If you’ve not taken Black Friday particularly seriously to date, there are plenty of reasons to do so this year.

In 2017, £1.4 billion was spent online in the UK according to IMRG. This represented a staggering 11.7% rise on 2016.

This should be evidence enough to consider ways to capitalise on Black Friday. But as time runs out, what tactics can retailers deploy to ensure they benefit from the Black Friday furore?

Pushing Promotions

In the run up to Black Friday, as a retailer you need to place the promotions you are running front and centre. Why not use banners to catch the eye of site visitors? Make it clear where money can be saved and your Black Friday deals can be found. Push the bargains you have on your homepage and all the main, most-frequently visited parts of your ecommerce website. This should spark the interest of site visitors and heighten the chances of them finding a deal they like.

Boosting Conversion Rates

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the typical Black Friday shopper is impatient. This is reflected in statistics from Monetate, who have found that bounce rates increase by around 7% on Black Friday.

As an online retailer, you need to do what you can to make buying from your site as easy and hassle-free as possible around Black Friday.

According to The eCommerce Benchmark KPI study 2017, conversion rates can be increased by as much as 10% just by keeping a customer on your site for an additional 35 seconds. So ensure that your site’s speed and usability is where you need it to be. Ultimately, make sure your site is optimised to enable as many conversions as possible.

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And it almost goes without saying that on a shopping day such as Black Friday, you have to make the checkout experience as streamlined and easy as possible. The last thing you want is cart abandonment, so be sure your site’s checkout is functioning, smooth and free of unnecessary obstacles and difficulties for your customers ahead of Black Friday.

Include User Generated Content

Every shopper not only wants a quality product, but they also want to feel they can trust your brand.

This Black Friday, why not experiment with and implement user generated content? According to the Nielsen Consumer Trust Index, 92% of customers trust this form of content over traditional advertising methods.

Why not encourage customers to share pictures of your products? This is easy to do directly through social media or using banners on your site. This can increase brand awareness and create an online community around your brand.

Additionally, adding customer reviews in appropriate places can make a big difference and help increase conversions. If you can edit your site to include these, then customers can easily see how well these products have been received and decide whether to purchase accordingly.

Savvy Search and Product Recommendations

By adding product recommendations based on search keywords to results pages, you can enable site visitors to discover alternative items that might fit their purchasing requirements.

Equally, you can promote products that might be suited to being bought with the product in question. So for example, if they’re looking at a t-shirt, recommend a possible pair of trousers that can go with them.

This is all about providing customers with additional possibilities when they are already in a position to potentially commit to a purchase.

You can also add in product alternatives to your page. Introducing recommendations along the lines of ‘Not what you’re looking for? How about these?’ can keep a shopper interested in your product range and lower bounce rates.

Other tips and tricks

On Black Friday, you want to get visitors to the pages where all your best products and deals are. If they veer away from these pages, you need to get them back on track as quickly as possible. They won’t have much patience or tolerance for things going wrong.

One way to do this is by adding product recommendations to your 404 page. Naturally, you don’t want customers coming across 404 pages. But if they happen to do so, adding a recommendation or easy navigation to exciting parts of your site can help keep them on your page and potentially complete a purchase.

Black Friday is on its way, so consider which of these last minute recommendations you can add to your digital marketing strategy today. Put the customer experience front and centre, and make completing a purchase as straightforward and pain free as possible. This way, you can enable a handy spike in your revenue when the big day comes.

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