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Valentine’s Day marketing statistics & tips

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Valentine’s Day is no longer just for lovestruck couples.

In 2023, consumers expected to spend $7.1 billion on teachers, classmates, co-workers, friends, and even pets — the highest since the onset of COVID-19 and almost double the $3.6 billion spent in 2013.

That’s in addition to spending on significant others. Overall, it’s expected that almost $26 billion will be spent on Valentine’s Day this year.

So with Valentine’s Day now presenting a bigger opportunity for a wider range of ecommerce stores than ever before, how can you best prepare?

We analyzed over 4 billion emails, SMS, and push notifications sent from Omnisend in February 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023 to identify trends to help your Valentine’s marketing.

What are the main trends to follow for Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day sales have evolved over time. Today, more casual gifts are exchanged, indicating that there has been a shift from a lovers’ holiday to an appreciation of the people (and animals) that are most important to us.

Once upon a time, stores selling dog collars and friendship bracelets may have lost out to businesses selling romantic gifts, but those days appear to be behind us

This change has been adopted widely, with all groups under the age of 55 now spending more on their pets than in the past. 

All of which means one thing: a broader range of shops can increase their Valentine’s Day sales. However, other brands will also have the same idea, so it’s essential to think of ways to stand out if you want to capture your audience’s attention.

One highly effective way to do that is to use automated communication, so your sales messages are on autopilot. If you take an omnichannel approach, you utilize multiple channels of communication to reach customers in more ways than just their email inbox.

Let’s take a quick look at how effective email, SMS, and push marketing can be, and why you’re leaving money on the table if they aren’t part of your strategy:

Increasing sales with email, SMS, and push notifications

Our analysis of emails sent in February of 2020—2023 proved that shoppers place orders throughout the month. In other words, if you’re waiting until the big day arrives to start your Valentine’s Day marketing campaigns then you’re missing out on sales.

  • In 2023, the day with the most orders was February 8, a week before Valentine’s Day
  • With the exception of February 4 and 11, shoppers placed more orders every day ahead of Valentine’s Day than they did the year before — indicating that people like to shop further ahead (the first three days of February 2023 generated almost $290,000 in revenue, compared to $162,450 in 2022, $117,327 in 2021, and $16,989 in 2020)
  • Sales through these three channels have grown considerably each year. In 2020, the first 10 days of February generated a total of $72,929 in revenue. In 2023, that figure was surpassed in the first day of the month. Over the first 10 days, businesses generated just shy of $900,000

If you’re still not using SMS or push notifications, consider this: in 2023, Omnisend merchants added half a million orders through these two channels. With an average order value of $93, that’s $47 million that could have been left on the table.

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What are the main tips and ideas for Valentine’s Day?

As the previous section highlights, many people buy their gifts in advance. If your Valentine’s marketing is left until the day itself then you’re missing out on sales and giving a huge advantage to your competitors.

With that said, here are five tips to help you improve your Valentine’s Day sales:

1. Consider your audience

Always the golden rule, our first tip is to put your audience first.

  • Who are they?
  • What are they looking for?
  • How can you appeal to them?

Valentine promotions often follow a similar trend, with businesses trying to shoehorn references to love and flirtation into their messaging—even if it feels forced. Instead, knowing that people also buy Valentine’s gifts for non-romantic reasons, you can be more authentic.

You could also build different segments within your audience. This allows you to try different subject lines and different messages or offers to each segment.

Some potential audience segments include:

2. Messaging

Puns can be fun when used well, but if they’re not your thing then don’t feel pressured to include them in your Valentine’s marketing. Not every communication needs to be about love and crushes.

Knowing that more people are buying non-romantic gifts opens up lots of new possibilities for how you promote your products, including a deliberate mention that your buyers can treat their pets or friends. Some ideas could include:

“Show your furry friend that they’re appreciated.”

“Recognize your years of friendship.”

“Family deserves to feel special too.”

As always, be authentic to your brand and put your audience first. The important thing to remember here is that you can include strong Valentine’s language if you want to, but you don’t necessarily have to.

3. Timing

Valentine’s Day is a popular occasion, and shoppers will be exposed to promotions frequently. To get your share of success, it’s important to send your promotions in advance. While some people will buy the day before, or even Valentine’s Day itself, our analysis found that many people are buying well in advance of the day itself.

You want to find the balance between too early and too late. Being mindful that people have only recently spent money at Christmas, it’s generally good practice to start your Valentine promotion from late January or the beginning of February, with reminders to non-buyers as the big day gets closer.

4. Omnichannel approach

Email might be the most popular platform for selling to an audience, but other channels have proven their ability to increase sales too—and combining them into a seamless experience is especially powerful.

Omnisend customers can create workflows that incorporate email, SMS, push notifications, as well as retarget on Facebook and Google ads.

With the different platforms working together, your audience can enjoy a continuous experience. Promotions and order confirmations can be sent via email, SMS or push notifications, while people who visit your website but don’t place an order can see related items or discount codes in your retargeting ads. 

These integrated campaigns can send different messages on each platform, making them more useful to the recipient—and less annoying than receiving an email and SMS that both say the same thing.

5. Optimize for mobile

Mobile optimization was already important, but the pandemic drove a 30% increase in mobile shopping over 2019. In 2022, almost 42% of ecommerce sales in the US came from mobile.

In other words, being optimized for mobile is no longer a recommendation, it is absolutely essential.

Omnisend customers have peace of mind that all emails, forms, and landing pages are already mobile optimized and don’t require any additional work. 

Wrap up

With less reliance on romantic messaging, the sky’s the limit for Valentine’s Day ideas. Regardless of the products in your store, the right messaging and timing will enable you to enjoy the Valentine period too.

Send your communications in advance, tailor the messaging to your audience, make use of multiple channels, and you’ll give yourself the best chance of making those Valentine’s Day sales and growing your customer base further.

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Richard White
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Richard White

Richard is a Content Marketing Manager at Omnisend. An avid writer, he's said to have been born holding a pencil. Fascinated by all things handmade, if he's not reading or writing he can often be found practicing leathercraft.