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The holiday season is upon us, and so is the end-of-year advertising push. And why not? Consumers spent nearly $998.3B during the 2018 holiday season, and are projected to spend even more this year, so marketers are looking to secure this increasingly large piece of the pie. 

But how can you make sure your ad spend doesn’t get lost in this year’s holiday shuffle? It’s simple: Give your campaigns the gift of location-based audiences. According to the NRF, consumers are planning on spreading out their holiday purchases this year at a variety of offline destinations, including department stores, discount stores, fashion, electronics, and more. Offline audiences can be the perfect addition to your campaign, as they’ll allow you to target consumers based on their interests in the real world and drive them to store. 

Here are four ideas to help you get the most out of this year’s holiday campaigns. 

1. Stay Top of Mind 

This year’s holiday season is almost a week shorter than last, due to when Thanksgiving and Christmas fall. As follows, it’s important to start targeting well before Christmas to ensure you reach those eager, in-market shoppers during this brief buying cycle. Activate your campaign by connecting with consumers who made verified visits to retailers in your vertical, or complementary verticals, in the past 15 days, which signals they are on the hunt for holiday purchases that fit your campaign goals.

2. Capitalize on Holiday Travelers

The Travel Channel survey found that 67% of Americans plan to use vacation days this holiday season, with the majority of travelers driving to their destinations. Using location-based audiences, you can reach those who traveled during last year’s holiday season, based on historical data. These audiences can be comprised of those who were seen at rental car locations, airports, or hotels during the 2018 season. You can target these audiences with advertising to inspire them to choose your travel brand, convenience store, or gas station brand while they’re on the road again this year.

3. Gain and Retain Customers

The holiday season is the last time of year you want to lose out to competitors, but by using cutting-edge, predictive audiences, you can make sure you don’t. Predictive location-based audiences allow you to target your at-risk customers who show signs of straying from your brand. They also provide you with the opportunity to capture your competitors’ weaker customer base. The ability to gain and retain customers during the largest spending quarter will be sure to make you jolly this holiday season — especially once you see your return on ad spend.

4. Make It Relevant

Want to really cut through the noise? Make it relevant to consumers. Location-based audiences are based on data that’s collected throughout the consumer journey, so you can slice and dice metrics to create your perfect segment to target those on your “nice list.” Combine metrics such as frequency of visit, lifestyle habits, specific locations, time frames, and more in order to deliver a truly relevant and personalized message to your consumer, resulting in a stronger relationship and brand affinity.

Have any questions or want to learn more about these targeting tactics? Feel free to reach out to our audience team or check out our Holiday Audience Targeting Guide.

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About the Author

Laura Carstens, Product Marketing Manager

Laura is a product marketer passionate about technology, learning, and admittedly, dogs. A graduate of Indiana University, she holds a business degree in Marketing.