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Holiday E-commerce: Make online shopping a rewarding experience for customers, not just an extension of the holiday hassle

December 1st, 2011
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I think it goes without saying that online shopping is no longer just a convenient option for consumers. It’s a retail mainstay, and a key to holiday marketing success.

Wasting no time in supporting this point once again, IBM has just unveiled the findings of its fourth annual Cyber Monday Benchmark, revealing that online spending for Cyber Monday 2011 eclipsed the previous year’s sales  by 33%, and even this year’s Black Friday sales by 29.3%.

As crazy as it can be for consumers, holiday retail is like bacon-flavored manna for marketers. While the online opportunity is huge, it’s crucial to stand out from the crowd, by remembering those who make up the crowd.

You must offer shoppers a thorough, convenient, enjoyable online experience, and promote your shopping experience as part of the holiday solution, not a digital extension of the traditional holiday hassle.

With the growth of e-commerce as a viable alternative to in-store retail, aided by more Web-exclusive discounts, free shipping offers, and the like, you can help boost business by providing an efficient, but personal online shopping experience that ensures your customers will never again long for crowded malls and crazed deal-hunters.

Here are three tips to help make the holidays happy, for your customers and your bottom line.

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Online Marketing: Cyber Monday reactions from 17 of your consumer marketing peers

December 3rd, 2010
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The swirling vortex of shopping and hype that is affectionately known as Black Friday to Cyber Monday always draws plenty of ink, both virtual and actual. Here at MarketingSherpa we prefer metrics to hype, and real world stories over vague lifestyles “reporting.” With that in mind, following are some facts about this past Monday online, a chart and below the fold an entire host of actual reactions to Cyber Monday from e-tailers, industry insiders and more.

Just the facts, ma’am

  • Email is big this year – Experian CheetahMail found email volume around Black Friday was up 23 percent over 2009
  • This year’s Cyber Monday was the most profitable e-commerce day in the history of the Internet
  • ComScore found online retailers broke the $1 billion sales barrier, a 16 percent increase over last year
  • More than nine million people shopped on Cyber Monday – up four percent over 2009 – and spent an average of $114.24
  • Amazon won the most trafficked Cyber Monday e-commerce site title
  • Walmart was the most searched term on Cyber Monday
  • US visits to the top 500 retail sites were up 16 percent
  • Search and cross-shopping across other retailers sites accounted for 44 percent of referrals last week

And now the chart …

Head below the fold for Cyber Monday reactions … Read more…