holiday marketing calendar

It’s that wonderful time of year again. As Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, college football starts this weekend. In fact I haven’t turned on my air conditioning in the last 4 days. This really is the most most wonderful time of the year.

It’s also the busiest time for e-commerce stores all over the world. For most e-commerce websites this is the time of year to be going all in on their marketing efforts. Last year the 8 weeks before Christmas accounted for 24% of all e-commerce sales. And this year it’s supposed to grow.

So to help you prepare for the impending storm, we’ve created  a calendar spreadsheet to help you remember all the dates to be focussing on and our suggestions on how to leverage it for your e-commerce growth.

Your Holiday Calendar for E-Commerce

Date

Holiday

Notes

Sept 2

College Football Starts

The weekend is the unofficial end of summer. College football kickoff is a great way to promote back to school sales.

Sept 4

Labor Day

Time for those end of summer clearance sales, get the inventory you want out to “make room for the new”

Sept 7-10

NFL Season Begins

For many Americans this is an unofficial holiday, if you sell any licensed apparel or can find a tie-in it’s a great weekend to use it.

Sept 20

Rosh Hashanah Begins

The Jewish New Year is an early kickoff to the holiday season.

Oct 13

Friday the 13th

This year we have a Friday the 13th in October so get spooky. Also – it’s 2 weeks before halloween so your shipping can be rolled in

Oct 31

Halloween

It’s the unofficial start of holiday shopping, and halloween generates nearly $7 billion in annual sales.

Nov 11

Veteran’s Day

First holiday in November, and military discounts can help you drive some early November sales.

Nov 23

Thanksgiving

Send out your last Black Friday Emails

Nov 24

Black Friday

Last year almost $2 billion in e-commerce sales. Push hard for your slice.

Nov 25

Small Business Saturday

If you’re a small e-commerce business now’s the time to capitalize on both.

Nov 27

Cyber Monday

This is the big one. Your emails this whole weekend need to be on point. There’s thousands of people vying for the inbox

Nov 28

Giving Tuesday

Consider finding a charity that you agree with, donate a portion of your sales to them. Promote it to your customers so that their spending can have positive impact.

Dec 12

Hanukkah Begins

Hanukkah emailing should be done in line with your Christmas promotions. It ends 2 weeks earlier so account for it in shipping.

Dec 14

Shipping Day

It’s 10 days before Christmas, and most standard shipping will get there in time. So create a sense of urgency that this is the last day to ensure delivery by Dec 23rd

Dec 15

Free Shipping Day

Packages shipped today will probably get there on Christmas Eve. This is your last chance to create that urgency with your visitors and shoppers.

Dec 21

Winter Solstice

Winter is here. Holiday stress is in full swing. Promoting e-gift cards for those last minute shoppers to stuff stockings and get something for grouchy Aunt Betty

Dec 23

Festivus

It’s the holiday for the rest of us. Digital purchases, gift cards, etc should be pushed, and grievances aired.

Dec 24

Christmas Eve

This is your last shot for gift cards, software downloads, or digital subscriptions. Use it wisely.

Dec 25

Christmas Day

Chill out and get ready for tomorrow.

Dec 26

Boxing Day

Want to get rid of the straggling stock in your inventory? This week is gold for bargain shoppers, and a good way to clean out the old inventory in time for tax season.

Jan 1

New Year’s Day

Kick off 2018 with a bang by running some inventory specials around the products you need to get rid of.

Tis the Season

It may seem like the holidays are long way off, but that’s not the case. It can seem hard to get in the holiday spirit in August, but just turn  on some Harry Connick Jr. and turn the air conditioning up. Planning your marketing calendar is vital to the success of any company. This is our busy season.

So let’s haul out the holly, think of turkey and pumpkin pie, and get marketing!

Published 08/28/17 by Eric Lynch