Jason Caine

Holiday Gift Card Demand 2012 – 2013

With every holiday season comes a handful of must-have items for kids (remember Tickle Me Elmo?) and adults alike. There is one item that continues to get hotter every year: the gift card. Holiday gift card sales are expected to reach $29.8B, up $1B from holiday 2012, according to the National Retail Federation. Often times the mental image associated with gift cards is the procrastinating shopper in a physical retail store on December 24th who resorts to plastic in fear of showing up to Christmas without a gift for a loved one.

Aligning Mobile Marketing With Consumer Behavior

It is no secret that marketers are struggling to keep up with the explosion of digital channels for consumers and brands to interact.  Mobile has long been thought of as an emerging channel, yet data recently collected by Compete sister company LightSpeed Research suggests that mobile should no longer be thought of as an emerging channel for consumers.  54% of consumers report having access to a smartphone with Internet access

Where Did Consumers Shop Online During Thanksgiving and Black Friday?

Image from: Winter Sale / Shutterstock   Retailers and manufacturers are beginning to get an understanding of the impacts that months of holiday planning had on consumers. This year, brands have continued their aggressive pursuit of holiday shoppers by turning up marketing well ahead of previous years.  Target launched a high-visibility holiday themed ad campaign before Halloween in an effort to capture as much attention as possible. During Black Friday

Searching for Amazon Success

Image from: Amazon Warehouse / InsiderLouisville.com/ You would be hard pressed to find a retailer or brand that is not asking some questions about how Amazon will impact their business over the holiday shopping season. Amazon has gone to great lengths to establish itself as the place consumers visit online to search for holiday products. 1 in 2 consumers who visit Amazon in a month conduct an onsite search and

eBay: The Start of a Retail Feedification?

Image from: Ebay Feed / eBay.com eBay made news this week with the announcement that the online powerhouse will launch Feed, a Pinterest like experience.  Feed will be available on eBay’s site and allow users to scroll through products available for sale on the site. Earlier this year, we reported on the impact that Pinterest is having on how consumers engage with products and retailers online.  Pinterest’s growth in popularity

Apparel Goes Mainstream Online

Image from: Women’s Apparel / Saks.com Brands and retailers planning for the upcoming holiday season should take note of one category that many thought would never be conducive to ecommerce: apparel.  The forgone conclusion was the consumer would want to try on clothes or touch/feel the material before making a purchase.  Those days are behind us.  82M consumers shopped for apparel online this spring at an online retailer.  To put

Getting the Most Jingle Out of Holiday Promotions

Image from: Holiday Gift / Shutterstock Tis the season for … holiday retail planning.  Just think, four months from now Black Friday and Cyber Monday will have passed us by and retailers will be in the thick of the holiday shopping season.  We thought now would be a good time to look at the resources and tools consumers count on when shopping for the holidays online. We focused our analysis

Amazon’s Role In The Office Supply Market

Image from: Office Supplies / Shutterstock It’s the moment parents have been waiting for since last school year ended: the start of the back to school season.   Traditional office supply retailers such as Staples, Office Depot and Office Max have predictably shifted into marketing overdrive to drive traffic and sales in stores and online. Data from Compete’s Online Shopper Intelligence survey suggests that the online demand for office and school

Pinning Down the Impact of Pinterest

Image from: Pinterest Pinterest’s rapid ascent in traffic growth has sent marketers scrambling to understand the impact the site is having on its brand.   To put the growth in context, Pinterest has grown from 700K to almost 20M unique visitors in the last year – or about half the number of Twitter’s unique visitors. The surge in Pinterest traffic has gotten the attention of brand marketers who need to understand

The New JCPenney – How Things Are Going So Far

Image from: Biz Journals JCPenney’s quest to change the department store shopping experience has been hard to ignore.   The iconic retailer has hired Ellen as its new celebrity spokeswoman to tell consumers that prices have been slashed, return policies have been made more flexible and that JC Penney is a cool place to shop. Competitors and industry analysts alike have openly questioned whether such a strategy can be pulled off. 

Visits to Online Retailer Sites Up 20M Visits Last Week

Online retailers continued doing a break business last week.  Total visits to online retailers climbed to 662M total visits; up 20M visits from the same week in 2010. Last week’s increase is the latest in a series of banner weeks for the online retail industry as consumers signal their desire to trade in their cars for laptops to shop for gifts. The big winners continue to be mass merchants and