This year has been a whirlwind to say the least. While we’re not entirely out of the woods yet, 2021 brings promise and hope. Especially for marketers, there’s one last occasion that brands can’t forget: Q5. We generally define Q5 as the time between Christmas and New Year’s where consumers are typically laying low after the holiday splurge.
However, people are still shopping, just with a slightly different mindset.
The beginning of the year brings opportunities for brands to reach the consumers who are shopping with “new year, new me” in mind. Holiday money and gift cards are burning a hole in shoppers’ pockets, and consumers are returning to stores to complete exchanges.
2020 is an especially interesting year as brands navigate the shift from offline to online, and consumers spend increasing time on social media.
In fact, 48% of consumers say they’re now more open to engaging with social media ads, and 51% have made purchases from ads. With that in mind, it’s important for marketers to be where the consumer is: in-feed and on Stories.
Furthermore, this year on Singles Day, ecommerce cost per mille (CPM) increased by over a third compared to 2019 – a 36% YoY increase to be exact. Ecommerce CPM rates have been on a sharp rise since August and back-to-school season, indicating a more competitive holiday shopping season than year’s past.
Brands should have their eyes set on what’s ahead. With deals, targeted promotions and personalized messaging, there are a ton of opportunities to extend the 2020 sales cycle and reach a new group of inspired customers.
Below, I’ve outlined the best ways to set up a successful Q5 campaign:
This Q5, it’s vital that brands are as efficient as possible to recoup sales lost earlier this year. The sooner you prepare your assets for Q5, the better off you’ll be. In fact, put the same preparation into your Q5 campaigns that you did for the holiday season. You’ll also want your ads to be approved well ahead of December 26th.
However, while it’s important to treat Q5 like the holidays in terms of timing it’s important to keep in mind that during this time shoppers have different motivations and mindsets than in Q4 when they were holiday shopping for friends and family.
The beginning of the year is all about personal growth and aspirations, and shoppers are looking to make purchases for themselves.
Brands have the opportunity to make some noise and start the year strong with a full-fledged campaign. This historically forgotten time is gaining traction in recent years and you don’t want to be left behind! With so much competition, it’s important that advertisers enter the market early with specific initiatives and language, so that you and your products will be top of mind.
The beginning of the year is all about personal growth and aspirations, and shoppers are looking to make purchases for themselves – New Year’s resolutions and planning the upcoming year are extremely top of mind. When planning your creatives, remember that consumers may be more receptive to motivational and inspirational language about reaching their goals.
Although the new year, new me mindset has traditionally been relevant for industries such as education, fitness, nutrition, wellness, and beauty, the new year opens a door of opportunities for most verticals.
In addition to the “New Year, New Me” mindset, consumers might also be more open to try something new – we call it the “Why Not” mindset. As the motivation for shopping may be different in Q5, keep in mind that preferences and strategies to lower the barrier to entry are still the same (sales! free shipping!).
In this case of Q5 and personal growth, consumers are more tuned into making impulse or quicker decisions that could help them on their path. Consider offering a free or discounted first-month on subscription, discounts on bundling, or trial products.
Above all, by having everything set before the holiday break, marketers can enjoy their holidays and simply deploy the campaign when back at work.
With the help of automation technology, brands can set hourly or daily alerts and actions based on performance goals, increase bids and budgets, and activate or pause ads. This also allows marketers to automatically stop underperforming ads and allocate those budgets to the best-performing ones.
The holiday shopping season doesn’t end on December 25, and this year brands need to make everyday count. To get the most out of Q5, plan, plan, plan! The earlier you prepare and get into the market for Q5, the better off you’ll be. Brands that get ahead this year and utilize the power of Q5, will be primed to finish out this tumultuous year on a high note.
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