holiday shopping

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).

December Data is Now Live – NORADSanta.org, MegaMillions.com, HarryAndDavid.com, and more…

Happy new year! Another new year has begun and another month’s worth of new data is live and available in Compete PRO! I hope you enjoyed your holiday celebrations as much as I did and are ready to get right back into the swing of things this year.

November Data is Now Live – BET.com, Hallmark.com, Black Friday and more…

Happy holidays! To ring in the holiday season, November data is live and available in Compete PRO! Speaking of the holidays, Black Friday dominated the Monthly Fast Movers this time around. Beyond discount aggregator sites like BlackFriday.fm, TheBlackFriday.com, NoMoreRack.com, and BlackFriday.com, several brands also made it into the top Fast Movers like Hallmark.com and Express.com.

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.

20+ Black Friday & Cyber Monday Facts That You Need to Know

Shoppers are keen on researching for the best deals and rely on different sources to gather information. The majority of shoppers are visiting Black Friday and Cyber Monday deal sites such as Blackfriday.com and Cybermonday.com. They’re also browsing online store circulars, visiting retailer websites, checking out social media pages and talking to friends and family about promotions.

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The holidays have begun! They’re here. So, how does one stay afloat? If you’re in the business of Ecommerce Advertising, check out ’3 Holiday PPC Tips for Ecommerce Advertisers With Thousands of Products‘ for some great advice. Also, check out, ‘Why Your PPC Ads Must Meet the True and Positive Needs of Prospects.’ But what about email marketers? How can they connect with their recipients as the holiday rush continues

Cyber Monday Drives Online Sales

Image from: Holiday Shopping Online / Shutterstock Last week we explored the Thanksgiving/Black Friday related increase in in-store sales.  This week, we see the impact of Cyber Monday deals on online shopping.  Consumers took advantage of Cyber Monday week deals, spending on average $300 online, while spending only $244 in-stores.  Year-to-year, 2012 was a much better year for retailers.  Consumers spent 50% more this year on Cyber Monday deals than

Sunday Series: The Eternal, Inevitable Uggs Kicking Butt

Image from: Wedding Uggs / TheWeddingGuru With winter forcing people indoors, into coats and into more layers, I thought this was an adequate time to do a Sunday Series on my favorite piece of winterized clothing: boots. Below is a list of the top ten fasted growing shoe and accessory sites, ranked by increases in their UVs between September and October. It’s expected that boots would be dominating right now,

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$9.2 billion. Billion. That’s 9 billion and then some. That’s enough to buy 16,666,667 Furbies! It’s also the forecast amount of US social media advertising revenues for 2016, up from the $4.6 billion estimate in 2012. According to our sources, social ‘native’ ads are expected to surpass display in growth within the forecast period, capping out at about a $3.85 billion spend in 2016. That’s a lot of Furbies… With

Online Merchants Break Away From the Pack

Image from: Add to Cart / ThinkStock It seemed like the Black Friday mania this year started weeks before Thanksgiving.  And indeed we saw a sharp increase in holiday shopping during the week ending Nov 18.  Two out of 3 consumers had starting their holiday shopping before the week of Black Friday, and 15-percent had already completed 75-percent of more of their shopping. Compared to earlier in the month, last

Where Did Consumers Shop Online During Thanksgiving and Black Friday?

Image from: Winter Sale / Shutterstock   Retailers and manufacturers are beginning to get an understanding of the impacts that months of holiday planning had on consumers. This year, brands have continued their aggressive pursuit of holiday shoppers by turning up marketing well ahead of previous years.  Target launched a high-visibility holiday themed ad campaign before Halloween in an effort to capture as much attention as possible. During Black Friday