last decade, PFC

Express have unmatched experience in the Chinese logistics and fulfillment

industry.

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