We hope that you prepared for Black Friday because we are now well into the sales season that goes beyond the day itself and Cyber Monday, we’re now officially in the build up to Christmas - holidays are coming (sorry we had to put that in). But what are the early indications of how much has been spent?
Let’s take a look at some stats from the last few days and see how the public have voted with their wallets this year.
From these early numbers, it’s clear that Black Friday is becoming more important than ever before. More money is being spent - not just on the day - but across the weekend as well as Cyber Monday. This 4 day ‘sales bonanza’ is becoming as much of an annual tradition as Boxing Day and consumers know this - so will always be on the hunt for a good deal.
But, crucially this year has shown a decrease in footfall. Whilst this might mean less consumers physically entering stores, it has also ensured chaotic scenes of shoppers fighting over items are becoming a thing of the past. This demonstrates that the demand for online is even greater than in previous years.
It wouldn’t be wrong to assume that being an eCommerce business in the sales season offers a distinct advantage over others which aren’t.
Black Friday is not for everyone. The fact that huge names in British retail like M&S and Harrods felt that they could opt out of the annual event demonstrates that fact. This could also be applied to your business. If you think Black Friday is either a waste of time; does very little for revenue or simply isn’t ‘on brand’, then there is nothing wrong with refusing to follow the crowd.
Whilst Black Friday and the sales season in general can be very helpful, businesses should only get involved if they are actually going to be useful.
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