eGift Promotions

Incentivize Your Local Consumers and Support Small Businesses With Our Revolutionary zGifting Program!

by yiftee on August 20, 2020

Like to invest in your local community and build upon your relationships with your clients? Here at Yiftee, we do too.

That’s why we have created zGifting—a special program powered by Yiftee that allows corporations, lending organizations, and others to send clients a certificate to their favorite local businesses. It can also be used for employee gifting and incentives. In one convenient program, zGifting is the perfect way to do client appreciation and employee rewards. As a result, these programs help maintain a strong relationship between companies, communities, and clients; all while giving back to the community. Sure to please, our zGifts are a great way to show appreciation for your customers and support your local economy. 

Keeping Business Thoughtful, Fun, and Enticing

For the second year and running, Cornerstone Home Lending of Oklahoma has collaborated with Yiftee to build a program that is a win-win for everybody. They are exemplary of how to utilize this program and have used their trademark generosity to create thoughtful appreciation for their clients. Our summer program with Cornerstone Home Lending of Oklahoma has helped businesses push through tough times while still being plenty of fun: 

“The Yiftee zGifting program has been a great way for Cornerstone Home Lending to help local businesses in this difficult time. The campaign has given our clients another incentive to keep their dollars local to support the small businesses that help make our communities great. Partnering with Yiftee allows us to maintain strong relationships with our clients and give back to the local communities we love.”

-Kale Larkin, Regional Marketing Director at Cornerstone Home Lending, Inc. (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Area)

Boosting Business for The Long Term, Everywhere

As a gesture of their appreciation, Cornerstone has generously set aside $39,000 in gifts to send to their Oklahoma-based clients. With their goal of making a positive difference in the lives of others in mind, Cornerstone Home Lending has selected seven local favorite bakeries and creameries for their zGift certificates to be redeemed at. Small business owners welcome customers, old and new, to redeem these gifts of an eight to ten dollar value. After a month of program launch, businesses are appreciating the timely boost in customer traffic:

Everything is going great. We really do appreciate Cornerstone and Yiftee partnering with us again. This will help us when we need it the most. We look forward to serving more of the local community! “

-Madilyn, Roxy’s Ice Cream Social

Programs like these bring in in short term business as well as opening up their market to future long term customers. Building rapport with their customers, companies show clients the appreciation that fosters continual trust over time. Their gifts celebrate the summer and invite customers to shop small and support businesses weathering the COVID-19 storm. For the upcoming holiday season, consider the power of zGifting. Keeping local dollars local and coming to a community near you soon! 

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Partnering with Sponsors can Exponentially Increase Local eGift Card Sales – Featuring Nashville’s Downtown Dollars

by yiftee on August 17, 2020

Downtown Dollars has raised over $100K from 30+ sponsors pre-launch

On August 7th, Nashville’s Downtown Partnership hosted a webinar introducing its pivotal eGift Card program, Downtown Dollars, powered by Yiftee. Yiftee is a data-driven mobile promotions & gifting company combining the personal touch of bricks-and-mortar stores with mobile connections in the form of eGift cards & promotions. As part of their Downtown Safe Downtown Strong initiative, Downtown Dollars is committed to bringing Nashvillians and tourists alike back downtown, in the safest way possible.

Downtown Nashville is awaiting a phase 3 reopening designation to launch, in order to take preventative measures against the spread of COVID-19. The Nashville Downtown Partnership is enthusiastic about its upcoming launch with a contact-free eGift Card system, powered by Yiftee, putting dollars back into the pockets of local businesses.

Downtown Dollars is the first community eGift card exclusive to downtown Nashville retailers, 73% of which are locally owned!

How it Works

Downtown Dollars is ONE eGift Card redeemable at ALL the best restaurants, hair salons, clothing stores, and more in Downtown Nashville. This program of 60+ participating vendors (and growing) is NO COST TO MERCHANTS to join! That means every dollar spent on a Downtown Dollars eGift card is received by the participating local business. Dollars that could have been lost to eCommerce and national brand retailers are brought back to the community, helping Music City emerge out of COVID-19 with a substantial economic stimulus.

