Compete Holiday Insights

Mass Merchant and Department Stores Experience Spike in Traffic Last Week

Image from: Gorilla / Shutterstock Consumers appear to be buying into the holiday creep that has dominated the headlines over the last couple of weeks.  Holiday creep is the term being used to describe the efforts by retailers to extend the holiday shopping season and offer holiday related deals before the traditional Black Friday kickoff. Year over year total visits increased last week increased in 7 of the 15 retailer

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

Online Holiday Spending Dropped Last Week

Image from: Tatiana Popova / Shutterstock Have you started checking things off your gifts list yet? If so, then you are in good company. With a little over a month left until Christmas, most shoppers have already started making progress on their lists. According to the latest Compete Holiday Insights™ survey, over 60% of the people surveyed have completed part their holiday shopping, a 20% increase compared to a month

Lessons from Holidays Past

Image from: Sofia / Shutterstock After months of buildup and countless predictions, the holiday 2011 shopping season is here.  Before we all get overwhelmed with this year’s numbers, let’s take one final look at the 2010 holiday season and highlight a couple of last-second takeaways that can be applied to this year’s strategy. Isolate ‘Cyber Monday’ for All Categories So much emphasis has been placed on having a huge black

Shopping for the Holiday Sparkle

Image from: Graça Victoria / Shutterstock There are so many reasons to be cheerful around the holiday season. Among them are the excitement of getting that new video game, the thrill of receiving that “it” bag, and possibly the pleasure of smelling that distinctive new car smell. But what can be more exciting and nerve wrecking than having that special someone light up as you propose your eternal love? Maybe

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

Let the 2011 Holiday Shopping Begin!

Image from: Alena Root/Shutterstock The holiday season is supposed to be a time spent celebrating rather than stressing.  It’s no wonder why more people are starting their shopping process early rather than waiting until the last minute. According to the recent Compete Holiday Insights™ survey, over half of the people surveyed have already started shopping for gifts. Close to 30 percent of those people completed over 10 percent of their