Retailers Open Early With Facebook Offers And Gift Cards

Everyone knows that Black Friday is all about special retail sales but did they also seal the deal on Facebook?

Retailers Open Early With Facebook Offers And Gift Cards

Black Friday is known to be the day following Thanksgiving Day in America, traditionally kicking off the Christmas shopping season with massive retail sales. Retailers would usually open stores at 6 a.m. but last year people started shopping at midnight and this year they opened extremely early, at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

Retailers simply want to open as soon as possible to maximize the number of customers and their profit. Facebook gives them a chance to get the special offers out even earlier and because they need to spread the word to get the biggest possible amount of people into their shops, we looked at the most Shared posts from the retail industry. Did these five most Shared posts from November 12th – 18th 2012 get you into the shopping mood?

1. Target Gaining Fan Traffic Thanks To Gift Cards

Many retailers have been posting coupons or giveaways on their page. Target started warming up it’s by giving away twenty-five 25 dollar gift cards every day. They helped a lot with fan traffic since Target made it necessary for fans to apply via the Facebook page.

2. Target Posted Black Friday Ad Early

On November 12th, Target posted a photo encouraging fans to check out their Black Friday ad “full of DEALicious goodness”. Over 5 thousand people said “it´s on” and Shared the link with their friends curious about the best offers.

3. Macy´s Thanksgiving Parade With Hello Kitty

Macy´s hasn’t been posting many special coupons or giveaways because they had a Thanksgiving parade to organize. Especially this Hello Kitty photo generated many Shares and Facebook buzz.

4. Toys “R” Us Offer Discount For Toys

Toys “R” Us, the leading American kids store for toys, hasn’t been wasting time and posted a 20% off Facebook offer to keep customers coming.

5. Walmart Getting Ready For Christmas

Walmart is already getting for the holidays but the retailer also posted guaranteed in-stock items, rollback prices and bonus gift cards with certain purchases leading to Black Friday. It definitely paid off because Walmart increased its fan base from 10 580 258 to 25 027 711 fans in the last 30 days! Check out the whole Black Friday study here.

Staff Writer

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