Is a special day coming up? Send a Yiftee eGift card of Downtown Dollars via email or text to family, friends, and co-workers from the comfort and safety of your home. Then, your gift recipient can present their gift certificate voucher either on their phone or printed.

(The cashier simply enters the 16-digit redemption code into the credit card system as a MasterCard transaction, similar to an over the phone order. The only fee a merchant will incur is the normal credit card processing fee through their own POS system.)

Promotions

Buy Bonus Dollars while promo lasts

Thanks to gracious sponsors, the Nashville Downtown Partnership has raised over $100,000 from 30 companies to cover the following:

  1. Cover the cost of small transactions and handling fees the card purchaser would take on
  2. Funding the Downtown Dollars Giveaways to be done through the month, through contests and on digital presence
  3. Funding and underwriting ability to do BOGO deals

Buy-One-Get-One (BOGO)

Downtown Dollars offers a 50%, 30%, and 20% match of Buy $100 Get $50, Buy $75 Get $25, and Buy $50 Get $10. Suppose a gifter buys a $75 eGift card with $25 in Bonus Bucks. With the BOGO, the gifter receives an additional $25 that they can either keep or give to the recipient. While purchased gifts do not expire, there’s a 90-day expiration on the bonus bucks – to provide those funds to the merchants quickly.

Cumulatively the $100k+ sponsorship dollars will have a substantial impact of providing supplemental funds to local businesses and buyers.

“The gift recipient would effectively receive between 20 to 50% more than they would from a regular transaction.”

Nashville Downtown Partnership

Sponsors

The Nashville Downtown Partnership has set up a Sponsorship system in which giveaways, service fees, and BOGOs are funded by generous donors classified as Lead and Associate Sponsors.

Lead Sponsors

Associate Sponsors

Yiftee eGift cards backed by law firms, banks, and other supporting businesses have historically seen exponential boosts in gifting. Downtown Dollars should expect tremendous results from their launch!

Corporate Partnerships

In addition to BOGOs, Downtown Dollars is eager to help the Nashville business community set up Employee Rewards Programs and Bulk Gifting Opportunities. Bulk gifting is a simple and effective way for both businesses and individuals input the email addresses of all of the recipients and send them out in just minutes.

Be on the lookout for the launch of Nashville’s Downtown Dollars! (Expected upon Nashville’s phase 3 reopening designation.)

Are you a Downtown Nashville vendor? Join Downtown Dollars here

Are you looking to set up your community with eGift cards? Have more questions about Yiftee and eGift card programs? Set up a demo here

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Royal Oak Launches COVID-19 Relief Program

by yiftee on July 24, 2020

As small businesses struggle to come back from COVID-19 related setbacks, the Royal Oak Downtown Development Association in Royal Oak, Michigan is working hard to support the local community. The typically lively downtown area has been heavily affected by the shutdown and social distancing measures. To help these businesses, Royal Oak DDA has put together the Downtown Dollars program–rewarding residents and visitors who sign up with local gifts. By signing up for the Downtown Development Association’s consumer newsletter, people will receive a $20 eGift card powered by Yiftee. With $500,000 allotted to be directly spent at local businesses, this program is encouraging the local community to engage and support their community. 

This program is already taking off! Royal Oak visitors and residents are quickly heading downtown to support restaurants, coffee shops, and local stores. While this injection of funds will help businesses immediately benefit from this investment, it will also help them acquire new customers long term. In the next two months, residents will have the opportunity to to visit various new businesses they might have not visited otherwise. With nearly 60 businesses participating, there is something for everyone in Royal Oak. 

The quick success of this program has been featured in local news throughout Royal Oak in the last few days. Read more about Royal Oak and Downtown Dollars in both the Royal Oak Tribune and Click On Detroit.

Spending time in Royal Oak soon? Claim your $20 eGift card today!

