Using AI to turn Christmas shoppers into lifelong customers

Unwrap practical ways to leverage first-party data and AI for your holiday marketing initiatives, driving customer value and transforming one-time Christmas shoppers into loyal, lifelong customers.

Amanda Groth, 

27 July 2023



Q4, known as “the golden quarter” for many retailers, twinkles with excitement for customer marketers. It’s a time when eager holiday shoppers embark on a quest for the perfect gifts, spoil themselves with delectable treats, and indulge in special promotions. According to Statista, retail sales in the UK see the highest activity in November and December, driven by the joyous Christmas period and events like Black Friday and Cyber Week. Online shopping takes the reins, with the most successful brands leveraging AI-driven strategies to craft personalised and targeted holiday campaigns that warm customers’ hearts and connect with them on a deeper level.

AI presents numerous opportunities to enhance your holiday campaigns, allowing you to sprinkle that touch of Christmas magic to make them even more delightful and relevant. So, let’s unwrap these practical ways to leverage AI for your holiday marketing initiatives, driving customer value and transforming one-time Christmas shoppers into loyal, lifelong patrons.

  1. AI-driven personalisation at scale: The magic of AI doesn’t end after the holiday season. In fact, it continues to work its wonders by driving customer retention through personalised experiences throughout the year. By analysing vast amounts of customer data, AI algorithms predict preferences and behaviours, enabling you to offer personalised product recommendations, targeted promotions, and customised marketing messages. Picture the joy customers feel when they receive tailored recommendations that resonate with their interests, making them more likely to return and remain loyal to your brand long after the festivities have ended. See how we did it for one popular UK retailer.
  2. Predictive analytics: As Santa checks his list, he knows who’s been naughty or nice, and so does AI through predictive analytics. These powerful insights can guide your post-holiday strategies to keep customers engaged year-round. AI algorithms can forecast future customer behaviour and preferences by analysing historical data and identifying patterns. Leverage AI-powered predictive analytics to discover products and services that will remain in high demand long after the holiday season. This allows you to optimise your inventory, ensuring you always have the right products available to meet your customers’ needs and desires.
  3. Marketing automation optimisation: Just like Santa’s elves tirelessly work, AI-powered automation can continue to be your little helper in optimising your holiday campaigns for customer retention. Through AI-enabled automation tools, you can create an evergreen holiday wonderland where marketing processes flow seamlessly and relevant customer messages arrive at just the right time. By analysing customer interactions, such as browsing behaviour and past purchases, AI algorithms can automate personalised marketing messages and promotions that delight customers. Imagine the joy on customers’ faces as they receive timely and relevant information, creating delightful surprises throughout the year and fostering a lasting connection with your brand.
  4. Seamless cross-channel customer experiences: AI’s ability to unify customer data from various channels ensures that the magic of Christmas doesn’t end with the holiday season, but continues to make customers feel valued and cherished throughout their journey with your brand. Whether customers interact with your brand online, through mobile apps, social media, or in physical stores, AI creates a harmonious symphony of experiences. Integrating data from these diverse touchpoints gives you a holistic view of each customer and helps deliver consistent, personalised experiences across channels. This sense of continuity and care fosters long-term loyalty, turning holiday shoppers into lifelong customers who feel connected to your brand on a deeper level.

How Planning-inc can help streamline your holiday campaign strategy

At Planning-inc, we understand the significance of holiday campaigns and AI’s role in turning holiday shoppers into lifelong customers. Here are a few ways we can help:

  • Our Pre- and Post-Purchase Optimisation solution uses predictive modelling and leverages comprehensive real-time customer data and AI to capture browse intent, basket abandonment and purchases as they happen, enabling you to deliver personalised cross-channel experiences in the moment.
  • With our Recommender system powered by AI, you can enchant customers with relevant product recommendations, creating a shopping experience as magical as unwrapping presents on Christmas morning.
  • Our Category Affinity Model lets you discover the customer’s wishlist, ensuring your offerings align with their desires, just like Santa’s sleigh filled with precisely what children dream of finding under their tree.
  • Our Future Value Model employs AI to predict customer lifetime value (CLV), helping you prioritise your marketing efforts and resources on those customers who brighten the season.
  • Our team of expert consultants can help you prepare for peak season, from campaign planning and real-time measurement preparation through to post-peak reporting and retention strategies.

The holiday season offers a unique opportunity for businesses to acquire new customers and foster lifelong relationships. By harnessing the power of AI to focus on retention and frequency, your holiday campaigns can extend their impact far beyond the peak period, creating lasting relationships with customers and transforming them into loyal brand advocates.

At Planning-inc, we can help you optimise your holiday strategies, making the season merrier by turning holiday shoppers into lifelong customers. Don’t wait for the snowflakes to fall; contact us today so we can help you integrate these AI-enabled solutions before your Christmas campaign begins.

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