Why eCommerce owners should pay attention to Singles’ Day

Why eCommerce owners should pay attention to Singles’ Day

Maybe you don’t know much about it, but Singles’ Day is one of the biggest sales days of the year. It falls on the 11th of November and last year it brought in more than $70 billion worldwide in sales. 

Even though this holiday has its roots in Asia, it is becoming more and more popular across the US and UK and other western countries. Last year many North American and European companies started offering deals for the 11th November, therefore as this holiday approaches you may think of preparing a good sales strategy for your eCommerce too. 


What’s Singles’ Day and how was it born?

Created by Alibaba Group in the ’90s it started as a kind of anti-Valentine’s Day, an expedient to increase the company sales by pushing single people to treat themselves with gifts. 

The holiday was placed on the 11 of November because this date is written as 11-11, so it only comprehends the number one and well represents singles. 

Over the years this day has grown in popularity, and people started not only to purchase staff but also to organize social events, often dating gatherings to find soulmates and it also became a really popular day for weddings.


Is Singles’ Day bigger than Black Friday?

Singles’ Day Sales grew more and more every year, becoming even higher than Black Friday and Cyber Monday’s.  As you can see in the Statista.com chart, last year Alibaba’s gross sales for 2020 were more than 74 billion US dollars and Techcrunch calculated that worldwide sales were 2.5 times larger than Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined!

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Alibaba’s sales from 2011 to 2020 (Source: Statista)

Singles’ Day sales were higher than the revenues generated in the 5 days of the Black Friday week also if in the US online sales reach a record of $28.49 billion (Adobe Analytics). $7.2 billion was spent only on Black Friday, while Cyber Monday generated $9.4 billion in digital sales.

Sales in Asia and in the western countries are both driven by 2 big companies: 11-11 by Alibaba group and BFCM by Amazon. Both companies tried to increase the sales window and last year Amazon’s Prime Day, which gave the unofficial start to the BFCM week, brought $10.4 billion in sales with a + 45% on the former year.

Alibaba, instead, added a promotional window from Nov 1 – Nov 3 last year and Bloomberg reported that during the first 111 minutes of sales on Nov. 1, Nike and Apple were some of the 100 brands generating about $15 million in transactions. Esteé Lauder was the first to pass 1 billion yuan in sales on the company’s Tmall platform.

Live Streaming Sales took a big part in the success of last year’s Singles’ Day with even famous stars and idols participating in the live events.


Why you should pay attention to Singles’ Day

Singles’ Day was born as a Chinese holiday, but it is now becoming every year more popular also in western countries. It is important to point out that not only the Chinese are buying products during Singles Days, but also many shoppers in the US and UK.

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(Source: Statista)

As more and more people in the US and Europe are aware of this new holiday, especially in the US, UK, Germany, Netherland and France sales are growing at an exponential rate. 

Just to give you an example, in 2020, Singles’ Day generated over 1,44 billion pounds in UK and €900 million pounds in France.

Last year many brands proposed deals during 11-11, and this year even more companies will try to benefit from Singles’ Day. So why don’t you try to get a piece of this pie for your eCommerce too?


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As you may have noticed, many big brands are always trying to get a head start on Black Friday to emerge from the huge competition around BFCM. 

In the last few years, there has been plenty of pre-Black Friday sales or “Countdown to Black Friday” sales, so why not use Singles’ Day as well? 

The 11th of November seems a perfect time to get an early start on your Black Friday and Christmas sales, especially considering the fact that this “new” holiday grows in popularity every year. 

Below we will put a list of Singles’ Day Deals for 2021 to help you understand what other companies are doing, and get inspiration for increasing your own sales. In the meanwhile, don’t forget to find some bestsellers to offer your customers for this occasion!

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The Best Singles’ day offers of 2021

THE OUTNET: 22% off select items from 10 – 16 November.

LuisaViaRoma: Extra 35% off full-priced items with code SD35.

Verishop: Up to 80% off select items and deals through 13 November.

LN-CC: Extra 22% off select items with code LN-SINGLEDAY22.

Ralph Lauren: Up to 50% off on select items during 11 November.

REVOLVE: 20% off using the code 1111 through 11 November.

Zalora: Up to 80%+ off and an extra 25% off with 10% cashback with code WELCOME25 and “Spin To Win” vouchers from 1 – 14 November.

ASOS: Up to 70% Off Sale Items.

Uniqlo: Over 50% Off Men’s and Women’s Fashion.

Strathberry: Up to 50% off from 5 – 16 November.

JW PEI: Up to 50% off site-wide and buy one get one half-off with code DE50

24s.com: Extra 22% off select full-priced items with code SINGLE22.

CircleDNA: Save up to 50% off.

LELO: Save up to 50% off.

amika: Save up to 80% off.

Asaya at Rosewood: Select brands on sale from 10 to 15 November.

Book Depository: Extra 10% off with code SINGLE10 through 14 November

KLOOK: Up to 89% off local activities and staycations, with first-come-first-served deals launching daily at 12pm through 11 November.

Asia Miles: Up to 45% off select products through 11 November, with bonus miles of up to 5,500 if you check out with miles or Miles Plus Cash.

Net-a-Porter: Save 22% off selected items, using the code ‘SINGLES22’.

24S: Save 22% off selected items, using the code ‘SINGLE22’.

LuisaViaRoma: Save 35% off full-priced items, using the code ‘SD35’.

Academy Sports Online Only Offer: Save 15% off your order. with the code NOV15AFF2 

Farfetch: Save 22% off select full-priced items

Net-a-Porter: 22% off with the code SINGLES22 through 11 November

Mr Porter: Save 22% off  on the items marked “22% OFF AT CHECKOUT”

Glossier: Save 10% on First Order 

Boden: 15% Off using code X3W6

Michael Kors: Up to 70% Off

Chapters Indigo: Up to 60% Off

Footlocker: Up to 60% Off

Redbubble: Save 11% Off with the code 11FORYOU

Off-White™: Save 22% off using the code OW_SINGLE

Palm Angels: Extra 22% off select items using the code PA_SINGLE

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