back to school marketing

Back to School – Ideas for your Marketing Strategy

Back to school is a huge season for any retailer, but making a back to school marketing campaign is going to be a bit different this year with the amount of uncertainty and sense of instability that we face. Your marketing strategy shouldn’t make you feel wishy-washy and that’s why we’ve compiled some key points that should be addressed why creating and executing your back to school marketing strategy.

Do You Know Who Are your Customers?

Here at Clever ecommerce, we’ve seen many online retailers flourish just because they have put their customers at the center of their universe. But who are yours? You need to decide whether or not your products and/or services are for students, teachers, or perhaps, parents.

Clever Idea: a lot of parents have had to stay home with their kids and become teachers in the process with the implementation of distance learning. Please check your local school district’s plan to continue with online learning and/or strategy to offer in-person classes on campus. Focus on parents’ needs as they will be the ones spending money on additional school supplies.

Would your Products Make Distance Learning Easier?

If your answer is yes, why? Tell me, the consumer, why your product may make my life a bit more hassle-free. Is it a backpack that can be used as a school bag and an eco-friendly grocery shopping bag? Or is it a collapsible art easel that can be easily taken to my art classroom at school and brought back home if I have to social distance?

Clever Idea: giving scenarios like this in the description of your products humanizes your brand – and the current situation.

Make It a Thing

Your brand should turn your customers into fans. It’s not impossible either. If your brand is invested in holidays and seasonal fun, your customers will appreciate it as it sets the mood to kick off the season – in this case, back to school. Make it exciting for kids to get ready for school by suggesting color coordinated supplies or even getting them ready for the school year by offering discounts to parents and teachers and small free prizes for kids.

Clever Idea: get kids to read or write by offering a free pencil case or a free coloring book depending on the grade level of the students you have supplies for. Maybe if they read a book or solve a few math problems, you can reward them for it while benefiting your back to school marketing strategy! Never miss a beat when it comes to special occasions with our retail calendar.

Online Store Updates

If you are selling supplies online already, you should try to mimic the look of a virtual classroom so students can browse through your product catalog as if they were at school. Make it fun! That’s what matters. Maybe add fun facts or random world history facts from a reliable source under the product description so it’ll make students want your products while giving parents and teachers that “wow factor” needed.

Clever Idea: if you haven’t made the switch to a digital retail space, be sure to look into our integrations (they’re easy and user-friendly)

Keeping academia fun

Treat the school year as a fresh start while thinking about your company’s specific back to school marketing ideas and strategies. You might want to attract customers’ attention by offering specific deals on different days of the week. Or perhaps, display students’ art, poetry, or worksheets on social media in albums as an online gallery. Invite users to vote for their favorites and give the winner and discount for specific products that benefit their interests. For example, if a student is really interested in art and wins an online contest, offer him or her supplies at a discounted rate. If the student painted on a square canvas with watercolors, gift a canvas and give the student a coupon for the paint.

Clever Idea: have users post pictures and videos on your social media profiles for more content showcasing your products.

Keep in Mind!

School supplies aren’t just needed during the first few weeks of school; they’re needed throughout the year. Keep customers coming back to your digital and physical stores by offering a coupon or discount they can enjoy even when they do run out of pencils or red pens during the year. If you’re offering in-person deals, please make sure to follow the regulations in place in your country or region. If you are based in the United States, please adhere to the CDC guidelines.


isaiah voss


Isaiah Voss is an Account Manager at Clever ecommerce and quickly types away behind his computer screen while sipping on coffee. A bit of a nerd when it comes to analyzing data, he ensures that readers receive the most current and relevant content. Je enjoys engaging with readers' questions to further explore their inquiries. 🤙

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