marketing advisor for
small and medium businesses
Christmas advisor is an initiative of Etarget advertising network in
cooperation with notable European specialists on internet market-
ing. Our goal is to help (mostly) small and medium businesses to get
ready for upcoming Christmas season in marketing area.
According to researches customers start shopping presents already
in the end of October. That is the reason why we prepared some
changes in Etarget advertising as well as this advisor.
In case you like it, try also our blog, Twitter or Facebook. May you
have any questions, feel free to contact us at
firstname.lastname@example.org or send an email to your local Etarget rep-
We wish you merry and wealthy Christmas!
The Etarget Team
7 tips from Jan Kareis
1. Use multiple media and channels for promotion (Google, Etarget, Facebook);
2. The performance of your campaign is connected with the quality of your web pag-
es (make your web page user friendly)
3. Notice, that you cannot measure all of your conversions online—up to 50 % of
goals (orders) is made on different channels (phone, personal contact, etc.)
4. Give some importance and financial resources to SEO as well
5. Watch the trends = do not buy catalogue positions—they are significantly (in 90 %
of cases) less efficient than PPC and SEO
6. Communicate with your clients—use newsletters!
7. Do not let marketers convince you, that the internet is the only way how to effi-
ciently invest resources to Christmas campaigns :-)
Jan Kareis,Association of Performance Marketing (www.avma.cz) & Clever Solutions s.r.o.
Get Prepared for Christmas in PPC
he Christmas season is for most businesses the biggest
season, which reflects all the efforts made during the
year. Besides, online Christmas sales grow every year.
Preparation and adjustment of PPC campaigns for
Christmas is therefore something we should not forget
about. Following tips can help you with these preparations.
The basic preparation before running a Christmas campaign should be revision and
update of your current campaigns. Are there any important products or keywords miss-
ing? On the other hand—do we have campaigns running on products we don’t even
sell anymore? During the revision we should add keywords and phrases related to
Christmas and our products. If we—for example—sell bicycles, we should add “presents
for bikers” or “presents for biker”. The Christmas topic should also be mentioned in ads.
The best is to add special promotions into ads. The attractiveness of ads can be raised
by limiting the offer, too. Because of that it is good to know when is the last date for
orders to be placed in order to deliver the goods before Christmas.
Landing pages should also contain Christmas theme and we should be aware, that dur-
ing this season the profile of our customer is quite different from the one we’re used
to during the year. It can be shoppers, who are not used to buy goods online, or they’re
making their first steps on e-shops. Thus it’s really important to make shopping as easy
The importance of content campaigns before Christmas grows as well. People are
searching for information about different goods and they are browsing the internet
much more. It’s good to make clear where will the people from your target groups go
on your pages and adjust content campaigns to this knowledge.
Do not forget, that customers buy their presents in advance and start soon. You can
track the progress of searching for your goods or services on www.google.com/trends.
Helena Papírniková, Dobrý web (www.dobryweb.cz)
How to Raise Your Christmas Sales
or most of the e-shops is Christmas season the Holy Grail
of sales. Preparations for this hectic time of the year start
when our future customers go on summer holiday and have
no idea about Christmas. I’d like to show you few tips how
to support your Christmas sales directly on your web site and also
mention ways how to raise your web traffic with offline activities.
Favourite activity of major e-shops is to create special sections dedicated to gifts. This
centre usually contains gifts segmented by target group (gift for parents, kids, grand-
parents, etc.). It can have it’s own URL like www.eshop-name.com/christmas, so you can
share the link easily. The content doesn’t have to be strictly gift list, but as well an ad-
visor—how to choose the right gift. If it’s too complicated for you, try at least creating
Christmas design and a list of appropriate products on the home page.
Articles, videos and competitions
People usually like to read advices and top lists. Try writing an article “Hits of Christ-
mas 2010” or make a video with instructions on how to pack your gift. It is also quite
common to make competitions to attract customers’ attention.
Gift vouchers, bundles or something for free
Customers are sometimes afraid, that when they will buy a gift for someone, they won’t
like it. That is the reason why you should offer various vouchers. Bundles of several
products are also very popular among customers, try offering them. Consider having
Christmas gifts delivered for free, if you already don’t. It can help you get more orders
and raise your sales.
Having Christmas centre, articles and fantastic bundles on your web, but not having
the traffic means, that your effort was good for nothing. But how to get visitors? First
you should focus on your existing customers with special Christmas direct e-mail. It
can be usual product mail, special Christmas promotion, or visually interesting e-mail
with reminder to shop early. You can market your current customers with Facebook
page, too, if you cared about them the whole year and build a strong community.
Now it’s necessary to attract new customers. You can use Christmas “hubs”—special
web sites, which aggregate the offer from several e-shops for a fee. Last but not least
you should use PPC campaign both in search and content and if you have the budget,
buying banner ad campaign on web sites where your target group is present.
