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Thanksgiving is the new Black Friday

Posted by David Shim on November 26th, 2013 at 9:12 am

Black Friday remains one of the most important shopping days of the year, with that said, Thanksgiving is now the official start of the holiday shopping season.  Macy’s, Walmart, Best Buy, J.C. Penney, and Target are among a growing list of retailers opening their doors on Thanksgiving.  In a recent study of the holiday shopper, Placed found that 22% of panelists planned to shop on Thanksgiving with 54% planning to shop at brick and mortar retailers.
While both Thankgiving and Black Friday shoppers are looking for value, they aren't necessarily the same person:

45% of panelists indicated that they planned to shop on Black Friday, 2x the Thanksgiving percentage
Black Friday shoppers were 17% more likely to shop at a brick and mortar retailer

With 63% of Black Friday shoppers planning to visit a brick and mortar retailer, it is critical to reach the right audience to drive them in-store utilizing mobile advertising.  The challenge with reaching the right audience is the Black Friday shopper doesn't look like the general US population, and visits are less a result of proximity and more an event driven visit.
To understand where to reach Black Friday shoppers before store proximity, Placed modeled where these shoppers were likely to... Read more

Back-to-School, Halloween…Christmas: I miss Thanksgiving

Posted by Dan Roche on November 15th, 2012 at 12:47 pm

It’s become the standard, yearly routine. Summer ends, children go back to school and we buy costumes and carve pumpkins for Halloween. Then it’s on to Christmas, decorating the tree and lots of holiday shopping. But wait – What happened to Thanksgiving?
It seems like any Thanksgiving celebration is now overshadowed by radio stations beginning to play Christmas carols months in advance, Starbucks introducing red holiday cups on November 1 and stores decking the halls in October. And, if Black Friday wasn’t enough of a shopper’s paradise, the biggest shopping day of the year has been extended beyond just Cyber Monday and now includes deals and steals on Thanksgiving Day! Are people really enjoying the holidays anymore or are they already moving on to the next celebration? Do consumers want to forgo their Thanksgiving holiday to shop?
Many retailers seem to think (and hope) so. Stores that extended their hours last year saw an average increase in sales of 22 percent, according to chief retail analyst at NPD Group, Marshal Cohen. Therefore, Walmart, Sears and Toys “R” Us are all opening their doors on Thanksgiving Day at 8:00 p.m. to capture extra holiday sales, and Target will be opening at 9:00 p.m.
Personally... Read more

Thanksgiving by the Numbers: 46 Million Turkeys Give Their Lives

Posted by Neil Spencer on November 15th, 2012 at 11:08 am

The original Thanksgiving was a 3-day harvest feast held by the founders of the Plymouth colony in 1621, which makes Thanksgiving one of the oldest holiday traditions of the Americas, started by some of the first European settlers. The Thanksgiving we experience today is very different, and Turkeys know the full brunt of Thanksgiving's wrath. Nearly 46 million turkeys will lay down their lives for our rumbling bellies, with nearly 88% of Americans eating turkey this Thanksgiving.