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Bring Your Community Together from the Safety of Home with Community Card Contests!

by yiftee on July 18, 2020

Fremont Puts on a Porch Parade with Gift Fremont Prizes for the Best Decorated Homes

The past few months have forced communities across the country to re-envision what gathering and celebrating looks like. From graduations and weekend farmers’ markets to annual holidays, the pandemic has put many staple community activities on hold. This month, the 4th of July was no exception. In Fremont, however, passionate community members didn’t let this stop them. Though a physical parade and a city fireworks show were out of the question, residents were able to celebrate their special day with a porch parade and house decor competition. Gift Fremont, an eGift card program launched in coordination with Yiftee, made delivering these gifts easy and safe. 

The Fourth was different this year, but Fremont’s residents were still able to show love for their city!

With five total categories—Most Patriotic, Most Outstanding, People’s Choice, Spirit of Freedom, and Neighborhood—community members were able to show their support in a number of creative ways. Winners earn scaled eGift cards, with a 1st place Neighborhood gift of $200. They can choose an eGift card from between over 40 of the city’s independent businesses, and the eGifts never expire! This program was made possible by the hard work of Fremont’s residents, as well as Gift Fremont.

Yiftee is proud to be spreading love in communities across the country during these uncertain times.

City and Sponsor Funds Provide Bonus Gifts on Top of Prizes

This 4th of July contest highlights the full potential of the Gift Fremont eGift program. Winners receive gifts to be redeemed at local businesses in the community. Additional funds provided by the city and corporate sponsors allow each recipient to also earn a bonus eGift. $5 bonuses were sent to all 2nd and 3rd place decorators, and $15 bonuses were sent to each of the 1st place winners. These bonuses function as part of Gift Fremont’s efforts to stimulate spending at local businesses in the community. Thanks to donations by the city and Seagate, a proud program sponsor, Fremont’s local businesses have seen a return of nearly three times as much spending in the community.

The Power of eGifting During the Pandemic

As work and school slow down during the summer months, especially during the pandemic, many of us may be feeling isolated and lonely. With Yiftee and creative solutions like Fremont’s porch parade, this doesn’t have to be the case. 4th of July celebrations aren’t the only time to come together with your community. Yiftee’s eGifts can be used to inject some fun and care into gatherings and events that can no longer take place in person. Whether it’s a digital block party, competitions with family friends, or simply showing appreciation, the eGift is the perfect way to have fun, all while keeping local dollars local!

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Supporting Businesses Reopening After COVID-19: Community Funds Reinvigorate Local Business in Frisco, CO

by yiftee on July 7, 2020

Empowering Reopening Businesses with Yiftee

Yiftee loves what we do, which is empowering communities through its small businesses with our eGift card solutions. Connecting communities to shop locally is our priority today and everyday, especially in the wake of COVID-19. As we work to reopen our cities, helping our communities get back on track is imperative. As of this month, Yiftee has teamed up with nearly 100 communities nationwide to foster the growth of local economies after a stagnant time. In this time, we have consistently been impressed by the level of loving commitment our communities have shown in their effort to uplift their local businesses. With this commitment of community partners to support their local businesses powered by Yiftee, we are excited to support the incredible strides of communities emerging from this troubling time for business.

Frisco, CO Shelters their Tourism-Driven Market from the COVID-19 Storm

The launch of the Love Frisco, Shop Frisco eGift Card program is a perfect example of this. A community card created by the initiative of the partnership of Town Council of Frisco, Colorado and Town of Frisco staff, the Love Frisco, Shop Frisco eGift Card has already generated over $115,000 for its local businesses in less than one month. This is attributed to the incredible generosity and active promotional efforts of the Town Council and staff working together for their community. 

In an added effort to promote shopping locally throughout the town, the Town of Frisco, Colorado introduced a promotional program. Love Frisco, Shop Frisco eGift Card buyers are awarded a bonus gift of approximately 33% with a card purchase of $30, $75, or $120. This promotion began June 12, 2020 and will continue until August 31, 2020 or while supplies last:

  • Spend $30, receive a bonus $10
  • Spend $75, receive a bonus $25
  • Spend $120, receive a bonus $40

Rebuilding Business Stability for The Long Term

The Frisco Town Council has made an investment into their community and local spending by funding the program with $125,000 to encourage the community to shop and stay locally. Their promotional matching program gives shoppers incentive to support local business and multiplies the dollars for consumers to spend and merchants to earn. This investment is already paying off, allowing a community largely dedicated to tourism-driven marketing to persevere through a difficult time due to the COVID-19 restrictions. With this community gifting program and encouraging promotion, Frisco small business merchants stand to make approximately $340,000; making an investment that will benefit the community not only today, but that ripples long into the future. 

