Small Business Saturday 2022: Tips for a Successful Day

Get ready—we’re just a few weeks away from the annual shopping holiday, Small Business Saturday. As a small business owner, participating in Small Business Saturday is a great way to kick off the busy season, connect with your community, and keep up the end-of-year momentum.

With 50 percent of Americans planning on participating in Small Business Saturday, it’s a no brainer for your business. Last year, 51 million shoppers participated in Small Business Saturday, spending on average $305 per person.

At Beyond, we value the hard work and passion of entrepreneurs like you, so we’re laying out all the tips you need to get ready for Small Business Saturday 2022.

When is Small Business Saturday 2022?

This year, Small Business Saturday is November 26.

Since its birth in the 1950s, Black Friday has become the pinnacle of American consumerism. Each year, as Thanksgiving dinners conclude across the country, millions of Americans flood shopping destinations in search of mega discounts, marking the official kickoff of the holiday shopping season.

Twelve years ago, a new shopping tradition emerged—Small Business Saturday. Founded by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday is a day for consumers across the country to return to America’s main streets, shop “small” and show support for local, independently owned businesses.

The tradition has catapulted into a huge success, rivaling Black Friday and the e-commerce shopping holiday, Cyber Monday. Small Business Saturday has helped local businesses re-enter the holiday business narrative with impressive numbers. In 2021, consumers spent roughly $23.8 billion—a 18 percent increase from 2020.

Tips for Small Business Saturday:

1. Embrace the Small Business Narrative

Did you know that small businesses account for 99.9% of all registered businesses in the US?  Take pride in being a local business—consumers want to support you and are curious about your story. If your business has traveled on a winding road to get to where it is today, don’t be afraid to share that anecdote. Build relationships with your customers, get to know them, and they’ll keep coming back. If your business offers something that big box stores can’t—a personal touch, higher quality products, or local flare—it’s important to capitalize on that.

2. Use Social Media to Spread the Word About Your Small Business

Don’t wait until November 26 to spread the word about Small Business Saturday—start sharing your message today. No matter the time of year, social media is one of the most effective ways to share your business’s story and get consumers excited about shopping local. Show patrons how you’re getting ready for Small Business Saturday to make them feel like they are part of your success. Create a Facebook event to remind your followers when Small Business Saturday is and include details of anything special your business is planning for it.

On the big day, highlight popular and fast selling products, and don’t forget to share photos of your staff and customers. See what consumers are saying and join the conversation by leveraging hashtags like #ShopSmall, #SmallBusinessSaturday, #DineSmall, and #SmallBizSat.

3. Get Your Equipment Ready

Don’t let your sales be hindered by equipment malfunctions. Take the time to ensure all your technology is ready to go—everything from your website to your point-of-sale system. If you offer mobile and online payments, check to make sure everything is working properly, since many shoppers will also shop online on the 26th. Work on getting your website mobile ready so consumers can visit it while they’re on the go.

In addition to enhancing the customer experience, it’s important to take proper security measures. Make sure you are utilizing EMV technology.  The rate of credit card fraud increases during the holiday season, so protect your business and customers by offering EMV chip technology and making sure your business is PCI compliant.

4. Incentivize Your Customers

You don’t need to go up against the big box stores and slash prices for Black Friday, but it’s a good idea to offer an incentive for customers to #shopsmall. Whether that’s by partnering with a charity to donate a portion of your Small Business Saturday sales, or by simply offering hot chocolate to get people in your door. Adding a bit of encouragement will go a long way. Reward supporters who come in on the 26th by offering a discount to come back and shop or dine at your business throughout December—a special holiday discount, a free add-on, or a charitable donation.

5. Make Sure Your Business Info Is Up to Date

Take time to double check the little details. Make sure your website and social sites are updated with your latest address, contact information, and most importantly, operational hours. As businesses evolve and change, it’s easy to overlook these specifics, but they matter.

Your customers need to know when and where to find you, so don’t make it hard for them to find this information. If you’ll be extending your hours on the 26th or throughout the holiday season, be sure to make a note of that.

6. Shop Small and Celebrate Neighboring Small Businesses

Everyone has a connection to local businesses. Whether it’s a favorite childhood ice cream shop, the town diner, or an iconic bar, neighborhood businesses bring the community together. Don’t overlook your peers—partner with them to make Small Business Saturday a success. Encourage your customers to eat and shop at other businesses nearby, and they’ll do the same for you. There’s no time like the holidays to remember the joys of supporting your community and doing business together.

While Small Business Saturday is important to boost sales and connect with the community, it’s essential to keep the momentum going. Evaluate how your strategy worked and tweak it for the rest of the holiday season. Take stock of missed opportunities and think about how you can leverage them in the future.

Every day is a great day to celebrate small businesses and their entrepreneurially spirit. At Beyond, we believe in shopping small all year round. We’ll see you on November 26!

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