This year, the National Retail Federation projects that consumers are prepared to spend over 15.7 billion dollars in gifts this Valentine’s Day season, and with over 845 million monthly active users on Facebook, it’s time for shop owners on the network to take note.
With Valentine’s Day just under a week away, here are three ways to romanticize your Facebook shop and drive last minute buyer traffic to your store in time to cash in on sales before the holiday.
Encourage Likes, Shares And Suggestions
Facebook’s natural format, optimized for sharing and suggesting serves as a perfect environment for both getting and giving gift ideas.
Shop owners can take advantage of the Facebook news feed to publish gift guides and package popular items as coordinated gifts for that special day, urging shoppers to connect and share their finds.
Additionally, shops can connect their Facebook shop to their main web site, linking users to published posts with content themed for the upcoming love day. .
Offer A Free Gift
For boyfriends, wives, fiancés, secret admirers and parents, Valentine’s Day is a cherished day for gift giving and as customers are looking to buy, they’re also looking for the best buy.
Offer shoppers an incentive to purchase from your storefront. Whether it’s an entry for a weekend trip to wine country, a 15 percent discount or simply free shipping for the customer — shoppers will be more inclined to purchase from your store.
For example, Méli Jewelry’s love-themed blog posts to Facebook and subsequent offer for free shipping through Valentine’s Day has already driven countless customers to purchase everything from watches to bracelets on its Facebook shop.
Design A Valentine’s Day Storefront
Draw in those rose-colored glasses and lovestruck shoppers with a themed storefront, recognizing the upcoming holiday and giving customers a virtual window-shopping experience.
Stores can utilize online site building and do-it-yourself design tools from numerous free storefront software providers to create a Valentine’s-themed microsite in a matter of minutes, producing a gift-giving guide for their Facebook storefront and planting their shop directly in consumers’ search feeds.
Shop owners have the opportunity to get creative with visual collage platforms such as Pinterest, to showcase suggested gifts for that special someone in a simple, eye-catching format.
Take advantage of this shopping occasion and give your Facebook shop a rosy tint this Valentine’s!
Guest writer Joe White, is chief operating officer, chief financial officer and co-founder of Moonfruit.
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