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How to Send Your First Gift Card Email Promotion

With the holidays around the corner, it’s time to put those gift cards in the spotlight. You can easily reach of all your customers by sending them a gift card email promotion. All you need is their email addresses to get started.

Login to your merchant dashboard to upload your first email list

Click the Email Addresses tab on the left navigation of your merchant dashboard

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Click the blue Add New List button to give your list a title and hit save

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Click Edit Recipients to upload your email addresses to the new list

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You can upload emails by adding them manually or by uploading an Excel or CSV file. Before uploading the list, clean it up by deleting all of the columns except the email addresses column and any title rows. Your file should look like this screenshot below before uploading (email addresses have been blurred to protect privacy):

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That’s it! Your email list is ready to receive gift card promotions! Now you can go to the Promotions tab on the dashboard to create your first email blast. Watch our tutorial video for next steps.

Contact us at info@giftfly.com if you need help or call us at (800) 322-6201 during office hours. Best of luck with your holiday sales and happy gifting!

10 Ways to Sell More Gift Cards this Holiday Season

10 Ways to Sell More Gift Cards this Holiday Season

Ready or not, here comes the holiday season! It’s the season to sell more gift cards. And that means we’re here to arm your business with all kinds of tools, tips and tricks you need to run a successful gift card campaign this holiday.

We hope you’re already off to a great start with planning & implementing your holiday promotions, but if you’re feeling a bit behind on your sales goals, no worries at all. The tips below will help you capture more digital gift card sales by promoting your eGift cards when your customers need them the most – when they’re looking for a meaningful last-minute gift that friends and family will love.

Check out the tips below to get the most out of GiftFly’s eGift card platform this holiday season:

1. Go Digital

If you’re not already offering eGift cards through GiftFly, now would be the best time to get started. Your business can go from local to national in seconds. Anyone, anywhere will be able to instantly send a gift card for your business 24/7. It’s no secret that this holiday season will be a very digital one. According to InComm, 67% of total gift card sales were digital gift cards last holiday season!

Today’s consumers love eGift cards due to their instant deliverability. For the busy, last-minute shopper, sending eGift cards for favorite local businesses is a lifesaver.digital-gift-card-stats

Go ahead, sign up your business with GiftFly for free to get access to the fastest & easiest eGift card platform. Don’t worry, we’re here if you need a hand setting up your cards or promotions. Once you’re signed up, start customizing your GiftFly page and eCommerce-enable your site by adding the eGift card button.

  • Design your eGift cards
    • Upload any image or logo for unlimited designs, choose holiday-themed backgrounds to give your customers options to send their loved ones (Download these FREE Holiday photos)
  • Customize your GiftFly storefront
    • Upload your logo and color codes to match your branding

Now you’re ready to promote your new eGift cards. You can market your new eGift cards anywhere by adding the link to your gift card page!

2. Get the Word Out

Having an eGift card is pointless without a promotion strategy. If no one knows about your eGift cards, it’s going to be difficult to sell them. The best way to sell more gift cards is to get the word out to your audience on all fronts. There are lots of ways to promote your eGift cards this holiday season. Below are some great ideas to get you started:

3. Your Website

KTnMexETqToday’s digital consumer will immediately go to Google to search for your business to find out if you sell gift cards online. The not-so-tech-savvy folks will still call your business to order a gift card or certificate the old-fashioned way via snail mail. Now you can direct all of your customers to visit your website to send a gift card to anyone via email and text in a couple of clicks.

  • Add the eGift card button to your website
    • Select the color and shape of the button to embed onto any page within your website. Let us know if you need help.
  • Add “Gift Cards” to your main navigation so customers can easily find the link to your gift card shop
  • Design seasonal banners to promote your eGift cards on your website that link to your shop
    • Use contrasting colors, images & copy that standouts against your website to call attention to your new 24/7 product

4. Social Media

Social media is a great way to get your message out to a large audience and fans of your business. Use images to help your Facebook posts standout on the newsfeed. Offer special discounts for Facebook fans or followers to increase loyalty and engagement. Make sure the image is sized correctly for the particular network you are posting to. If you have a marketing budget for the holiday season, go ahead and “boost” the post on Facebook – be sure to include a link to your gift card store-front so customers can easily checkout.facebook-gift-card-tab2

