valentine’s day

Sunday Series: Food and Groceries Feeling the Love

Two months ago, I wrote a post on how the Food and Groceries category got an excellent boost from holiday shopping. I was also curious as to how the same sites would fare during the month of love — and now I have the data to show you!

February Data is Now Live – Winter Olympics, Valentine’s Day, and more…

The weather’s finally warming up in Boston and February data is live and available in Compete PRO! Not only that, but we kicked off a contest for all Compete PRO users last week where you can share your success stories with us and win some awesome prizes. We can’t wait to see how Compete PRO has helped you!

Sunday Series: Top E-Card Sites in February

Image from: Valentine’s Day Card / Shutterstock I was surprised e-card sites had 8% less monthly Unique Visitors in February (15.8 million). I expected Valentine’s Day to drive higher-than usual traffic to the sites. In a tough month, some e-card sites still grew significantly: a number of smaller sites including spanish e-card sites tuparara.com, correomagico.com and gusanito.com, along with the major brand americangreetings.com. Looking at the past two years, February hasn’t favored e-card sites–and

Sunday Series: Top Moving Jewelry Sites

Image from: engagement ring / Shutterstock Now that February data is live, we can get a glance at Valentine’s Day trends–this week we compiled the top growing jewelry sites. The category had over 9.3 million Unique Visitors in February, an increase of 12.6% over January and 4.6% over the past year. February is the second most popular month to shop for Jewelry after December. The most interesting site was the

Gifts.com: Helping Gift Givers and Retail Sites Alike

Image from: Gifts Image / Shutterstock With Mother’s Day in the not-so-distant past, and Father’s day on the near horizon, there is no shortage of places to search for, and buy gifts online.  For those of us who are a bit “gifting challenged” there are also a few services out there that will help us find something for the guy or girl who has everything. The “Gift Gurus” over at

Top 10 Gains in Monthly Unique Visitors For February 2012

Image from: Flower Image / Shutterstock Below is the list of sites with the highest percentage of month-over-month growth. Valentines Day and tax season dominate the list, with sites for flowers and e-cards claiming the top two spots.

Searching for Easy Gifts and New Love: Valentine’s Day Afterthoughts

Image from: PISETSAK PUKAEWPUEAK / Shutterstock Those that are romantic (or obligated) diligently prepare Valentine’s Day surprises for their loved ones months, weeks, or days before the holiday.  But what of those who wait until the last minute? With our Compete search data, we found that of the top 500 search referrals from Google, Bing and Yahoo on Valentine’s Day last week, only about 10 were even related to the

Godiva.com vs. Hersheys.com: Whose side were you on for Valentine’s Day?

Image from: Yuri Arcurs / Shutterstock Although it may not be the holiday St. Valentine intended, friends and loved ones alike celebrate February 14th as a day of love, romance, and joy. Even if you don’t have a significant other, Valentine’s Day is that one special day that we all feel entitled to a little or a lot of an infamous guilty pleasure: chocolate. In all shapes, sizes, colors and

Does Cupid still dominate Valentine’s Day?

Image from: littleny / Shutterstock Valentine’s Day is next week, and if you are celebrating, you are in good company.  57 percent of consumers will be celebrating Valentine’s Day this year, up 4 percentage points from last year.  And while this holiday is traditionally for couples, more and more people are using February 14 to show affection for other important people in their lives. In fact, 55 percent of shoppers

Happy Valentine’s Day from Compete’s President

It’s Valentine’s Day, and what better time to show our appreciation to clients, supporters and the people who we worked with over the past year. We move so quickly these days that we often forget to celebrate our accomplishments, especially those of our clients. So this is my Valentine, celebrating all of our relationships and some of the reasons these past twelve months have been so special. We now have

Happy Valentine’s Day, e-Retailers!

Love is in the air, and in most store fronts, which means Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. More than half of consumers surveyed plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year and the average consumer will spend $111 on Valentine’s Day gifts. 54% of Valentine’s Day shoppers are going to buy gifts for more than one person. 8 out of 10 will buy a gift for their spouses or