online shopping

Ebates: A Rising Star in the Coupon and Bargain Space

Image from: Frugal Living When I first heard of Ebates.com, I was skeptical. I thought to myself, “it pays to shop, really?!” Well the joke was pleasantly on me when I received my first check. After all, although a business model where an affiliate shares profits with customers as an incentive isn’t the most intuitive, it makes sense. Given that I’ve been hearing quite a bit of positive buzz about Ebates from friends and

With the Launch of its New Web Store, Could The Fancy Overtake Pinterest?

Image from: Meme Creator If you spend anytime on the Internet at all, you’ve surely heard of Pinterest. In fact, we’ve blogged about Pinterest before. We blogged about the demographics of the site’s users last May, and we have since discussed Pinterest’s business implications, from the way the site affects retailers to its use of affiliate links. Well, it looks like Pinterest may have some competition in The Fancy, a

3 Key Trends: 2011 Holiday Shopping Recap

Image from: Tatiana Popova / Shutterstock A few weeks ago, we wrote about our Webinar that highlighted shopping trends during the 2011 Holiday Season. Recently, our retail and consumer products senior associate, Debra Arbesman talked to the people at Monetate about some of the trends in the 2011 Holiday Season. This past year, online shopping on promotional days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday increased 20% year-over-year. Debra identifies three key

Visits to Online Retailer Sites Up 20M Visits Last Week

Online retailers continued doing a break business last week.  Total visits to online retailers climbed to 662M total visits; up 20M visits from the same week in 2010. Last week’s increase is the latest in a series of banner weeks for the online retail industry as consumers signal their desire to trade in their cars for laptops to shop for gifts. The big winners continue to be mass merchants and

When it Comes to a Sweater, Ugly is Better

The ugly sweater… a Christmas tradition as old as Saint Nicholas himself.  Okay, maybe that’s not entirely true, but the fad of donning an ugly holiday-themed sweater at venues ranging from college parties to family gatherings (although maybe your Uncle Bill isn’t wearing that sweater ironically, but still) has become increasingly popular in recent years.  Now some naysayers might call into question such a drastically bold and controversial claim.  To

Last Minute Shoppers Take to the Web

Image from: RT Design Studio via Shutterstock Christmas is this Sunday, which means stores are hopping with last minute shoppers trying to check their final few items off their Holiday shopping lists.  As of December 11, more than half of consumers had finished more than 75-percent of their Holiday shopping, but surprisingly, 1 out of 10 had not even begun! Compared to shopping the week prior, Toys and Games were

The Top 10 Elves of Online Shopping

Image from: Lasse Kristensen via Shutterstock Are you behind on your holiday shopping? You aren’t alone! As of December 4th, 21% of shoppers surveyed had completed only 10% or less of their holiday shopping. Whether you are in a pinch for time or just have no idea what to get your brother, best friend, or niece, it’s common to seek the Internet for suggestions. If you are a retailer, it’s

Holiday 2011: Slow Shopping and Low Cyber Monday Impact

Image from: pzRomashka via Shutterstock One way of telling that December is here is just by looking at the full mall parking lots. With only a few weeks left to find the perfect presents, wrap them up nicely and then have others tear them open, people have been shopping away. As of December 4, over a quarter of consumers have finished more than 75 percent of their holiday shopping. However,

7 Holiday Retail Insights that Will Jingle Your Marketing Bells

Image from: happykanppy / Shutterstock 1 * Black Friday is no longer just an offline retailer holiday.  We have seen a big shift to online and a blending of Black Friday and Cyber Monday into one big spending weekend. 2 * This holiday season, Amazon is going after their direct competition of brick and mortars through a new program. If consumers scan a product in a store, Amazon offers a

Holiday Shopping Showdown: Men vs. Women

Image from: Helder Almeida / Shutterstock When it comes to gift buying, I tend to stay with gift cards and anything someone explicitly tells me they want.  I also tend to wait until the last minute to even start thinking about what I’ll get anyone.  I thought it’d be interesting to see whether this was something common to most guys and decided to use Compete’s demographic data to find out. 

Black Friday, not just for Brick and Mortars Anymore

Image from: altafulla / Shutterstock Turkey has been eaten, football has been watched, and door buster deals have been purchased!   The week of Black Friday was very busy for Santa and laypeople alike.  Consumers spent a total of $11.4 billion dollar on Black Friday, up 6.6 percent from last year.  This flurry of spending helped many consumers work their way through their holiday shopping lists.  As of November 28, a