Holiday marketing: Get the data that puts you ahead of the competition

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What you will read in this post: Understand holiday season traffic trends Optimize for strong SEO and PPC keywords Analyzing keyword-driven traffic for seasonal marketing Which sites won the most keyword traffic? Black Friday marketing: November 2019 Christmas marketing strategy: December 2019 Build strong display and referral partnerships Analyze historic conversion data The biggest display and referral sites (and the brands winning traffic) Black Friday marketing strategy: November 2019 Christmas marketing: December 2019 Already imagining the taste of the delicious holiday meals and the laughter of your kids when the entire family comes together? Sorry, we know you’re a marketer; you don’t have time for that. You’re busy worrying whether you have everything you need so your marketing strategy can ensure the biggest possible chunk of holiday traffic and generate maximum sales. This post investigates seasonal marketing statistics of the past few years and provides some eye-opening insights from SimilarWeb’s Digital Marketing Intelligence that helps plan your seasonal marketing. But first, let’s quickly look at how the COVID-19 pandemic changed consumer preferences and spending this year. Keep these in the back of your mind when you set goals for this year’s holiday marketing strategy. According to a recent report published by McKinsey & Company , consumer behavior has shifted in five main areas: Increased online buying Increased interest in household goods Higher focus on essentials (health, hygiene, security, and sustainability) More mindful buying (consumers are researching more, looking for cheaper alternatives and value) More readiness to break loyalty to a brand Pay attention to the last point. Consumer loyalty has suffered during the time of crisis. This can be meaningful for your retention marketing and also serve as an opportunity for your acquisition marketing and content SEO strategy . One thing is for sure: Competition is going to be more fierce than ever during November-December. Content created in partnership with SmilarWeb . Holiday Marketing 2020 It’s now more crucial than ever to know how to leverage your digital marketing channels and optimize campaigns in real-time to reach relevant consumers and stay ahead of the competition. You need the most up-to-date data on overall traffic trends and impactful digital marketing strategies to ensure you can pivot and optimize campaigns as trends emerge. So digital marketers, to learn how to stand out from the countless online businesses vying for your customers’ attention away from, tune in as we deep dive into SimilarWeb …

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Key Insights: Exclusive market intelligence and ecommerce highlights

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30-second summary: Cyber Monday and Black Friday are set to smash the $10 billion ballpark figure in ecommerce sales. Thanksgiving is expecting a 49.5% sales growth. US retail ecommerce sales to reach $190.47 billion, which is a 35.8% jump. Consumer behavior insights that will help retailers take advantage of the shorter calendar window between Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas will positively impact holiday shopping dynamics. Our latest Marketing Automation Summit data shows that 13% of businesses do not use marketing automation while 47% use some of it, and 28% are exploring their options. We tracked $52 million of investment in Marketing Technologies during October. Who got the funding? What are the top martech? How can you pivot strategy to ace holiday sales? Let’s help you find answers. After the smashing success of Amazon Prime Day , Cyber Monday and Black Friday are set to smash the $10 billion ballpark figure in …

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Steering retail into 2021 with digital at the wheel

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30-second summary: The shift to online shopping was already well underway pre-pandemic. Consumers are taking advantage of expanded service offerings to get the products. Customers see digital and in-store as two facets of the same experience. People are looking for brands to deliver instantly on the values they believe in. In the absence of historic data, BI and search insights have become critically important. Now that the holiday buying season is well underway, we’re seeing the extent to which the year of the pandemic—and its unusual consumer trends and behavior—is impacting the retail industry. While some of these trends could revert to historic levels post-pandemic, others will likely change retail into 2021 and forever. The shift to online shopping was already well underway pre-pandemic, although no one could have predicted the speed at which adoption would increase over these past months. As digital accounts for an increasing proportion of purchases, …

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Key Insights: 2021 Strategic pearls on email and content marketing

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30-second summary: Consumers are becoming more conscious of how they shop, with an increased focus on small, minority-owned, women-owned, and Black-owned businesses. Shopping this year has more sentimental value as shoppers look for a morale boost. Nearly, half, (43%) of consumers used shopping as a means to cheer up family and friends. Mastercard predicted that 77% of Americans will choose to shop local while 75% of consumers intend to prefer shopping from businesses that share their personal values. Email and content marketing have stood as pillars for brands through 2020, these will be a make or break factor for businesses to succeed in 2021. Email marketing has an average ROI that is 4X higher than any other channel with APAC getting the highest open rates and EMEA winning the highest CTR. The top seven industries in terms of open rates and CTR revealed. Top priorities businesses must-have for email marketing …

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Cyber Week benchmarks show revenue from partnerships grew despite COVID-19

