I’ve put together this list of 10 Great Ways To Differentiate Your Company For Christmas.
Some of these ideas will cost you nothing. Others, a small amount of money or time. To help you on the way, we’re also giving away some Great Free Stuff – look out for this emblem – and we’ve got some great exclusive deals for you.
Christmas Marketing Ideas
It’s not too late to start doing something for Christmas. Simon Says Media will be implementing each of these ideas and we’ll be showing you videos of how we bring some Christmas cheer to our clients and contacts as we do each of them. Of course you don’t have to do all 10 like we will and it only takes one to start having some fun.
How many can you do with your company?
1. Make your website festive, change your logo or masthead*
You can make this really simple by just adding some snow on your logo or adding a Christmas tree or snowman to the masthead on your website. Add a santa hat somewhere. We like santa hats…
Or go further, have a whole Christmas theme designed for your website. If you’re in retail or have an online store then this is a great idea, especially if you stock seasonal product lines.
We love Mark, our graphic designer who has created a Christmas logo for us:
If you want to Christmas-up your logo we can have Mark do it for you. See this page for more information.
2. Make your phone messsages festive*
This one can cost you zero – can you say “Merry Christmas”? Brilliant! You can change your phone messages for free. But even better, we’re giving you some messages with festive music that you can use completely free.
You can update your incoming announcement, your hold messages and music and even your voicemail to take account of the holiday season. Let your customers know that you’re paying attention.
I had fun recording seasonal messages with a client for the Simon Says Media phone system. Monica runs FocalVocal, a training company and she has previously recorded professional voice-overs. We’ll have a video coming soon of us putting our phone messages together.
Here’s one of our message:
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And here it is without Hannukah:
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To make it really easy for you to do this with a professional quality message and have some fun at the same time, we’ve made a special recording that you can use for free and we’re including the music too.
‘Jingle Bells’ licensed by Chris Worth Productions http://www.chrisworthproductions.com. Thanks Chris.
Even if the only phone system you have is voicemail on your cellphone you can still use this. Turn up your speaker volume, hold your phone near the speaker (avoid interference) and play it down the phone from your computer to record it as your voicemail greeting.
Use our free recording as a template to get all your staff involved. We’ve produced a another version with gaps so that your staff can shout your company name and “Merry Christmas” for use in the recording.
We’ve made it really easy for you to do – we’ve put a video on the recordings download page which shows you how to customise the free recording.
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Monica has agreed to provide her services to you, just for this holiday season. If you want us to record some customised messages for your phone system, see this page for more information.
You’ll have to get in quick, because we stop accepting orders at the end of business on Tuesday 8th December 2009.
3. Have a product, service or special offer just for Christmas*
It’s really easy to offer something different for Christmas, often just by repackaging what you already offer. The limited availability as well as the seasonality gives people a reason to buy today.
We’re offering Christmas telephone messages with great on-hold music as a special seasonal service for a limited time.We’re also offering to customise your logo for Christmas, just for this holiday season.
What are your customers looking for this Christmas and how can you provide it to them? Don’t know? Call your customers and ask them!
4. Have your company van decorated with a santa hat, tinsel, fairy lights, giant Christmas tree etc*
If you have a Christmas tree at home then you probably have a family tradition of decorating the tree. Start a tradition in your company of decorating your company vehicles for Christmas, whether it’s the boss’s car or the fleet of delivery vans.
Have employees make suggestions on the design to involve them in the whole process, after all they could be driving the thing around!
This is a great idea if you want to get noticed! Have some fun – keep it simple or go crazy. For added benefit, why not film the whole thing (one more idea for number 6), post it on YouTube and share it with your clients.
We’re giving away free vehicle graphics for Christmas. One of our clients, Eastcote Sign & Display, has agreed to produce 25 pairs of self-adhesive Christmas trees and 25 pairs of santa hats for us to give you for free. Michael has even agreed to pick up the shipping cost so that it costs you nothing. Thanks Michael. Merry Christmas!
Michael at Eastcote Signs designing
your Christmas vehicle graphics
Chris at Eastcote Signs preparing your free
Christmas vehicle graphics
Actually it’s not that complicated, you don’t really need instructions, just peel and stick. We’ll give you the instructions anyway. We’re throwing in the applicator in case you get bubbles.
5. Have a Christmas dinner or party for staff and clients*
Some companies are cutting back on their Christmas parties or abandoning them altogether. Do you want to be the boss who cancelled the Christmas party? Instead of the cost, think about the benefit from good-will you will generate by saying thank you to all your staff and clients for another year of great business.
Parties don’t have to be expensive, even a round of drinks for everyone at the local bar can be enough to start the festivities.
