4 Ways to Use the Holidays to Your Advantage

Jason Verdelli CEO, Phase 2 Solutions, LLC

Posted on November 27th 2013

4 Ways to Use the Holidays to Your Advantage



If you’re looking forward to enjoying some turkey, football and family time in the upcoming days, that’s great. We are too. But, don’t use relaxation as a way to avoid a potential marketing advantage. That’s right, holidays can work for you, especially if you’re a brand with a solid online presence.

Your customers are looking for the same things you are this holiday season – relaxation, rest and fun. But, they’re also on the lookout for special offers, deals and new opportunities to find brands to do business with. Over the holidays, your potential clients and customers are less focused on their own careers, this allows ample time for roaming the Web and for engaging online.

Does this apply to you? Absolutely. Reward them for their browsing efforts. Use the holidays to drive traffic, sales and conversions for your website by following a few of the following tips.

  • Offer holiday discounts and special offers to members of your community and e-mail list. Use the holidays as a way to give back and to reward them for their loyalty throughout the year, they’ll appreciate it.
  • Just reach out. Send a quick “Happy Thanksgiving” message or other holiday-appropriate message that reminds them that you’re thankful for them. Touching base is a great way to stay connected, no strings attached.
  • Use your downtime to increase your social media presence. Take your time off to look at your company’s social media presence. Are you doing everything you can to reach as large an audience as possible? Are you engaging with those who have left comments? If not, now is the time to change.
  • Holidays make a great excuse for a contest! Offer a contest to those who leave a message on your Facebook wall, Retweet a post of yours or leave a comment on your blog. This increases opportunities to engage and will help drive additional traffic.

Regardless of the efforts you put your time into, remember to thank your customers throughout the year. They are the reason you’re able to do what you do, and what’s really behind your brand’s success.


Jason Verdelli

CEO, Phase 2 Solutions, LLC

There is nothing in today’s world of modern technology that we can’t learn from over 10,000 years of civilization. History has taught us the power of uniting a purpose-drive community, small or large. Communities save lives, bring cures to diseases, help others in need and so much more. This is why I get out of bed everyday. My purpose in life is to help organizations create a culture of community for a greater good.

It took me years to really discover this passion of helping people and organizations unite their communities. I started my company, Phase 2 Solutions (an online marketing company), back in 2005 and for the most part the first 5 years. Like most that come out of college into the working world I wanted to make money and “live the American Dream”, but there was something missing. I struggled for years like any other business person in their first few years trying to grow a business. It wasn’t until a few years ago when I met one of my now business partners that ask me probably one of the most important questions I have ever heard. He said, “What greater purpose are you serving for the world? When they bury you in the ground, what do you want to have left behind to this world?”. I was shocked and never really thought about what I was doing for those first few years that way. This is what drove me to where I am today.

This is a quote that helped shape my mindset:

“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
- Steve Jobs

Here is another quote that also helped:

“Be the change you want to see in this world.”
- Gandhi

Answering this question took several months and wasn’t easy. I looked at all of the puzzle pieces floating around in my head and started to put them together. I had been doing online marketing for years. Being the outgoing person that I am, I naturally enjoyed connecting people together. I put these 2 things together and realized that in today’s world more than ever, there is much more accessibility to unite purposeful communities together that serve a greater good. With the power of new social technology and strategic direction I could help many people and organizations harness the power of a purpose-driven community.

As I discovered this passion I realized a monumental flaw. The growth of social networking and digital connectivity, although a great pool of opportunity, actually makes it much more difficult for people and organizations to focus people’s time and attention. The more social networks that pop up, status updates to read, emails to read and ever growing distractions that naturally come with increased connectivity make it ever more challenging. This is when I saw the opportunity to create Social HubSite, a platform to help people and organizations build a purpose driven community while still staying connected to ever-growing expansion of social networking. I knew this was the first step in leading me to my vision.

This is the quote that inspired me to take my technology talents to develop Social HubSite:

“Without a paper – a journal of some kind – you cannot unite a community.”
- Gandhi

Social HubSite is a central online hub and community that is for a specific purpose run by a person or an organization. I learned that it is not just the technology that is important in uniting a community, but the way it is run. You can have the best technology in the world, but if you don’t understand how to grow and effectively manage your community, the benefits are far from reachable. This is where I realized that myself and my company was really responsible for helping organizations create a “culture of community”. In short, a culture of community is the way you run your online community and the way the members of it are interacting. It is the core to which communities either grow or die.

This premise of building a culture of community with an online community is not only the reason why my company exists, but also the purpose behind my blog. I want to inspire and give direction to people and organizations that want to make a difference by tying in a purpose-driven online community with the community that exists in real life. The goal being to get others to build trust behind the purpose of your community and to take action to support the purpose of your community.

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Karine Heyden
Posted on November 27th 2013 at 6:40PM

Well, thanks for the article Jason


BUT, I think there is only one thing you should do for holidays

Spend your time with the family or whoever is close to you and enjoy those couple of days. Recharge.

 If you haven’t managed to grow your business during the working days you sure ain’t going to boost  your wealth just cause you decide to throw in some random promotions and a complementary “happy Thanksgiving” eCard

If we were on facebook right now, I guess I would say something like : "Share if you agree"

Dan White Edmonton ED Dan White Edmonton Canada
Posted on November 28th 2013 at 1:04AM

I think the writer has told us some useful things to do because marketing, business and promotion never end. If you are a brand, you should be always active towards your business and towards your customers. So, I think this article shows some facts to follow and its my personal opinion.


Dan White Edmonton