24 Awesome Black Friday Marketing Campaigns [Updated]

Two of the biggest shopping days of the year are just around the
corner, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Did you know that consumers
are projected to spend $717.5
billion this Black Friday
? That’s a little more than $1000
per shopper. Additionally, companies recorded $6.59 billion in
sales on Cyber Monday last year, making it the
largest online shopping day ever

You read that right: the largest shopping day ever, in the
history of the internet.

And email marketing is responsible for driving around
a fifth of sales between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday
it’s imperative your campaigns grab your subscribers’ attention
in crowded inboxes. A solid holiday email marketing campaign will
keep your brand top of mind during a season when consumers are
looking for deals and promotions in order to get the most bang for
their buck.

Let’s be honest: companies know how important email is to
bringing in holiday revenue, so most plan to send emails to their
customers and prospects this time of year. So how do you make your
email stand out among all the offers your customers are going to

Don’t stress. We’re sharing 24 of our favorite ideas for
your Black Friday marketing and email campaigns to inspire you to
create your most effective email campaign yet.

24 Black Friday and Cyber Monday ideas

Here are 24 ideas that will set you apart from the competition
and score you a place in your subscribers’ hearts and minds while
they’re shopping for their friends, family, and, of course,

1. Create a gift guide

Gift guide themed emails see a 48% higher transaction rate

than purely promotional 

You can create a compelling gift guide by using categories
based on gender, price point, or product color.

This gift guide from Trouva even offers a gift guide based on
sustainability. According to the subject line, these gifts are
“Gifts with a Conscience,” a subject line that’s sure to
stand out since it’s a unique idea:

trouva gift guide

In fact, it’s important to make sure you use
attention-grabbing subject lines for your gift guide emails since
your prospects are guaranteed to receive so many offers. Not sure
where to start? Check out this list of
100 Black Friday and Cyber Monday subject lines
to inspire

2. Promote individual gift guide items on social media

Once you create and send a holiday gift guide email to your
subscribers, consider highlighting individual products from your
guide on your social channels.

For example, if you create a “10 Gifts for $10” guide,
mention each product in a separate post on social media. Instagram
and Pinterest are great for image-centric marketing efforts.
Provide a picture and a link so customers can make purchases
quickly and easily.

Remember, all of your email marketing efforts are more
successful when they support one another and work in tandem.

3. Offer hourly online deals

On Cyber Monday, create hourly deals that your subscribers can
take advantage of.

For example, every hour for four hours, provide a special deal
on a certain product. A few days before Cyber Monday, send an email
that highlights all of the deals, and then automate emails to send
each hour that a deal is live.

Just make sure you let
subscribers opt-in to these emails
and explain upfront that you
will be sending more email than usual on this day in order to avoid
annoying anyone.

4. Offer mystery savings

Everyone loves a mystery, so why not incorporate it into your
Black Friday deals? For example, send an email that offers
subscribers 10%, 20% or 50% off. When a subscriber clicks on the
call to action, he or she is taken to a landing page that provides
one of the offers listed above.

If you don’t have the website capabilities to pull this off,
encourage subscribers to visit your store and pull their mystery
savings from Santa’s hat at the point of sale.

This email from 22 Days Nutrition does a great job catching
subscribers’ attention from the start. The subject line “What
will your mystery offer be?” is hard to resist, but they don’t
stop there. After the subscriber opens the email, they’re
prompted to go to the website and shop in order to see their

Mystery offer for Black Friday from 22 days
Emma Email Marketing

5. Offer a free gift with purchase

Consider offering your subscribers a free gift with a

Make it something small, but useful; this stressful time of year
provides an opportunity for you to prove how much you value your
customers by offering them something to improve their holidays and
make them a bit easier.

For instance, you could offer something that’s holiday-themed
like a free card, cookie cutter, or ornament, or you could offer
one of your smaller products as a gift. To increase traffic
to your store, have subscribers print or show the email and bring
it in to claim the gift.

6. Sign up deals

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, your website will see a
lot of extra traffic.

Capitalize on that traffic by offering a holiday-themed deal to
anyone that signs up for your email list. For example, put a

sign-up form
 like one of these on your site:

  • “Sign up for our newsletter and get an exclusive Black Friday
  • “Sign up for our newsletter and be the first to know about
    holiday deals.”
  • “Want to make your holiday shopping easier? Sign up for our

7. Offer deals for loyal customers

While you can certainly offer all of your subscribers Black
Friday and Cyber Monday deals, you should consider offering an
exclusive deal for your most loyal subscribers.

Take a look at your contact list,
segment out
your most engaged readers, and offer them something
awesome as a thank you for their loyalty.

Sephora does a great job rewarding their recurring customers.
This email is just one example of the VIP perks they offer

Sephora VIP segment

After all, the holiday season isn’t just about making all the
money you can. You also want to take a moment to thank them for
being a friend and show you appreciate them for more than just
their cash.

8. Bring them back with deals

You probably already
have your email list segmented into specific categories
. The
holiday season is a good time to try and bring back folks who
haven’t purchased for a while by sending a
re-engagement email
. Use a subject line that targets this group
like, “Come Back and Enjoy Special Black Friday Prices.”

9. Give your subscribers an upgrade

The holidays don’t just offer opportunities for the retail
industry, however. Service-based businesses can also take advantage
of customers’ willingness to spend by offering an upgrade to
subscribers as a holiday deal.