This program is not only providing for the current crises but is looking forward to ensuring the community continues to grow together. It takes some weight off of Frisco’s local business as we all reopen our country’s businesses after months of inactivity, giving them some security in a moment of instability. The Frisco/Copper Visitor Information Center, which coordinated the program’s development, addresses how the Love Frisco, Shop Frisco eGift Card takes advantage of local resources, engineering a creative approach to help Frisco’s businesses reopen:

“During these unprecedented times, the local tourism economy in Frisco was adversely affected by temporary closures and restrictions to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Through community conversations with local businesses, the Town of Frisco brainstormed a wide range of ways to help businesses succeed through the pandemic. The Love Frisco, Shop Frisco eGift card program has done just that by stimulating the local economy with a bonus eGift card per purchase that can be spent in participating local businesses.”

Know someone in Frisco, CO? Send a Love Frisco, Shop Frisco Card today!

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Last-Minute Mother’s Day Panic? Come to Your Customers’ Rescue with E-Gift Cards!

by yiftee on May 9, 2020

On Mother’s Day, we celebrate our biggest cheerleader and inspirer for her caring, sacrifice, and support. Although some of us are unable to get together this holiday, during the quarantine, we can still show our loved ones that we have them in our hearts and minds.

Americans send over 113 million Mother’s Day cards a year, as it is the third-largest card-sending holiday in the United States. Virtual gifting is a tremendous alternative for those limited in their ability to obtain and deliver cards or packages, during these difficult times.

Yiftee makes it easy for your customers to still give mom the gift of her favorite shops and restaurants, in the form of an easy-to-use E-Gift Card! Learn how your business can adopt simple and effective tools to promote your eGift Cards this holiday.

“A Mother is your first friend, your best friend, your friend forever.”

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Yiftee E-Gift Cards are

  • FAST! — Customers can send an e-Gift Card via email or text, without the stress of wondering if the postal service will deliver by May 10th.
  • EASY! — Yiftee makes it simple for people of all ages to present an eGift Card on a mobile device (or even print it on paper!) It can be redeemed either in-store or over the phone.
  • MEANINGFUL! — Customers can write mom a personalized message wishing her a Happy Mother’s Day to express gratitude.

Tips and Tricks to Get Your Customers to Send E-Gift Cards this Mother’s Day

Email Marketing

  • Send customers the link to your eGift Card as a last-minute gift idea that moms are guaranteed to love
    • With the added benefit of supporting local businesses
    • Download a customer email list from the ‘Gifts Sold’ report in the Yiftee portal

Social Media

  • Facebook, Instagram, Yelp, Twitter, and Trip Advisor are powerful tools for spreading the word (and link) for your Mother’s Day eCards

Promotions

Do a ‘Text-A-Gift’ Promo

  • Text-A-Gift is an SMS Text Message tool that adds valuable measurability to your advertising and marketing promotions. It allows you to create an SMS list for ongoing marketing of your choice, within texting guidelines
  • We have seen between 25% and 85% redemption rates on promotional text gifts. Redemption varies based on gift-value, time to expiration, and business type.
  • Text-A-Gift works much better than coupons which typically have a 2-3% redemption rate
    • Customers perceive it as a gift, enhancing your brand rather than appearing as a discount. Campaign set up and per-gift fees apply
  • Test how Text-A-Gift works: Text SMITTEN to 855-890-2028 and get a demo-gift

Buy One, Get One Free

  • Set up a “Buy One, Get One Free” (BOGO) promotion as an extra incentive to get customers to send your eGift card this Mother’s Day
  • Specify start and end dates for your promotion, the “Buy” amount, the “Get” amount, the start date that you “Get One” can be used and its expiration date
    • P.S. This technique also helps to bring extra traffic to your store during slower periods
  • Email support@yiftee.com to set up BOGO. Campaign set up and per-gift fees apply.

