Let’s be honest, 2020 has really been like something out of a Halloween movie. A global pandemic, the world in crisis… every news report doom and gloom… yet that does not mean we are going to let COVID-19 ruin our holidays. Not one bit.
Families are still looking to lift their spirits this Halloween and let’s not forget that consumer spending on Halloween products has almost doubled since 2013. There is ample opportunity for retailers to cater to consumers growing needs and supply them with everything they need to have a spooktacular Halloween.
Here are some top tips to help retailers BOO-st retail sales this Halloween:
Spook-up your window display with Halloween-themed products, including items you already sell. Showcase the products your customers are sure to love the most, and enhance the décor using creepy spider webs, black and orange paper chains and why not get creative and carve some unique pumpkin designs.
Remember your window display may be the customers' first impression of your store, so let it work its magic by crafting a display to entice and delight!
Don’t stop with the Halloween theme simply on the storefront display. Allow the theme to ooze through your retail store to enhance the customers' experience when walking through. Create a Halloween ambience with soft lighting, apply decorations which appear in your window display throughout the store, and why not have a central Halloween display to create a centre of attention in your shop? Here you could display all of your Halloween goods in one place.
Extend your Halloween decor to your website to help you show have an offering for the season. Canva has a selection of free or paid for graphics for every season, and is an easy tool to use to make imagery for your website.
With so many video tutorials widely available for free on YouTube and by the platforms themselves, it is easy for anyone to get started with online advertising. Attract local people to visit your store by targeting their location demographic in the ads. If you want to do display advertising but lack the skills to create savvy graphics, check out Canva or hire a freelance graphic designer via Fiverr.
Get your employees in on the spirit of Halloween by asking them to dress up on the run-up to the 31st of October. Is there a theme you have in your store they should try and match? Or how about a costume which incorporates a face mask in a novelty way – are there fun characters who wear masks which could be incorporated into the costume?
You may even wish for some staff to act as their character to help heighten the sense of spook in your store. Think about how you can make your customers' experience more fun using fancy dress, which is unique to your store.
Promote your offering by conducting a giveaway on social media with the key products you want to sell in-store. A giveaway on Facebook will only cost you the price of the items and postage – the promotion can be entirely free if done the right way!
Some tips to reach as many people as possible include;
Are there any businesses you could collaborate with on your Halloween promotion? Consider offering a discount to a local pumpkin patch when customers buy from your store. Or see if there are any local events you could partner with to create goody bags for their event or include coupons for your store in their flyers or anything they plan on giving to their visitors.
Entice shoppers with a spooky discount, limited-time offer or a freebie, when they make a purchase. Remember to advertise this offering far and wide – on your social media, email marketing and in-store.
Once you have finalised your Halloween plan and offering, send an email out to all of your customers detailing what will be in store for them… (pun intended). Highlight any special offers, detail your giveaway and remember to include key dates.
Right now, it is a really great idea to post photos of your store on social media because people are using platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Tik Tok more than ever. It allows people a sneak peek of your offering from the comfort and safety of their homes, and could just be enough to entice down to your shop.
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