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A Complete Guide on Designing Black Friday Discounts

Break the BFCM Piñata with this Guide on designing Black Friday offers.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are one of the biggest factors in whether you make or break your annual revenue goals. According to the National Retail Federation, the holiday season makes up for about 20% of total yearly retail sales. And it’s no longer restricted to just Black Friday discounts. Businesses, now, fan their deals out in order to attract sales throughout the entire shopping season leading up to Christmas.

So how do you make sure that you make the most of these two days? You need to plan your offers to seem more appealing and profitable to your customers. And you need to promote them by rising above other brands.  

The problem with blanket Black Friday discounts

Let’s be honest: a site-wide discount is no longer enough to ensure maximum sales and spill-over traction. If you simply offer your customers a blanket discount on your entire store, it will be hard to drive continued interest in your sale after you announce it on the first day.

Brands that soar above the rest use multiple-tier offers. What does that mean? 

They put together nuanced offers that ensure customer interest as well as increase their profit. Have a look at this brand’s offer during Black Friday: 

A flash sale notification by Aromatik to engage with their customers.

Aromatik offered a discount on the second item their customer purchases. This helps encourage the customers to buy more than they had initially planned.

What to consider while designing your offers 

Does designing multi-tier offers sounds intimidating? We have come up with some pointers for you to consider: 

Average Order Value

The best way to design offers is to understand how much an average customer is spending on your store. Many brands are focusing on the “buy more, save more” model to encourage more orders. 

One way is to offer a larger discount on the quantity or cart value. We have curated these two offers to give you a better idea: 

Comparing two different kind of Black Friday offers to understand which one works better.

Analyze data : What worked before and what didn’t?

Data is one of the most powerful tools anyone can own. So make full use of yours. Analyze data of past sales to understand what motivated your customers to spend more last season. Data can help straighten out your strategy by eliminating elements that didn’t work before. 

Direct Line of Communication

How are you planning to communicate with your customers during the hectic weekend? Customers should be able to reach you easily so you don’t lose out on orders. And you need tools to communicate your offers across. Keep the 1:1 communication going through Live chat box, push notifications and social media messaging

8 Different types of Black Friday Discounts to spice it up 

You will need to keep your offers interesting and enticing to appeal to your larger audience over the span of the whole weekend (and after). These offers should add value to your customer’s cart.

 Offering special deals will keep your customers curious and urge them to come back to your site more frequently. Here are some unique offers that will help optimize your BFCM strategy:


Bundles are the perfect way for targeting the different segments of your customer base . It takes an understanding of your inventory to determine which products would go well together. The different types of bundles are:

An image describing the different types of bundles a brand can offer.

1. Bundle similar/complementary products: 

Create a bundle of your products that go well together. Under offers like ‘Shop the look’, you can motivate the customer to buy it with a discount on the bundle. 

2. Themed bundles:

Explore different themes your products can fall under and form themed bundles. This can help you appeal to customers who are fond of a certain aesthetic or trend. One example would be a Y2K styled bundle in apparel carrying brands.

3. Flash Sale Bundles:

A well-timed and promoted flash sale can help you create a sense of urgency around your products. 

4. Mystery Bundles:

Add a mystery element to create a bundle that lures your customers in. A mystery item elevates the excitement around your brand. 

Hourly/Daily Deals 

Deals that are limited to a certain time period give you the perfect opportunity to engage your customers. They also help to drive customers to your mobile app when the traffic is low. For example, you can offer an extra discount from midnight to 6am as this period seems to experience the lowest traffic in most mobile apps.

Flash Sales

They are just another way of introducing time-sensitive deals to engage and drive your customers. Flash sales are a type of sales where products are sold at a high discounted rate during a particular time period. These sales are often exclusive for a brand’s mobile app users. 

Create Coupons 

Well-targeted coupons help bring existing customers back to the store. They are a great way to sweeten any deal or offer. They spark your customer’s interests in your products by promising a huge saving. 

Exclusive offers for loyal customers 

Your loyal customers deserve an extra treat. Building a loyal customer base should always be one of the goals of any business. You get recurring sales and they get better deals for sticking to one brand. These exclusive offers could look like giving a sneak peak into offers or a chance to buy exclusive products.   

Offer a free gift / free shipping 

Who doesn’t love freebies? A free product or free shipping keeps your customers invested in your brand. 


Have you ever noticed how , in brick and mortar stores, there are always products kept next to the billing counter? This tactic encourages impulse buying. Cross-selling is the mobile app equivalent of that. After a customer has added a product to their cart, recommend an add-on product that compliments the original product. 

 “49% of shoppers make impulse buys after receiving personalized messages.”

Read more on upselling here.

Experimental Offers 

Customers are always looking for something new. These kinds of offers help your brand get noticed during BFCM. This could look like partnering with charities, using Virtual reality or even a pay-what-you-want model. 

Best ways to promote your offers

Your enticing Black Friday discounts won’t convert until you promote them to reach your target audience. Here are some tips to take your advertising game to the next level for the sale of the year: 

Create urgency

Creating a sense of urgency is just the extra push your customers need to make a sale. Some ways of doing this is by putting a countdown timer, introducing time sensitive deals or highlighting items that have limited inventory. 

A count down push notifications by the bran Koovs.

Push notifications

Using push notifications to reach your customer is one way to be heard over the noise other brands are making. Push notifications can be hyper-personalized and tailored to your audiences. They also help alert your customers to all the different deals/offers you are offering. 

Want help developing a push notification strategy for BFCM? Read about it here. 

Social media marketing 

Promote your offers on social media to attract new customers. Paid ads help your brand appear in front of large volumes of highly targeted users.

Abandoned cart campaigns 

70% of e-commerce customers abandon carts. Brands lose $260 million from carts abandoned at check out. Abandoned carts campaigns help recover those orders by sending targeted push notifications.

A push notification example by the brand Matt & Nat encouraging customers to head to their app.

Encourage user generated content 

User generated content helps establish brand credibility. Reviews and feedback reassure your customers when they are skeptical. Encourage your existing customers to leave a review by asking them or even offer an additional discount/freebie or loyalty points. 

A push notification encouraging customers to leave a review.

Influencer/affiliate marketing

Collaborate with Influencers to reach larger audiences during BFCM. A study by Rakuten shows that 80% of consumers have made a purchase after it was recommended by an influencer they follow. 

Statistic about influencer marketing.

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