Not Set up with Yiftee Yet? Get started!

Our support team can have your business up and selling gift cards in 30 minutes. Our contracts are month-to-month and flexible! Take a look at our eGift card start kit here.

  • Create an account – Create your Yiftee account here.
  • Run Activation Card – Our gift card program is compatible with every point of sale. Just run the MasterCard activation card on your dashboard.
  • Brand your Sales Page – We host a gift card sales page branded entirely to your business.
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Valentine’s Day Gift Card Opportunities For You

by yiftee on January 16, 2018

gift cards for valentines day

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner meaning spending from the holiday season is not over yet! Americans are expected to spend over $19.7 billion dollars worldwide in gifts alone, nearly a billion more than last year. Nearly 52% of those gift purchases are in the form of a gift card.

Why Sell Gift Cards?

The months from November to February are the highest gift card selling months of the year. Why? Because of the holiday season (Black Friday, Christmas, Cyber Monday) and of course Valentine’s Day. As stated earlier, an astounding 52% of consumers who purchase gifts for their loved ones on this day purchase their gift in the form of a gift card, meaning the market is huge!

  • Generate additional revenue – start selling online and on Facebook to get an extra edge.
  • Build stronger brand recognition – eGift cards are custom-branded to match your business.
  • Convenience – Gift cards are sent via text, email, or Social Media.
  • Upsell Opportunities – Customers on average spend 20% more than the value of their gift card.

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How quickly can I set it up?

Our support team can have your business up and selling gift cards in 30 minutes. Our contracts are month-to-month and flexible! Take a look at our eGift card start kit here.

  • Create an account – Create your Yiftee account here.
  • Run Activation Card – Our gift card program is compatible with every point of sale. Just run the MasterCard activation card on your dashboard.
  • Brand your Sales Page – We host a gift card sales page branded entirely to your business.
  • Place button on your website/Facebook – Put a button on your website & Facebook to let customers know you are offering digital gift cards.

Can I talk to someone first?

Absolutely! Give us a call at 650-564-4438 (ext. 3) and we’ll help answer any questions you might have!

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Yiftee eGift Card Launch Kit for Merchants

by yiftee on December 6, 2017

Transcript:

