The holiday season is just around the corner – and now is the time to start planning a killer social media campaign.
With more e-commerce features than ever, platforms like Instagram, TikTok, and Pinterest, are perfect for taking customers from gifting inspiration to final sale in a matter of clicks.
Ready to take your holiday campaign to the next level on social media? Follow our step-by-step guide.
Step #1: Set the Creative Concept
For most businesses, the holiday season presents a huge opportunity to connect with your digital community, reach new customers, and drive online sales.
The first step to running a successful social media campaign? A rock-solid concept.
Take a moment to answer these questions:
What are your overall goals?
Which social media platforms would be most appropriate to reach your audience?
What type of content will help you achieve your goals?
What products or services do you want to focus on?
Do you have an additional budget for a holiday-specific campaign?
Are there any wider social causes you’d like to support?
What tone feels most appropriate for your business?
Do you want to work with influencers and/or partner with other brands?
Remember, holiday campaigns don't have to revolve purely around selling.
You can choose to give back to your audience or celebrate your community instead.
Lululemon, for example, uses their annual seasonal campaign to focus on their mission to bring people together.
Previous campaigns included a message of “giving presence” (rather than gifts), a #feelgoodgiving drive, and a reflection on the range of feelings caused by COVID-19 during an unconventional holiday period.
Alternatively, your holiday campaign could be as simple as consistently promoting a gift-appropriate product or service across all your channels, hosting a 12-day giveaway or challenge, or introducing a holiday-themed design to your social media assets.
Whatever you decide, there's no right or wrong approach to your holiday campaign. Ultimately, it depends on your brand's goals, budget, and community values – use them as a baseline and work from there.
Download our free checklist to guide you through every step of your holiday marketing social media campaign now:
Step #3: Plan, Create, and Collect Assets
At this stage, it’s a good idea to plan out all the social media assets you’ll need to bring your holiday campaign to life.
This will help you understand how much time and budget you’ll need to spend creating content, versus how much time and budget you’ll need to spend finding user-generated content.
TIP: Use Later’s calendar dashboard to visually plan what content you’ll share on each platform each day. If you’re still waiting on assets, you can add placeholder Calendar Notes (available on Growth and Advanced plans) and share with your team for wider visibility.
With a rough plan in place, you can start to collect and create your campaign assets. If you’re working with photographers, videographers, or creators, you may want to put together a moodboard that captures the desired aesthetic of your campaign. This will serve as a valuable reference to keep all your content visually aligned.
When creating content, think about your goals versus what’s realistic for your budget. For example, a themed photoshoot in a professional studio might be challenging on a shoestring budget – whereas an “at home” shoot (featuring informal video clips and more candid photography) can be more affordable.
Alternatively, you may want to consider partnering with influencers as part of your content creation process (stay tuned, we’ve got more on this later!).
For design-based assets, there are options for every budget too. Design apps like Canva, GoDaddy Studio, and Adobe Spark typically have a range of free holiday-themed templates to browse and customize.
Source: Go Daddy Studio + Canva
If you’re using user-generated content or stock imagery, adding a custom design element can be a simple but effective way to tie your holiday campaign content together.
Take note of how Later does this on Instagram to create a visually cohesive experience:
NOTE: Always get permission from the original content creator before sharing their content on your social media channels, especially if you are editing it in any way.
FYI: Find free, on-brand stock photos with Later’s Unsplash integration.
Step #4: Partner With Influencers or Creators
Influencer marketing is a proven strategy for reaching new audiences and driving sales, especially when it comes to the holiday season.
Partnering with the right influencers lets you tap into a relevant community of shoppers – while also providing high-quality content that you can share on your own social channels (if agreed upon).
An effective influencer marketing holiday campaign can cost anything from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands – it all depends on who you partner with and how much content you want.
If you’re new to the world of influencer marketing, check out some of Later’s resources below:
Nano or Macro: How an Influencer’s Follower Count Impacts Engagement Rate
As a general rule, it's best to find a creator who genuinely loves your products, and believes their community will too. This way, you'll be able to gain authentic customers who are the right fit for your brand.
Step #7: Measure Your Results
The final step to executing a killer holiday marketing campaign on social media? Analytics!
Whether you’re promoting your holiday campaign on Twitter, Facebook, TikTok, Pinterest or Instagram, it’s important to check in throughout your campaign to see how your content is performing.
That way you’ll be able to gauge what’s getting the most traction, and what your audience responds to best.
One way to do this is to check each social platform’s analytics.
However, this can be time-consuming, especially if you’re running your campaign across multiple platforms.
To help save time, you can track your Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest performance all in one place with Later Analytics – as well as any traffic and sales from your Linkin.bio page.
Plus, with Later’s new Pinterest Click Tracking feature, you can track and measure every click from your scheduled Pinterest posts.
And that’s it!
Holiday marketing campaigns don’t have to be complicated to deliver great results for your brand or business.
But with the holiday season rapidly approaching, it’s important to start planning your social media campaign sooner, rather than later.
Ready to get started? Download our free holiday marketing campaign checklist now to keep track of your holiday campaign this year!