holiday shopping

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

Searching for Amazon Success

Image from: Amazon Warehouse / You would be hard pressed to find a retailer or brand that is not asking some questions about how Amazon will impact their business over the holiday shopping season. Amazon has gone to great lengths to establish itself as the place consumers visit online to search for holiday products. 1 in 2 consumers who visit Amazon in a month conduct an onsite search and

Gift Cards Top the Holiday Shopping Lists

Image from: Holiday Shopping / Shutterstock With a month left until December, shoppers are continuing to make a dent into their Christmas lists. By the beginning of November, about 60 percent of the consumers surveyed in the Compete Holiday Intelligence™ survey had already begun shopping for the holidays. This was a 20 percent increase in shopping activity compared to two weeks ago. The number of people who had completed at

Early Shoppers Prefer Mass Merchants

Image from: Holiday Shopping / Shutterstock As we reach the end of October, more consumers are focusing their sights on December.  As of October 21, about half the consumers surveyed in the Compete Holiday Intelligence™ survey had already begun shopping for the holidays, up 5 percent in 2 weeks.  In fact, almost 1 out of 10 consumers had already finished half of their holiday shopping. While more consumers got into

3 Key Insights to 2012 Holiday Shopping Behavior

Image from: Holiday Presents / Shutterstock   The leaves have not fallen from the trees yet but a decent amount of people have already started checking things off their Christmas list. According to Compete’s  Holiday Insights™ survey, slightly more than 40% of respondents have already begun buying presents, with 6% already completing more than half of their shopping for this Holiday season. When compared to the same time last year

Traditional Retailers are Barbie Shoppers’ Dream House

  Image from: Barbie’s Face / 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

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

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

Tis’ the Season to Up the Ante on Your iPad SEO

Now I have been on the Apple bandwagon since my first iPod in 9th grade and while I often Shazam a good tune via my iPhone 4, right before downloading it on my Macbook, I lack one Apple screen that any tech saavy digital native should have… An iPad. Recently, I opened up an email from Apple and was greeted with a catchy phrase, “The best gifts surprise people long