Black Friday Social Media Campaigns

Black Friday is a shopaholics’ crack cocaine, it’s the one day that people don’t need to make spurious excuses for why they need to buy an item, they just do. The name comes from the accounting practice of marking off profits with black ink, and the Friday following Thanksgiving marked the first day that retailers traditionally went into “black”.

This year, social media has forced marketers to change their game plans, while they traditionally were tight lipped about their offers, now they are trying to create buzz among consumers and trying to out-do the competition by carrying on a successful social media campaign that will help them attract more than their share of an expected 138 million shoppers that will hit stores this Friday.

Location Based Offers

Sports Authority's Campaign

There are several shops that are creating offers and promotions and campaigns centered around users checking-in to their stores on Black Friday. Sports authority is offering a $500 gift card to people who check-in to their stores on Foursquare and post it on Twitter, 20 people will be randomly picked and when a winner is selected a store manager will announce his name over the intercom system. They are also using their Facebook and Twitter accounts to promote for this campaign.

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