Holidays Articles

Thanksgiving Costs, Google & Jetpacks Thanksgiving Costs, Google & Jetpacks

Today’s video round-up features a couple of Google-related videos (as usual), as well as an awesome jetpack, a world record wave surfing, a new kind of phone system, and much more. View more daily video round-ups here. How to get …

Veterans Day Honored With New “Google For Veterans” Site Veterans Day Honored With New “Google For Veterans” Site

In honor of Veterans Day, Google created a touching Google Doodle to be displayed on their home page. That’s not the only way that they are honoring our military vets, however. Today, they announced a new site called Google for …

Veterans Day Honored With A Google Doodle Veterans Day Honored With A Google Doodle
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Today, as you probably already know, is Veterans Day in the United States. Formerly known as Armistice Day (and still known as that in other countries), Veterans day is a federal holiday that is celebrated every year on November 11th …

Porn, Halloween & StumbleUpon Porn, Halloween & StumbleUpon
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Today’s infographic round-up features porn, Halloween, and StumbleUpon. What more do you want? Don’t worry, it’s not actual porn. View more daily infographic round-ups here. Search Engine Journal looks at Porn vs. the Internet: Source: Infographic: Porn vs The Internet [NSFW] …

Columbus Day, Christopher Columbus Feel The Twitter Backlash Columbus Day, Christopher Columbus Feel The Twitter Backlash
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Today is the second Monday in October, which means that it is Columbus Day in the United States. The day became a federal holiday in 1937 and to many it honors explorer Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the Americas in 1492. …

Labor Day Facts: The Infographic Labor Day Facts: The Infographic
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Tomorrow, we celebrate the American work force. Though times are tough and unemployment continues to play a part in our economic situation, there are plenty of Americans who work hard every day and contribute to the national interest. CreditDonkey has …

International Beer Day: The Internet Celebrates International Beer Day: The Internet Celebrates
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You’ve got to hand it to these beer enthusiasts – they really know how to work the social media angle. Today is the second straight day we celebrate a holiday popularized online – as well as the second straight day …

Google Adds Direct Answers for Special Occasions to Search Results Pages Google Adds Direct Answers for Special Occasions to Search Results Pages

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 …

Dunkin Donuts Launches Twitter Contest for National Donut Day Dunkin Donuts Launches Twitter Contest for National Donut Day
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Although you may have known that today is National Donut Day, you may not know that the national holiday honoring our sugared, doughy morning pals has a history. Instead of being what you may think – a “holiday” started by …

Mothers Day Gift?  Target Offers $150 Off on iPhone 4 Mothers Day Gift? Target Offers $150 Off on iPhone 4
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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 …

Easter Bunny Pictures Draw Nice Seasonal Traffic for Cheezburger Network Easter Bunny Pictures Draw Nice Seasonal Traffic for Cheezburger Network
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Traffic to Sketchy Bunnies is up 44% this week, a spokesperson for the Cheezburger Network tells WebProNews. That’s the site the company had just launched when we spoke with founder and CEO Ben Huh at SXSW last month. “It’s based …

Yahoo Tracks St. Patrick’s Day Search Trends
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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 …

Send a Valentine’s Day E-Card Google Style with “Map Your Valentine”
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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). 

comScore Documents Record Online Retail Holiday Season

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.

Experian Hitwise Finds Holiday Retail Traffic Consistently Up
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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.

Google Announces $20 Million Donation To Charities
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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 Expects to Top A Million Apple TV Sales This Week
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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. 

Ask Breaks Down Popular Holiday Gifts Based on Questions Asked

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. 

Making The Most Of The Holidays
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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 Offering Free $10 Calling Credit For Military Families During The Holidays
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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.

Facebook Proving to Be an Excellent E-Commerce Tool For the Holidays
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If you had any question about whether or not Facebook can be effective for e-commerce, you might be interested in new data the company has shared with us regarding the time period from Black Friday through Cyber Monday.