To the cynic, Valentine’s Day is a gimmick created by card companies to cash in on cupid and guilt-trip the romantically-involved consumers out there. But it is a hugely successful seasonal sales period nonetheless. It represents a great opportunity for retail marketers to connect with their coupled customers – and even the single ones!
Enchant has lovingly compiled 7 nuggets of Valentine’s marketing inspiration, including numerous great Valentine’s Day marketing campaign examples. Take a look and get inspired:
Spice up your subject lines
It’s important for your email marketing subject lines to stand out during seasonal opportunities like Valentine’s Day. Including relevant keywords is crucial, but generic Valentine’s references won’t encourage subscribers to open your emails. Be playful, be innovative and hook subscribers by leveraging emotions and serving their needs during this period.
Here are a few examples of playful and click-worthy seasonal subject lines:
- Let's play cupid - Etsy
- Flirt with flavours this Valentine's Day - Ask Italian
- Hey, hot stuff! - Las Iguanas
Feel the love with emojis
When you’re creating seasonal content or promoting festive campaigns, you need to utilise the engagement power of emojis. The range of easily available emojis for different occasions means there is always plenty of scope for using them in your email subject lines or social media posts. Emojis are eye-catching, instantly engaging and boost the impact of your message.
Check out the following examples of Valentine's Day emojis in email subject lines:
Perk customer interest with incentives
There is no better way to encourage customers to convert during seasonal marketing opportunities than incentivising them. It is a period when consumers are in buying mode – if they are romantical inclined – but they need to be convinced that you have what they need and incentives are the perfect nudge tactic. Perk customer interest with a seasonal offering, visually-appealing content and a loyalty reward or customer discount that seals the deal. This email from Redbubble evokes urgency with the limited-time express shipping for Valentine’s:
The following tweet from online drinks retailer 31Dover gives Twitter users an incentive to follow the account and retweet the post for a chance to win a Valentine’ Day gift set:
Make Valentine’s content visually appealing
Make Valentine’s content visually appealing Valentine’s is the ideal time for delivering visual impact – especially in retail and particularly if your products are aesthetically pleasing. Fashion brands, restaurateurs and high-end jewellery stores are all in prime position for exciting customers with potential gifts, seasonal offers and must-have products for Valentine’s Day. Make sure your social content sings and you make sure your web pages wow your visitors.
Here is Charlotte Tilbury‘s bold and colourful homepage during the Valentine’s period:
Here is some tasty-looking visuals from an Ask Italian marketing email seeking to tantalise its subscribers:
And this is Las Iguanas spicing things up for their email subscribers:
Sprinkle your social posts with romance
Social media is great for engaging with your audience during seasonal opportunities, such as Valentine’s Day. Get in early and fill your social channel feeds with Valentine’s ideas and offers. Instagram is a power channel for grabbing the attention and interest of those in need of gift inspiration, as the visual nature of Instagram delivers impact and distraction-free content. Check these great examples, from Heroes Beauty and Jolly Brown of how it can be done:
Pull on the heartstrings with personalisation
Whether it’s personalised recommendations tailored to customer preferences and historical data or inserting personalisation in email subject lines and template copy, Valentine’s is a seasonal opportunity for marketers to deliver the personal touch to their customers. Here is a personalised Valentine’s email from Odeon below:
Be inclusive to the unlucky in love
Valentine’s Day is not for everyone. Some people don’t buy into the concept and some find it an unwanted reminder of not having a partner. But the event doesn’t have to be all about those who are lucky in love, it can be about finding love. Brands can cater for this too, offering something of interest to customers looking to find their match or engage with other single people.
Online dating businesses can leverage this for their own marketing offers or with ads, such as this one from Dominoes on Tinder:
Recent research from Bing revealed that single men in the US, on average, spend $71 and single women spend $40 on Valentine’s Day. So don’t just concentrate on couples! Look at this innovative Instagram post from Beer Hawk:
Our blog should have given you plenty of ideas for courting your customers and serenading your subscribers. Valentine’s Day might be a gimmick of sorts, but if you can help find the perfect gift your customers or remind the forgetful few of a thoughtful romantic gesture, then retailers and consumers alike can benefit.
We’ll leave you with this intriguing infographic from Bing, which will make you think about animals too during the Valentine’s Day marketing period:
Check out our related blog on seasonal opportunities in email marketing: Easter Email Marketing Campaign Tips and Examples.
If you want to optimise your seasonal subject lines, get our Ultimate Guide to Writing Email Marketing Subject Lines and see your open rate soar!
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