  • Add the custom Facebook eGift card tab to start selling on your Facebook page
    • Watch our how-to video to see how easy it is to add the tab.
  • Create image posts to promote your eGift cards using high quality holiday-themed images
    • Here’s a great tip! Right-click and save your GiftFly designs to easily add the gift card image to any post.
  • Setup sponsored posts or tweets to reach your customers 6 days before Christmas to increase last minute gift sales
  • Gift card contests – Start a contest on your top performing social media networks and giveaway an eGift card to the winner to promote your eGift cards and increase engagement at the same time!

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5. Email Marketing

Email marketing can be a tricky game. Thankfully, GiftFly has made it easy with the Promotions tab inside the dashboard! All you need to do is upload your customer email list to get started – let us know if you need help.

If you already use MailChimp or Constant Contact to communicate to your customers, simply export the list and import it into your GiftFly dashboard to start sending gift card email promotions. You can even create different lists to reward your most loyal customers or to engage the less frequent visitors.

Around the holidays, consumers will start searching their email inbox for deals and promotions. Take advantage and get creative with your offering to get more sales during the holidays.

6. Blogging

Do you already have a blog for your business? If so, you may have subscribers who regularly visit the blog or are getting email notifications whenever you post something new. Blog about your eGift cards or any discounts you’re offering to inspire readers to send your eGift cards during the busy holidays. Don’t forget to link back to your gift card shop!

Guest blog on local bloggers’ website to gain more exposure for your eGift cards using a last-minute gift angle. People love supporting local businesses and gifting during the holidays is a big trending topic for many bloggers and writers. Offer a small gift card giveaway to their readers in exchange for more exposure. Check bloggers’ social networks to determine their reach and select the best ones to partner with.

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7. Gift Card Promotions

Everyone likes a discount, especially during the holidays when consumer spending is at its highest. There are 4 different promotion types in the GiftFly dashboard that you can easily setup and schedule to help sell more gift cards this holiday season.

 

1. Promotion

  • Send an eGift card promotion to customers for special occasions
  • Choose or design a GiftFly you want to email out to your list, for example: send out a seasonal gift card reminding customers that they can send anyone, anywhere an eGift card to your business 24/7 – perfect for a last-minute gift!

2. Giveaway

  • Create a FREE offer for all your loyal customers
  • Setup a giveaway to any or all of your customers to reward them during the holidays – a small gift can go a long way and create a loyal customer who returns again and again.

3. Bonus

  • Buy this eGift card and get bonus dollars for FREE
  • For example, “Buy a $100 GiftFly and get a $25 bonus for free” – who wouldn’t say no to this deal?! This would make a great offer for Cyber Monday to promote your eGift cards to your customers and local market.

4. Flash Sale

  • Get dollars off when you buy during this time
  • Flash sales get customers buying, and buying fast. Offer a limited time deal that customers can’t resist, for example, “Hurry! $10 Off for the next 24 hours only!”

Bonus tip: Try out a few different promotions over the next couple of weeks to see which ones perform best with your customers. Optimize the offer that converted the most and use that to reach the last minute shoppers closer to Christmas day.

8. In-Store Promotions

Promote your eGift cards in-store using your GiftFly signage including the window clings, POS magnet or any custom signs your create that you can display on your window or door to capture more impressions around the holiday season.

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9. Fundraisers

Get local organizations out in the community selling and promoting eGift cards for your business! Partner with local organizations to create fundraisers, and chart their progress as well! In the Fundraisers tab,gift-card-fundraiser you can setup a custom fundraising campaign within minutes and watch the progress as you reach your goals. Simply add a campaign manager who can invite participants and manage the fundraiser on their own dashboard. Give back to your community while selling gift cards at the same time!

10. Snail Mail

Okay, this may be odd for us to mention as an eGift card company, but why not create a nice postcard to send to your best customers during the holidays to include information about your eGift cards as a last-minute gift solution. Offer a special holiday discount or a nice message from the business owner.

