Sunday, 25 November 2007

Black Friday Sees $531 Million in Online Retail Spending, Up 22 Percent versus Last Year

Cyber Monday Expected to Surpass $700 Million in Online Spending, Making it Heaviest Online Spending Day on Record

RESTON, VA, November 25, 2007comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released an update of holiday season e-commerce spending covering the first 23 days (November 1 – 23) of the November – December 2007 holiday season. More than $9.3 billion has been spent online during the season-to-date, marking a 17-percent gain versus the corresponding days last year. Online retail spending was strong on both Thanksgiving Day (up 29 percent to $272 million) and “Black Friday” (up 22 percent to $531 million), outpacing the season-to-date growth rate.

2007 Holiday Season To Date vs. Corresponding Days* in 2006

Non-Travel (Retail) Spending

Excludes Auctions and Large Corporate Purchases

Total U.S. – Home/Work/University Locations

Source: comScore, Inc.

 

Billions ($)

Holiday Season to Date

2006

2007

Pct Change

November 1 – 23

$7.98

$9.36

17%

Thanksgiving Day

$0.21

$0.27

29%

“Black Friday” (November 23)

$0.43

$0.53

22%

* Corresponding Shopping Days, Not Calendar Days

“The Friday after Thanksgiving is known for heavy spending in retail stores, but it’s clear that consumers are increasingly turning to the Internet to make their holiday purchases,” said comScore Chairman Gian Fulgoni. “Online spending on Black Friday has historically represented an early indicator of how the rest of the season will shake out. That the 22-percent growth rate versus last year is outpacing the overall growth rate for the first three weeks of the season should be seen as a sign of positive momentum. Online retailers will also certainly be paying close attention to what happens on Cyber Monday, which will provide an even clearer indication of what lies ahead for the rest of the season. Based on the growth rates we’ve seen so far this season and historical consumer behavior patterns, we would expect Cyber Monday sales be even stronger than Black Friday’s and to exceed $700 million. While this would make it the heaviest online shopping day on record, we can expect to see even stronger days ahead as the 2007 shopping season progresses into December.”

 

Hot Categories in Online Holiday Retail

The hottest category continues to be video games, consoles & accessories, which is up 134 percent versus the corresponding days last year. Sales of Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, and popular game Halo 3 continue to drive growth in the category. The furniture, appliances & equipment category (up 36 percent) is joined by consumer electronics (up 21 percent) and sport & fitness as the retail categories demonstrating above average growth. Apparel & accessories is now growing in line with the overall trend in online retail following a soft start to the season when warm weather dampened winter apparel sales. Online sales of toys are up just 9 percent for the season-to-date, with toy safety concerns appearing to be weighing down the category.

 

Top Gaining Online Retail Categories for Holiday Season-to-Date

Excludes Auctions and Large Corporate Purchases

November 1-23 vs, Corresponding Days Last Year

Total U.S. – Home/Work/University Locations

Source: comScore, Inc.

Retail Category

Percent Change

 (2007 vs. 2006)

Video Games, Consoles & Accessories

134%

Furniture, Appliances & Equipment

36%

Consumer Electronics

21%

Sport & FItness

20%

Apparel & Accessories

17%

 

Weekly Online Holiday Retail Sales

 

 

Please contact press@comscore.com to receive the data behind the above for use in graphical representation.

 

comScore 2007 Retail E-Commerce Forecast

 

Online Non-Travel (Retail) Holiday Consumer Spending

Excludes Auctions and Large Corporate Purchases

Total U.S. – Home/Work/University Locations

Source: comScore, Inc.

 

Billions ($)

2006

2007

Pct Change

January – October

$77.5

$93.6

21%

Holiday Season (Nov-Dec)

$24.6

$29.5*

20%*

*comScore forecast

 

About comScore

comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR) is a global leader in measuring the digital world. This capability is based on a massive, global cross-section of more than 2 million consumers who have given comScore permission to confidentially capture their browsing and transaction behavior, including online and offline purchasing. comScore panelists also participate in survey research that captures and integrates their attitudes and intentions. Through its proprietary technology, comScore measures what matters across a broad spectrum of behavior and attitudes. comScore analysts apply this deep knowledge of customers and competitors to help clients design powerful marketing strategies and tactics that deliver superior ROI.  comScore services are used by more than 800 clients, including global leaders such as AOL, Microsoft, Yahoo!, BBC, Carat, Cyworld, Deutsche Bank, France Telecom, Best Buy, The Newspaper Association of America, Financial Times, ESPN, Fox Sports, Nestlé, Starcom, Universal McCann, the United States Postal Service, Verizon, ViaMichelin, Merck and Expedia.  For more information, please visit www.comscore.com.

 

 


Contact:
Andrew Lipsman
Senior Analyst
comScore, Inc.
312-775-6510
press@comscore.com

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 Tuesday, 20 November 2007

What are sitemaps?  If you don't know already google, Yahoo!, Ask.com, and Moreover.com all support sitemaps. So what are they? By placing a formatted xml file with site map on your webserver, you enable Search Engine crawlers (like Google) to find out what pages are present and which have recently changed, and to crawl your site accordingly.  

3 Steps to getting your ClickCarts Sitemaps running today.

1) Go to your Google Webmaster account and add your sitemap URL.

2) Open ClickCarts and login, from the main menu click [Application Settings] then [Create SiteMap.xml]. This process will open a browser window to the right. Note: during this time every dynamic product and webpage will be added to the sitemap.xml.

3) Once completed, goto your stores home page URL: http://www.example.com/sitemap.xml to verify it was created.

Note: It is imported to check you google account to assure there are no problems and to check on the update status.

 

 

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 Wednesday, 14 November 2007

As the internet grows and our customers are concerned that the Uniform Sales and Use Tax, is/will become reality for any and all ecommerce businesses. Rest assure ClickCarts is following every step along the way but lets here what you have to say about it.

For more information goto the following link.

http://www.newrules.org/retail/rules/internet-sales-tax-fairness

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 Monday, 12 November 2007

With many hard developers putting time developing this project. I'm glad to say we are ready to send google checkout to our public release. Please look forward to it in the next software update.

 

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 Wednesday, 07 November 2007

We wanted to start the new year of with a good start so a much need face lift was given to our site. We also put our new knowledge base online and demo store.

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 Thursday, 01 November 2007

Three years later and many many happy customers. I glad to tell you ClickCarts is setting new industry standards and we're here to stay. The ClickCarts has seen ecommerce store fronts from simple to complex and everything between. I would have never imagined all of the types of products and stores that all of you guys are running, it's amazing to see them come to life. Thank you to all of our loyal customers for making first 3 years happen.

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