Elizabeth Marsten // Nov 23 2011
Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Thanksgiving, it’s fast approaching. I’m sure you’ve got your campaigns all pumped up with holiday-riffic ad copy burgeoning with sales and promo codes sitting in an Editor file, ready to go. And course, have your daily budgets set to skyrocket to keep up with demand.
People sure a love a deal. And they prove it at new heights every year- with stores now opening at midnight, crowds camping out the night before in freezing temperatures to be one of the first 5 people allowed into a Best Buy. Could be to save a few a bucks, a few hundred bucks or just to experience humanity at it’s best- stuffed with tryptophan after a 12hr day of family togetherness and alcohol. I personally refuse to do the midnight camp out, but I’m sure there are some fine individuals out there who enjoy the sport of it.
Instead, I’ll be “camping out” online with many other shoppers on Monday. Cyber Monday is great, you don’t have to deal with crowds, stand in line or even get it all on Cyber Monday. Sites will have great deals, promo codes and shipping offers right up until Dec. 23rd.
So how can you capitalize on this coming Cyber Monday and beyond?
It’s pretty simple, special deals at special hours, driven through PPC only. But it does require a plan.
Here’s an example product/site:
You sell DVDs. You’re doing a 20% of all boxed sets sale. Sale hours are 10pm EST- 3am EST with a second campaign for PST, same hours- 10pm PST-3am PST.
Take the keywords for the DVD box sets you want to sell the most of, create ad groups and ads around the same.
20% Off Harry Potter: Complete 8 Disc Series. 10pm-3am Tonight Only!
Dexter –Shop 10pm Tonight: Save 20% Off Midnight Madness Sale! Ends Soon.
Boxed Sets- 20% Off: Shop 10pm-3am Tonight Only & Save!
You get the idea.
Obviously something like this requires a bit of work on the front end to really pull off on this scale, but what’s to say you couldn’t do it on a smaller scale as well? Like with a promo code for example. Include the promo code in the ads, run them at night and your lower traffic, late night customers will get a treat. The trick being that no one turns around and submits the code to a coupon offer site immediately so you can get some good data off what a late night shopper with a promo code will do.
Happy Holiday PPC Planning!
Elizabeth supervises the overall search division at Portent, which includes PPC, SEO and Social Media. Check out her modest brag link bundle if you really want to know more: http://bitly.com/bundles/ebkendo/5 She has also written ebooks, is a regular on the Portent blog and speaks on PPC across the USA at various conferences. Read More