To learn more what else you can do to increase your sales this holiday season, contact us during business hours to brainstorm new ideas and for assistance setting up new campaigns.

 

How to Plan Your Gift Card Campaign for the 2015 Holiday Season

How to Plan Your Gift Card Campaign for the 2015 Holiday Season

Doesn’t everyone have that one friend on Facebook that shares how many days until Christmas no matter what month it is? For business owners, it gives us a constant reminder of the busiest time of year. FYI – 52 days and counting as of today!

With the holiday season fast approaching, is your business ready for the rush? In this post we will discuss how to plan your 2015 holiday gift card campaign using GiftFly’s latest features.

GiftFly’s eGift Card Solution Introduces Latest Features

GiftFly’s eGift Card Solution Introduces Latest Features

We’re excited to unveil our new look with our latest features making GiftFly an all-in-one eGift card marketing platform! Our new platform is fit for any business, arming you with all the tools you need to run a successful gift card campaign year-round. The best part is that it’s free to sign up and setup your account! This unlocks your GiftFly dashboard so you can start getting the most out of our service. In this post, we will walk you through the GiftFly dashboard, and all that you can do with it.

mobile-gift-card-appQuick Redeem

When you first login to your merchant dashboard, you land on the Quick Redeem function allowing you to quickly enter the customer’s unique 12-digit code and the amount to redeem their GiftFly online. You can also redeem the GiftFly using our free eGift card app available in the iTunes store. The app scans the QR code on the GiftFly to redeem the card at your business. The Android app will be available this Fall.

Performance

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This is where you can track all of your eGift card transactions in real time! In this section, you can see how many and the value of cards that have been sold, redeemed, and refunded, as well as the balance of those cards. These stats can be measured by the day, month, year, or any custom interval that you select. It also allows you to analyze all of your gift card transactions by date, type, status, offers, senders & receivers and much more to improve year-round marketing efforts and to provide better customer service.

Gift Card

online-gift-cardThis is your chance to get creative to give your customers a variety of gift cards to send. By creating an eGift card, you can give your customers a personally-branded gift option, as well as a fun, decorative gift for the holidays. Creating a GiftFly is an incredibly simple process that can be repeated many times over. Upload custom images, set a color scheme that matches that of your business, and create a variety of cards for any occasion you choose! Add an enticing title and description to create gift cards for unique experiences that highlight any service or occasion. 

Store Front

This is what your customers will see when they purchase a GiftFly for your business.  You can upload your logo, select a color scheme consistent with your own, and link your GiftFly page back to your website or any other sites you’d like.

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Your Sales Tools tab is where you can access your button code and text link. We give you the code that you need to create a button on your website, as well as to integrate your GiftFly store front on your Facebook page. Sales Tools is also where you can create store-wide gift card discounts, and to print your own GiftFly signage.

Promotions

The Promotions tab helps increase customer loyalty and engagement. This is where you can create and keep track of your email promotions. The new feature allows you to email gift card promotions, specials, and discounts to your customer list at any time. There are four types of promotions you can choose from to create email blasts to improve gift card sales year-round. Incentivize your most loyal fans while staying “green” and going digital! Discounts are a great way to take advantage of holidays, bring in new customers, and reward your regulars. People love the concept of “something for nothing”, and you will reap the benefits of your promotions.

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Fundraisers

Finally, you can partner with local organizations to create fundraisers, and chart their progress as well! In the Fundraisers tab,gift-card-fundraiser you can setup a custom fundraising campaign within minutes and watch the progress as you reach your goals. Simply add a campaign manager who can invite participants and manage the fundraiser on their own dashboard. Give back to your community while selling gift cards at the same time!

Settings

Please check if you completed your business settings in this section before you start selling your gift cards. Add your business information, contact information, and how you would like to get paid, whether it’s to your bank account or your PayPal account, your choice.

You can also decide whether you want to pay the service fee or if you want your customers to pay the fee during checkout in the Payouts tab as well. Not every business model is the same, so we let you decide who gets it for free. You can also change your password and check your billing in this section.

