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The holiday season brings unique opportunities and challenges for businesses. Read our insights to end the year on a high note.

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Thanksgiving Signals That Holiday Is Kicking Off In Earnest — With A 2020 Twist

Fiona Swerdlow 3 days ago
Thanksgiving and Black Friday are upon us, so we asked consumers how they’re thinking about holiday shopping. Among US online consumers we surveyed in early November, we found that: Holiday offers are out there — even if not all consumers are ready. Close to half (45%) of US online adults we surveyed hadn’t started thinking […]
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Marketing For A Healthy Holiday Season

Shar VanBoskirk 4 days ago
Consumer marketing leaders have a tall order every holiday season: to drive 30% of their firm’s annual sales. This year, their task also includes making up for sales lost due to COVID-19 shutdowns and shut-ins, while limiting in-person crowds. I, along with my colleagues Jay Pattisall, Julie Ask, Jim Nail, Tina Moffett, Sucharita Mulpuru, and […]
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2020 US Online Holiday Sales — Online Holiday Sales Will Reach Historic Levels Despite Uncertainty From COVID-19

Viraj D'Costa November 18, 2020
US online holiday sales in 2020 will total a historic $173 billion as pandemic conditions lead more consumers to shop primarily or exclusively online. Learn more.
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Empathy Is The Best Gift You Can Give Your Loyal Customers This Holiday Season

Emily Collins November 12, 2020
Loyalty marketers need to communicate with and get to know their new members in quick, digestible, innovative ways this holiday season. Empathy is key.
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Black Friday “All Season Long”? Expect The Bots To Follow Suit

Sandy Carielli November 5, 2020
I was scouring some of the Black Friday ads this week, and the trend seems to be less “Black Friday” than “Black November and probably most of December, too.” Best Buy is touting, “Black Friday all season long.” Target offers weekly “Black Friday Now” deals. Walmart? “Black Friday Deals for Days!” None of this is […]
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Give Customers The Gift Of Convenience This Holiday Season

Ryan Skinner November 4, 2020
This holiday season, many consumers will be forgoing big family dinners and exotic holiday markets and instead playing host to unwelcome guests like worry (for their health) and anxiety (for their finances). This holiday season, everyone just needs a break. Marketers can help consumers make the best of their holidays by making their lives a […]
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What To Expect On Singles’ Day 2020

Xiaofeng Wang November 2, 2020
We’re approaching the 11th anniversary of Double 11 (aka Singles’ Day), the largest shopping festival in the world. We expect that: It will be the longest and most complex Double 11 ever. Brands and retailers are eager to recover from the impact of COVID-19 and will double down on their investment in Double 11 to […]
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Give More Thought To Giving Tuesday

Rick Parrish October 30, 2020
These days, many companies are trying to express moral, social, or political values that resonate with values-based consumers. Giving Tuesday (which falls on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving) presents an opportunity for companies to do just that, so a growing number of brands participate. However, companies’ participation in Giving Tuesday will resonate with the market […]
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What Do Your Customers Want For The Holidays? Confidence

Andrew Hogan October 29, 2020
Now’s the time to make sure your customers understand whether they’ve found the right product on your site or app, know when they’ll receive their item in time, and know how to easily return the item if it isn’t quite right.
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This Holiday Season, Delight Customers With What Happens After They Click “Buy”

Emily Pfeiffer October 26, 2020
On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer, on Vixen . . . on FedEx, on UPS, on DHL, on USPS? There is no online equivalent to walking out of the store just after the moment of purchase, carrying a loved one’s holiday gift. This year, Deloitte foresees US brick-and-mortar sales increasing year over year between just […]
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What Were Other Retailers Up To This Prime Day?

Sucharita Kodali October 22, 2020
Since 2015, Amazon has hosted its annual summer sale, Prime Day, an exclusive deal event for its Prime members. In 2019, shoppers purchased more than 175 million items during the event, and its sales surpassed the prior year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales combined. For this year, due to COVID-19, Amazon’s highly anticipated event […]
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Take A Chance On Your Holiday Podcasts

Collin Colburn October 21, 2020
Marketers are itching to get close to consumers in time for a holiday spending surge. This season, we think marketers should take the opportunity to be bold (at work) with their podcasting efforts. We know lots of retailers and brands — from Sephora to Blue Apron to Shopify — have their own podcasts. And even […]
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Extend The Life Of Your Chatbots By Looking Beyond The Holiday Season

Ian Jacobs October 21, 2020
Let’s just get it out of the way at the start of this blog: COVID-19 has remade retail and has forced a rapid shift toward digital customer service interactions. And now the holidays are nigh, and e-commerce seems to be the order of the day (or the “plague year”). To help with this rush of […]
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Holiday 2020: India’s Festive Season Will Generate $6.5 Billion In Online Sales

Satish Meena October 15, 2020
Online retailers in India are expected to generate about $6.5 billion in sales during this year’s festive month (October 15 to November 15), with around 55–60 million online buyers participating (see Figure 1). About 75% of these sales will occur from October 15 to October 21, the period in which Flipkart will hold its Big Billion […]
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Holiday 2020 Kicks Off

Fiona Swerdlow October 14, 2020
It’s Amazon Prime Day and Big Billion Days week — a fitting time to kick off Holiday 2020 and Forrester’s annual holiday prep blog series. In the coming weeks, watch for Forrester analyst expert insights about everything from marketing, podcast advertising, and smart post-purchase notifications to US holiday forecast scenarios, “11/11” event analysis, thwarting “grinchy” […]
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A Belated Gift For Retailers: Holiday 2019 Recap Webinar

Fiona Swerdlow February 18, 2020
This blog post is part of Forrester’s Holiday 2019 retail series. During the past few weeks, retailers have begun to release their Q4 earnings, which include holiday results for many of them. Holiday 2020 is still months away, but retailers know that it’s never too early to start planning for the biggest season of the year. […]
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Values-Based Selling Will Help Retailers Win Consumers’ Spend

Emily Pfeiffer January 6, 2020
So long as your commitment is genuine, your social responsibility initiatives and practices can be a win-win.
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Holiday Highlights From Cyber Week: What’s Happened Since 2014

Sucharita Kodali December 13, 2019
Three ways in which consumer behavior has evolved in a fairly short period
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Here’s What Happened On The Biggest US Online Shopping Day Of The Year

Sucharita Kodali December 5, 2019
2019 was a record-breaking year for post-Thanksgiving sales. Learn how retailers worked to attract customers on Cyber Monday — and what opportunities remain.
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Retailers: Make Your Website Accessible Or Leave Money On The Table

Gina Bhawalkar December 4, 2019
Only a tiny fraction of websites get accessibility right. Learn how to ensure your online experience doesn't freeze out would-be shoppers.
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