Although Cyber Monday and Black Friday online sales both broke documents, analysts are seeing indications that the two major shopping days are dropping some punch. Forrester Research ecommerce analyst Sucharita Mulpuru said,”Black Friday becomes more irrelevant each year.”
Have the two advertised shopping days lost their mojo?
Perhaps. In an attempt to outdo each other, online merchants are beginning holiday sales earlier annually. We now have Black Friday week, beginning the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Amazon, Staples, Target, and Walmart all moved their promotions — consumers reacted. Thanksgiving Day itself continued its momentum as a big shopping day with many retail shops starting at 6 p.m. and online sales peaking in the morning before turkey and football and then again in the evening, with record-breaking outcomes.
In 2014, Amazon extended Cyber Monday to Cyber Week.
Knowing that discounts start before Thanksgiving and expand past Cyber Monday gives shoppers a breathing space in receiving the lowest prices. Some analysts have speculated that people are also experiencing shopping fatigue. Nevertheless, both days demonstrated improvement over 2013. The National Retail Federation reported less powerful brick-and-mortar sales than expected, but some shoppers probably just decided to store on sites from their couch.
In general, from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday, online sales increased 12.6 percent over 2013.
Black Friday Outcomes
Online sales on Black Friday increased 9.5 percent from last year, according to the IBM Digital Benchmark Report. However, the value of the typical order on Black Friday was $129.37, down 4.4 percent from 2013. Ecommerce analytics consultant Custora reported that a stronger number — an increase of 20.6 percent over 2013 in its own”E-Commerce Pulse” monitoring. IBM’s analysis indicates that 2014 Black Friday items per order increased 3.4 percent over 2013 to four.
Online sales on Black Friday increased 9.5 percent from last year, according to the IBM Digital Benchmark Report.
On Black Friday, mobile shoppers often used smartphones to navigate but tablets to buy. IBM decided that smartphones accounted for 34.7 percent of all Black Friday online traffic, compared with 14.6 percent for tablet computers. But, tablets accounted for 16 percent of actual online sales, compared with 11.8 percent for smartphones. Black Friday mobile traffic accounted for 49.6 percent of all online traffic, an increase of 25 percent over this past year and mobile sales seized 27.9 percent of total online sales, up 28.2 percent over 2013, according to IBM. Custora reported that mobile captured 30.3 percent of all online sales.
Consumers utilizing Apple devices led the way in browsing and buying. IOS traffic accounted for 34.2 percent of all online traffic, over double that of Android, which contributed 15 percent of all traffic. Apple users were also larger spenders — they averaged $121.86 per purchase compared to $98.07 for Android users, a difference of 24.3 percent. IOS earnings accounted for an impressive 21.9 percent of all online sales, compared to 5.8 percent for Android.
Email drove the maximum online sales on Black Friday, with clicks accounting for 27.3 percent of earnings, based on Custora. Free search accounted for 18.9 percent of earnings and paid search accounted for 18.5 percent. Social media like facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, accounted for a paltry 1.7 percentage of earnings.
Maintaining its position as the busiest online shopping day of the holiday season, Cyber Monday clocked in with 8.5 percent increase in comparison to 2013. Average order value was $124.21, down 3.5 percent from 2013. Cyber Monday online sales were 30.5 percent greater than Black Friday in 2014.
Cyber Monday clocked in with 8.5 percent growth in comparison to 2013… Cyber Monday online sales were 30.5 percent higher than Black Friday in 2014.
While traffic from desktops swelled as people went back to work, mobile traffic was still strong, according to IBM. Desktop PCs accounted for 58.6 percent of all online traffic and 78 percent of online sales. Mobile traffic accounted for 41.2 percent of online traffic, up 30.1 percent over 2013. Mobile sales were strong, reaching 22 percent of total Cyber Monday online sales, an increase of 27.6 percent .
Smartphones accounted for 28.5 percent of Cyber Monday online traffic, over double that of tablets, which led 12.5 percent. However, tablets are still the device of choice for purchases, with 12.9 percent of online sales compared to 9.1 percent for smartphones. Tablet users averaged $121.49 per purchase compared to $99.61 for smartphone users.
Mobile users on Apple devices again outpaced their Android brethren, with iOS traffic accounting for 28.7 percent of total online traffic, over double that of Android at 12.2 percent. The average purchase value for iOS consumers was $114.79 per purchase compared to $96.84 for Android users. IOS earnings accounted for 17.4 percent of total online sales, over four times that of Android, which accounted for 4.4 percent of all online sales.
Cyber Monday exhibited a similar tendency to Black Friday, with email advertising driving 23.9 percentage of orders, free search 18.8 percent, and paid search 16 percent, based on Custora.
The median amount of emails delivered to customers from retailers on Cyber Monday was just two, staying the same in 2014 as in 2013. Open and click-through prices on Cyber Monday were 12.8 percent and 2.2 percent, respectively. More than 46 percent of Cyber Monday emails were opened on mobile devices or tablet computers, versus 52 percent on laptops, according to IBM.
Lessons for 2105
- make sure that your site is optimized for mobile users. By next year it will probably represent a vast majority of traffic.
- Stay with email advertising. It’s the very best method. But do not damage its worth by annoying customers with a lot of promotions.
- You might want to rethink your social networking efforts because these websites aren’t driving traffic.
- To stay informed about the significant online merchants, you might need to offer discounts before from the Thanksgiving week.