AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The holiday shopping season is full steam ahead, and consumers are eager to cash in on the deals. New data from leading savings destination RetailMeNot in conjunction with Kelton Global reveals 85% of consumers plan to shop this year during Cyber Weekend, from Black Friday through Cyber Monday, up from 78% in 2018.
Despite losing six days this year between Thanksgiving and Christmas, 65% of consumers believe it will be easier to find good deals — and they're not wrong. RetailMeNot analyzed its comprehensive offer database from the 2018 holiday season and found that more deals were available before Thanksgiving than ever before, with a 44% year-over-year increase in retailers promoting Black Friday offers as early as the Sunday before Thanksgiving in 2018. RetailMeNot predicts the trend of releasing Black Friday deals a week before the day will continue again this year.
Consumers said they will be shopping primarily for small electronics during the Black Friday to Cyber Monday weekend, followed by apparel and shoes:
"Elongated availability of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals will not diminish the fact that they will remain the best deals of the entire year," says Michelle Skupin, senior director of retail insights at RetailMeNot. "Consumers are already taking advantage of the early deal releases while still looking forward to Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals."
As consumers continue to push through their holiday shopping lists, RetailMeNot internal data from November 1-10, 2019 shows retailers are also taking advantage of early consumer shopping interest by:
More than 300 retailers also participated in RetailMeNot's Cash Back Day on November 7, strategically aligning to the sweet spot of early deals and time-bound offers. Cash Back Day surpassed Adobe's prediction for November 7, garnering nearly $2 billion in sales and making it the third-biggest sales driver for retailers so far this month.
As for where consumers are heading for Cyber Weekend shopping, many shoppers will start and finish on their mobile devices:
"While the pace at which consumers feel comfortable and confident to shop on mobile rises, we shouldn't dismiss brick-and-mortar stores' importance as we head into December," says Skupin. "Mobile promotions have a major influence on in-store purchases. Retailers who have mastered the best digital and physical shopping experiences are poised to win the season. The shopping journey is complex and giving shoppers consistent experiences across digital and physical properties is key, especially as it relates to availability of deals across online, mobile and in-store."
Physical stores still draw shoppers:
For more holiday data from RetailMeNot, please visit the holiday insights experience.
A 10-minute online holiday survey was fielded between Monday, October 14, 2019, and Friday, October 18, 2019. During this time, 1,079 interviews were conducted with a nationally representative sample of Americans over the age of 18. Key groups of interest were examined in this analysis, including gender, generation, and region.
About RetailMeNot, Inc.
RetailMeNot, Inc. is a leading savings destination bringing people and the things they love together through savings with retailers, brands, restaurants and pharmacies. RetailMeNot makes everyday life more affordable through online and in-store coupon codes, cash back offers and the RetailMeNot Genie browser extension. Savings are also provided in consumers' mailboxes through the RetailMeNot Everyday™ direct mail package, and at the pharmacy with RxSaver by RetailMeNot.
RetailMeNot is a wholly owned subsidiary of Harland Clarke Holdings. To learn more, visit www.retailmenot.com/corp or follow @RetailMeNot on social media.
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