As our month-long series on holiday marketing planning continues, we’re bring back a popular infographic from last year that takes a look at holiday sales trends, U.S. ecommerce projections, and way to optimize your holiday sales funnel.

This year, online sales in the United States are projected to exceed $61 billion in the last two months of the year, according to the latest eMarketer projections. Based on that research, the folks at have put together 6 trend predictions that could have a big affect on your small business this holiday season.


If one element of your small business website is a web store, now might be a good time to think about how you could inject a little joy-of-the-season into your site. If you’ve gone outside your home and into a retail store in the last couple of weeks, you may have noticed that the subtle signs of the season have already begun to crop up. Whether it’s the occasional holiday song mixed in, displays of holiday gift ideas, or even seasonal flavors creeping into restaurant menus, you can already feel the shift occurring.


As the holidays approach, charitable organizations are really starting to ramp up their outreach and marketing in order to capitalize on the ‘season of giving’ to come. If you’ve ever considered philanthropy or charitable marketing as a strategy for your business, now may be the perfect time to think of creative ways to get involved.

What are the benefits of charitable marketing for your business? There are several. One being that it builds goodwill for your business and establishes positive associations for your brand. (We posted a full article on branding through philanthropy awhile back that might be helpful.) Charitable marketing is also a great way to gain exposure for your business by leveraging the audience and trading on the recognition of another brand — the charity itself. Finally, your charitable activities give you something new to talk about on social media, in your own email marketing, in press releases, and elsewhere, in order to drum up traffic to your website and your store.


Earlier this week we talked about 4 things you can do to get your website ready for the holidays. Today we’re going to turn our attention to setting up your social media strategy to succeed as well.

When you are putting together your editorial calendar over the next two months, you’ll probably have some great status updates about holiday excitement, photos of new products, special offers for your web store, videos of your team putting up decorations, and links to articles you’re writing on your blog…right? Once you figure out what you’re going to say, you need to decide when and how you’re going to say it.


October has officially begun, which puts us smack in the midst of holiday planning season. Savvy marketers (like yourself) have long since finalized their overall marketing plans for the season, but there’s one item you might not have included on that list: your website!

Amidst all the email campaigns, social media planning, online ads, and print ads that make up the typical holiday marketing plan, people sometimes forget to polish up the destination all that marketing is directing people to. If your marketing efforts are successful, you’ll have lots of new visitors making their way to your website. Don’t drop the ball once they get there! Here are 4 things to do this week to make sure your site is serving you best throughout the season to come


Small Business Saturday will take place on November 30th, 2013. This annual event focused on the promotion of small businesses in local communities is in its 4th year now, and has grown by leaps and bounds since it was first launched in 2010 by American Express.

For the uninitiated, Small Business Saturday is “a day dedicated to small businesses across the country” by encouraging members of local communities to get out and “Shop Small” the first Saturday after Thanksgiving. Falling directly between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this day gives small businesses a chance to compete on their own terms.


For anyone scratching their head and wondering why we’re bringing this up just days after the Fall equinox, read these words of wisdom from Michael Klein, Adobe’s Director of Industry Strategy:

“At this point in time everybody is locked and loaded in many shapes and forms. If you haven’t already had a launch date of September or October, you’re probably late for this holiday season.” (

Now, if you’re reading this blog, you’re likely a small business marketer with a good deal more agility than a company like Adobe. So don’t panic if you’re not “locked and loaded” just yet – but this is definitely the time to get moving.



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