How to Craft the Story for Your Holiday Marketing Strategy

On August 25 th, nearly a month before the official first day of the new season, Starbucks affirmed it come.

It didn’t matter that it was still reaching record higher temperatures; it didn’t matter that buds wouldn’t start falling for weeks or even months; it didn’t matter that the corn mazes “re still” simply knee high-pitched.

All that mattered was that Starbucks followers missed it to be fall. They urgently missed an escape from the hellish time than the majority of members of us have been experiencing.

Starbucks releasing their fall menu

So Starbucks crafted the excellent autumnal alternate macrocosm, where you could wear a scarf and look at the foliages and drink a PSL without sweating through your facemask.

And if you think that campaign was met with a parent eyebrow and a glance at the docket, then you clearly underestimate the ability of telling your clients the tale they want to hear.

See, good sell sells the change, rather than the commodity itself. You frame it as the solution to a problem. Before, things were bad. But now that you have this or have done that, your after district is wayyy better.

But if you crave really good marketing–like the marketing that has pumpkin cream freezing brew coffees sold out each time I try to buy one–you’ll it is necessary craft that alteration into a tale.

Humans connect to emotion and narrative, so if you set up your marketing to tell a story, especially a floor that your customers so wishes themselves in, you’ll find yourself raking in the pumpkin spice … er … I mean the sales.

This is particularly important around the holiday season, when anyone and everyone is trying to sneak into the pouches of your purchasers. Your best likelihood at represent one of the lucky few is to strengthen the bond with your patrons. Build a bond through storytelling.

If you are still unsure about how to create a story around your concoction, we’re now to help. We’ve broken this process down into 3 stairs and have some examples you can pull inspiration from throughout.

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We’ve mapped out when you should start preparing for the major festivities through the end of 2020, exactly what you will need, when you should have everything ready to go, and even when you should start your publicities .)

Figure Out What Your Customers Want

The first step to creating a great story around your product or service is to know what your customers want. What fib do they want to see themselves in?

The best space to figure this out is by turning to your trusty Customer Avatar Worksheet, you know, that thing that defines exactly who your standard client is?

Customer Avatar Worksheet

If you’ve filled out your CAW, you’ll know exactly what your patrons require and “re interested in”, what they are afraid of and frustrated with, and what kinds of media they consume.

And if you’ve filled out the Before and After grid, shown above alongside the CAW, you know how your customers are feeling before becoming a customer and how they should feel after buying your product or service.

With all of these resources, and a good working knowledge of your model purchaser, you should be able to easily craft a story that shows the transformation.

If we look to Starbucks as an example, they knew just how much their customers missed it to be Fall. They understood the frustration with the hot weather or the fear of the current social chaos.

So they created a story about falling into the new season( the pun was just a happy coincidence ), and targeted their commerce efforts into creating a relaxing, amusing descend experience.

Some copy from the Starbucks announcement

And their biggest sell thrust( aside from the drinks themselves) was for the tumble hotline they set up.

Customers could call in and hear the rackets of descend, long before the actual season punched them. Not exclusively did this hit on the exact pain point, but it crafted a narrative around the transformation.

Fall hotline from Starbucks

They knew exactly what their customers craved, and delivered it in their market efforts.

Decide How Your Product or Service Fits In

Once you know what your customer misses, your next stair is to decide how your commodity will fit in.

With some festivities, you might be providing a great gift that will charm and impress their loved ones.

Or, if you are like David’s Tea( in a similar way to Starbucks ), you might be providing a comforting environment and a joyful event.

David's Tea Landing Page

However your concoction fits in, make sure to keep that action as a central object in your marketing tale, and keep it as consistent as is practicable across all platforms and material.

You can see how David’s Tea expended the same language, “this heartwarming blend will give you all the cozy feels” on both their produce sheet and their Facebook ad.

David's Tea Facebook ad for fall teas

Keeping your floor the same on different pulpits not only means you are sure to reach all your clients, but it helps solidify the feeling response your patron will have.

For David’s Tea, any potential customers who find the ad and contemplated, “ohh I need some coziness in “peoples lives”, ” they don’t get jarred by a different send when they smacked the disembark page.

Craft a Story Where Your Customer is the Main Character

The central theme of creating a marketing “story” is that your customer is the star. You want the messaging to centre around the customer and how they will feel and modification rather than your make.

You can see here with this BarkBox copy, they have gone even further with their narrative than the other examples, going so far as to cast their customers’ dog( arguably the real customer, though maybe not the one with final buying power ), into a tale about a lovely die drive.

Anyone with a bird-dog( and a feeling) will immediately be drawn into the story and construe themselves and their furry best friend in this car ride.

And then when they read through the rest of the product description, they are still within that unwound, fortunate emotional state, and are drawn closer to the products by extension.

Product descriptions from BarkBox dog toys

Plus, who wouldn’t be charmed by a sweater wearing mouse?

No matter what your story is, make sure you are constituting your purchaser the main attribute. Cast them as the sun, and they will make a better connection to your brand and the product you are targeting them with.

By crafting an emotionally driven story that makes on the desires of your audience, you’ll be sure to cut through the interference of the season and solidify your customers’ love for you and your brand.

And if you want to feel better prepared to put your holiday marketing story into action, download our 2020 Holiday Marketing Preparedness Plan.

After all, what is a better gift this festivity season than having a handle on your sell safarus before the season even starts? Well, maybe a PSL … but that could just be me.

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