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30-second summary: With COVID-19 potentially discouraging shoppers from flooding into stores before sunrise on Black Friday, retailers had to adjust their 2020 game plan in advance. Most released their Black Friday deals weeks in advance, hoping to get as much wallet share as possible. Consumers bought earlier, taking advantage of the early promotions from retailers in the weeks leading up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2020, in addition to focusing on those two shopping days as they have in the past. A decrease in purchases on Cyber Monday could mean that shoppers had already found deals they wanted and were finished with their holiday shopping before Cyber Monday rolled around. With more days to shop the same deals, shoppers may have been spreading out their orders and browsing between sites, given that they had more time to find the products they want. While average order value was down over …

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How We Increased Our Client’s Leads by 751% on Less Than £1K Per Month [Case Study]

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Posted by LydiaGerman It’s a common misunderstanding that working with a small budget for SEO means you can’t generate results. How can you possibly make enough improvements to the site in so few hours per month? Well, for us at Tao Digital Marketing , our work with Fleetcover goes to show that results can be achieved by focusing on the most important changes in the little time you have. In this case study, we’ll break down how we increased leads by 751%, keywords by 259% and impressions by 535% on a budget of less than £1,000 / $1,347 per month, equating to one day’s work. That’s a small spend for SEO, but making the right changes at the right time, and focusing our efforts on the most important aspects, generated these positive results. Objectives Our objectives were similar to what every website ultimately wants to achieve: generate leads for the …

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10 Successful Google Advertising Ideas

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Coming up with Google advertising ideas is challenging. However, it’s well worth it to have a solid strategy. With around 3.5 billion searches per day , Google gives you an incredible opportunity to get in front of the right audience. Of course, you first need to know what you’re doing. If you’ve been looking for ways to get the most out of your Google ad campaigns, this article is just for you. Before we get to strategy, let’s first understand what Google ads are . Google Ads (previously known as Google AdWords) is an advertising platform for PPC ads. With the right strategy, you can drive qualified traffic, connect with your target customers, and drive sales. One of the platform’s best aspects is that it allows you to stick within your ad budget by setting your ads to stay within a certain daily, weekly, or monthly cap. You can also …

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How to Get Quick Results With SEO Sprints: The DriveSafe Case Study

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Posted by ChristopherHofman Currently, many businesses face challenging times and are moving their SEO budget to disciplines which offer quicker wins. But you can also create instant results with SEO, and it can be done on a small budget even when you are up against bigger players in your industry. In this blog post I will show you my framework to do SEO sprints. I will show you how you can use Google’s ability to index and rank faster to your advantage. Later, you will be presented with a case study, where we used SEO sprints for a chain of opticians. The result: an increase in bookings of vision tests of 73%. But first, let's have a look at the layout on page one of Google (for most queries). Google never took SEOs into account when designing for the user. As a result, their transformation over the last few years …

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5 tips for adding connected TV to your holiday ad strategy

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There’s no doubt about it: this year you need to add Connected TV to your holiday ad strategy. With total viewing time on Connected TV devices jumping 81% year-over-year, millions of shoppers will be spending more time streaming television than ever before. And while you may initially think that viewers are mostly tuning in to subscription options like Netflix or Disney+, it’s ad-supported Connected TV that’s getting a major chunk of viewership; according to research from the IAB: 73% of streaming viewers watch ad-supported CTV content. 45% of streaming viewers watch ad-supported CTV the most. Meanwhile, this holiday shopping season is set to be massive for e-commerce. Last year saw holiday e-commerce sales grow by 13.2% to $137.6 billion. That double-digit growth occurred before the COVID-19 crisis forced millions of shoppers to turn to online options for everything from gifts to groceries. And with 66% of shoppers saying they plan …

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How to Get Google to Instantly Index Your New Website

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Do you want more organic search traffic to your site? I’m willing to bet the answer is yes – we all do! Organic search traffic is critical for growing your website and business. Some research claims around 53% of your site’s traffic can be attributed to organic search. But the stats don’t matter much if your site doesn’t show up in the search results at all. How do you get your new site or blog indexed by Google, Bing, and other search engines? Well, you’ve got two choices. You can take the “tortoise” approach – just sit back and wait for it to happen naturally, but this can take weeks or months. (Trust me, I’ve been there before – not fun.) Or you can make it happen now, giving you more time and energy to put towards increasing your conversion rate , improving your social presence — and, of course, …

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5 tips for adding connected TV to your holiday ad strategy

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There’s no doubt about it: this year you need to add Connected TV to your holiday ad strategy. With total viewing time on Connected TV devices jumping 81% year-over-year, millions of shoppers will be spending more time streaming television than ever before. And while you may initially think that viewers are mostly tuning in to subscription options like Netflix or Disney+, it’s ad-supported Connected TV that’s getting a major chunk of viewership; according to research from the IAB: 73% of streaming viewers watch ad-supported CTV content. 45% of streaming viewers watch ad-supported CTV the most. Meanwhile, this holiday shopping season is set to be massive for e-commerce. Last year saw holiday e-commerce sales grow by 13.2% to $137.6 billion. That double-digit growth occurred before the COVID-19 crisis forced millions of shoppers to turn to online options for everything from gifts to groceries. And with 66% of shoppers saying they plan …

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