Black Friday Australia and How Your Business Can Cash in

Black Friday Australia, and how your business can cash in.

Black Friday Australia is always on the fourth Friday in November (just after the US holiday for Thanksgiving). Just as New Year’s Eve doesn’t happen in only one Pub, Black Friday isn’t for just one retailer. It’s for every retailer, worldwide.

Here’s how your Aussie business can cash in.

Amazon’s Prime Day Sale is usually in October each year, and their staggering results always set up an ominous expectation for Black Friday sales.

Over the Prime Day sales event, Amazon alone generates more than $3.5 billion (USD) online.

In 2020, that represented an increase of + 60% compared with the previous year (2019), and it sets an all-new record for the SME’s that make up the Amazon marketplace.

Whilst Amazon doesn’t disclose exact figures; we know that their third-party sellers’ took the windfall as their Prime Day sales grew even more than Amazon’s own retail business.

So what does this mean for your business?

Well, you should expect Black Friday this year to be significant.

How big I hear you ask?

In 2019, Australian’s spent $3.9 billion (AUD) online in November, and given the dramatic rise in online shopping through the COVID years means you can expect the Black Friday results to be even bigger for each year ahead. Maybe not  60% bigger, but it will keep growing.

Its popularity rose as an online sales event because it typically marks the beginning of the Christmas Retail period, and is far enough out for you to order online and still get delivery safely before Christmas eve.

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So why do they call it Black Friday?

It’s not clear where the name came from. We know in Australian terms Black Friday could have connotations with our dreaded bushfire season, but it’s not related to anything of the sort.

Rumour has it that the online sales mega-event got it’s nick-name because November / December is the time of the year where online retailers can finally begin to turn a profit – going from being ‘in the red’ to being ‘in the black’.

But with the Prime Day sales figures also growing strongly, it’s safe to say that the incoming holiday season and its impact on consumer spending will always be a significant contributing factor to supporting these online sales mega-events. As consumers look to chase bargains in the lead-up to Christmas.

So how can your Aussie business make the most of it?

As with any big sale season, there are dodgy merchants, and customers have a right to be wary of them.

Suppose you’ve been working hard on your online presence all year. You have nothing to worry about. In that case, your reviews will be in good shape, your website, store and User Experience will be well developed, and all of the trust signals that you exhibit through your online customer experience will emanate your stellar reputation.

But if you’ve let it slip, then now’s the time to cram.

Consumers can see that a particular merchant has only been created in the last couple of days, and they haven’t yet built up any feedback or social proof around their brand, that merchant will (rightfully) be treated with caution.

Whilst the actual sale period is only 24hours, you can promote your sale as an upcoming event well ahead of time. Our insight (as we published online earlier this year), is to go hard and go first with this promotion.

Any sales event that generates billions in revenues is going to be competitive. So don’t leave your communications to the last minute. Get to your audience now, and let them know that you’ll be participating in the sales event. Give them the details of your promotion and what’s in it for them. Do that with vigour, and you’ll reap the rewards by month-end.

We wish you all the best in making some profit for your business this year. Sell well.

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