summer

Sunday Series: Popular Hotel Chains Among June’s Fast Movers

This Sunday we take a another look at the tourism industry, or more specifically, popular hotel chains – a category that was among one of the fastest moving in June. The category as a whole saw an increase of 8.9% in unique visitors (UVs), something that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise considering the increase in vacations during the summer months.

Sunday Series: Home Improvement Fast Movers

With warm weather comes beach and camping trips, outdoor grilling, sunbathing, and… home improvement projects. May is the month when hopeful DIYers and gardeners begin researching, planning, and getting excited for all of their summer projects. This is shown quite clearly with a 3.47% increase in unique visitors to the category and spikes upwards of 100% for a few of the fastest moving home improvement sites.

Sunday Series: Reading and Writing

Image from: Reading Photo / Shutterstock So, it’s officially summer (aka grueling heat that makes you wish you never complained about chilled, cozy winter) and what does that mean? Free time! Or at least envying those that can afford to sink into a lazier schedule once the sun starts shining. If you’re anything like me, you spend the year making mental notes about books you want to check out when

Are We There Yet? Searching for an Online Road Trip Planner

Image from: Road Trip Image / Shutterstock As summer approaches, families all over the country are gearing up for one thing…road trips! Gone are the days of big physical maps, as most people use online planners, GPS’s and smart phones to plan their trips. To see which road trip planner is most popular, I did a keyword search for “road trip” on Compete.com, which leveraged Compete’s industry-leading panel and patented normalization technology.

The Dark Knight Has Risen Thanks to Cryptic Viral Marketing

Image from: TheDarkKnightRises.com As the weather warms up (or if you’ve been in the northeast lately, cools off and rains), we can’t help but think about the awesome movies that Hollywood will be putting out this summer. Two of the most anticipated films this year, The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers, are set to be released soon (Avengers tomorrow and Rises in July), and both have drummed up buzz

Summer Superhero Showdown

I spend a lot of time at the movies. And just as December is always packed with “serious” films vying for Oscar nominations, summer is the time for big special effects filled action movies. This summer’s action roster had even more in common than usual, no less than four separate movies based on well-known comic book super heroes were released: ‘Thor’, ‘X-Men First Class’, ‘Green Lantern’, and ‘Captain America’. As

Summer is a Time to Celebrate Great Food and Local Markets!

That’s right! You’ve been waiting for it all year, and it’s finally here! August is National Goat Cheese Month! Not a fan of goat cheese? How about blueberries? July was National Blueberry Month, but unfortunately, I was out of the country and couldn’t fully appreciate it in France. Now that I’m back and Compete.com data for July is live, I wanted to take a look and see if other people

Summer Cinema Smash or Site Traffic Stinker?

36 years ago, Stephen Spielberg released Jaws during a traditionally quiet time of the year for the box office. It took in seven million dollars that opening weekend, and became the highest grossing film of all time until Star Wars debuted two years later. What followed was a new era of Hollywood, a period in which the summer quarter would account for 40 percent of the entire year’s box office

The Sweet Smell of Sunscreen

I can always tell summer is coming by the way New York City smells.  There is nothing quite like ‘eau de Hot NY’ – walking outside you are immediately hit with top notes of black garbage bags soaking up summer heat and stagnant disease-festering water that evolves in the subway to expose a ripe middle of sweaty bodies and unwashed feet.  As your nose becomes accustomed to this assault however,