General

7 steps Christmas marketing campaign to boost sales on your website

Content:

  1. The big plan 
  2. Draw attention and collect data
  3. Things get heated. Stimulate buyer decision
  4. The sale is over. Is it the end?
  5. Now it’s your turn!

Except for the Grinch, we all love Christmas ⛄ You can feel it in the air. The vibes of happiness and generosity make your customers fall into the big spender mood. Dashly team also gave in to that impulse. 

Preparing for the Christmas sale, we walked through the popular e-Сom websites in the customer’s shoes. I mean, we’ve analyzed each step of their journey to the purchase on eСommerce websites. That helped us find out the universal guidance on promoting any Christmas sale idea you can use right now!

Read on to find your perfect Christmas sale promotion strategy.

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The big plan 

When sales ideas can be different, the variety of formats for its promotion are quite the same. The critical thing here is to pick a winning combination.

Goal: To boost sales during the Christmas holidays

How: Collect new leads and convert them into customers, reactivate indicative ones. 

To make this right, we have a clear strategy covering each step of the customer journey on a website:

Marketing funnel stageGoalAd format
Lead generationAttract attention
Lead to the landing page
Collect personal data 
Welcome pop-up
Chatbot quiz
Conversion into
the purchase
Create a sense of urgency
and convert that FOMO
into the purchase
Promo emails/pop-ups
Cart abandoned emails/pop-up
RetentionWin the customers backCross-sale email newsletter
Increase loyaltyInform, thanks,
congratulate customers
Informational pop-up
Thank-you email newsletter

So what’s the plan? There is a universal promotion campaign that works for holiday sales in every field:

  1. Highlight Christmas offer
  2. Rush customer decision by a discount increase
  3. Activate those who have ignored previous steps

Let’s go into more specific techniques on how to maximize your promotions at each stage.

Draw attention and collect data

No matter how creative your idea is, it won’t sell without eye-catching promotion. No matter if it is a promo landing page or a discount section of your website, it should be easy to find. Thus, it’s time for the red carpet to lead your website visitors there.

But how, when there is a progressive banner blindness problem intending to ruin your plans?
Don’t worry. We found a cure. A personalized strategy to consume the context of each customer step on your website. 

Step №1. Welcome pop-up window

Beautiful, isn’t it?

Christmas online marketing ideas

I’ve made it without a designer: it took 5 minutes to choose a free background at Crello, upload it to the Dashly’s pop-up builder to add a clickable button.

When to show – Session started
Whom to show –
Website visitors whose emails you already have

But what if visitors are new to your website? 

Get to know them closer (enrich your clients’ mailing list), of course! Seize the day and offer them a discount promo code in exchange for an email address:

Client marketing christmas website ideas
That is an email capture pop-up window created in 3 minutes in Dashly’s pop-up builder using a free Crello background again

When to show – Session started
Whom to show –
Website visitors whose emails you don’t have

You can easily to set up this trigger just after the pop-up content created: 

Marketing ideas for christmas

In the list of ready-made triggers, choose the necessary one, and set the pop-up delay time. Otherwise, it will look as intrusive.

That would be a perfect campaign. But what if it didn’t work? Accept the defeat? 

No way!

Step №2. Entertain website visitors with a quiz

People that ignored the previous step don’t like pop-ups or don’t trust your brand. In both cases, it means you should step aside in your attempt to sell. Change the mood; try to play with potential customers. 

How?

500% leads increase has got Neil Patel using quiz on his website.

That inspired us. So, the following format is a quiz.

You may say: “that’s too long and technically difficult”. No, it’s a matter of 5 minutes with a lead bot.

How a quiz made with Dashly’s Leadbot looks:

It is about Christmas questions and the present: 70% OFF coupon code a winner gets on email. The same thing as with email collection pop-up, but in the form of entertaining conversation.

When to show – 1 min. after welcome pop-up
Whom to show –
Website visitors who didn’t leave contacts 

These settings are easy to set up in the Dashly admin panel on the 3rd step of the Leadbot creation:

Christmas campaign

You can do a similar one for free in the Dashly Leadbot builder. Just use system tips to navigate and create your quiz.

Now you have customer contacts, but where are the sales?

Time to turn this party up!

Things get heated. Stimulate buyer decision

The plan suggest that some of your website visitors have visited your sale landing, got a coupon, and purchased. The others didn’t buy anything. So, the next step will be to hurry them up.