Michal Krutiš, H1.cz (www.h1.cz)
Don’t be afraid to experiment!
tarting the Christmas campaign early and finishing as late as possible paid of for
me well in the past seasons. The best solution is to start all campaigns in early
October and finish on December 20, if possible.
Use the time until half November to experiment with different variations of text and
design of the ads. Carefully evaluate not only the price and click through rate, but also
return on investment (the ratio of cost and revenue on transaction).
Be sure to save up to half of the budget for the last fourteen days of the campaign—
your competition will be out of money and energy by then, but the biggest shopping
madness will only start.
Martin Kopta, analytik & UX designer (martinkopta.cz)
Christmas: Plan B
t is trendy to look for sources of alternative hedon-
ism this year. Instead of going on vacation to see,
flat and flatter TV and gift pack of Johny Walker
Black Label we’ll keep on meeting those, who enjoy
having a garden in the city, having the luxury of
flexible work schedule or the privilege to be the house-
hold with minimum carbon footprint.
On one hand it’s—as I already mentioned—trendy and on the other it doesn’t cost a bit
and that counts. For the Christmas period I can offer one—from todays perspective
spiritually quite exotic—form of alternative hedonism: trying to remember the original
purpose and content of Christmas as the holiday of expectation, coming and hope. And
I’m not writing about hope that our wallets will open wide and we all will once again
breath in the anaesthetics of consumption. I’m writing about hope—without any partic-
ular reason—for new beginnings, in which present is the reconciliation with past. Like
to scared shepherds the angels are coming to us in pillars of light to tell us something,
that with the best will we can only understand only as the “voice of the greater power”,
and not as utterance to ourselves and us alone. We are bathing in the potential of
hope and yet we still cannot sense the outlines of our personal story of hope. Never
mind. Maybe on this years Christmas you could instead of “3 for the price of 2” or
“incredible New Years’ discounts in November” try enforcing a message about hope in
your company. It might work.
Tomáš Hrivnák, Idealisti (idealisti.cz)
he charming part of online advertising is the ability to measure, well,
almost everything. But do you know how to measure correctly?
My Christmas advice is easy to implement, yet very important. Mark your URLs
correctly in all your marketing properties—emails, banners, contextual ads.
You will have much better data if you do this step right.
This is how the correctly tagged URL should look like:
What does these parameters mean?
utm_source=etarget—you can name your sources the way you like it. Ideally, tag your
source as the web site from which traffic is coming, or by the name of the channel
utm_medium=text—medium indicates whether your customer came from banner, text
ad or email, for example.
utm_campaign=xmas-promo—if you tag your campaign correctly, you will have better
overview of which of your campaigns perform correctly, and you can always compare
them to other campaigns. If you tag campaigns with numbers (such as 1,2,3), sooner or
later, you will be unable to remember what kind of campaign it was.
If you know the value of each conversion (sales), you can make your future budgeting
easier for yourself. You will have clear statistics, and you will be able to attribute con-
versions to the correct sources.
Katarína Šavelová, RUonline (www.AreYouOnline.sk)
verybody is thinking about
Christmas season these days.
That is the reason why you
should think differently.
You are about to spend a lot of money on attracting new customers. They come to
your website, look around and never come back again.
It is not because you are bad, or because your products are unattractive. The customer
just wants to give perfect gift, he has got an idea on his mind—and you don’t mirror all
ideas of all people. However, it certainly does not mean he can’t return in a month or
two and buy for reason other than Christmas gift.
I suggest to all entrepreneurs and marketers: Give a helping hand to all your future
customers. Make it easier for them to shop for your product in the future.
Go get their contact details. Allow them to register, even if they didn’t buy anything.
Picture your offer in the most vivid colours. What do they get if they leave you email?
Free ebook? Interesting tips? Build the database of your prospects.
Do not loose single potential customer once you paid for him. Use Christmas season to
build your database.
Once the Christmas frenzy is over, you can start building connection to your leads. They
know who you are, they visited your site. This is the way to reach new customers—for
the next year´s Christmas.
Monika Jakubeczová, University of online entrepreneur
Christmas is the right time to improve
randing is not a rocket science. You just have to find something that you do real-
ly well, and no one else does, and communicate it clearly. It also has to be
something that people are willing to pay for. And remember that you have to be
able to maintain this position in long-term.
Once you find your unique selling point, you have to move. Everything that moves is
alive. Innovate, brainstorm. Make people know about your efforts. Remember who you
are and keep focused on the direction you have chosen.
My Christmas tip? This season is not only good for sales. Stop, reflect on your next
steps. Decide what will you do next year. And the year after.
Richard Mareček, Hospodárske noviny (www.hnx.sk)