School Just Ended but Back to School Marketing Begins Now (INFOGRAPHIC)

Insights: When Does Back to School Shopping Begin?

Recent marketing insights from Bing reports students are planning their back to school purchases while still enjoying their summer break.

Insights: When Does Back to School Shopping Begin?

So, when does back to school shopping begin? A look at search volume for back-to-school basics shows that it starts earlier than many small business marketers might have guessed. In fact, the report suggests that advertisers should plan for three distinct waves that end in September but start in July.

During July, a full 81 percent of the searches for school supplies are non-branded.

Over the three months of the wave — July, August and September — pens, pencils and markers have the highest CTRs.

Dorm purchases really take off in September. Bedroom furniture, small appliances, and living room furniture are some of the most sought after and searched for items.

Students start searching for school apparel while they are still at the beach .  That’s when 88 percent of searches center around bags and packs as the search volume starts to grow for these items. It’s important for small business marketing teams to understand how to walk in lockstep with these trends. It’s easier to follow the peaks so you can act accordingly.

Building your brand should start early in the summer. It’s a good time to increase bidding when the brand CPCs are low.  Trending keywords are the fuel that drives the advertising engine. Being aware that searches for footwear increase at the beginning of September is central to planning your campaigns.

Check out these and other helpful statistics in the infographic below.

Insights: When Does Back to School Shopping Begin?

Images: Bing

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Rob Starr Rob Starr is a staff writer for Small Business Trends. Rob is a freelance journalist and content strategist/manager with three decades of experience in both print and online writing. He currently works in New York City as a copywriter and all across North America for a variety of editing and writing enterprises.

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  1. It’s a cycle, right. Once one ends, another begins. And it is yet another round of back-to-school marketing.

  2. Excellent article, Rob! This is something we encourage our clients to do…look months ahead of when they want to be appearing in front of their potential customers. Not only do segments like the back to school group start shopping months ahead, it takes time to get content created and marketing traction going to position a brand in front of the target audience. Well done!