holiday season

Sunday Series: Gifting with Gourmet Goodies

December 2013 is long and gone now with 2014 well underway — but now that it’s February (hint: Valentine’s Day is coming up), some of our December data may prove their relevance! One of the fast moving categories for 2013′s holiday season was, understandably, in the Food and Groceries category.

Sunday Series: Christmas Gifts for the Shopping Center Category

The holiday season always brings shoppers to stores in droves, so there’s no surprise that the Shopping Centers and Malls category made our list of fast movers for December 2013! The category saw a 51.32% increase in MoM (month-over-month) traffic for unique visitors as consumers wrapped up their holiday shopping. (Overall MoM visit count saw a respectable 50.77% increase).

Sunday Series: JibJab.com, JacquieLawson.com, 123Greetings.com, and more

Looking back on December 2013, the Ecards category saw massive growth as Americans wished their friends and families happy holidays. With a 55.22% month-over-month (MoM) growth in unique visitors and a 75.19% MoM increase in total time spent on websites in the category, it was no doubt a very successful month for ecards sites; however, looking at longer-term trends, the category as a whole suffered a 31.81% year-over-year (YoY) drop in unique visitors.

Online Shoppers Favor PS4 by 3:2 — And They’re Going to Walmart.com to Buy it

Last month, Microsoft and Sony renewed their rivalry to maintain fixtures in consumers’ living rooms with the launch of their updated gaming consoles. Sony’s PlayStation 4, which held an advantage in online shopping interest ahead of the launches, continued to attract more online shoppers than the Xbox One across the leading online retailers in November.

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.

10 of the Best Ecommerce Tools to Help You Win this Holiday Season

The most jolly time for both consumers and retailers is on in full force, the holiday season has started. So how can retailers, or more specifically, eRetailers, take advantage of the holiday season and receive the gift of a record high sales quarter? The solution is most likely the perfect combination of marketing, sales promotions, and optimization.

Adjusting Your Search Strategy to Increase Holiday Sales

As the holiday season begins, many brands are preparing for the launch of their holiday marketing blitzes—that is, if they haven’t already. To help you understand the holiday shopper, we have completed a study in concert with Google which takes a look at the differences between consumers who do and don’t use search in their path-to-purchase.

Pre-Launch Shopping Interest Suggests Sony’s PlayStation 4 May Have the Merriest Holiday

We are a month away from the official start of a war of industry titans that will unfold before our eyes. In the first battle, Microsoft and Sony are set to release in November updated versions of their ever popular gaming consoles with the introduction of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The current generation Xbox 360 was released 8 years ago, while the PlayStation 3 launched a year later, making the head-to-head comparison of their performance out of the gate difficult and littered with caveats.

Happy Holidays from Compete (Insights Included!)

Image from: Snowflake / Shutterstock We here at Compete would like to wish happy holidays to you and yours! We hope the season finds you warm, happy, and ready for the new year! But what would a holiday wish from Compete be without a modicum of data? Not very festive, that’s for sure! So below is a brief list of holiday-themed insights we’ve pulled to make the holidays just a little

Traditional Retailers are Barbie Shoppers’ Dream House

  Image from: Barbie’s Face / Barbie.com Although holiday decorations have been available for weeks, for most of us, the holiday season begins in earnest as the Halloween decorations come down and our children shift their attention from costumes and candy to wish lists.   If this year is like so many of the past 50, many young girls will reserve space high on their lists for a Barbie doll. Looking

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