From discounted iPads to hot deals on your favourite clothing brands, Black Friday is a great opportunity to bag a bargain. We’ve dished out some advice for the day.

Whether you’re a regular Black Friday shopper or it’s your first time, it’s always worth doing a little research before the big day. And if you’re partaking as a merchant, it’s also incredibly important to get your ecommerce site ready. So, no matter how you’re partaking in Black Friday this year, you need to get prepared! Here are our top tips for making the most of it.

The hottest Black Friday deals of 2018

As a shopper, you’ll probably know that Black Friday is a bit of a minefield. Sometimes, you feel so overwhelmed with stuff that you can’t find anything worth buying. That’s why we’ve rounded up our best tips for you, including the best product deals that we’re anticipating this year. Here’s what to look out for next week, with the usual big players and some newcomers, too:

Amazon.co.uk

Of course, you’re probably already thinking about what Amazon will have on offer for 2018. The ecommerce giant has almost become synonymous with Black Friday deals! This year, Amazon is treating us to ten days of deals, so head over to the website to check out what’s already heavily discounted. On the day, we’re expecting to see the usual gadgets like the Echo assistant, Nespresso coffee machines, Sony headphones and many more tech brands on offer.

Boots.com

Everyone’s favourite pharmacy and beauty store is back with a bang this Black Friday. From what we saw last year, we can pretty much confirm that Boots will be heavily reducing the price of electricals, gift sets and fragrances. In 2017, shoppers could get a Mark Hill professional hairdryer for £29.99 (RRP £60). We also saw a Philips DiamondClean electric toothbrush shoot from £300 to £90! It’s also worth signing up for an advantage card if you’re planning on buying from Boots, to earn points whilst you shop.

Asos.com

If you’re a fashion lover, chances are you regularly shop at ASOS. But if you’ve currently got a basket waiting on their store, hold off. According to their website, ‘the biggest sale event of the year’ will go live on Friday 23 November. Apparently, there will be huge discounts across loads of products from coats and shoes to jeans and accessories. Top tip: If you regularly use ASOS, buy the Premier Delivery (£9.99) for unlimited next day deliveries for a year – sales and special events always result in longer waiting times so it’s worth it.

Currys PC World

As Black Friday is usually centered around tech and electrical items, you know that Currys PC World should be high up on your list. The store is offering an online wishlist and pre-register link for those keen enough. Look out for 4K TVs, Xbox One and the PS4 Pro. Currys PC World has also hinted at a huge array of PC deals on brands such as AppleDellLenovo and Samsung. Oh, and there’s free delivery on every purchase.

Music Magpie

Now, this might not be on everyone’s list of priorities. If you’re considering buying a refurbished iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch or iPod, you’ll get up to £40 off the price. Although it doesn’t sound like much, it’s definitely worth checking out if you already had your eye on a particular gadget. Music Magpie also offers a 12-month warranty on all refurbished gadgets.

Preparing your e-commerce site

Perhaps you’re going to be on the other side of the screen this Black Friday. If you have your own ecommerce site and you’re taking part in Black Friday, you need to make sure you’re prepared. Here are some important ways for ensuring your website is up to scratch come the 23rd November:

  • Create special promotional banners advertising Black Friday deals on your site
  • Post these banners and other similar images to your social media to spread the word
  • Get in touch with your hosting provider to ensure your website can handle increased traffic
  • Consider an upgrade if your current hosting package isn’t enough
  • Increase your site’s speed across all devices by reducing image size, using caching and optimising your CMS database
  • Implement a returns policy to increase conversions and encourage repeat custom
  • Use marketing techniques like email campaigns to alert new and existing customers of your Black Friday deals
  • Offer exclusive early access for those signed up to your mailing list or customer portal

Enjoy Black Friday but don’t go crazy 🛍

Although Black Friday is a great time to save money on products you’ve been lusting after, we don’t recommend you go crazy! Make sure you set out a plan for what you actually want/need and don’t be tempted just because something’s ‘on offer’. We also suggest using price comparison websites like CamelCamelCamel, Shoptagr and Idealo to get the best buy. Happy bargain-hunting!

Emma Houghton

Emma brings a stream of expert knowledge in Graphic Design, Branding and UI Design to the team. Her enterprise-level industry experience and detailed process lead a new form of styling in our Web Design portfolio.