If the business year has been great for you then be a great boss and pay for the taxis home for everyone. Be a generous business owner and pay for the cab-rides home for someone else’s Christmas party as a present to that company.
If you’re having a party, think about your seating plan. Can you seat staff and clients together so that they get to know each other, strengthening your relationship with each other?
Use your party as an opportunity to network for your benefit and for that of your guests. Introduce clients to one another and enable them to find new opportunities at your party. Don’t over-do it though, it’s supposed to be a party.
6. Make a Christmas video message or music video to send to clients, involve your staff*
Give your staff the opportunity to be creative and let their hair down a little for the good of the company. Encourage them to have some fun with a video camera to make a message you can post online and send to clients and contacts.
Video is a great way of raising your company’s profile and by sending a link of your video to your clients you show that you have taken the time to think about them. Use the video to highlight your Christmas special offers – don’t miss the opportunity to make a sale – but above all, make it fun. Be sure to include your company name and your website.
You could record a message from all of your staff, or if you’re more adventurous you could try making a music video to a Christmas song – here’s a great, simple example where they clearly had a lot of fun making it:
You could be having fun like these guys. Send us the link to your video when it’s online.
Do you want to make a Christmas video but not sure where to start? That’s one more seasonal service we offer. See this page for more information.
7. Wear a santa hat the entire season or customise your uniform*
Did I say we like santa hats?
When you turn up for a meeting wearing a smart suit and sporting a bright red santa hat, everyone will know that your business is celebrating the Christmas season.
Alternatively you could find a way to customise staff uniforms for the season although perhaps only sales assistants with a great sense of humour will appreciate dressing like one of Santa’s elves for several weeks.
Santa hats are inexpensive and a few pounds or dollars can buy you a bag of them. Hand them out to members of staff and clients and spead the Christmas cheer.
Don’t forget to send us a picture of you wearing your santa hat at work.
8. Form a staff choir and go sing Christmas carols at your clients’ premises*
This one has made a lot of clients laugh at the suggestion, but none of them dismissed the idea.
Plan the hot mulled wine and mince pies, go and have some fun. Think your clients don’t want you turning up? Try it! Or bring some cheer to the residents of a local retirement home.
Whatever you do, film it and put it on YouTube. One more idea for number 6.
We’ve got a great video coming up for this one. Subscribe to our email list to be notified when the video is online.
9. Call customers to wish them a Merry Christmas*
If you can spare the time, this is a great way of connecting with customers for Christmas. Phone your customers and after passing on seasons greetings, take the opportunity to ask them how their business is going, what they need and how you can help them.
If your business follows an environmentally friendly policy, this is a great way of letting your clients know that you’ll be saving trees by phoning instead of….
10. Send clients a Christmas card*
Sending a Christmas card is a great and relatively inexpensive way to say hello, seasons greetings, thank you and we’re thinking of you, all in one go. Sending a Christmas card is also the first item on our second list, 10 Great Things to Send Customers (Or Contacts) For Christmas, which also includes links to exclusive great deals and your chance to win more Great Free Stuff. Subscribe to our email list to be notified as soon as the list is online.
You can get your Christmas cards customised for each of your clients using Variable Data Printing (VDP) and have them fulfilled, saving you the task of writing, licking and stuffing. Of course we like hand-written cards, but it takes time to write them out and if your client list is extensive, VDP and fulfillment are your options to ensure it gets done.
The Print Concierge are experts in the VDP business and we’ve set up an exclusive great deal with them, just for you.
As well as giving you free customisation on your holiday cards, be sure to tell them we sent you to get an extra 10% off their already crazy prices.
11. *Don’t forget Hanukkah
I know it’s only supposed to be a list of 10, but this one is important as an extra.
It’s Christmas but Hanukkah** is also coming up. Or Chanukah (either spelling is acceptable). Don’t let your Jewish clients and friends feel left out of the seasonal mood. How can you adapt these 10 ideas for Hanukkah? I’ll admit I’m not sure about the hat and uniforms, but we’ve mentioned it in our hold message – very simple.
** Hanukkah is a Jewish festival which celebrates the miracle of the oil for the eternal lamp burning for eight days in the Temple after its desecration, when normally it would only last for a single day. The festival starts in 2009 on the sunset of Friday 11th December and lasts for 8 days.
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We’d love to tell you more. Yes, all ten ideas will be implemented by Simon Says Media; we’ve already started and we’ve been filming along the way. Subscribe to our email list and we’ll let you know when we release each video. We’ll also let you know when “10 Great Things To Send Your Clients (Or Contacts) For Christmas” is posted to this site. And we’ll keep you informed when we post other great marketing and business tips.