Getting Creative For the Holidays: Marketing Ideas for Madison County Small Businesses

The holidays are a time when businesses have the opportunity to reach a larger audience and boost sales. However, with so many businesses competing for attention, it can be difficult to stand out from the crowd. One way to do this is by using creative marketing methods that capture people's attention and reflect the festive spirit of the season. By thinking outside the box, businesses can ensure that their messages are heard loud and clear during the busiest time of year.


Not sure where to start? No problem. The Madison County Chamber of Commerce has put together a list of holiday marketing ideas that are sure to get your business noticed this holiday season.

Create Giveaways and/or Contests

One great way to get people interested in your business during the holidays is to hold a giveaway or contest. You can promote your contest on social media, in store, or even on your website. Be sure to make the rules clear and easy to follow, and offer a prize that is relevant to your business (for example, if you sell cosmetics, you could give away a basket of beauty products). This is a great way to generate some buzz and get people talking about your business.

Use Online Resources to Post Helpful Content

Another great way to market your business during the holidays is to post useful and interactive content on your website and social media channels. This could be anything from holiday recipes and DIY tutorials to gift guides and how-to videos. Whatever you post, make sure it's engaging and relevant to your target audience. People are always looking for helpful content during the holidays, so this is a great way to get them interested in your business.

Put Together a Gift Guide and Share Online Via PDF

If you sell products that make great gifts, why not create a gift guide? This is a great way to show off your products and give potential customers some ideas for what to buy their loved ones. You can share your gift guide on social media, on your website, or even via email marketing. And, if you want to really make it easy for people to shop from your guide, you can even turn it into a PDF that they can download and print out. In fact, you may want to create multiple guides targeted at different customer segments. You can write all the guides in one document and split it by separating PDF pages afterwards. Having many PDF guides can be useful for marketing.

Use Social Media to Interact With Customers

Social media is one of the best ways to connect with potential customers during the holidays (or any time of year). Make sure you're active on all of the major platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) and that you're posting engaging content that speaks to your target audience. You should also make use of holiday-specific hashtags (such as #HappyHolidays) so that people can easily find your content. And don't forget about paid advertising—with all of the competition for attention during the holidays, investing in some paid ads may be just what you need to get noticed.

Team Up With a Local Charity

One great way to show that your business cares about its community is by supporting a local charity during the holiday season (or any time of year). There are many ways you can do this—you could hold a food drive or toy drive at your store; donate a percentage of sales to charity; or even volunteer your time at a local non-profit organization. Whatever you do, make sure you promote it on social media and on your website so people know that you're giving back.

Create Partnerships With Complementary Businesses

Small businesses need all the help they can get during the holidays—so why not team up with other local businesses? You could cross-promote each other's businesses on social media or in store; team up for joint marketing initiatives; or even partner on product bundles or discounts. This is a great way to reach new customers while also supporting other small businesses in your community.

Reward Repeat Customers

The holidays are also a great time to reward loyal customers who have been supporting your business all year long. You could offer exclusive discounts or coupons; early access to sales or special events; or even free shipping on orders over a certain amount. Whatever you do, make sure you let your loyal customers know how much you appreciate them—they'll be more likely than ever before to continue doing business with you in the future.


The holidays are invaluable to small businesses—but with so much competition out there, it can be tough to stand apart. That's why it's important to have a solid marketing strategy in place before the holidays hit. By following these tips, you'll be well on your way to having a successful holiday season.

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