Circulating the Deals
There has been plenty written in recent months about the imminent demise of the print newspaper as we know it today. I am one of those in the minority who still thumbs through the pages of at least one paper almost every day, but I am admittedly in the minority. If there is one day that a newspaper still has a loyal following, it is definitely Sundays. The biggest headline
Online Flower Traffic Blooms for Mothers Day
Online flower marketers experienced another great Mother’s Day season. Traffic to these sites grew by a healthy 7% from May 2010 to May 2011. The online flower business is a great example of how small, mom and pop businesses might have been given new life thanks to the web. A flower shop in a drab storefront can be re-energized thanks to sites such as Teleflora. As you can see, the
Live from Internet Retailer 2011
Compete has made the journey to San Diego for the 2011 Internet Retailer Conference. This year is expected to be the e-commerce retailer’s largest show in history with over 7,000 registered attendees. The theme of this year’s show is “E-Commerce Shifts into Overdrive, the Race is On” – a fitting title given the explosion of online sales across the board. Expected speakers at the show include executives from eBay, Walgeens,
Online Retailer Outlook: A more taxing future?
There has been no shortage of press on Amazon’s ongoing battles with states over internet taxation. As a quick refresher, a 1992 Supreme Court ruling delcared that states could require retailers to collect sales tax only if they have a physical presence, such as stores or headquarters, in the state where the buyer lives. Given this ruling pre-dated the explosion of online commerce, individual states have been testing this definition
Webinar: The Compete Online Retail 2011 Q1 Review
Calling anyone who is responsible for managing or supporting some part of an online, e-commerce business! Join Compete for its inaugural Retail Update; a live webinar that will provide an update on the latest online metrics and trends occurring in the retail industry. You’re invited to join us next Tuesday, May 17, from 2-3pm EDT. Damian Roskill and I will spend some time reviewing how various retail sectors performed online
Gassing Up Your Car, Via The Internet
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been cringing every time my gas tank gets near empty – and it is not because of a frigid winter. As gas prices go up, I find myself trying to pay attention to the best price on a gallon of gas in my neighborhood. I am not doing a good job of remembering what I see. Thanks to sites like gasbuddy.com, I don’t
Is Amazon Prime’d for Streaming Success?
Amazon created some buzz last week when it announced that it will throw in free online video streaming rights to about 5,000 TV and movie titles to all subscribers of its Amazon Prime service. Amazon Prime is a service that offers customers 2-day shipping on all merchandise for a $79 annual fee. A look at Compete data reveals Amazon Prime averaged about 600K unique visitors during Q4 2010. So, how
What To Buy…Where To Buy?
Image from: High Jump / Shutterstock I was just looking at some data from our Compete Shopper Intelligence Survey that asked people what they intended to purchase online in the next six months. People are planning on buying a lot of music, movies, and books. Take a look: After looking at the results, I started thinking about the headlines in the Wall Street Journal during the last couple weeks –
Maximizing Online Channel Effectiveness Using Competitive Intelligence
The astronomical growth of group buying websites such as Groupon and Livingsocial has been a major trend for 2010 – but what does the group buying market look like beyond the hype? Take a look at this webinar presented by me and Damian Roskill that explores competitive intelligence and benchmarking as a way to understand what your competitors are doing online. We use Compete’s Online Channel Effectiveness (OCE) product to
Webinar: 4 Keys to Maximizing Online Channel Effectiveness
Image from: Shopping / Shutterstock The IPO buzz has returned with a vengeance since late last year… Groupon has been associated with some hefty valuations. It was the first of many group shopping sites that have drastically altered how people pick where to go for dinner and get their wine-splattered shirts dry-cleaned. Curious about what some of the key online metrics have to say about a company rumored to be
Homemade Holiday Gifts in the 21st Century
For the first time in my life, I was able to create a homemade gift that generated more compliments than jokes about my lack of artistic abilities – and I don’t think I’m alone. My wife and I were looking at the hundreds of pictures from our recent wedding and found ourselves re-hashing so many stories and laughs with each photo. We decided we should do something with the photos