All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Holidays’
Google has started including dates for particular holidays and celebrations right on the search results page for certain queries. That includes some more obscure occasions, such as National Popcorn Day. “This currently works for certain future and past national and religious holidays, internationally recognized days such as World AIDS Day, and designated days to celebrate fun things like popcorn and …
Target is sending out emails today encouraging customers to buy an iPhone 4 for their mothers for Mothers Day (this Sunday, in case you didn’t know). They’re calling it the gift “she’ll use every day.” If you’re on the frugal side, they’ll even let you trade in your own iPhone 3GS or 3G to knock off $150. Note that this …
Today, people all over the world have donned green clothing, cued up Celtic music, and resolved to drink Guinness in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. They’ve also conducted lots of searches related to the holiday, and Yahoo provided some interesting stats on the matter earlier this morning. One quick note first: of the three major search engines, Bing is the …
Google is no stranger to holiday celebrations. It almost seems like there are more days that Google posts "doodles" for its logo than days it doesn’t. Today, being Valentine’s Day, is of course no exception. Here’s what the Google Doodle looks like today, if you’re one of many who rarely goes to Google.com to do your searching (as opposed to searching from the browser).
Heading into the holiday season, many economic experts seemed to fear that the average present would be a homemade scarf or coffee mug. Instead, the latest (and probably last) comScore data concerning the holiday shopping season shows that U.S. online spending hit a record $30.8 billion.
That works out to an increase of 13 percent compared to the same period (November 2nd through December 27th) in 2009, which isn’t at all bad. It certainly beats the rate of inflation and hints that people weren’t trying to be tightfisted.
As we wrap up 2010, there’s still more evidence online retailers came out of the holiday shopping season in good shape. Experian Hitwise shared data indicating that retail traffic has been up on a year-over-year basis for the better part of two months.
The differences haven’t always been huge; on both Christmas and the day after Christmas, Experian Hitwise recorded just a three percent change in the market share of visits to its "Retail 500" category between 2009 and 2010.
This week, tens of millions of people are resuming their normal work/school habits, perhaps packing up holiday decorations and definitely returning to less-than-merry states of mind. But Google’s not quite through being cheery, as the company announced this morning that it’s donating $20 million to charity.
Apple announced that it expects sales of Apple TV to top one million units later this week.
Apple TV has a few things working to its advantage. The main one is the price. It’s only $99, compared to the first Google TV set-top box – the Logitech Revue, which is on sale (at Best Buy) for $249.99 with a regular price of $299.99.
As Christmas approaches, Ask is sharing some info about the hottest gift items this season, based on users of its Q&A service.
According to Ask’s findings, in the gaming category, Xbox is at the top of the list, with over 5% of all Ask.com questions being related to the console. According to the company, gamers asked nearly five times more questions about the Xbox than the Sony Playstation. Nintendo’s Wii was somewhere in between.
The holidays are fast approaching and with them the short window of vast opportunity for many online retailers. As an SEO we get inundated with panicked requests for rankings before the holidays. Of course that’s not going to happen at this point (at least – I wouldn’t start organic SEO campaigns now for the holiday season) so what can you do to make the most of what you’ve got this holiday season? Improve your conversions.
Google said today it is offering a free $10 calling credit during the holidays to military families in an effort to help them keep in touch with their loved ones serving abroad.
It’s become clear that site speed and performance have become increasingly important on the web, particularly with Google. The company has made a plethora of announcements over the past year or two directly related to making the web faster in general. Most recently, for example, Google announced mod_pagespeed, a tool for webmasters to use to automatically optimize their sties. "It’s like Page Speed, but makes the changes automatically," Google told WebProNews.
Google has launched a new site called "ThinkHoliday", which counts down the days until Christmas, and provides information for businesses and marketers that will help them prepare for the holidays. According to the site, 71% of consumers have started researching their holiday purchases, and 89% of them have started shopping online.
Earlier this month, Google announced that it was making public its documentation for Local Shopping inventory for Google Merchant Center. This is a feature that lets retailers let consumers know about what they have in stock. Milo.com is another site that based upon a similar principle, and it’s doing pretty well.
Easter is coming up, and of course that means spammers are taking advantage. They do this with most holidays. And like they do with other holidays, they are using the holiday to disguise malicious emails. Symantec shared some examples with us.
"MessageLabs Intelligence has intercepted Easter ‘e-card’ spam emails offering a ‘2010 Easter 3D e-Card,’" a representative for Symantec tells WebProNews. "Spam authors are attempting to use the recent surge of interest in 3D media to increase the likelihood of people falling for their scam."
April Fools Day is upon us, and that means of course that you’ll be fed lies all day long. It’s an interesting day, particularly in the tech, news, and tech news industries, where even companies get in on the fun. Google is no stranger to April Fools tom foolery, and they’ve got a number of silly announcements up today.