Get your pencils sharpened and your campaigns buttoned-up – back-to-school shopping season will be here before you know it! Did you know shoppers spend more on back-to-school and back-to-college than consumers spend on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Valentine’s Day combined?! And 72% of consumers will shop online at least once during back-to-school! (NRF)

We have 7 things to keep in mind for back-to-school campaigns – and no, we won’t quiz you on it later (maybe).

 

1) Know the Biggest Shopping Days

According to RetailMeNot, the 3 biggest back-to-school shopping days are:

  1. Amazon Prime Day (mid-July).
  2. The first weekend of August (August 3rd-5th).
  3. Labor Day Weekend (August 30th-September 2nd)

If you’re not Amazon, that doesn’t mean your campaigns should get the day off! A quarter of back-to-school and college shoppers plan to use Prime Day to shop online deals at other retailers (NRF). For the first weekend of August and Labor Day weekend, plan to offer deals and content like articles with suggestions, inspiration, and trends ready to share (tip: try a listicle!)

2) Offer Deals

Back-to-school buyers are looking for deals. 65% of shoppers said that final price is the biggest determining factor in their back-to-school purchases and 70% said they look for more savings during this season than they do during other times of the year. So don’t get left behind: 80% of retailers will offer discounts. (RetailDive). Now is the time to offer enticing discounts and place them in your headlines and creative copy.

3)  Location Matters

Remember that the first day of school differs by region! Northeast, Midwest, and Pacific Northwest schools tend to open their doors in early September, while the South, Northwest, and Alaska begin mid to late August. Parts of Arizona and Hawaii start as early as Late July. Plan your sales and target your campaigns to regions accordingly. (Check CNN’s handy start date map).

4) So Does Time of Day

Who’s your target? Moms? Kids? College-age sophomores? For example, consider “dead times” like after school pick up and morning drop off might not be a great time to target your content; shoot instead for midday or evening shopping times.

→ For tips on driving awareness and sales, check out How To Drive Awareness and Sales: E-Commerce + Native Best Practices

5) Mobile Matters

More than half browse back-to-school items on their smartphones because they can do it on the go, and 46% prefer mobile shopping because it allows them to multitask (RetailMeNot). Adjust accordingly!

→ For more mobile-related stats and advice, check out our Mobile is the Move blog post and Infographic.

6) Yes, You Have Content

Before you say you don’t have content – you do. You have a name and you have a website! For back-to-school season, create some articles or videos that inspire shoppers and establish you as a source of expertise.

Some ideas: back-to-school fashion trends, child safety, wellness, and nutrition tips, money-saving tips, time-saving hacks, and advice from parents and experts like pediatricians or teachers!

7) Maximize Your Content

“If content is King, then content distribution is King Kong,” Bidtellect’s CEO Lon Otremba says. Use a Native Advertising strategy to create content previews that match the form and function of the site they’re placed on. Contextual targeting ensures they are placed on relevant sites that readers will want to engage with, and Native Ads intrigue readers even when they have “banner blindness.” Did you know Native ads register an 18% higher lift in purchase intent than standard banner ads and have proven to boost in-store traffic by 21% (Sharethrough)?

→ For more on Native, check out 5 Answers to the Question “Why Native?”

 

 

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