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Holiday 2011: Slow Shopping and Low Cyber Monday Impact

Image from: pzRomashka via Shutterstock One way of telling that December is here is just by looking at the full mall parking lots. With only a few weeks left to find the perfect presents, wrap them up nicely and then have others tear them open, people have been shopping away. As of December 4, over a quarter of consumers have finished more than 75 percent of their holiday shopping. However,

7 Holiday Retail Insights that Will Jingle Your Marketing Bells

Image from: happykanppy / Shutterstock 1 * Black Friday is no longer just an offline retailer holiday.  We have seen a big shift to online and a blending of Black Friday and Cyber Monday into one big spending weekend. 2 * This holiday season, Amazon is going after their direct competition of brick and mortars through a new program. If consumers scan a product in a store, Amazon offers a

Online Retail Traffic Up by 12M Visits Last Week

Image from:  Christo / Shutterstock It appears that the huge spikes in traffic associated with Black Friday and Cyber Monday are starting to die down based on total online visits to retailers last week.  Year-over-year weekly traffic increased by approximately 12M visits when compared to the same week in 2011. The week-over-week dip in 2011 appears to be more pronounced than in prior years.  However, the results are not surprising

Black Friday, not just for Brick and Mortars Anymore

Image from: altafulla / Shutterstock Turkey has been eaten, football has been watched, and door buster deals have been purchased!   The week of Black Friday was very busy for Santa and laypeople alike.  Consumers spent a total of $11.4 billion dollar on Black Friday, up 6.6 percent from last year.  This flurry of spending helped many consumers work their way through their holiday shopping lists.  As of November 28, a

The Weekly Compete Pulse

If you aren’t up to your elbows in holiday gifts, then you certainly were not old enough to own a credit card by Black Friday and Cyber Monday. For those of us who were, we lucked out on some pretty great deals for our friends and families. According to our retail team, mass merchants, department stores, and electronic retailers experienced a better Black Friday than last year, whereas Apparel and

Apparel and Toy Retailer Traffic Down During Black Friday Week

Image from: Maksim Shmeljov / Shutterstock The holiday retail buzz has been extremely positive over the last week after an extremely successful Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  As reported yesterday by Compete, share of traffic to retailers such as Macys and Amazon was up YOY on Black Friday. Traffic to mass merchants, department stores and even electronics retailers were all up last week when compared to the same week in

Black Friday: How to Shop Less Belligerently

Image from: Poznyakov/Shutterstock For many, Black Friday has blossomed into a beloved tradition of engaging in fisticuffs with a stranger over the last pink Leapfrog tablet and is a day where the sight of a police officer in riot gear outside of the mall conjures up a warm fuzzy feeling. Apparently this tradition isn’t for everyone, as implied by the estimated 24% Y/Y growth in online shopping on Black Friday

Homepage for the Holidays

Impulse buying is one of the core traits at the heart of the American psyche, along with poor foresight and gullibility; that’s how I ended up with my pom-pom roller skates and five piece Barbara Streisand commemorative plate collection. Yet with the advent of another holiday season, consumers and CMOs alike rev their e-commerce engines. The holiday shopping season brings with it an onslaught of electronics deals, thrust upon shoppers

Black Friday Sites: Retailer Friend or Foe?

Aija Lehtonen / Shutterstock.com One of the growing trends over the last few holiday seasons has been the earlier and earlier start to the shopping season.  As reported last week in Compete Holiday Insights, 60% of respondents indicated that they have begun holiday shopping already.  Retailers seem to be paying attention and are seemingly challenging each other to see who can open the earliest on Black Friday.  Walmart and Toys

Holiday 2011 Outlook

Image from: Adam Gryko / Shutterstock This post was originally featured on Retail Online Integration: In case you haven’t noticed the changes taking place in retail outlets all across the country, I am here to report that orange is out and red and green are in!  That’s right; the Holiday season has officially begun.   From tinsel to snowflakes, stores are already decked out in their Holiday finest hoping to entice

Walmart and Amazon.com Battle for Online Supremacy

The 2009 holiday shopping season is shaping up to be the battle of retail’s two titans:  Amazon.com, the largest online retailer vs. Walmart, the world’s largest brick and mortar retailer.   For years, at least online, this has hardly been a contest, with Amazon leaving all rivals in its ever growing wake.  This year, however, Walmart has taken significant steps to compete head on with Amazon.