online sales

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.

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

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

Airbnb: How to Move from Making News to Making Profits

Over the last 60 days, Airbnb.com has had its ups – like scoring VC funding, and its downs – including a barrage of negative press about customers’ bad experiences. So how does Airbnb go from making news to making profits? For starters, it should keep close tabs on its competitors. Consider Vrbo.com, another site focused on vacation rentals, albeit a bit more traditional than Airbnb. A look inside Compete Pro

Can shipping costs affect online sales?

If this past holiday’s trend is any indication, consumers love free shipping.  But to what extent do shipping costs actually factor into a consumer’s decision to purchase online?  A fair amount, according to the most recent Compete Online Shopper survey. A main finding of the study is that shipping costs not only weigh heavily on consumers’ decision to purchase products online, but it also impacts consumer satisfaction.  E-commerce is all