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Important Q4 Shopping Holidays for Your Ecommerce Store

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We all know holiday shopping days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday break the internet.

Just last year, Cyber Monday raked in a new record of $9.4 billion in sales—that’s more than Black Friday and Amazon Prime Day combined. There’s no doubt you should circle these events in your marketing calendar.

Besides Black Friday Cyber Monday, there are plenty of other shopping holidays in October, November, and December you can market to boost your sales.

We’ll go through a list of fourth quarter shopping holidays that don’t get as much hype and love as Cyber Weekend but are still worth your time and attention. Plus, you’ll find actionable campaign ideas you can use for your ecommerce business!

Halloween holiday collection
Source: Retailmenot

Halloween

When is it? October 31, 2020

Halloween is known for costumes, candy, and trick-or-treating, but it’s also gaining ground in terms of spending. The most popular spending categories are candy, decorations, and costumes. That’s why Halloween is also a prime occasion for retailers to plan a campaign and showcase their Halloween offers!

What can you do?

Create Halloween-themed designs or product collections

Themed apparel or accessories will appeal to fans of the holiday and the fall season. You can also create products with evergreen designs that can be sold year-round. A simple design with a black cat, for example, is stylish even after Halloween.

Tease your customers about the upcoming Halloween products in advance by sharing sneak peeks on your social media. You don’t have to go extreme and start a campaign at the end of August—a couple of weeks before Halloween will work just fine.

Not only will the marketing campaign get your customers excited about the start of fall, but your store will also be the first to pop into your customers minds once they start shopping for Halloween-themed products!

Host a contest or giveaway

Ask your social media followers to share photos of their Halloween costumes, their favorite fall recipe, or Halloween candy as a way to drive engagement on your social media profile. For example, if you have a clothing brand, you can ask your followers to enter your contest by using products from your line as a part of their costume. 

Remember to come up with a unique hashtag to keep track of your entries. And of course, plan your prizes. Giving away a couple of your products, or a gift card to your store can be an inexpensive way to promote your product and increase user engagement.

Singles day holiday sale
Source: Unisportstore

Singles’ Day

When is it? November 11, 2020

Singles’ Day is still relatively unheard of in the Western world, but it’s a big deal in China.

Created in 1993, Singles’ Day was originally meant as an anti-Valentine’s Day to celebrate being single. In 2009, Alibaba founder Jack Ma transformed Singles’ Day into a consumer spending day, spreading the message to treat yourself as a celebration of being single.

Shopping sprees were initially driven by major discounts offered on China’s largest online retail store Alibaba’s Tmall, but these days many other companies are getting involved too. In fact, Singles’ Day continues to break records: last year marked the largest ever Singles’ Day to date, reaching a staggering $38.4 billion in sales. 

But this shopping day isn’t just for customers in Asia. Each year, Singles’ Day is earning more and more attention in other parts of the world as well. Last year, 22,000 brands from 78 countries participated in the celebrations.

What can you do?

Keep in mind that Singles’ Day is still relatively new in the West. Most consumers are likely waiting to shop on Black Friday Cyber Monday, so they might not want to start spending so early. Your campaigns will have to both educate and entice, so don’t feel discouraged if your first try is underwhelming. Continue to experiment! With time, it’s possible that Single’s Day will catch on.

November 11 is also Veterans Day in the US (and Remembrance Day in Canada), so be sensitive to your audience and what appeals to them.

If you want to truly get into the spirit of Singles’ Day and make your campaign work, offer a deal that’s on par with what you’ll be offering during Black Friday Cyber Monday. You can frame your Singles’ Day offer as a pre-Cyber Week deal to encourage getting holiday shopping done early.

Small Business Saturday on social media
Source: Smallbusinetwork

Small Business Saturday

When is it? November 28, 2020

Created in 2010 by American Express, Small Business Saturday was meant as a chance for small business owners to compete against the big-box retailers offering crazy deals for Black Friday Cyber Monday.

Last year, the 10th annual Small Business Saturday hit a record high with an estimated $19.6 billion in reported spending. This is a great opportunity for small businesses to become more visible and stronger as big companies are not in the spotlight during this time.

What can you do?

If you’re a small business owner, you might have a story and a personality, which is something big-box retailers often lack. According to a survey by Groupon, 67% of respondents say they prefer shopping at small businesses over national chains.

Remind your customers about Small Business Saturday and promote the idea of shopping small:

  • Create a banner for your store
  • Send an email campaign to your list
  • Share on social media

Use hashtags like #ShopSmall, #SmallBizSat, #SmallBusinessSaturday

Take advantage of the Shop Small Studio downloadable marketing materials, provided by American Express. They created customizable visuals that you can use for your Small Business Saturday campaigns.

Sofa Sunday

When is it? November 29, 2020

Sofa Sunday is celebrated in Australia and takes place exactly one day before Cyber Monday. On this day most of the stores in the country are closed. Shoppers usually start to prepare and search for the best deals and price comparisons before, which gives a chance for online businesses to create great deals.