Step 3. Send promo email newsletters

Remind subscribers about discounts and show relevant products in sales. Here is how this email can look like: 

When do the 12 days of christmas
You can create the same one customizing Dashly ready-made templates.
Design credit from
reallygoodemails

When to send – 7 days leading up to Christmas
Whom to send –
Website visitors whose emails you don’t have

Christmas marketing copy matters a lot. To support the magic spirit in the email and focus on the value, use the next phrases in the subject line: new, free, off, sale, now, holiday, save, day, more, up to, gift, shipping, only, Christmas, last, get, today, win, select + 🎅 🎄💫 🎁 ❄️, etc.

If it doesn’t work, it’s time to bust out the big guns… 

Step 4. Sudden discounts increase

It’s a classic play on the FOMO phenomenon. Announcing your clients about the discounts increase just before the sale ends, you give them the last chance to buy.

It can be a pop-up window:

Start for marketing
Background image credit from Crello

When to send – 2 days before Christmas
Whom to send –
Website visitors that didn’t buy 

Dashly users can easily set up these configurations on the next steps of the pop-up creation.

Choose the trigger event:

Christmas marketing

And the audience billing status:

What is the 12 days of christmas marketing

For those who haven’t visited your website, you can send an email newsletter:

Campaign
To create a similar one, you can use any of the Dashly
email newsletter templates or ready-made campaigns.

When to send – 2 days before Christmas
Whom to send –
Subscribers who didn’t buy 

So it worked. Your subscribers are on the sale landing page, adding products to a cart. Seize the moment!

Step 5. Cross-sale

When your website visitors add something to a cart, it’s a good move to show them an alternative or a complementary product. But for this, you need data. Track their behavior on the website.

And the fastest solution here is a pop-up offering a complement to a chosen product. Here is how easily you can create it: 

Ideas for christmas

When to send – Product is added to a cart
Whom to send –
All website visitors

If they purchased a product, it’d be good to suggest the relevant items in an email newsletter:

Marketing campaign ideas
Credit from reallygoodemails.com

When to send – Product is added to a cart
Whom to send –
Personally to the subscriber who perform rhis action

The sale is over. Is it the end?

No, it’s the beginning of a long beneficial friendship with those who purchased and those who didn’t. 

The best way to show your interest is to give one more day for those who missed the Christmas sale deadline.

Step 6. Last chance messages

The best option is to use both pop-up and email. Click to see the details:

EmailPop-up
When to sendAfter ChristmasAfter Christmas
Whom to sendSubscribers who
ordered nothing
Website visitors whose
emails you don’t have

It’s important to highlight the offer deadline in both cases. 

It’s enough for the Christmas sale promotion. Time to enjoy the holiday.

Step 7. Informational support

Tell your customers about the work schedule on holidays, delivery details, any other activities that can prevent them from purchasing your product.

How? Show a pop-up:

Christmas marketing ideas
You can find this image at Crello and use it as a background for a pop-up at Dashly

When to send – Exit intent
Whom to send –
Website visitors who haven’t purchased

And the most important. Don’t forget to wish your customers a Happy Holidays 🎄

It can be a brief email with a simple word of gratitude. The one like Infinity Nation sent to its subscribers last year. 

Just look at the simple design and copy of this email newsletter:

After christmas sales
Credit from reallygoodemails.com

When to send – Right before Christmas
Whom to send – 
All subscribers

It’s pretty easy to repeat with Dashly. 

Just choose one of the ready-made email templates, customize it:

Marketing for christmas

That’s all, seven steps to convert website visitors into customers during the holiday season. 

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Now it’s your turn!

Let’s sum up all the steps to see the big picture of your Christmas sale promotion campaign:

  1. A welcome pop-up with a link to the sales landing page or a field for an email address.
  2. A Leadbot quiz for those who have ignored the welcome pop-up.
  3. Send promo email newsletter.
  4. Notify potential customers about the discount increase with a pop-up and email newsletter.  
  5. Schedule the cross-sale pop-up and email when a website visitor adds something to a cart.
  6. Tell them about a last chance discount day via pop-up and email.
  7. Wish your subscribers Happy Holidays via email newsletter.

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Anastasia Sukhareva
Author: Anastasia Sukhareva
Content Marketer
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