After you've braved the crowds on Black Friday, you deserve the weekend to rest. However, once Monday rolls around, you better make sure you're up bright and early for Cyber Monday. Cyber Monday is the Monday following Black Friday, and as the name suggests, it's only on the Internet.
Deals will be plentiful, but it can be extremely difficult to keep up as items fly off their virtual shelves. Thanks to social media, however, it's not as hard. Here are a few ways that social media can aid your Cyber Monday shopping.
Know What's Worth Your Money
On Cyber Monday, millions of items will be put on sale, and companies use this time to push products out that otherwise wouldn't sell. Thanks to social media, you'll be able to ask your friends or other shoppers which products are worth your time and which ones aren't.
You can read in advance about which devices will be worth your time in this Cyber Monday gift guide that we found. This will allow you to keep tabs on which retailers are cutting the best deals while you're scouring social media feeds when Cyber Monday actually rolls around.
By the same token, you'll be able to determine which gifts are right for the people in your life. You can ask others for assistance in choosing an item. If you're looking at buying a gift for someone you're connected to on a social network, you can check out their wish list, assuming they have one set up, or check their updates to see if there's something they've been talking about lately. Some companies even offer free gift wrapping, so with a simple click you'll have it delivered to your door ready for Christmas morning.
Offer Better Customer Service
The customers aren't the only ones up early for the deals. Employees from retailers nationwide will be at the front lines - of their social media accounts, that is.
On Cyber Monday, it'll be extremely easy to voice any concerns you have, whether they be payment problems, pricing errors, or anything else. If you have any questions, requests to price match, or just want to say thanks, they're only a few clicks or tweets away. You'll need all the help you can get when the websites bottleneck, or worse, crash completely.
Receive Exclusive Deals
On Cyber Monday, retailers are banking on the fact that you'll be checking their website and social media sites - and they want to reward you for doing so. Most retailers will offer exclusive deals in the form of codes to enter at checkout. They could be free shipping, a free item, or any other number of bonuses. Be sure to follow every retail store that you love to shop at on whatever social media platform you use. You never know what deals may pop up.
Learn About Upcoming Deals
As the saying goes, the early bird catches the worm. Many companies will have the person that shares their social media information send out hints at what will be on sale next. Armed with this knowledge, you can actually get up and go do something with your day if you're not interested in the items that'll be on sale, or set up a timer so you can make it back to the computer to grab the ones that you want. Just be aware that there are people skipping work just to shop, so things will sell out quickly.
Share the Information
Social media is great because you can share information from one person to the next. Because of this, you'll find yourself planning to buy items that you weren't aware would be on sale. If you discover a deal, you can make it public knowledge or you can alert your friends if it's an item that they want. This is particularly helpful in situations where the sales weren't advertised and just popped up.
Leveraging social media is a crucial element for Cyber Monday shopping. If you utilize it effectively, you'll be able to get everything you want without ever leaving the house. Just make sure to set your alarm early. Websites don't close, so you'll find that a majority of companies are starting their deals around two or three in the morning, or even worse, right at midnight.
What's your plan of attack for Cyber Monday?