  1. Place your gift card button prominently on your website’s header (check out Restaurants Unlimited, Flea Street Café, and Sojo Spa Club) Add a “Gift Card” tab to your business Facebook page. Learn how to do it here. Run your activation card to ensure gift cards can only be used at your location (type 16-digit MasterCard voucher number into point of sale as a credit card transaction.) Lastly, train your employees and make sure they know how to accept Yiftee eGift cards. Watch our training video here.
  2. This document will prepare you and your staff with the resources and information you need to accept and redeem these electronic gift cards. Questions? Check out our eGift card FAQ at the end of this slideshow. First- If you haven’t already, watch this 90 second video and invite your cashiers and wait staff to do the same. Video link: http://bit.ly/1l3WvqN
  3. Show this card to the cashier at CARD NUMBER 5199 7543 2545 6152 EXP (MM/DD/YY) CVV ZIPCODE 08/30/15 448 94025 To Redeem an eGift Card: Customer presents a voucher on a mobile device or printed on paper. Redeem like a MasterCard – key in the 16-digit code, CVV, zipcode, expiration as required by your POS. Do not charge more than the prepaid amount*, otherwise the transaction will be declined. *To process a payment that exceeds the Yiftee gift card value, enter the gift card value first, then continue with the transaction for the remaining amount using another payment method.
  4. Spread The Word & Promote Your Gift Cards! Email Marketing: Create prominent newsletter signup forms or pop-ups on your website to gather valuable contact information Put a fishbowl for business cards by your cash register Download email addresses of buyers from your Yiftee dashboard Use attractive images and creative titles to promote your eGift Cards via email newsletter. Social Media: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Yelp, TripAdvisor and Twitter are powerful tools for getting the word out about your business and eGift Cards. Make sure your accounts are up to date and reflect your personality Make a plan to regularly post updates, promotions, images and graphics Post regularly and make sure you link images to your merchant eGift Card page
  5. Spread The Word and Sell! In-store Promotions and Employee Education Review and use your welcome packet supplies including table tents, signs, stickers and cards Let your customers and callers know that you now sell gift cards 24/7 on your website and Facebook Visit our online merchant training video to learn and educate your staff about your Yiftee eGift Cards Request more table tents, signs, stickers or staff instructional cards We love creating custom graphics for FREE. Let us know how we can help you! Example below:
  6. Engaging customers to bring them in store, using eGCs TV Commercials, print, radio Reputation Management, Customer Recovery/Appreciation Buy One Get One (BOGO) Offers and Discounts Event and Sports Engagement Marketing Birthday Club (email and SMS lists) Text RETRO to 74499 for a $50 eGift Card GET A $25 eGift Card for $20 Text to 855-890-2028 the word “SMITTEN” to get a demo eGift C ard TRY IT! Promotional Tools
  7. Using Yiftee to Grow Your Business Do A ”Buy One, Get One” Promo Yiftee can also help you launch a creative “Buy One, Get One” (BOGO) promotion specially designed to your business goals! BOGO’s are very popular with gift card buyers! Our merchants have found great success in motivating customers to give gifts by letting buyers get something extra for themselves. Think store openings, holidays, or any excuse to boost your eGift Card sales and in-store traffic! Click here to schedule a demo to learn more about Buy-One, Get-One promotions.
  8. Using Yiftee to Grow Your Business Do A ”Text-A-Gift” Promo Add a Yiftee Text-A-Gift number to email, social, print, radio, TV or event marketing to bring customers in store. Text-A-Gift is an SMS Text Message tool which adds valuable measurability to your advertising and marketing promotions. Text-A-Gift brings new and current customers into your store and creates the perfect opportunity to impress and upsell. It also allows you to create an SMS list for ongoing marketing of your choice, within texting guidelines. We have seen between 25% and 85% redemption rates on promotional text gifts. Redemption varies based on gift value, time to expiration, and business type. Text-A- Gift works much better than coupons which typically have a 2-3% redemption rate. Plus, customers perceive it as a gift, enhancing your brand rather than appearing as a discount. Test how Text-A-Gift works: Text SMITTEN to 855-890-2028 and get a demo-gift. Click here to schedule a demo to learn more about how Text-A-Gift works
  9. eGift Card Cashier FAQ: Q: How do I redeem an eGift Card? A: Redeem eGift Card like a MasterCard – key in the 16-digit code, CVV, zipcode, expiration as required by your POS. Do not charge more than the prepaid amount, otherwise the transaction will be declined. To process a payment that exceeds the Yiftee gift card value, enter the gift card value first, then continue with the transaction for the remaining amount using another payment method. Watch the training video http://bit.ly/1l3WvqN for more information. Q: What do I do if the gift card is ‘declined’? A: An eGift card is declined if you try to redeem more than the value of the card, or if any of the redemption information is mis-typed. Start the transaction over with the correct value and redemption information. Call 650-564-4438 x3 if you need help. Q: Does the eGift card function as a ‘pre-paid’ credit card regarding automatic tipping hold-backs? A: No. The eGift Card can be redeemed for the full value when entering it into the payment system. Q: Since the eGift Card is like a MasterCard, can it be redeemed anywhere? A: No. eGift Cards can only be redeemed at your business. Q: Where can customers buy our gift cards? A: eGift Cards are available for purchase on Your website. Q: How are our eGift cards delivered? A: Customers can send them via email, text, or Twitter instantly. eGift Card recipients will receive monthly eReminders of the gift card. Q: Is there a fee to purchase our eGift Cards? A: The gift sender pays $1.00 plus 5% of the gift value. The gift recipient gets 100% of the gift value. Q: Can an eGift Card be used more than once? A: Cards are multi use and the current balance is always reflected on the digital voucher. Customers must redeem their gifts before they expire and the expiration date is noted on the gift voucher. Q: Can I apply a refund to the eGift Card? A: Yes. Refunds can be applied to a valid (unexpired) eGift Card voucher just as you would to a credit card. Call 650-564-4438 x 3 for Yiftee eGift Card customer support.
  10. Referral Bonus & Contact Info Spread The Word And Get a $20 gift card! Help Your Friends sell eGift Cards with Yiftee – simply navigate to your merchant dashboard and click “Earn $20” on the top right of your dashboard. We will send you a $20 Yiftee eGift Card to one of our 58,000 merchants for each referral you send that signs up as a merchant! We are excited that you have chosen us as your partner. We know you face many decisions and challenges each day. You made a great decision to partner with us and we are here to help you to sell and grow. Please email or call me with any questions or for more help: Thanks! arthur@yiftee.com 1030 Curtis Street Menlo Park, CA 94025 1.650.564.4438 www.yiftee.com
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Holiday Promotion Ideas For Your Business

