Marketers are bullish about the 2012 holiday season. Specifically, two-thirds of all marketers surveyed by Experian Marketing Services are anticipating 2012 sales to be higher or much higher than in 2011. And, online shopping is surging.
2011 marked the first time Cyber Monday surpassed Black Friday as the biggest online shopping day of the year — surging from 138 million visits to 177 million visits to Experian Marketing Services’ Retail 500 Index, a custom category of 500 leading retail Websites.
Experian Hitwise data also showed significant growth in visits to retail sites on the day after Christmas as consumers took advantage of post holiday discounts and offers.
Top digital marketing tactics
The top digital tactics marketers plan to employ this holiday season to engage consumers include email marketing, “text to join” programs, loyalty programs, retail address captures, and engaging customers in store with live Twitter and Facebook feeds.
Another critical development this year will be the use of Pinterest in driving traffic to shopping sites. This year, 71 percent of marketers say they will invest in their Pinterest boards for the holiday season, compared with 30.2 percent who used them in 2011.
This year marketers can expect to see firsthand the evolution of mobile devices into interactive marketing tools that will have a tremendous impact on the 2012 holiday season as retailers utilize flash sale deals and establish online communities. Mobile-optimized Websites are expected to become far more popular as a marketing tool this year. See comparative results below:
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“Marketers’ outlook for the 2012 holiday season is positive, according to our study,” said Bill Tancer, head of global research at Experian Marketing Services.
“To maximize their interaction with eager holiday shoppers, marketers will need to focus on providing a personalized and dynamic customer experience to remain relevant. Implementing loyalty programs and in-store experiences through social media and email will yield additional possibilities for marketers to engage with consumers this season.”
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Additional holiday marketing content can be found on the company’s Marketing Forward blog, which serves as the destination for a wide array of direct-marketing insight, consumer trends and marketing strategies from Experian Marketing Services.
If you’re shopping online this season, take a look at these 3 online shopping safety tips.
- Free guide offers retailers holiday email marketing tips
- Mobile devices top shopping lists this year
- Social networks fail to deliver many online sales
- Retailers pumping more money into social media & mobile marketing
- Time spent on social networking declined slightly
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