Here we go again. It’s about a week out of Thanksgiving and that means a lot of dollar signs to a lot of people. Black Friday will be here before you know it. Actually, Amazon is already starting their Black Friday Deals this upcoming Friday (November 22nd). Yep. The retail world is taking advantage since Thanksgiving is so late this year and Hannukah is so early.
In this day and age of social media marketing and social networking, using your social media outlets is one of the best ways to find the best Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday deals out there. Social media is at your fingertips and it spits information to you rather than you seeking it out. With today’s Internet technology, advertisements will be catered to you and your interests based on your web searches and social media profiles. It’s a fact of life, so this is not the time to start crying about Big Brother. Too late.
So, what are some ways you can use social media to effectively and efficiently find the best Black Friday Deals?
1. Follow your favorite stores on social media.
Some stores are actually offering exclusive social media deals so make sure you are following Amazon, Target, Macy’s and Best Buy on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. Maybe even on Instagram.
2. Search hashtags.
Hashtags are pretty commonplace now and most big retail outlets are well aware of how they work. You can search #blackfriday and #deals and even hashtags of the items that you are looking for. #computers, #cameras, #xbox1, #ps4, #ipad, you name it.
3. Create lists on Twitter.
If you’re going to start following all of your favorite brands and retail outlets, you should set up a list specifically for retail or shopping. You don’t want all of these deals (and there will be thousands, if not millions, of tweets about Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals).
4. Be mobile.
Make sure you have the apps for all of your favorite social media sites and set up notifications. This way you can know when a favorite store has Tweeted or posted about a deal. Get on it!! Also, check out some of the best store apps likeTarget Cartwheel and Shutterfly. They offer exclusive deals for app holders!
Good luck this holiday season. I can’t wait to see what kinds of apps there will be out there next year. This is just the tip of the iceberg.