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As we approach Valentine’s Day 2023, it’s crucial for retailers and brands to stay up-to-date on the latest marketing trends to make the most of this holiday of love. According to the National Retail Federation, the United States saw $23.9B spent on gifts for partners, friends, pets and more on Valentine’s Day 2022; consumers spent an average of $175 on the holiday. This was the second-highest year on record, and it’s only projected to rise from here on out, truly making February 14th a day your brand does NOT want to overlook!
In order to guide you through successful Valentine’s Day marketing, we’ve collected four of the top trends to consider as you plan your marketing efforts:
- Sustainable Choices
- The Gift of Experience
- Social Media Campaigns
Read on to ensure a love-filled holiday in 2023!
In recent years, the negative environmental impact of gifting flowers for Valentine’s Day has become very apparent. And with more and more people becoming environmentally conscious, sustainable options are in high demand. Appealing to the ethical values of consumers can help build long-term relationships beyond the season of love.
Consider offering eco-friendly flower arrangements or bouquets made with locally grown blooms. Focusing your Valentine’s Day marketing messaging on the sustainability of your products can help you stand out from the competition this holiday season!
People love feeling special and appreciated, so consider offering personalized gift options. These gifts can be customized with the recipient’s name, initials, or a special message, making them feel truly special and appreciated. Personalized gifts can range from clothing and accessories to home decor and beyond. They are a great option for anyone but can be especially meaningful for significant others, close friends, and family members.
Additionally, personalized gifts often have a higher perceived value, as they are considered to be more thoughtful and unique compared to generic gifts. If you’re looking for a way to make your products stand out, contemplate offering customizable features.
Instead of just giving material gifts, consider offering experiential gifts that create lasting memories. Experiential gifts, also known as “experience gifts,” are gifts that provide the recipient with a memorable activity or outing, rather than a tangible item. These gifts can be a great option to market for people who have everything they need, or those who value experiences over material possessions.
Some examples of experiential gifts might include tickets to a sporting event or concert, a hot air balloon ride, a cooking class or a wine-tasting tour. These gifts create lasting memories and provide an opportunity for the recipient to try something new and exciting. These can be easily tailored to the gift recipient’s interests and preferences, making them a highly personal and thoughtful gift option.
Social Media Campaigns
Utilize social media platforms to promote your Valentine’s Day offerings and get your brand in front of a wider audience. Consider running a contest or creating shareable content that encourages users to tag their loved ones. For example, The Body Shop is running a giveaway contest encouraging user-generated content. Social media campaigns like this facilitate conversations with your brand at the forefront!
Overall, the key to successful Valentine’s Day marketing is to offer unique and meaningful options that show your customers you care. By keeping these trends in mind, you can create a campaign that resonates with your audience and helps spread the love this holiday season.
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