Digital Marketing Ideas to Boost Your Retail Sales in Fall

Posted by Neima Chowdhury - February 10, 2020 • 7-minute read

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2019 has been a tough year overall for retailers in Australia. In the fall season or March, April, and May last year, the retail industry saw slower growth than expected. Analysts attributed this to consumers' restraint in spending because of flat wages growth, falling house prices, debts, and other factors. 

While the year ended quite not well, there’s a glimmer of hope for the Australian retail industry. Deloitte Access Economics partner and Retail Forecasts principal author, David Rumbens, said in an article that 2020 is a promising year for retailers, and it might be the year of a turnaround. 

“We expect to see a much-needed improvement in the drivers of spending, providing the environment for a turn around the weak retail demand profile in 2020.”

Rumbens said that stronger wage growth, a reinvigorated housing market, and moderating price pressures will be the primary driver for the expected turn around.

However, retailers can’t just leave it all up to chance and to the consumers’ willingness to spend. You still need to implement a clear strategy that will bring attention to your store, and eventually, boost sales. 

Now, we’re approaching the fall season again—the season that spans the months mentioned earlier where slow growth was observed. This season may be quite challenging as last year, but it still is a good opportunity to ramp up your promotions. To help you, we’ve listed down some practical marketing ideas that you can implement this fall.

1) Take note of significant events

Make the most of the holidays to boost your sales. Based on Deloitte’s 2019 retail holiday survey, 81% of consumers expect that promotions will influence their holiday purchase. 74% of them are looking forward to price discounts while 72% included a free shipping offer on their wish list. Take advantage of these special days to send greetings and promote your products to your target audience. For easier reference, here are some dates to watch out and prepare for:

  • March 2 - Labour Day (Western Australia)
  • March 4-14 - Melbourne Fashion Week
  • March 9

- March Public Holiday (South Australia)

- Canberra Day

- Eight Hours Day (Tasmania)

- Labour Day (Victoria)

  • March 17 - St. Patrick’s Day
  • April 1 - April Fool’s Day
  • April - Music Festival Season
  • April - Wedding Holiday Season
  • May 4 - Star Wars Day
  • May 4 - Labour Day (Queensland)
  • May Day (Northern Territory)
  • May 10 - Mothers’ Day
  • May 19 - Click Frenzy Mayhem
  • May 29-31 - Melbourne Good Food and Wine Show

During these dates, you can give discounts, limited offers, and more as consumers expect them during holidays. Start planning as early as possible, so you can target your audience better. 

2) Consider creating a season-specific category for fall items

First things, first. If you don’t have a website yet for your retail store, you’re missing out on a lot. Consumers nowadays are using their smartphones and the internet to decide where to go and what to buy. A report from The ROBO Economy (Research Online Buy Offline) revealed that 82% of smartphone users research with their phones first before an in-store purchase while 45% read reviews before making a purchase.

A well-optimized website can help attract new customers by ranking well for a variety of search terms on the search engine results page. Plus, it improves your credibility and provides a channel to showcase your product.

Browsing eCommerce website through a tablet

Photo from Pexel.

In line with showcasing your products in time for fall, add a section on your eCommerce website where you can feature items that you think would be popular or needed this season. This will make it easier for your customers to find what they’re looking for right away, so they wouldn’t need to switch to another shop. 

The featured items on your website can change depending on the other significant events mentioned on our previous point. You can also opt to feature summer items at discounted prices for a limited time at the start of fall. This is to create a sense of urgency and scarcity while at the same time getting rid of other items on your inventory and boosting sales.

For your product listing, make your offer irresistible. You can use a copy that mentions “must-have items this season” or “what’s ‘in’ this fall” to further highlight the need and persuade your visitors to buy.

3) Leverage Google ads and social media

Having put up a website is just the first step to make your products seen. Deploy and maximize paid ads on both search engines and social media to attract new customers to your website. 

You can use Google’s Local Inventory advertising to get started. This solution from Google will show your products to customers who are searching within your location for the items you offer. They will also be redirected to a Google-hosted page where they can view your store information when they click on your products.

Aside from Google ads, you can consider using social media to amplify your message and reach your target audience. Run contests on social media or give out special coupons to encourage consumers to buy from you. You can also run social media ads or retargeting campaigns for a more targeted approach to getting new customers. 

eCommerce - small groceries cart beside a laptop and a phone

Photo from @snowing via Freepik.

4) Create educational content promoting your fall-related items

More than just putting your products out there, it would be good if you can add value to your customers. Consider writing and publishing content that will educate your website visitors on important topics that will coincide with the season. This may be in the form of tutorial videos, informational blogs, or even case studies.

At the end of each content, you can take the opportunity to promote a related product or an item that addresses the need discussed on the piece. Insert attention-grabbing call-to-action buttons that will encourage your users to buy. 

5) Utilize themed-newsletters

Your existing contact database is a gold mine if you know how to leverage them. Use the holidays and change of season to reach out to these contacts by sending them themed-newsletters.

In these newsletters, you can say thank you and as a special gift, give them a limited edition offer. This way, they’ll feel rewarded and you can boost your brand recall as you appear in their inboxes.

Aside from carefully crafting your limited edition offers and content for newsletters, make sure to also employ designs that are aesthetically-pleasing and functional. This is so they’d be encouraged to read your full email newsletter.

Final words

Seasons change and needless to say, your marketing plans should follow suit. Every season is an opportunity to be creative. Think of new ways to put your product out there and show how it can help address your consumers’ pain points. From there, create a marketing plan, examine its performance, and optimise as needed.

Need help with executing your marketing plans? StraightArrow provides holistic digital marketing support from website development and maintenance to strategy execution and creative design! Whether you need full-time creative support or project-based engagement, we’ve got you covered. Click the button below to schedule a no-obligation consultation with us.

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Topics: Digital Marketing, Retail Digital Marketing

Written By

Neima Chowdhury

Neima Chowdhury

Neima Chowdhury is a Content Marketing Associate at StraightArrow. She enjoys creating written and verbal content for various media platforms, for all stages of inbound marketing, and helping clients deliver their brand messages. When she’s not working on new content, you’ll find her either reading, listening to music, or watching the latest Korean drama.

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