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What are your advertising plans this Valentine’s Day?

Posted February 6, 2013 by fran @ 12:51 pm

Say what you want about Valentine’s Day and how it’s become so cheesy, lame, or commercialized, but the fact of the matter is people are generally more engaged during this time of the year. Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day offers huge marketing + engagement opportunities for both advertisers and publishers, so you can either join in on the fun, or watch from the sidelines like a third wheel.

V-Day Tips for Advertisers

Keyword Research – According to Search Engine Watch, the top 10 searched key words for Valentine’s Day are:

  • diy valentines gifts
  • valentines day border
  • valentines day drinks
  • valentines day baskets
  • valentines day treats
  • whens valentines day
  • valentines day gift
  • valentines day poem
  • valentines day cupcakes

It’s good to be aware of these keywords even if you aren’t in the romance / gift industry because they can give some ideas for PPC ads. Check out these keywords and think of ways that will allow you to incorporate them into your campaigns.

Tailor your ads for the special day – Really can’t find anything remotely related to any of the keywords above? That’s okay, this is your chance to think outside the box. Surely there are other ways in which you can demonstrate your Valentine’s Day spirit. Tweak the design of your banner ads to reflect the occasion. People are more inclined to notice hearts and candies this time of year, so if you can find a way to relate your brand with these things, then do so.

Show your customers some love – Beyond the candies and flowers, the one thing that people really want on the 14th is some TLC. This Valentine’s Day, treat your customers to special deals and sales. Show them how much they mean to you by offering them a freebie or two on this special day. Your customers will love your more for it.

V-Day Tips for Publishers

Pay attention to most searched for terms – Advertisers running PPC campaigns aren’t the only ones who should pay attention to popular keywords, you know. Take a peek at the most searched for terms above, and see if you can publish anything related to them.

For instance, if you have a DIY blog, then V-Day is the perfect time to write about homemade gift ideas and how to’s. Have a website about cooking or baking? Take this opportunity to post recipes perfect for a romantic dinner.

Go beyond the mushy stuff – Of course, Valentine’s Day isn’t just about romance. It’s about love in general. You don’t have to write some cheesy article about your special someone on your blog, but you CAN tell the story of how much you love your business or your craft. For example, why not share the tale of how you and your hobby or profession first “met”? What are the things that you love above your field or industry? Valentine’s Day could also be the perfect opportunity for you to gush about how much you adore your blog’s visitors and subscribers. If you haven’t done so yet, take the time to let them know how special they are. Again, they will love you more for it.

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