Email Lists

This is where you upload your customer email list for promotions. You can add your full list and/or create segments to send VIP promotions to your most loyal customers. First you create the list and name it. Then click “Edit Recipients” to upload your customer list by importing an Excel or CSV file. Be sure to clean the list beforehand so it appears correctly per column, i.e. First cardsName, Last Name, Email Address and so on. If you need assistance setting up a campaign, please reach out to us during business hours at (800) 322-6201 or via email at info@giftfly.com.

The Merchant Dashboard is a very simple tool that anyone can use. We hope that you’re able to fully utilize all of the great tools to increase gift card sales! In future posts, we will explore some of the concepts shown here in a more in-depth manner. Until then, take care, and happy selling!

 

 

Happy 4th of July!

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Can you believe the 4th of July is already here? We hope everyone has a happy and safe 4th of July! The GiftFly team is getting excited to unveil the latest features coming to our eGift card platform that will be unveiled this summer. These features will include gift card email promotions and fundraisers to help our merchants sell more gift cards year-round. Based on the great feedback we’ve received from our merchants regarding our platform, we’ve created an easy-to-use platform for business owners to create, sell and market their own eGift cards, as well as track transactions in real-time! Stay tuned for the announcement.

If you have any questions about our platform, please let us know by commenting below or emailing our support team at info@giftfly.com as we’re here to help. Enjoy celebrating this beautiful nation this weekend, have fun, and of course, be safe!

 

How to Promote Your eGift Cards for Valentine’s Day 2015

How to Promote Your eGift Cards for Valentine’s Day 2015

Valentine’s Day is all about love and let’s not forget, gifts. Can you believe the average annual Valentine’s Day spending is over $13 Billion?! Cut yourself a piece of that pie by effectively promoting your products and services to your customer base and beyond. Today we’re going to talk about eGift cards in particular because an eGift card is something your business can add in seconds to sell more on this special occasion and year-round.

For businesses, Valentine’s Day is a day to cash in on specials and offers to entice customers to purchase their gifts through you, especially gift cards and gift certificates. Need some new ideas for promotion? Here’s how your business can sell more gift cards on Valentine’s Day:

Offer eGift Cards

Before you start promoting for Valentine’s Day, you’re going to need to setup the essential tools to assist you in adding these extra sales. Go ahead, sign up your business with GiftFly for free and you’ll get access to the fastest & easiest eGift card platform created especially for the small business owner. Don’t worry, we’re here if you need a hand setting up your card designs and gift card page. Once you’re signed up, start customizing your GiftFly page and eCommerce-enable your site by adding the custom widget.

  • Design your virtual gift cards
    • Upload any image or logo for unlimited designs, choose Valentine’s Day themed backgrounds to give your customers options to send their loved ones
  • Customize your GiftFly eGift card page
    • Upload your logo and color codes to match your branding
  • Add the eGift card widget to your website
    • Select the color code and embed onto any page within your website. Let us know if you need help.
  • Add the Facebook tab to your Facebook page
    • Move the tab to the front of all other tabs so fans can easily see you offer eGift cards. Watch this video tutorial for assistance.

Now you’re ready to promote. You can market your new eGift cards anywhere by simply adding the link to your unique gift card page! Unleash your creativity to design beautiful cards and promotions.

Email Marketing

If you have a customer email list, now’s the perfect time to announce that you have special eGift cards for Valentine’s Day. You can schedule an email blast today through Feb. 14 since your eGift cards are available for purchase 24/7 and are sent instantly via email, which makes it a perfect option for last-minute and long distance gift-givers. Fun fact: Did you know that there are an estimated 4 to 4.5 million college couples in the US in a non-marital long-distance relationship? Adding GiftFly allows anyone, anywhere in the U.S to send a gift card to your business from the comfort of their home, even when your business is closed. This will bring in revenue that you simply would not be able to get with a plastic gift card or certificate.

Here’s an example of an email promotion you can design to send to your customers promoting your eGift cards:

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Social Media

Use your social networks to spread the word about your Valentine’s Day offering. Be sure to include images to help your posts stand out amongst all the updates and other promotions. If you have a strong Facebook or Twitter following, run a special discount for your fans, i.e. 10% off Valentine’s Day eGift cards, which you can setup in your GiftFly dashboard to give consumers an incentive to buy & send your cards. To give your post added impressions, go ahead and boost it on Facebook to get more eyes on your offer. When customers send a GiftFly via Facebook, they will share the news with their network, further increasing your reach and impressions.

