Amazon Does Customer Vote for Holidays Again

Despite some growing pains and troubles last year, it seems that Amazon has decided to do the customer vote program again this year along with some pretty nice Black Friday specials.

The concept behind Customer Vote is pretty cool actually.  They put up three items and show you what the price will be for the special and how many of them will be available.  You then vote for which one of the specials you would most like to take advantage of.  On the designated day (there are 6 rounds) for each round, all the members who voted for the winning special get thrown into a random drawing and some of them (up to the amount of items) get an email that allows them to take advantage of the special.

Even if your special doesn’t win, you might still get a chance at the item at a slightly less spectacular special, so it does make some sense to vote for what you really want rather than the current winner.  The first round ends on the 27th of November 2008 and the last round ends on the 3rd of December so you’ve got a few days to get your votes in.

They’ve also got some pretty decent black friday specials that are worth checking out, but the big draw will be the Customer Vote specials.

Holiday Season Starts Online Monday

Many people look to the mass hysteria of yesterday (black Friday) as the official start of the holiday/Christmas season.  And if you’re a brick and mortar company, it really is.  I noticed that even a few of the online shops like Amazon are trying to horn in on it as well.  What really starts things off for the online sector is a day called Cyber Monday.  It’s the Monday after Thanksgiving.  Like Black Friday, Cyber Monday is a day of mass shopping, just online instead of in stores.

I haven’t seen any deals like what you’ll see on Black Friday, but I wouldn’t be surprised if online vendors start doing some pretty decent deals.  For those of us that don’t have a store, we have to horn our way in some other way.  Of course, the most obvious way would be to use search advertising to pull in sales for your affiliate companies.  If there are more shoppers online than any other time of the year, you can bet that they will be searching for lots more items than normal, looking for a deal.

If you’re more of a affiliate site person, you’d have to had your work done a bit earlier in the year, but with any luck, it’ll be paying off over the next month or so.  All those links you’ve added will start paying dividends as people start showing up to your site in larger numbers and your conversion rates go up.

The truth of it is that you’d have to be trying to not make some amount of money in the next month.  If you don’t make anything normally, you’ll likely make a few sales soon.  And if you normally make a lot of sales?  It could be a good month.  But you knew that, didn’t you.