The stretch of Halloween to Christmas is the busiest time of year for most businesses, which naturally leads to a drop-off in customers after the New Year. This can turn a nice December into a depressing January when you're working to get a fledgling business off the ground. However, the slowdown is also a great opportunity to turn the holiday traffic boost into an army of loyal returning customers.
Whenever Facebook updates their design, masses of people complain. Why'd they move this here and that thing there?! While unexpected changes are understandably annoying when all you want to do is upload a new video of your dog, Facebook needs to make these updates otherwise their site would become stale and begin to seem dated. Just look at their designs from only a few years ago — 2011 may as well be 1991.
2016 was a powerful, transformative year here at Weebly, and we have even bigger plans for 2017. This past year year we took things to a new level with Weebly 4 and Weebly Promote, moving towards a world beyond the website builder, and help you do more with your business and website than ever before.
As always, we love hearing what you’d like from us next year. Your thoughts directly influence what we decide to work on, so keep the comments and feedback coming!
To celebrate 2016 and set the stage for an amazing 2017 here’s a quick summary of our biggest releases from the last 12 months.
Struggling with gift ideas? We’ve got you covered with the Weebly Gift Guide. We combed through our most successful online stores and gathered some of the year’s best gifts sold by entrepreneurs right here on Weebly.
We made a lot of updates to Weebly Promote in November, including a new video tutorial that shows how to create your first email in just three steps (don’t forget, your first two emails are still free!) that you can check out below.
With Black Friday and Cyber Monday fast approaching, there's no better time to rethink the design of your store—especially with consumers gearing up to spend an average of $426 on 14 gifts during the 2016 holiday season. What retailer wouldn't want a slice of that spending?
With #GivingTuesday right around the corner (Nov. 29), now is the perfect time to add a donate button to your website to encourage end-of-the-year contributions.
As shopping is the official national hobby of the United States (and many other countries), it's important that we not leave the internet off the list of places we can go wild finding deals during the Holiday Season. It's become tradition for the biggest day of online shopping to fall on the Monday after Thanksgiving, giving us all something better to do than check Facebook every five minutes while we pretend to fill out spreadsheets.
Since Weebly 4 launched in September we’ve been focused on updates to help you grow business with Websites, eCommerce and Marketing. As we make our way into the busy (and lucrative) holiday season, there's never been a better time to try a new website theme, reach out to your best customers with email and bring new traffic to your site with SEO. Here’s a sample of the best new features we released in October.
Sending the right email, at the right time, might be your best chance to increase sales this holiday season. On Black Friday last year, email marketing generated the most sales out of any marketing activity, beating out SEO and paid search. On Cyber Monday, emails drove 23.9% of total orders.
Now, you can use email marketing tools from Weebly Promote to make sure these holiday dollars go to your business. While everyone else is just telling you what to do for the holidays, we’ve already done the work with Suggested Holiday Emails, a new feature that gives you a set of pre-made emails ready to use on the most important selling days this holiday season. And the best part? Your first two emails are free with Weebly Promote, so you can get started on your holiday marketing right now without spending a dime.
Suggested Holiday Emails use marketing and business data we’ve collected to provide you with the best content, links and send times to maximize sales collected from each campaign. We’ve created professional templates with sample discounts and holiday messaging, so all you need to do is plug in your business-specific content and hit send. Don’t worry, we have plenty of emojis too. Did you know that subject lines with emojis can dramatically improve your open rate?