Read also: Everything You Need to Know About Ecommerce in Australia

Sunday would be perfect to cuddle up on the sofa and browse for online bargains after hitting the stores on Black Friday. Numbers show that 58 percent of shoppers will complete their Cyber Monday preparation/research on this day providing a narrow window for retailers. 

What can you do?

Come up with an eye-catching slogan on social media depending on what you have to offer. If you’re planning to sell Christmas gift bundles with a discount, make a “Sofa Christmas” day on your store and social media platforms. 

Green Monday marketing campaign
Source: Theblackfriday

Green Monday

When is it? December 14, 2020

Green Monday is an online shopping day that falls on the second Monday in December. The term “Green Monday” was coined by eBay in 2007 as a way to mark their biggest day of sales that year. Fun fact: the “green” in the name refers to all the money the retailer made that year.

A number of retailers, including Amazon, Target, and Best Buy offer Green Monday deals, and often the discounts are even better than those on Cyber Monday. 

What can you do?

Use Green Monday as an opportunity to remind your customers that the holidays are just around the corner, and now’s the time to finish their gift shopping. Be mindful of order deadlines: you might still be able to guarantee Christmas Eve delivery with express shipping. Make sure you’re transparent about delivery dates!

If you use Printful for drop shipping, keep an eye for our holiday deadlines announcement later in the fall!

Free Shipping Day campaign
Source: Unilovers

Free Shipping Day

When is it? December 15, 2020

Similar to Green Monday, Free Shipping Day is a perfect opportunity to cater to shoppers who are looking for last-minute Christmas gifts. The idea of this event is that consumers can shop from both large and small online merchants that offer free shipping with guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve.

What can you do?

Both big and small retailers participate in Free Shipping Day, often offering additional discounts to attract more customers. Free shipping doesn’t just help the customer rationalize buying something online instead of going to a brick and mortar store. In fact, studies show that 9 out of 10 shoppers say free shipping is the biggest incentive to shop on ecommerce stores.

As long as you can guarantee delivery by Christmas Eve, you should definitely host a one-day-only free shipping day. Additionally, you can offer discounts on your products, making shopping at your store even more appealing to your excited customers. 

If you work with Printful, here’s what you can do:

  • Check our order deadlines beforehand to make sure orders will be delivered to your customers by Christmas (we usually announce our order-by dates in October or November).
  • Offer same-day shipping for products you keep at Printful’s warehouses.
  • Limit your free shipping offer to domestic orders only. International express shipping can get pricey, plus there are customs fees to keep in mind!
Shopping holiday Super Saturday
Source: Milled

Super Saturday

When is it? December 19, 2020

Super Saturday is one of the busiest shopping days in Canada and is becoming popular in the US and UK too. The holiday falls on the last Saturday before Christmas and is one of the last opportunities to buy Christmas presents.

During Super Sunday, stores offer significant discounts and extend store hours to attract customers and drive impulse buying.

What can you do?

Last-minute Christmas shopping shouldn’t be your main message to the customers since it’s probably too late to order online. Although the second time of December is more successful for brick and mortar stores, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to offer discounted deals.

Focus on people who have bought Christmas presents for everybody else, but didn’t have time to think of themselves. Plus, they’ll be OK with getting their present after December 25.

Create bundle deals like:

  • $10 off orders over $50
  • $20 off orders over $100
Shopping holiday Boxing Day
Source: Office

Boxing Day

When is it? December 26, 2020

Boxing Day is celebrated in Canada, Australia, the UK, and several other countries. It’s similar to Black Friday Cyber Monday in terms of being a major shopping holiday where retailers offer great discounts.

With Black Friday Cyber Monday gaining more worldwide notoriety, Boxing Day spending has been decreasing. However, it still racks in the numbers and can boost post-Christmas sales if your audience is in Canada, the UK, or other countries where Boxing Day is observed.

What can you do?

Treat Boxing Day like you would a Cyber Week sale. Set up your discount and promote it through email and social media.

If you create Facebook ads for your Boxing Day campaigns, make sure you target specific countries that are relevant.

Keep in mind that Boxing Day is after Christmas, so your message shouldn’t be about buying gifts. Emphasize that this is a post-Christmas blowout and that it’s a great time to buy gifts for occasions to come in the new year.

Think outside the Black Friday Cyber Monday box

You’re not limited to one weekend of sales this holiday season! There’s a lot you can target in the lead-up to Christmas and in the days after. Whether it’s an engagement-boosting event like Halloween that doesn’t shine with as many sales or an up-and-coming holiday like Singles’ Day, there’s plenty you can do to drive customers to your store during the fourth quarter.


Curious about other shopping holidays left in 2020? Check out our ecommerce holiday marketing calendar for a full list of 2020 holidays and spending events!

Sintija is an SEO content specialist at Printful. Along with her team, she helps to create the best possible landing pages and SEO-friendly content.

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