5 Thanksgiving Marketing Ideas for Small Businesses

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Thanksgiving kicks off a pretty crazy time for, well, everyone. But amidst all the planning, cooking and shopping, it’s important to reflect and express your gratitude for the people who have supported your business throughout the year: your customers. Here’s how to give thanks and boost sales this holiday season.

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Offer retail therapy.

The stress of family gatherings and all that they entail can take the shine off a wonderful time of the year. Use Square’s email marketing software and social media to invite some of your best customers to get an in-store mini spa treatment — like a chair massage, makeup refresh, or nail polish change — when they make a purchase of a certain amount. It’s a lot easier for shoppers to feel festive when they’re relaxed.

Get a jump on Black Friday.

Set your business apart by offering pre-Thanksgiving deals that are on par with Black Friday discounts. If you have an online store, think about offering free shipping and other enticing offers. Not only will you stand out from your competitors, but you’ll also be in a good place once the shopping season begins in earnest.

Put the emphasis on others.

If you don’t already have a local charity partner, team up with a local organization. Bonus points if it connects to your business – like a domestic violence shelter if you have a women’s clothing boutique, or a food pantry if you operate a cafe. Offer a discount when customers bring in items like gently used clothing or nonperishable food items. As a small business, it’s crucial to have ties to the community, and customers feel good about patronizing a company that gives back.

Plan an after-hours shopping event.

Things get hectic around the holidays, so regular business hours won’t always be convenient for your customers. Instead of the typical dawn-busting Black Friday events that everyone else is throwing, do the opposite by extending your hours one evening and hosting a special night-owl shopping party. Turn it into an actual party with a DJ, photo booth, and, of course, great offers.

Welcome back customers.

Thanksgiving is all about reflection and gratitude, so take a look at your email lists. Thank your loyal patrons, and reach out to the customers that you haven’t heard from in a while. Send a targeted message via Square’s email tools thanking them for their business and offering them a discount if they come back and make a purchase during the holiday season. We already have email templates ready-to-go for Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

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