5 Ways to Stand Out This Christmas

  |  November 12, 2010   |  Comments

Let people choose between price and value, be the expert, sell bundles, emphasize value, and plan for returns.

It's here again. If you are like most companies, you are hoping that Q4 will be your salvation for a year that was (once again) less than stellar. I certainly hope (for all of our sake's) that Q4 proves profitable for the industry.

Here are some quick tips to differentiate your company this year:

Let People Choose Between Price and Value

A client we worked with many years ago, Hello Direct, has a "Good, Better, Best" page that works really well. When times are tight, people need to feel like they are in control over how they spend their money. Using this "GBB" page, the user can make an informed decision and spend her money wisely. Plus, I believe a page like this cuts down on returns. The user clearly understood the trade-offs between the functionality and the price, so shouldn't be surprised by the item she receives.

Be the Expert, Not Just the Storefront

The other purpose the "good, better, best" page serves is to show customers that you are the expert. You know the products well enough to be making recommendations. If you are selling a commodity product, you need to set yourself up as the expert in the field. That way, customers will want to buy from you instead. I feel this way about Sweetwater. Its customer service department is full of folks who live and breath its equipment. Sweetwater's website parlays this information online through expert interviews, buying guides, and product reviews. Sweetwater is not just another e-commerce portal through which I can buy merchandise. It's a source of knowledge, expertise, and the place I purchase equipment.

Sell Bundles

Yes, you can just sell me the 3D TV. Or you could sell me the TV, the cables, a universal remote, and a Google TV box to go with it. Take a page from Amazon and create bundles that are really great deals. This Christmas is going to be about value for the money. The more you can show how much value you are giving the customer, the more likely she will choose to spend her money at your store.

It's All About Value

I'll repeat a sentence from the previous paragraph: this Christmas is going to be about value for the money. People either don't have money right now, or they have it and are afraid to spend it foolishly. Your tactics, therefore, need to be two-fold: provide low-cost options for the first group, and create higher-priced options that are full of value for the second group. While a simple marketing idea, it will make or break your holiday season this year.

Plan for Returns

Finally, think about your customer return strategy. You can turn customer returns into an acquisition strategy, thereby lessening the affects of customer returns next year.

Until next time…

Jack

ClickZ Live New York What's New for 2015?
You spoke, we listened! ClickZ Live New York (Mar 30-Apr 1) is back with a brand new streamlined agenda. Don't miss the latest digital marketing tips, tricks and tools that will make you re-think your strategy and revolutionize your marketing campaigns. Super Saver Rates are available now. Register today!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jack Aaronson

Jack Aaronson, CEO of The Aaronson Group and corporate lecturer, is a sought-after expert on enhanced user experiences, customer conversion, retention, and loyalty. If only a small percentage of people who arrive at your home page transact with your company (and even fewer return to transact again), Jack and his company can help. He also publishes a newsletter about multichannel marketing, personalization, user experience, and other related issues. He has keynoted most major marketing conferences around the world and regularly speaks at Shop.org and other major industry shows. You can learn more about Jack through his LinkedIn profile.

COMMENTSCommenting policy

comments powered by Disqus

Get the ClickZ Analytics newsletter delivered to you. Subscribe today!

COMMENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS

UPCOMING TRAINING

Featured White Papers

Google My Business Listings Demystified

Google My Business Listings Demystified
To help brands control how they appear online, Google has developed a new offering: Google My Business Locations. This whitepaper helps marketers understand how to use this powerful new tool.

5 Ways to Personalize Beyond the Subject Line

5 Ways to Personalize Beyond the Subject Line
82 percent of shoppers say they would buy more items from a brand if the emails they sent were more personalized. This white paper offer five tactics that will personalize your email beyond the subject line and drive real business growth.

WEBINARS

    Information currently unavailable

Jobs

    • Creative Project Manager
      Creative Project Manager (Agora Inc. ) - BaltimoreThe Creative Project Manager of PubSVS will work directly with the IRIS team and will be responsible...
    • Digital Marketing Associate
      Digital Marketing Associate (Connections Media) - Washington, DCConnections Media, LLC, a Washington, DC-based digital agency providing strategy...
    • Lead Generation Specialist
      Lead Generation Specialist (The Oxford Club) - BaltimoreThe Oxford Club is seeking a talented writer/marketer to join our growing email lead-generation...