For example, auto mechanics can offer an upgrade from a basic
oil change package to a premium package that includes tire
rotation. A dog groomer can offer upgraded grooming that includes a
special holiday bandana and holiday scented bath.

Consider how you can get creative with upgrades and hook your
customers into more premium services they’ll enjoy and want to
buy over and over.

10. Offer sneak peeks on social

Reveal one or two of your Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on
social media, then follow up with an email.

Sephora offered its customers a sneak peek at its Black Friday
deals on Snapchat and Instagram then shared them through email:

Sephora holiday email campaign

This is another great way to start interweaving your many
marketing efforts across channels if you aren’t already.

11. Create a doorbuster campaign

To encourage subscribers to come to your store and shop early on
Black Friday, lower the prices on some of your top items, but only
for the first few hours that you’re open. This will emphasize
the scarcity of your products and encourage your customers to act
quickly and decisively.

Send an email that highlights the deals a few days prior to
Black Friday, and a reminder email the day before to increase your
customer’s anticipation and keep your promotion top of mind.

12. Give your subscribers free shipping

Shipping costs can keep your subscribers from making a purchase,
regardless of the promotion you offer them.

To keep subscribers from abandoning their carts, offer free
shipping on both Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Free shipping is
one of the most popular offers for converting customers.

13. Extend deals

There’s a lot of competition to capture sales during these
busy shopping days, so why not give your subscribers more time to
cash in on the savings? Consider creating a deal that starts on
Black Friday and lasts through Cyber Monday.

For example, Converse offered its customers 25% off for four
days. If you want to capitalize even more, extend the offer a few
extra days.

Converse holiday email campaign

14. Give deals on gift cards

The most requested gift for the past twelve years has been gift
cards and this year is no different, according to the
National Retail Federation

To get in on the action and encourage your subscribers to buy
gifts their friends and family actually want to receive, consider
offering subscribers an incentive to buy gift cards from your
business. Offer 5 percent off gift cards, or give subscribers a $10
gift card for every $50 gift card purchase.

15. Create a Black Friday event

Turn the biggest shopping day of the year into an event to
elevate your shoppers’ experience on what can be a hectic

You could host a customer appreciation event with free hot
chocolate and holiday cookies, or team up with other local shops
and host a Black Friday block party. Send an email invitation to
your subscribers and promote it on Facebook by creating an event
where subscribers can RSVP.

16. Promote a charity

The holidays aren’t just about shopping; they’re about
giving back. Have your subscribers bring in canned goods for the
local food bank, or give a portion of your Cyber Monday sales to a
children’s hospital in your area. Send an email to your
subscribers asking them to participate.

It’s not just good karma: 76% of consumers say they’d refuse
to purchase a product if they found out a company supported an
issue contrary to their beliefs, according to
a social impact study
. The study shows people want to buy from
companies who share their beliefs, so don’t be afraid to take a
stand or support a cause this holiday season.

17. Create a ‘use it when you want it’ savings pass

As Cyber Monday comes to an end, send your subscribers one last
chance to save. Offer your subscribers a coupon that they can claim
now and use when they want to.

Of course, you’ll want to set a deadline to use the coupon,
but it gives your audience another opportunity to save and your
business another shot at a holiday sale.

18. Host Cyber Monday giveaways on social media

Pick a few products to giveaway to your social media followers
on Cyber Monday. Announce the giveaways via email and provide links
to the social channels you plan to use for the giveaways. While you
have a captive audience on Monday, post a link or two to your most
popular holiday gift items.

19. Host a holiday competition on social media

Create a holiday competition that engages your audience on
social media. For example, ask subscribers to shoot a video that
shows how your products make the holidays brighter. Invite
subscribers to participate via email.

Give the winner a deal that’s redeemable only on Black Friday,
such as 75% off one regular priced item.

Use the video submissions to
promote your products throughout the holiday season

20. Give subscribers shopping tips

Help your customers enjoy Black Friday by offering shopping tips
to make holiday shopping a more pleasant experience.

For example, give advice on where to park, congested roadways to
avoid, or tips to keep kids happy while shopping all day. Send it
to your subscribers with a catchy subject line like, “10 Tips to
Make the Most Out Of Black Friday Shopping.”

21. New product promotion

Have you rolled out a new product or service this year? Promote
it as part of a Black Friday or Cyber Monday sale. It’s a great
opportunity to tell subscribers about something new while offering
a discount that encourages a sale at the same time.

22. Promote deals in your newsletter

Get subscribers excited about Black Friday and Cyber Monday by
mentioning what you’re planning in your newsletter. For example,
talk about past deals and how you plan to surpass those savings and
mention the added staff you have to keep lines short.

23. Create a referral campaign

Create a can’t-resist Cyber Monday deal and ask your
recipients to share it with a friend. Campaign Monitor users can
add a “forward
to a friend
” link right in their email.

24. Create a testimonial email

Create a Black Friday email that promotes two of your popular
products by including positive reviews about each product in your
email. This kind of testimonial or social proof email is powerful.
Customers trust reviews and studies
they’re a great way to instill confidence in your brand
and your products, which will ultimately lead to greater spending
and help you convert hesitant prospects.

Wrap up

promotional emails rule the inbox during the holidays
, it’s a
good idea to offer something beyond a sales pitch.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are all about offering great deals
to your subscribers. However, a great deal isn’t just a shocking
discount. Your subscribers will respond to unique ideas like
giveaways, shopping tips, charitable contributions, and
holiday-themed social events. Be creative and have some fun and
you’ll be on your way to a successful season.

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