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60 DAYS FOR SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY MARKETING

If you’ve already worked through the initial planning stages for a successful Small Business Saturday, here’s what you’ll want to accomplish over the next 60 days leading up to the event!

Small Business Saturday (SBS) is one of the most important marketing events for you to leverage over the next few months. After all, you likely already have marketing plans in place for the fall season, winter holidays, and into the new year, but by taking advantage of this retail-driven holiday, you can bring awareness to your brand that simply may not have been there before. More and more people are in the mindset to shop local, so make sure your business is ready with a successful Small Business Saturday marketing plan.

Create Memorable Touchpoints

With any marketing event comes an opportunity for you to flex your creative muscles and engage with your clients in a meaningful and memorable way. If you operate a physical location or retail storefront, create countdown calendars that can be hung in the store and deliver a new message each day. Include small discounts, promotions, or giveaways tied to the countdown. Anything you can do to keep the SBS holiday and your related promotional offerings in mind will pay off down the road. A simple solution is to add some brand swag – a pen, button, or personalized candy wrappers – to their checkout bag.

Use Direct Mail Marketing

To generate buzz and excitement for the upcoming Small Business Saturday holiday, consider creating a direct mail campaign that will target either those in your geographic area and/or those who have a high likelihood to buy. Add a sales incentive to the mailers, create high-quality images that deliver a professional tone, and include coupons or discounts good for SBS. Use whatever asset you design as a flyer, as well, to hang in your window and where allowed on community bulletin boards.

Leverage Social Media

One way to shine a light on the upcoming holiday is by linking SBS to your social media profile and related posts. Start by creating new blogs that tout the value of Small Business Saturday or demonstrate the importance of small businesses to the economy. Twitter and Facebook can also be used to effectively market your business, and you can embed links that will route back to your landing page or promotional site.

Add Value with Cross-Promotion

Now is the time to focus on the cross-promotion part of the equation. Whether that means you’re driving foot traffic into a location near you, or you’re directing clients to a partner’s website or store front, the tighter the networking web the better off you’ll be. A fun idea is to design themed bags with your company’s logo, tagline, or affiliation with what it means to “shop local.” Also, consider hosting an in-store SBS party with other vendors/businesses offering customers home-baked treats and favors for stopping by.

Get Excited

This is your time to shine, so plan events, activities, and promotions that will draw others to your business. Show how excited you are, and don’t be bashful when explaining how your small business helps the local community. You’d be amazed at how much goodwill you can generate when you put a local spin on something. For example, by simply designating 5% of the profits from SBS to a local school or worthy cause, you may drive in significantly greater numbers of shoppers than you ever thought possible. Not to mention getting into the holiday spirit of giving back to the community.

November 26, 2016 represents an incredible opportunity to grow your business and increase awareness of the importance of small business in America. Get creative in your Small Business Saturday marketing approach, leverage social media and traditional media options, offer customized promotional marketing gifts to reward client interest and loyalty, partner with others, and put a plan in place today that you will benefit from later.

90 Days Until Small Business Saturday – Get Marketing!

This small business-focused holiday can be just the thing to kick-start your company’s sales – what marketing do you have planned?

Whether you’re a fan of Visa, MasterCard, or American Express, small business owners everywhere should tip their collective hats to the latter card issuer, as AMEX created a “holiday” six years ago strictly focused on boosting awareness and engagement with small businesses across the nation. Today, small businesses can now utilize Small Business Saturday marketing to boost foot traffic and sales.

Small Business Saturday (SBS) takes place between Black Friday and Cyber Monday each year, and the goal is simple – let the big box retailers have the Friday after Thanksgiving, and the online sites have the Monday after Turkey Day, but then persuade shoppers to choose local small businesses for their Saturday-after-Thanksgiving shopping needs.

If you own or operate a small business, consider this day as a holiday devoted just to you. To maximize it, you’ll want to keep the following key marketing concepts in mind when November 26th rolls around this year:

1.  Plan Your Small Business Saturday Marketing

Don't Get Caught Without a Plan - Start Today!

