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Black Friday and Cyber Monday – Happy Thanksgiving to all Retailers and Shoppers

This Friday starting at midnight marks the official start of the holiday shopping season for American consumers.  After the traditional thanksgiving feast (Many Retail Stores are opening at midnight with specials) up to 152 Million Shoppers are expected to visit stores and websites this Black Friday Weekend, according to NRF Survey published in November. 

As we approach this long weekend holiday, I thought I’d share a few articles that would make good reading while the turnkey is in the oven.

  • Laura Heller wrote an article on Forbes Blog “The Point of Purchase”  analyzing Walmart’s Black Friday Advertising  as a reflection of trends for the retailers strategy this year. 
  • The publishing of the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book is always noteworth and this year is no exception.  Neiman Marcus generates a huge amount of press coverage and brand exposure for the holiday catalog.

I’d like to wish all the retail staff in the stores and  web operations that I know will be working hard this weekend a Happy Thanksgiving.

See you all in January at the National Retail Federation Conference and Expo in New York City!

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Back to School Shopping 2011 – The Rise of the Connected Mom

In the past, back to school shopping conjures images of moms, minivans and moving from store to store with shopping lists.  Today’s back to school shopping trips for families are more of a logistics exercise with moms doing online research and checking on social media to find the best deals before they set foot in the first store.

This is backed by recent researching showing the rise of the “Connected Mom”.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUg2oo2XTFk

In a recent article titled “Digital Moms Favor Informative Ads” by eMarket.com, based on research from the Coalition for Innovative Media Measurement and Media Behavior Institute,  survey shows that Gen X moms consumer more media on mobile than even television.   

In Deloitte’s 2011 Back to School Survey, research shows  that 64% of respondents with smart phones plan to use them for back-to-school, and 43% will download discounts, coupons and sales information.  Social media is also playing a role with 35% of respondents using social networking sites to assist in shopping.

What is leading to this change and what is the implication for retailers?  I talked to Laura Heller, contributor to Forbes.com retail blog Point of Purchase, who recently wrote about the back to school season

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