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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

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

Where’s the Easy Button?

When you think office supply retailers, chances are you’ll think of Staples, OfficeMax, or Office Depot; and apparently, more consumers are thinking Staples over the competition. The number of visits to the Staples domain is nearly double that of its closest competitor, Office Depot, and triple OfficeMax. All three retailers see seasonal traffic increases during back-to-school and the holidays, but Staples has been able to hold onto their lead over

Weather or Not

Although spring is upon us, many still remember this past winter, which for many parts of the country was among the worst on record.  And anyone traveling during those storms is all too familiar with the blizzard of delays, cancellations, and related lost business. Winter: Web Wins Compete leveraged its ability to survey the digital general population by asking consumers about how they see last winter’s weather impacting future travel

FedEx.com is Delivering – UVs That Is

Quick, can you guess the best month for unique visitors (UVs) on FedEx.com and UPS.com? Okay, I’ll break the suspense. As you can see below, December is typically the best month, by far. But you probably guessed that already. A deeper look at the data, however, reveals a few insights worthy of further study. First, UVs for UPS.com fell 2.42 percent between February 2009 and February 2010. During that same

Homemade Holiday Gifts in the 21st Century

For the first time in my life, I was able to create a homemade gift that generated more compliments than jokes about my lack of artistic abilities – and I don’t think I’m alone. My wife and I were looking at the hundreds of pictures from our recent wedding and found ourselves re-hashing so many stories and laughs with each photo. We decided we should do something with the photos