Black Friday 2017 Email Marketing Report [Infographic]

Black Friday 2017 Email Marketing Report

Each year, online retailers make new records during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping period. In 2016, consumers spent a total of $12B online over the Black Friday weekend alone. This year is no exception, as growing number of consumers opt for the comfort of their home (office) over the crowded streets and malls when it comes to grabbing the best Black Friday deals. At ContactPigeon, we analyzed over millions of transactional records for a sneak peek into how Black Friday 2017 is shaping up. We have wrapped up our key findings in the Black Friday 2017 Email Marketing

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Study: How Do Millennial Shoppers Behave on Black Friday & Cyber Monday?

How Millennial Shoppers Behave on Black Friday & Cyber Monday

This year, 20% of Millennial shoppers won’t make a single holiday purchase in a brick-and-mortar store. Instead, they will likely continue escalating an unstoppable national trend toward e-buying by holiday shoppers. Dollars spent online already outpace those spent in retail stores during this Christmas shopping season. According to the National Retail Federation, 154.4 million shoppers bought products on the Thanksgiving/Black Friday weekend in 2016. Of those, 108.5 million shopped online while 99.1 million shopped in stores. Nearly half of Black Friday and Cyber Monday are Millennial Shoppers  Millennial shoppers love Black Friday and Cyber Monday. 2016 Black Friday sales buried 2015 numbers by

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5 Tips to Rock Your Cyber Monday Marketing

Cyber Monday Marketing Tips

On Cyber Monday 2017, US retailers expect to haul in $3.81 billion in sales revenue. How much of that lands in your pocket depends in part on how well you market. Here is what we know about Cyber Mondays and modern shoppers: Amazon is the most popular cyber shop for buyers 💰 More men than women shop on Cyber Monday 👨 Americans spend 4.7 hours per day on their phones, much of it researching items to buy or e-shops subscribe to 🕗 2B people around the world use Android devices 🌏 Shoppers will buy more than $1 billion using their mobile devices📱 With that

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[Poll Results] What’s Your Biggest eCommerce Challenge?

Sept '17 Polls Are In - The Top eCommerce Challenge

In our September newsletter, we posed the following question to 2000+ fellow digital marketers and eCommerce readers: As eCommerce marketer, what’s your biggest eCommerce challenge to growing your business? To limit the range of possible options, we proposed 3 general areas. Grow visitor traffic Convert visitors into customers Get more returning customers Well, the results are in! 📊 While the responses are insightful, we are not entirely surprised by the results. Nearly half of the respondents (45% to be exact) considers sales conversion optimization as a major eCommerce challenge. This corresponds to recent studies that place visitor abandonment to ~92% of

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Ecommerce Platforms News: Shopify introduces Google Autocomplete

Ecommerce platforms news - Shopify Oct 2017

Ecommerce platforms such as Shopify, Magento, BigCommerce, WooCommerce, and Volusion have been revolutionizing e-commerce shopping for merchants and customers alike. Their constant growth has largely contributed to the online retail growth in the past decade. New e-commerce tools, features, and integrations have opened the door for mobile shopping to take over and have brought younger generations closer to thousands of brands. The interactions between brands and their customers are now easier than ever. Shopify introduces Google Autocomplete For shoppers who enthusiastically picked out their favorite items online and hitting the checkout button, the need to complete a long purchase form puts

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Cyber Monday Insights We Can Apply to 2017

Cyber Monday 2017 Insights

Cyber Monday is the first Monday after Thanksgiving and has historically been one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Last year, shoppers spent $3.36 billion online, a 9.4-percent increase from the year before. It has surpassed Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving, as the day where shoppers shell out the most cash. Here are some trends that we’ve seen in the past and projections on what we can expect going forward. How Cyber Monday Got Started? In 2005, The National Retail Federation sent out a press release coining the term Cyber Monday. According to their Shop.org unit, 77

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Why Email Marketing is the Best Way to Reach Millennials [Infographics]

Email marketing for Millennials

In recent years, marketing has gone through a drastic shift. Businesses now turn to the Internet to promote their products and generate more leads. Incidentally, there’s one demographic in particular that is best reached via digital channels, particularly email marketing: Millennials. Millennials, also known as Generation Y, are those who reached adulthood during the earliest years of the 21st century (while the exact years demarcating the generation are disputed, several historians believe that Millennials are individuals that were born between 1988 and 2004). Since Millennials were born after the dawn of the computer age, they are accustomed to consuming most of their

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Use Real-time Web Analytics to Boost Real-time Marketing

Actionable insights with real-time web analytics

In the first part of this series on live web analytics articles, we wrote about the importance of focussing on customer experience, highlighting that a data driven approach employing real-time web analytics is essential. We went on to outline the major benefits afforded by monitoring real-time traffic along with real-time retargeting and promotions. In this article, we extend the analysis to examine in greater detail at how live web analytics tools such as ContactPigeon’s analytics underpin this. Real-time Marketing There is nothing new about real-time marketing. It first gained the attention of marketing professionals back in the 1990s when the

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5 Key Ecommerce Metrics you Need to Track Daily

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“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” – Albert Einstein OK, maybe Einstein never said that (according to quoteinvestigator.com this quote belongs to the sociologist William Bruce Cameron) but, the bottom line is: every e-commerce owner should identify and improve the metrics that really count. With so many resources and tools out there – Google Analytics, your e-commerce platform, ContactPigeon analytics (of course ☺) – it’s very easy to get lost and become distracted of what really matters, your customer. This article will take you step by step on clarifying how and what you should calculate and

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What Exactly Is Email Marketing Lifecycle? A Practical Guide for E-Commerce

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Engaging customers is a critical part of boosting sales. Smart marketing strategies are starting to emphasize more and more on the email marketing lifecycle, because it is usually far easier and more cost-effective to get repeat business from existing customers than it is to dig up new ones in other ways. Email marketing is a well-established way of communicating with customers and deepening your relationships with them. It’s a managed communications strategy that integrates a full range of marketing communications and channels. This helps to ensure that prospective clients get the material they most need while they are on the

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