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Mass Merchants Reign Supreme on Thanksgiving Week

Image from: Thanksgiving Shopping / Shutterstock Thanksgiving week shopping has always, and will continue to be, an area of focus for retailers and consumers alike. It may not be my preference after having filled up on delicious turkey and pumpkin pie, but it definitely was for my relatives and many other consumers who bundled up to head out at ungodly hours to do some holiday shopping. And shop away they

Is Subscribe & Save Working?

Image from: Subscribe Function / Shutterstock   Auto replenishment programs are supposed to make consumers’ lives easier— they simply sign up and then receive the product at their front door without any hassle or worries. To better understand the extent of awareness and usage of such programs, we took a closer look at Amazon’s Subscribe & Save, one of the better known auto-replenishment programs in the market. In addition to

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,

Which Retailers Came Out on Top This Past Week?

Image from: Presents / Shutterstock   So far, shopping this holiday season is outpacing 2011 holiday shopping.  Looking back over the critical week of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, consumers spent more time shopping at the top online retailers this year than they did last year.  Attention was up 5% Y-O-Y on Black Friday and up 11% Y-O-Y on Cyber Monday. Earlier this week, we revealed that for most retailers,

Could Free Shipping Boost Your Holiday Sales?

Image from: Shipping / Thinkstock According to the Compete Fall 2012 Online Shopper Intelligence Survey™, 62% of consumers said they would not have made their most recent purchase if they had not received free shipping.  Clearly, free shipping is a must have for consumers.  Competitive sites, The North Face and Patagonia both offer free shipping on their orders over a certain amount. While The North Face offers free shipping on

Searching for Amazon Success

Image from: Amazon Warehouse / InsiderLouisville.com/ 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

Don’t Bother with an E-Commerce Strategy!

Image from: Nordstrom Front / NuanceMarketing.net This past July and August, Nordstrom ran their annual anniversary sale. We looked at the impact of their online efforts. Now, a few weeks after, did Nordstrom see any lift from their online push? Looking at Daily Reach and Daily Attention for the last three months we can see that Nordstrom.com did see a spike when the sale launched, but there was not a

How Shopcade.com Is Drafting You Into Its Fashionable Army

Image from: Shopping Craze / Shutterstock “I love your shirt! Where did you get it?” Sounds familiar, right? It’s a natural tendency to associate style with a place of purchase, and slowly online retailers are learning that perhaps their best advertisers are the very same people they sell to. Shopcade.com knows this, and it’s about to make a killing by gamifying this trend, all based on the online phenomenon of

Walmart Brings Cash Into The 21st Century

Image from: Mouse and Money / Shutterstock Several months ago, Walmart introduced a “Pay with Cash” option for online purchases.  This innovative program is pretty simple—consumers place an order online and then go to any store within 48 hours to pay for the purchase. According to the FDIC, 1 in 4 US households either do not have a bank account or credit card, or have limited banking options. Typically these

Ecommerce Tip: Find Your Customers When They’re Most Ready To Buy

Image from: Shopping Mouse / Shutterstock It sounds obvious, but if you’re responsible for optimizing an ecommerce channel for a brand or client, you need to be focusing on the entire life cycle of your customer. This way you you can understand when they’re most likely to buy and focus your online marketing spend on the correct channels. Because new and returning customers will be buying from you directly, online, you should

Tis The Season For….School Supplies!

Image from: School Supplies / Shutterstock Students everywhere are savoring their last bits of summer vacation, the few weeks before they have to trade in ice cream cones and carefree afternoons for notebooks and homework.  That also means millions of consumers are in the market for back-to-school products. According to the Summer 2012 Online Shopper Intelligence survey, back-to-school shoppers are busy this season, with more than half of shoppers purchasing