In-store Promotions

Prior to the special occasion, promote your gift cards in-store. Print custom signage to display in your window and at the register to let customers know you offer eGift cards online. When your business is closed, a passerby may notice your signage to learn that you now offer eGift cards and can look for you online to purchase a card.

You can also include a message in your customer receipt or attached to their receipt promoting your eGift cards. For example, “Send Someone Special an eGift in Seconds – Visit Our Website for Details.”

GiftFly provides your business with all the tools you need to create, sell, track and promote your virtual gift cards. Get started today as it’s not too late to start promoting for Valentine’s Day and as always, feel free to reach out to GiftFly if you need assistance.

 

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Sources: Valentine’s Day Stats, Long Distance Relationship Stats

GiftFly is #WhatsTrending according to Elvis Duran and the Morning Show!

“GiftFly: Not only will this help you find a gift for the hard person to shop for but it’s going to save you last minute. Use the GiftFly app or website to purchase an e-giftcard for a local business using their zipcode.” Click the play button to listen below for the entire #WhatsTrending segment from the Elvis Duran and the Morning Show:

Read more: http://bit.ly/1vnLhzM

#WhatsTrending Gift Guide

Revenue on the Cutting Edge: Why You Should Offer eGift Cards Now!

Revenue on the Cutting Edge: Why You Should Offer eGift Cards Now!

GiftFly conducted a wide small-to-medium sized business survey to confirm that every business should offer eGift cards and to better understand the needs of the local small business owner. Over one hundred “owners or managers of a small-to-medium business” answered our survey throughout nine regions in the U.S. Most importantly, we asked them, “What Features Make You Want to Add GiftFly’s eGift Card Solution.” 

GiftFly’s Official Launch Event 9/17

We celebrated our launch on Wednesday evening at Washington Prime in South Norwalk! Local merchants, media and consumers all came to celebrate with us, and the GiftFly team was on hand to provide info and give demonstrations! We took some pictures as well. It was a great night, and hopefully the first of many events that we will be holding in the near future! Thank you again for all those who joined us at our launch event. We appreciate your support and interest in GiftFly!

If you’re interested in trying GiftFly for free, email us at info@giftfly.com for a $5 promo code you can enter during checkout at GiftFly.com to try out our new social and mobile gifting platform. Help us introduce GiftFly to your favorite, local merchants in the U.S. and earn rewards: http://referral.giftfly.com/.

GiftFly Demo at the 49th Stamford Tech Meetup [Photos]

Recently we presented our free eGift card solution for local businesses at the 49th Stamford Tech Meetup. The meetup took place at the Stamford Innovation Center in downtown Stamford, Connecticut. It was a great night for networking, learning about emerging technologies and startups, and socializing. Every month techies in Fairfield County gather at the Innovation Center for this meetup which always includes a “Hack of the Month” and 3 demos from tech companies in the local area. Out of three presentations that night, we won for best demo!

The presentation started with some background information about the company followed by a demo from the consumer’s end. With only 5 minutes to present and 5 minutes for Q+A, the night flew by very fast! Excellent questions were asked from the audience about GiftFly’s free social and mobile gift cards for small to medium-sized businesses including:

Question: Can any business sign up for GiftFly?

Answer: GiftFly works for any business, no matter what size whether you’re a restaurant, spa, barber, or dog walker – any local business can become a GiftFly merchant. You can easily sign up for free using your Yelp business profile or with simple business information.

Question: Why are you here and how can we help?

Answer: We’re here to increase local and regional exposure and raise awareness about our free eGift card solution. We’d also like to announce our launch event on September 17th, 2014 at Washington Prime in South Norwalk, on 9/17 from 4-6pm.

If you missed the GiftFly demo, contact info@giftfly.com to schedule a call, meeting or personal demo with the GiftFly team headquartered in Darien, CT.