Don’t Get Caught Without a Plan – Start Today!

With 90 days to prepare for the holiday, decide how you want to promote your business in conjunction with the holiday. It is important to realize that not all people know about Small Business Saturday, so use the time leading up to the day as an opportunity to fill them in.

Remind your customers of the day by creating flyers and handing out Small Business Saturday promotional items such as pens that can be handed out quickly and easily. A custom batch of postcards, for instance, can (inexpensively) serve this purpose and will remind the customer of your business far beyond November 26th.

Now is the time to start seeing which promotional products you want to use and order in advance for Small Business Saturday.

2.  Cross Promote Your Business

This buzzy-sounding phrase is actually perfectly suited for your Small Business Saturday marketing plan. Find complementary businesses in your area and find a way to boost awareness of both companies by promoting each other!

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For example, if you run an automotive repair business, consider partnering with the car wash down the street to offer discounted washes with each oil change at your shop. You’ll both benefit, and the customers will have an opportunity to learn about both of your businesses.

3.  Prepare Your Social Marketing

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Image provided by npo.io

Clients today are as smart as ever – especially when it comes to using social media tools to add value to their shopping experience. Well in advance of the Small Business Saturday holiday, create Facebook posts or Tweets that encourage others to share information about this special day.

Keep in mind that the Small Business Saturday Facebook page alone has more than 3 million followers. Linking to this site or using hashtags like #SmallBusinessSaturday or #SmallBizSaturday is a great idea to boost your marketing efforts.

4.  Build upon Small Business Saturday

If you’ve already participated in Small Business Saturday in previous years, make sure you promote it this year to create a snowball effect of new business. Or, if you’re already a vocal supporter of small businesses in your area, use this time to communicate the importance of shopping locally-owned companies by showing the correlation between these businesses and the local economy. Use the holiday as a means to continually remind your local area why “grass roots” is the way to go.

Small Business Saturday is 90 days away, and now is the perfect time to gear up your Small Business Saturday marketing, plan accordingly, and start creating awareness of the importance of shopping locally.

Small Business Saturday 2015

small biz satSmall Business Saturday celebrates all that is unique and important about our domestic small businesses – and it has helped to shine a light on this key component of our economy since 2010. Promote your small business this November!

On November 27, 2010, American Express decided to launch a unique and focused campaign that encouraged individuals across the nation to support small, local businesses. The day became official in 2011, with a huge outpouring of support from government officials, business leaders, and more – all with the mission to help encourage greater patronage of small businesses in America. Between November 24 and November 25, 2012, research shows that just under 74 million people went out to shop at a small business. In 2013, 1,450 local organizations formed to lend support to Small Business Saturday – creating rallying groups called Neighborhood Champions. And in 2014, an estimated $14.3 billion was spent at small independent businesses on that year’s Small Business Saturday. The impact of this program has been far-reaching and has helped small businesses to increase their viability within their market – as well as their overall visibility.

If you own a small business and want to make this year’s Small Business Saturday as lucrative as possible, make sure that you champion this day by promoting your business as effectively as possible. Create a social media campaign that encourages potential shoppers to snap a selfie in front of your business for the chance to win something of value. Or, host day kickoff breakfast to get everyone in the shopping mood the morning of the event. You can order a wide variety of promotional marketing gifts to help support this important day, or send marketing materials or gifts to as many key players within your target market as possible, several days or weeks before the event begins. The idea is to encourage as many people to visit localized, small businesses as possible.

If you are considering ordering promotional marketing gifts to help boost your visibility on this important day, first start by creating a plan. Who’s your target market? What do they value and what will help to drive them to your front door? Are they reachable via social media or will your typical customers prefer to receive a physical reminder of the event? Once you have created a plan, make sure that you create excitement before the big day by sending out promotional gifts, targeted promotional emails, or create social media posts that will drive consumers towards your business. Lastly, make your business hard to resist. Implement an in-store event or big sale, and reward new customers with promotional gifts just for stepping foot within your front door. Make sure that you don’t neglect repeat customers, so think about creating a referral prize or offer that rewards existing clients for their continued business and support.

