Black Friday Becomes ‘Mobile Friday’

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Dec 2, 2013 
Mike Daly  |

ADOTAS — Online shopping on Black Friday a hit with 16% sales growth compared to Black Friday 2012, according to the Custora Pulse. The Custora High-Growth E-Commerce Index, including 50 of the fastest growing online retailers, grew by 40% vs 2012.

Custora’s Black Friday Online Shopping Highlights:

  • Black Friday was “Mobile Friday”, with almost 40% of all online shopping done on mobile devices.
  • While Apple devices – iPhones and iPads – ruled online shopping with more than 80% of mobile orders made through them, Android phones and tablets are gaining share – up to 16% of mobile orders from 14% in 2012.
  • How did online shoppers find what they wanted? Over a fifth of all online sales can be attributed to marketing emails from retailers.
  • Google is still the gatekeeper to online shopping, with almost 40% of e-commerce orders on Black Friday originating on Organic Search (24%) and Paid Search (15%).
  • Social Commerce didn’t happen on Black Friday: Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest combined accounted for less than 1% of online shopping.

Meanwhile, a new blog post from Kenshoo details key findings from an analysis of retail paid search advertising over Thanksgiving and Black Friday. The study found phones and tablets accounting for nearly 40 percent of ad spend. Other highlights include:

  • A 33 percent year-over-year increase in Thanksgiving ad spend.
  • A 21 percent year-over-year budget lift for Black Friday.
  • 73 percent of all revenue came from desktop computers.
  • Phones and tablets accounted for 44 percent of all paid search clicks.

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Mike Daly is an award-winning writer and editor with 30 years of experience in publishing. He began his career in 1983 at The News of Paterson, N.J., a long-since defunct daily paper, where at age 22 he was promoted to the position of Editorial Page Editor. Since then he has served in managerial capacities with several news organizations, including Arts Weekly Inc. and North Jersey Media Group in New Jersey and Examiner Media in New York. His work has been honored on numerous occasions by the New Jersey Press Association and the Society for Professional Journalists.

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