Preparing for the Winter Marketing Slump
The holiday season is over. It was over before it got here for many, since; we noticed Christmas displays coming down and Valentine’s displays going up before 12/25 even rolled around. Even worse? Once people have finished running around and making exchanges and using their holiday gift cards, things seem to slow down even more. January, for many, can be pretty sluggish. So what can you and your business do to survive and push through?
Maintain Your Momentum
Don’t let slow sales be an excuse for a lack of marketing. If anything, you need to step things up a notch so that you can stay visible and memorable. This is the time for a clever new ad, but not necessarily for a huge-ticket deal. People have just spent a ton of money on the holidays, so they’re not necessarily looking for new deals but might be enticed by something great or creative. Just don’t take the month off and go to sleep because you think people are “over” the holidays.
January is Boring
It’s sort of true. Think about it. You start with Halloween costumes, plan a gigantic Thanksgiving feast, and spend weeks choosing the perfect gifts and decorating your home. Once it’s all over and the lights come down, you’ve got… well… nothing but grey skies, cold, ice, and snow. There’s nothing to look forward to in January – unless, of course, you make something up. And that’s just what you need to do. Embrace the season, push the New Year, and keep your customers excited. It’s a tough job, but we know you can do it.
Your 2016 Marketing Plan
When designing your 2016 marketing plan, be sure to keep your holiday sale plans realistic. The more you undervalue yourself to give a great deal, the less people will want to buy from you in between great deals. Your brand has value and you need to treat it that way all year long. If you didn’t go over-board in December, you should be able to maintain decent momentum into January and beyond.
Debunk the Myths
Truth? Your business doesn’t have to suffer through a January or winter slump. It’s our motivation levels and efforts that usually take a toll after the holiday season and that can have a negative impact on the way our business runs. Analyze your statistics from years past, know how your customers see your business, and tailor what you have to offer to make it appealing for the winter.
Not sure how to do that? Give WSI New Media a call. We’ll help you analyze your marketing campaigns, create new strategies, and keep your customers interested throughout the entire year!