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With people hunkering down at home this December, the giving season looks significantly different than ever before. But the celebrations are not stopping — consumers are projected to spend almost $1,000 per household on gifts and other holiday-related goods. Instead of a huge family gathering where gifts are exchanged in-person, gift-giving in 2020 is involving shipping presents directly to loved ones.  That’s why e-commerce will define this holiday shopping season, which is fantastic news for…

It’s December and both Black Friday and Cyber Monday are behind us — which means the end-of-year holidays are practically here and 2020 is nearly behind us. But before we get a fresh start in 2021, one challenge for brands remains: capturing consumers’ spend on gifts, which is expected to reach $189 billion online and as much as $767 billion overall. But between deals in October and canceled celebrations, this is no ordinary holiday season.…

Now exhale, and keep on growing.  BFCM 2020 has come and gone and with a little over three weeks until Christmas, another big wave of holiday shopping has just started rolling. Now is the time to take a deep breath and keep on keeping on.  There is no denying that this year has brought tremendous changes and challenges, yet human beings are resilient — which is why it’s not surprising that Black Friday hit a…

October and Prime Day have come and gone, and with that, the start of this year’s holiday shopping season has too. Yet, with two full months ahead of us before the end of 2020 and doorbusters like Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday on the horizon, the shopping season has also only just begun.  Though it feels on-pause right now due to the world’s attention on this week’s US Presidential Election, 2020 has shown us…

With more than a month until Thanksgiving and traditional promotional shopping holidays, the shopping season feels like it’s just around the corner. But like the majority of 2020, this October is looking quite different, and the shopping season has officially started.  Amazon’s Prime Day is typically Christmas in July, but with fulfillment and logistics management issues due to this year’s public health and economic crisis plus a desire to make the most of the holiday…

After a year of uncertainty, shoppers are eager to find warmth and familiarity this holiday season. Searches for seasonal inspiration exploded in April when the norm is typically September. And, because traveling to visit loved ones won’t be in the cards for many, people are in search of different yet meaningful ways to connect with friends and family, namely Zoom group dinners and gift-giving.  But even the most well-thought-out ideas can be easily foiled by…

With retailers like Walmart and Target announcing they’ll be closed on Black Friday this year, it’s clear holiday shopping in 2020 will differ dramatically from just a few months ago. On top of that, Amazon has delayed Prime Day to take place on October 13-14, poised to capture significant holiday traffic this year — as if brands needed more competition. Thankfully, some traditional wisdom about holiday digital ad campaigns still holds true. Namely, you want…

Customers will go to great lengths for the brands they love — from getting face tattoos to even putting toothpaste on their mother’s eyebrows. This kind of unwavering enthusiasm and dedication creates a real opportunity for companies to develop a tight-knit community and then tap into the benefits of community marketing. Unlike other forms of marketing, community marketing is unique in that consumers must actively choose to participate — and if done right, you’ll realize these…

Forget January — September is society’s New Year. When summer comes to a close, and we go back to school and work, we shift how we live, put routines in place, and change our buying behaviors.  This year, however, is looking (and feeling) a lot different. As schools and offices keep their doors closed to prevent the coronavirus spread, we’re missing most of our key markers to the start of this new season. That’s why…

The holiday season is just around the corner, and your customers are getting ready to celebrate. With drastic life and economic changes this year, people miss having things to look forward to. From making one’s home feel festive to gift-giving and practicing traditions — it’s no wonder why people are more excited than ever to have fun and find familiarity in the holidays this year.  Pinterest reported seeing a 77% increase in holiday-related searches on their…