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
Best Buy’s Best Bet
Much of the news surrounding Best Buy has been hardly positive this year. The big-box electronics retailer recently announced a 30% drop in quarterly profits. Plans are also in the works to cut the square footage of Best Buy’s stores by 10%. Analysts have suggested that Best Buy has struggled for the same reasons many other bricks-and-mortar retailers have: Amazon. Some have gone as far to say that Best Buy
The Weekly Compete Pulse
Good afternoon! If you haven’t already seen who’s in the lead online, this week we released the Top 250 Websites for August 2011. Take note of which music television station is making a comeback and which industry is taking a dive for the second month in a row. In other news, Amazon seems to be making a big play in the tablet sphere by introducing the Kindle Fire Touch Tablet and
A Daily Deal… Just For You!
Does LivingSocial.com have a deal for you? Since its launch in July 2009, LivingSocial, a daily deal site, has grown to over 34 million members in the U.S. With so many people actively looking for values in their local area; I wondered which have been some of the most popular deals over the past year. To figure this out I used the daily metrics available on compete.com and looked for
Backpacks Get Lighter While Ebook Retailer Wallets Get Heavier
September is back-to-school time, but many students this year are headed forward – to the future that is. Our data suggest that e-books may finally be sounding the death knell for printed textbooks. Technology continues to change how we work, play and, now, learn. Netflix forced Blockbuster to nearly go bust, while Hulu and YouTube continue to turn the TV watching experience – and the ad industry – upside-down. On
Are Daily Deal Sites a Smart Investment for Companies?
I love daily deal sites. Seriously…some might say I am borderline addicted. From large, national sites, like Groupon and Livingsocial, to regional sites, like Coupme, I frequent them all. I have enjoyed great meals, expanded my wardrobe, and even went zip-lining for 50% off (or more!) thanks to deals I found. And I am in very good company. In July 2011, around 11 million consumers visited daily deal sites. In
Mass Merchants Go To The Head of The Class
The massive heat waves all across the country have ended, summer camps are coming to a close, and children are scrambling to finish the reading lists they have ignored all summer. These can only mean one thing—the first day of school is just around the corner. Using Compete’s panel of 2 million consumers and the results of our Summer 2011 Shopper Intelligence survey, we explored the hot ticket items this
The Weekly Compete Pulse
This week was our first week in our new office! We have great new cubicles, a beautiful new view, and fantastic new neighbors! Our Kantar Media sister company, Cymfony Inc., shares the space with us and we couldn’t be happier about it. We aren’t too far away from our old office, but it’s still great to explore lunch & coffee break spots while the slightly different work commutes spice up
Kantar Media Compete Releases Ranking of Top 250 Websites for June 2011
Traffic Heats Up for Online Casual Gaming, Banking and Social Networking Sites BOSTON, MA–(Marketwire – Aug 2, 2011) – Kantar Media Compete today released its ranking of the top 250 websites for June 2011. Among the notable changes in June were lifts in traffic to numerous online casual gaming sites, financial institutions, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, as well as the continued decline of Myspace. Read more…
The Year of the Cloud
We weren’t three days into 2011 when the New Year was dubbed “The Year of the Tablet” by major press outlets (e.g. here and here). While this may turn out to be the case, we are perhaps just as likely to look back on the year in Technology & Entertainment and call 2011 “The Year of the Cloud” (and more specifically, “The Music Cloud”). Last week Apple joined heavy hitters
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