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10 Marketing Strategies to 10x your eCommerce festive sales!

India is the land of Festivals -  Holi, Eid, Onam, Dussehra, Diwali, Christmas, and the list goes on. The cultural energy in the air and the excitement in the hearts of consumers make the festive period the best time for e-commerce brands to scale their businesses rapidly. 

A recent survey found that the number of shoppers in the 2021 peak festive period increased by 1.2x and gross GMV was boosted by 1.25x. 

Online festive season sales : 2020 v/s 2021

The stats imply just how crucial the festive period is for eCommerce brands to both look out for new customers as well as engage with the loyal buyer-tribe.

After digging into the details of festive growth on an eCommerce category level, it was found that the hero categories of the season are Fashion (apparel, jewelry, footwear, cosmetics) and Electronics followed by the other highly scalable categories like home decor, wellness, and FMCG. 

Category mix during online festive sales

So, the bottom line is, if you have an e-commerce business and you wish to scale your business, the festive season is the time for you! And this blog is the place for you to grab the top strategies to scale up e-commerce festive sales by 10X!


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Before we start with the festive season, let's understand the challenges that you will have to overcome in order to grow profitably.


  • Cost of impression (CPM) increases due to which profitability drops

  • A lot of traffic on e-commerce websites during the festive season but for some reason, it doesn't convert

  • Able to get good returns from my campaigns but profitability drops on scaling

  • Marketplaces like Amazon and Flipkart typically launch 'big billion days' which impacts my sales

  • The RTOs are on an almost constant uptrend



1. Launch festive specific collection ahead of the festive season 

  • New product launches usually get significantly higher ROAS than existing collection

  • Good practice to name new launches as specific categories like Diwali collection or Dussehra collection

  • Pro Tip: Each new collection should have 20-40 new designs depending on catalog size

  • Separate campaigns and creatives to create for the new collections. 

    Ad for event specific new launch
    ad for festive specific collection


2. Run discovery ads on Youtube to drive awareness ahead of the season 

  • Discovery ads are feed ads on YouTube similar to feed ads on social platform. Unlike others, CPCs are much lower

  • Follow similar best practices for discovery ads

    - Optimize for conversions

    - Custom intent audience for targeting

    - Specific product ads instead of a category/brand ad

    - Price in ads copies to pre-quality audience

    - Land on the product page to reduce the path to purchase

Discovery ad

3. Bundle products into festive combos to increase AOV

  • Set up a unique name for the sale as a way of making an impression on prospective customers

  • Make specialized YouTube videos for the sales

  • Use combo products i.e. bundles to increase transactions

    combo products ad

3. Scale performance max to capture the high-intent audience 

  • Show sponsored products via Google smart shopping campaign

  • Intent traffic, hence higher chances of conversion

  • Use optimization goals as maximize conversions without target ROAS

  • Lands prospects directly on the product page and can be later re-marketed via dynamic ads


    google smart shopping campaign

4. Run mid-funnel campaigns optimized for landing page views 3-5 days before the sale

  • Build funnel with LPV-optimized campaigns at a lower cost

  • Show full-priced/sale coming soon ads 

  • Exclude all the audiences who had any engagement in the brand in the past to reach new customers 

  • Typical CPCs around INR 4-8 on FB / Instagram

Run mid-funnel campaigns


5. Showcase specific product(s) and land people on the category page

  • Drive traffic to the category page that is occasion-specific - e.g. Durga Pooja, Ganesh Chaturthi,  etc

  • Target audience based on the popularity of the occasions (categories)  - e.g. Durga Pooja is huge in the Eastern states, Diwali is a bigger festival in North

  • You can use ad formats that are more likely to land people on category pages e.g. over multi-product videos, slideshows

  • Show related products at the bottom of each product page to increase no. of views per session.

Category Page

6. Run video view campaigns to build excitement ahead of the festive season  

  • Cost of Video ads is usually lower than other ad formats e.g. carousel

  • Use single-product videos landing on product pages instead of brand / multi-product videos

  • Video view audience can be further re-marketed to get additional sales


7. Diversify spends across platforms to tackle high CPM rates 

Diversify your spends across various platforms


8. Use festive-specific overlays to capture user attention and increase CTRs 

  • Enable Strikethrough overlays to highlight discount

  • Use image/frame overlays to get higher CTRs.

  • Use different overlays for different categories For example in Men's category use "gifts for him" overlay and similarly "gifts for her" overlays in the women's category smart ads.

Ad with specific overlay9. Use segmentation or filtering to get people to buy high-value products 

  • During the festive season, people are more likely to buy high-value products

  • Focus on selling high-value products on the website instead of low-priced items

  • Create a product set of high-value products and promote via Catalog sales campaigns

  • Use “Value Optimisation” to increase the AOV and in turn, maximize the ROAS from that campaign.

display high-price products through segmentation

10. Use contextual coupon codes for discounting 

  • Use coupon codes like RAKHI10 or DIWALI 20 to make them contextual and create some urgency

  • Ensure the coupon code is present on the Top banner on the website & on the product page

  • Include the coupon code in ad creatives for a higher transaction rate

  • Stick to the theme of the festival and use text on custom carousel ads - always mention the end date!

    Use contextual coupon codes for discounts

We're not done here! 

Here are 2 bonus strategies for you to scale BEYOND the festive duration.


11. Remarketing is the way to go

 Remarket all website visitors 

 You can categorize your website visitors in 4 ways to remarket-

  • Product page visitors

  • Cart abandoners

  • Website homepage and Category page visitors

  • Subscriber database from blogs etc.

 Remarket Social Media audience

  • Page visitors on Facebook and Instagram

  • Video view audience on social platform

  • Video view audience on YouTube

12. Remarket customers with SMS, WhatsApp, and emails 

  • Marketing automation will be a great tool to influence already engaged audience at the last min.

  • Don’t forget to send reminder mail/SMS & WhatsApp during this festive season.

However, you need to ensure you don't overdo this. Keep a frequency cap on a customer basis. 

sms reminderWhatsapp reminder

To sum up...

The festive season can help you generate profits significantly given that you make the right moves. All our above growth hacks can be grouped together into four major strategies- 

1. Prepare in advance for the season

2. Set up your campaign to capture a high-intent audience

3. Make maximum use of creative strategies in advertising and display of your products

4. Remarket to regain inactive and lapsed users

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