by yiftee on October 10, 2017

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It’s happened before. October rolls around, Halloween passes you by and suddenly, the holiday season is upon us and you have no marketing initiatives to drive customers in! In order to make your mark, your holiday promotion ideas need to be eye-catching and attention worthy. Brands need campaigns that actually make customers happy instead of adding to holiday noise. The brands that run special promotions during the holidays tend to be more successful in getting customers in through their doors.

If you don’t have holiday promotion ideas in mind, there’s still plenty of time to set up a creative holiday promotion for your business and make a big impact on this year’s revenue. As November rolls arounds, we wanted to give you some creative holiday promotion ideas for your business to run for your customers.

Engage with your customers

Nothing gets people in a shopping mood more than Christmas decorations! A great way to make sure your business stays top of mind is to engage with your customers by holding a contest or sweepstakes. Couple of engagement ideas for customers are:

  • Holiday Costume Contest – who has the ugliest Christmas sweater? Who can dress up like Santa and Mrs. Claus the best?
  • Christmas Tree Decoration Contest – Who has the brightest and most decorated tree?
  • Recipe Contest – What’s the best Christmas themed dish a customer can cook up for you?
  • Text-Back Campaign – “All I want for Christmas is…”. Have customers text-in their answer. Most creative is the winner! (Learn more)
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Design your best cup! Starbuck’s holiday cups are a staple in holiday themed decorations. Source: Odyssey

Of course, these types of promotions always require a bit of planning. However, most of these promotions are relatively easy to run and can go a long way when customers think about your brand.

Offer a little something extra

In the gifting world, an “incentive” is something extra that pushes a shopper to take action, such as making a purchase, completing a survey or signing up for a mailing list. In other words, it’s an added enticement to get customers to do what you want them to do. Here are some ideas on incentive-based marketing you can try for your business:

  • Offer a “Buy-One, Get-One” promotion – customers who purchase an eGift card from your business can earn an extra eGift card either for themselves or for a friend. (Learn more)
  • Set up a Birthday Club/VIP Club – customers who enter their contact information (phone #, email address, Birthday) receive a birthday/VIP gift on their Birthday or even Christmas. (Learn more)
  • Offer a small reward for increased spending – A lot of brands don’t like discounts, they believe it takes away from the value that they are trying to sell. However, if you’re trying to push a certain product it might be beneficial to offer something small see if it increases the likelihood of a customer purchasing.
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Heavenly Donut’s Birthday Club

Go out of your way

Competition amongst businesses is at an all-time high this time of year so it’s critical to your brand that you stand out to customers. Here are some ideas to better serve your customers this Christmas:

  • Extend your hours – I did all of my shopping 3 days before Christmas last year. Shoppers are out longer and later trying to find their last gifts. Do them a favor and stay open later.
  • Offer complimentary shipping (if you ship!) – Sometimes, customers see this as more valuable than a discount towards their final cost.
  • Wrap their gifts – Going off the theme of time sensitivity, more and more customers are looking at business’s to wrap their gifts for them. Offer to do it for them instead if you have the manpower!
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Source: Mashable

Need more holiday promotion ideas?

We can help you with that! In addition to eGift cards, Yiftee offers a suite of mobile promotions for businesses to run. In November & December of last year alone, over 50 Yiftee merchants ran “Buy-One, Get-One” promotions which drove in customers when January rolled around. Schedule a time to chat with our promotions specialist and we can have a promotion up and running in 30 minutes!

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