Monthly Archives: November 2011

Compete Holiday Insights™ 2011

With Halloween behind us, retailers are now full swing into the Holiday shopping season.  And consumers aren’t too far behind.  By the end of October, a little more than half of consumers surveyed said that they have begun their Holiday shopping.  In fact, 1 out of 10 consumers have completed at least half of their expected Holiday shopping. Toys and games, electronics, and gift cards were popular gift items to

Why Netflix Is Still #Winning

Recently Netflix announced its third Quarter financials and the headlines since have not been kind. Over the past three months the darling of the post-Blockbuster era has been criticized for their July price increases and accused of ignoring customer loyalty. And let’s not forget the collective facepalm heard ’round the world when Qwikster was announced… Now, another wave of criticism is sweeping through Los Gatos as Netflix’ stock price continues

Daily Deals on the Downside: Groupon and Livingsocial Continue to Slide

Image from: Merkushev Vasiliy/Shutterstock Group buying/daily deal sites seem to be losing their shine – witness the recent layoffs at Buywithme.com (which has recently merged with Gilt Groupe) and the repricing of the Groupon IPO due to concerns with their model (and other issues).  From my perspective, I’ve long thought that the daily deal space was overcrowded and people were starting to ignore the offers – deal fatigue setting in. 

Amazon’s MYHABIT Targets “REAL” Women Via Email

With the popularity of online flash sales, it’s natural to wonder what retail categories are going to be the next big trend. Amazon’s MYHABIT is leading the charge in offering something special for REAL, American women. As you may or may not know, the average dress size of women in the US is 14, so targeting women dress sizes 14+ could potentially be a very smart move. From my personal

Gear Up Online Retailers!

Image from: IKO/Shutterstock The Holidays Are Here! Let the insanity begin. The end of year craze is coming and it is promising the usual explosion in retail activity over the internet. With November almost here, it is certainly time for these companies to finish their preparations and to set their holiday campaigns in motion. One has to wonder how retailers like Target, Best Buy and Wal-mart are getting ready for