Seasonality in Advertising

Is your business affected by seasonality? Many businesses struggle with the “feast or famine” effect of seasonality, and the unpredictability that comes with having a business built on conditions during a particular season. Construction, landscaping, retail; many of these businesses rely on sales during just one quarter, or even a small portion of one quarter, to put their businesses back in the black. If the customers aren’t there because the weather is bad, or there is just less seasonal spending these businesses can be in trouble. Carefully planning your marketing tactics throughout the entire year can help reduce unpredictability and increase profits when the season finally rolls around.


How to Tell When Your Business Starts to Get Hot
Identifying when your season actually starts for your buyer is extremely important for timing your seasonal marketing. Google Trends provides a great free tool to watch trends in search terms. Try out a few common terms in your industry and you should notice it correlates pretty well to your busiest seasons. If your marketing efforts begin after the frequency starts to rise, you’re starting too late. For example, flower sellers who get their big bumps on Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day start spiking in search traffic in early January and late March respectively, signifying the beginning of the buying cycle for many prepared shoppers. Though they may not make their orders until much later, this education and evaluation stage is key in a customer’s buying cycle, and a perfect opportunity to
get in front of them.


The Sales Cycle Extends Beyond the Season
The off season is a time for building and cultivating leads and laying the groundwork for when sales really start coming in. Take landscaping for example. Conventional wisdom says not to plant before frost isn’t an issue, and many landscaping companies do not ramp up their efforts until May. However, internet searches for landscaping begin to rise as early as late January and actually peak around May 5. Data shows that there were 1,651 impressions in the “Landscaping Contractor” category on February 1, by May 5, there were 12,787 impressions in the same category. By waiting to begin marketing until too late, many companies could end up entirely missing the beginning of the buying process. To make sure they don’t miss the beginning of their customer’s buying cycles, landscapers should begin to ramp up their marketing efforts when the plows are still out. Try to time your marketing efforts to hit when the early birds first start searching. That way, by the time they’re ready to make that purchase, they’re aware of your business.


Convert Them Early
If you can identify a moment early in the buying cycle when your customers are starting their yearly shop and put an offer in front of them to convert them early, you’ll get the jump on your competition and increase your cash flow when you need it to augment your other marketing efforts. Running a click-to-call campaign on a social media platform, like Facebook, is a good way to get in front of your customers at the right time. Your business can start running targeted seasonal ads
when searches begin to spike for your product or service. BIA/Kelsey reported that there was a 133% increase of mobile calls to businesses from 2011-2013. Much of this is accredited to successful mobile ads, which convert five times more than comparable click-to-buy ads.

Adapted from www.leadscon.com


Exercise 1

Find the words or expressions in the text which mean the following:

1) to be influenced by sth: __________
2) a situation when it is impossible to say that sth will definitely happen:__________
3) one of four parts of a year: __________
4) to have a connection with or to sth: __________
5) to increase: __________
6) the time of lower customer activity: __________
7) knowledge: __________
8) to reach the highest value: __________
9) to play commercials: ___________
10)focused on one group: __________
11)money passing through your company: __________
12)an assessment: __________


Exercise 2

Match the expressions from the two columns into logical collocations:

1) feast                                         up your efforts
2) to rely                                     efforts
3) to put your business            missing sth
4) seasonal                                 or famine
5) to roll                                      in the black
6) to time                                    buying cycle
7) marketing                              around
8) customers’                            spending
9) to ramp                                  on sth
10)to end up                              seasonal marketing


Exercise 3

Provide English equivalents of these expressions:

1) budownictwo
2) ogrodnictwo
3) handel detaliczny
4) wzrost
5) oznaczać coś
6) położyć fundamenty pod coś
7) ranny ptaszek
8) przekabacić klienta
9) uzyskać przewagę nad konkurencją
10)być przypisanym czemuś
11)prowadzić kampanię
12)wziększyć coś



Grammar corner…

Word formation is rather problematic in English, because there don’t seem to be any clear rules about how, for example, to make nouns from other words. Usually you use some kind of an ending, but which one precisely is quite vague. Today we’ll focus on three of them, -ity (e.g. unpredictability, seasonality), -ing (e.g. landscaping, building), and -ion (e.g. inflation, correlation).


Exercise 4

Make new words (nouns) from the clues provided.

1) There is a strong ____________________ (correlate) between your income and your customer confidence level.
2) There seems to be market ____________________ (saturate) in the tablet segment.
3) Working for a long time means ____________________ (gain) valuable experience.
4) In some industries ____________________ (seasonal) can make or break a business.
5) The new iPhone comes with many useful ____________________ (functional).
6) There’s a high ____________________ (probable) of their stock prices to increase dramatically.
7) If ____________________ (inflate) continues to increase at this rate, our currency will soon be totally worthless.
8) What is of great importance to us is ____________________ (maintain) production at all cost.
9) In the ____________________ (landscape) business all you need is a few satisfied customers to do the word of mouth marketing for you.
10)The thing that worries me about starting my own company is ____________________ (unpredictable).


to be affected by sth – być pod wpływem czegoś
unpredictability – nieprzewidywalność
a quarter – kwartał
to correlate with – być w korelacji z
to spike – wzrastać
the off-season – poza sezonem
wisdom – mądrość
to peak – osiągać najwyższą wartość
to run an ad / a campaign – nadawać reklamy / prowadzić kampanię
targeted – skierowany do konkretnej grupy
cash flow – przepływ gotówki
an evaluation – ocena
feast or famine – tłuste lub chude lata
in the black – na plusie
seasonal spending – wydatki sezonowe
to roll around – rozpocząć się na dobre
to time sth – dobrze coś zaplanować w czasie
marketing efforts – działania marketingowe
customers’ buying cycle – cykl konsumpcyjny
to ramp up your efforts – zintensyfikować działania
to end up missing sth – ostatecznie przegapić coś
construction – budownictwo
landscaping – ogrodnictwo
retail – handel detaliczny
a bump – wzrost
to signify sth – oznaczać coś
to lay the groundwork for sth – położyć fundamenty pod coś
an early bird – ranny ptaszek
to convert a customer – przekabacić klienta
to be accredited to sth – być przypisanym czemuś
to augment sth – zwiększyć coś
to get a jump on competition – uzyskać przewagę nad konkurencją
market saturation – nasycenie rynku


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Ex. 1
1) to be affected by sth
2) unpredictability
3) a quarter
4) to correlate with sth
5) to spike
6) the off-season
7) wisdom
8) to peak
9) to run ads
11)cash flow
12)an evaluation
Ex. 2
1) feast or famine
2) to rely on sth
3) to put your business in the black
4) seasonal spending
5) to roll around
6) to time seasonal marketing
7) marketing efforts
8) customers’ buying cycle
9) to ramp up your efforts
10)to end up missing sth
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Ex. 3
1) construction
2) landscaping
3) retail
4) a bump
5) to signify sth
6) to lay the groundwork for sth
7) an early bird
8) to convert a customer
9) to get a jump on your competition
10)to be accredited to sth
11)to run a campaign
12) to augment sth
Ex. 4
1) correlation
2) saturation
3) gaining
4) seasonality
5) functionalities
6) probability
7) inflation
8) maintaining
9) landscaping