Valentine’s Day Planning for Florists

It’s the most wonderful (busy) time of the year again for florists:

Valentine’s season.

We know how stressful this time of the year can be for florists, so we wanted to share some helpful tips to make the coming weeks more productive, lucrative, and less headache-inducing.

Follow this guide to maximize your sales without having to maximize your workload, and get the most out of Valentine’s Day 2019 for your business.

Valentine’s Day Promotions

  1. When was the last time you updated your website? When shoppers come to check out your site, be sure to get them interested by showing best sellers and other seasonal items right on your homepage (If you’re a Lovingly Partner, we’ll handle this for you). Also, make sure all your shop details are up to date (email and phone number).

  2. Running Google Ads? Boost budget for February to increase exposure for your shop in search results. If you’re a Lovingly Partner, just give us a call to increase your budget or learn more about Ads.

  3. Do you have an email list of your customers? Now is a great time to send our an email reminding them to order early for Valentine’s Day, and be sure to include a coupon. Get them to think about you before they turn to Google to find deals elsewhere.

Order Volume

  1. Don’t forget to enable chocolates, teddy bears, balloons, and any other gift items you offer as add-ons to increase order totals.

  2. Try offering free delivery and keep your Florist’s Choice price low to attract more business. Valentine’s Day is expensive, so every few dollars a shopper can save will help them pick you over someone else.

  3. Extend same-day delivery cutoff times for people (ahem husbands) who wait until the last minute to grab flowers.

  4. Make sure you have Pick Up enabled on your shop, so even if shoppers miss your delivery window, you can still save the day.

  5. Use Lovingly Exclusive, which lets you continue accepting orders without worrying about exact inventory by offering only a Florist’s Choice arrangement for sale on your Lovingly Store around Valentine’s Day. 

Lovingly SuperTickets

  1. Stop handwriting card messages and save precious time by using Lovingly SuperTickets! Stock up now, so you’re ready when the rush is here. You can order SuperTickets for US or Canada delivery. 

Delivery Confirmations

  1. As soon as your orders have been delivered or are ready to pick up, mark them as such. Your customers will appreciate the update, and if you’re a Lovingly Partner, your delivery confirmation emails also include a link to leave your shop a review. Increase customer satisfaction and get better reviews!

In-Store Sales and Merchandising

  1. Before the rush begins to hit, take some time to ensure that your entire staff has been trained on using your shop systems. If you’re not already using it, be sure to look at the streamlined, user-friendly Lovingly POS—it’ll save you and your staff time on order entry, and keep you better organized when the rush does begin.
  2. Also, be sure to train your staff to always offer add-ons (or use Lovingly POS, which auto-reminds you) like chocolates, teddy bears, balloons, and whatever else you may offer.
  3. If you’ve hired temporary staff to help out for the coming weeks, be sure they’re also trained and ready for Valentine’s Day, and familiar with Lovingly POS.
  4. Offer a few lower price point grab-and-go options in the store for those who aren’t choosy about what arrangement they need.

And Most Importantly…

  1. Keep your staff smiling! Bring in snacks and order lunch for your staff on Valentine’s Day—and don’t forget, lots of coffee!

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