This November 28th will likely prove to be an incredible day for small businesses across the nation. But to make sure that your business stands out from the rest, create a plan, build excitement, and make your business irresistible when compared to your competitors. Promotional marketing gifts, social media campaigns, and more, will help you to do just that.

3 Ways to Boost Small Business Saturday in Your Favor

lpg paragon penLike the quote says, “Build your own dream or someone else will hire you to build their’s.”

It’s not easy to break out of the mold, quit the typical 9-5 desk job, and start your own business.  As many risks and fears, there are associated with starting your own business, there are far more gratification and satisfaction.

In general, people want to support small businesses. But when it comes down to price, small businesses, as you well know, have a hard time competing with your industries big players.

Fortunately, Small Business Saturday has gained a lot of growth, recognition, and participation over the past few years. This year you need to take advantage of everything this specially designated day has to offer your small business.

FIRST – Social Media

Use Social Media to get involved in small business groups and list in small business directories. Use social media to advertise your small business Saturday offerings. Maybe host a coffee or wine event at your store on Saturday morning or evening, or maybe it is an early morning discount.

SECOND – Stage

Make your store holiday fabulous. From Christmas music to decorations, that time between Thanksgiving and the December holidays is short – it is important to join in the festivities.  Embrace the spirit of holidays to invite customers into your establishment and engage with the atmosphere.

THIRD – Incentives for Repeat Customers

Have a special for return customers. Maybe offer 50% off one item next time they visit the store, or even if it’s 10% off their entire purchase, having this added special is bound to have customers return. Feeling creative? Put your special for repeat customers on a business promotional item. Have the Deal or Special printed on our Paragon Pen or other best-selling products!

Small Business Saturday Tips

Small Business Saturday is almost here! This Saturday, November 24, marks the 3rd annual day that this event will be held.  As small business owners, planning and developing ways to effectively enhance your business image is a vital process in attracting and procuring customers during this day.

Inform the Customer, Raise Awareness:

Letting people know that Small Business Saturday is on November 24, or this Saturday is crucial.  Many people are aware of national events such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but being that Small Business Saturday is only in its third year, they still might be unaware.  When customers come into your store during this week, let them know that the event is going to be going on this Saturday and find ways to raise awareness.

Create Something Tangible:

Whether an advertisement, fliers, a storefront sign, or a creative display, let people know what Small Business Saturday is all about. Tangible items and/or products better inform the community and provide them with added information needed in decision-making processes.

Provide a Takeaway:

During this week leading up to the event and also on the day of, provide your customers with something that will allow them to remember YOU. Takeaways allow customers to ingrain your business into the back of their minds and remember what you have to offer them.

Build Relationships:

Lasting relationships will not only benefit business success but will also highlight your business proficiency and effectiveness for meeting needs. Make the customer and community feel as though it is family.

So let us “shop small” and show support within our community by helping those who give so much to us!

 

Small Business Saturday!

November 24, 2012 is a day dedicated towards showing our support for small business nationwide. Small Businesses create more jobs and opportunities than any other business in the nation.

With the support of American Express, last year over one hundred million people came together and dedicated their efforts shopping “small.”

National Pen recognizes that the majority of our customers are in fact small businesses. Whether you need promotional tools, items for giveaways, or products to highlight your small business, let us serve you with all your needs! Come visit us @National Pen

Get ready for Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 26, has been dubbed Small Business Saturday – a day all about supporting YOU. For the second year, US consumers will be encouraged to shop small and support the local businesses who continue to create jobs and boost our economy.

Next weekend marks one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year so make sure you make the most of it. Check out tips on how to promote your business in the days leading up to this event and take advantage of the opportunity to put a lasting message in the hands of the new customers that come through your door. There’s still time to use our Rush service to purchase personalized gifts that ship in just 48 hours.

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Our Monthly Patriotic Pocket Planner is a great way to say “thanks for your support” all year long.

However you choose to welcome your customers, we hope that Small Business Saturday is a huge success for you. Kudos to American Express Open for rallying us all to support small businesses nationwide.