Cyber Monday: The Hype and Sales Continue
In a 2009 RetailWire poll, 50 percent of respondents
said Cyber Monday was somewhat or very important to online
sales performance for the holiday season. Forty-four percent said not so much.
So what is the reality of Cyber Monday’s importance one year along?
to Shop.org, 90 percent of retailers planned to run special Cyber Monday promotions
this year. Nearly 107 million Americans planned to shop yesterday up from the
96.5 million who shopped on Cyber Monday in 2009.
"Hundreds of retailers have already announced special Cyber Monday promotions
ranging from free shipping offers to flash sales lasting only an hour or two.
When it comes to Cyber Monday deals, shoppers know they can’t lose this
year," said Joan Broughton, interim executive director of Shop.org, in
a press release.
John Squire, chief strategy officer at IBM’s Coremetrics tracking
service, told The
Associated Press that Cyber Monday sales were running 15 percent above
where they were last year as of 3 p.m. Eastern yesterday afternoon.
"The numbers are really strong," Mr. Squire told the AP.
Shawn Milne, an analyst with Janney Montgomery Scott, told Bloomberg
Cyber Monday sales could top $1 billion for the first time since the term was
coined by the National Retail Federation five years ago.
All signs point to
online sales growing this holiday season and grabbing a greater share of total
retail revenues. According to comScore, online sales in the U.S. for first
26 days of November were up 13 percent to $11.64 billion.
Brian Sozzi, an analyst
with Wall Street Strategies, questioned in a research note whether Cyber Monday
has been relegated to "relic" status. Mr.
Sozzi pointed to a number of factors that decreased the importance of the day,
including online promotions that started in the beginning of the month, increased
promotions of online deals before Thanksgiving, consumer access to smartphones
enabling greater flexibility when making purchases.
Discussion Questions: Is the effort behind Cyber Monday worth it for retailers?
Have the early promotions, smartphones and other factors made Cyber Monday
[Editor’s Note] Cyber Monday, while getting most of the hype, has not been
the top holiday sales producer for online merchants in past years. ComScore
had Dec. 15 as the top day for online sales in 2009.
- Online Holiday Retail Sales Growth Poised to Reach Pre-Recession Level – Bloomberg
- Over 106 Million Americans to Shop on Cyber Monday, According to Shop.org
Survey – National Retail Federation
- Cybershopping comes back strong – San Jose Mercury News
- Cyber Monday attracts an estimated 107 million shoppers – Los Angeles Times
- Sales could top $1 billion on a manic Cyber Monday – The Associated Press/Google