With all of those brands vying for the attention of one target audience, it's becoming more and more important to develop dialogues and conversations early on.
The emphasis on back to school shopping was promoted before July 4th this year. Historically most consumers don't think about or begin shopping until 3 or 4 weeks prior to the first day of school.
Taking a look at the trends from previous years, with 11.5 million parents with children 17 or younger and over consumers and over 1 million college students, you cannot be surprised that brands are talking about back to school so soon.
With U.S. consumers spending more time on digital media than TV, it's important for brands to make their back to school marketing campaign optimized for the Internet and mobile.
How Your Brand Can Use Social Media to Promote Back to School
1. Look Books and Boards
Visuals are a big part of social media, and Pinterest makes it even easier for your brand to showcase popular back to school items.
With so many stores and items out there you might not even know where to start.
What items do you need? What items are necessary?
Especially when going to college the items and possibilities are endless. The start of a new school brings about setting a new first impression and making a great start with all the essentials you need.
You can use look books and boards on Pinterest for more than just those hot items you have on sale. This is a great opportunity to showcase your products. Mix and match items to give your shoppers options.
If you have a Pinterest board that contains all the essentials of a great dorm room that will ensure their dorm room is their home away from home, you just might find users with their phone in hand, looking around your store for those items.
Target is just one example of how brands are making use of Pinterest. This is also a great way for craft stores to promote neat crafts and decor items teachers can use to decorate their classroom for the upcoming school year.
With the Internet consuming over 4 hours of their time, it's no surprise that consumers are using mobile devices to shop online. Consumers are even scouring the Internet looking for the best deals. It's no surprise that Groupon and the app Retail Me Not are extremely successful.
Consumers are looking for coupons and discounts.
Facebook is a great way to keep the conversation going by continually promoting products and offering discounts. Now that the social giant has started implementing hashtags, its even easier for those shopping for back to school to find the latest deals. Give them an incentive to shop at your store. Especially when going back to school and college can be expensive.