US consumers have turned their attention from consuming turkey, cranberry sauce, and pie to starting their holiday shopping both online and in stores. The National Retail Foundation (NRF) predicts that 59 percent of Americans, or an estimated 137.4 million people, will shop on Thanksgiving weekend this year.
So what did Black Friday look like from a shopper’s perspective? On Friday, I browsed several top retailer and brand websites and took screenshots of their Black Friday marketing and promotions to uncover a few trends. I found that:
Black Friday deals are evolving with omnichannel, the top retail technology investment in 2018 (see our full report here).
Retailers are finally starting to see ROI in their omnichannel initiatives, and many are leveraging omnichannel fulfillment as part of their Black Friday strategy. To entice customers to shop online this Black Friday, retailer promotions used:
Brands and retailers are using both loud – and much quieter – Black Friday banners and ads.
Some retailers and brands offered free “gifts” to incentivize online shoppers.
Shoppers generally love deals, discounts, and promotions, and this may include free items, depending on the customer. To see if the juice is worth the squeeze, retailers should pilot free gifts with some online customers before rolling this perk out sitewide for Black Friday.
In the weeks ahead, I will be keeping an eye out for how retailers and brands use their investments in omnichannel, and other top retail tech trends, to take advantage of the 33 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. What are you seeing this holiday season?
Claudia Tajima, researcher serving eBusiness channel and strategy professionals, Forrester contributed to this article, which can also be found here.
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