With the New Year fast approaching, millions of people take a reflective look over the past year’s accomplishments, good and bad. New Year’s Resolutions are goals for the next year that usually involve letting go of bad habits. Some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions include losing weight and improving overall physical wellness. Sound familiar?

Each holiday season, users research diets, exercise programs and fitness equipment for purchase. Google Insights for Search shows that fitness and diet queries skyrocket on December 26, and appear to correlate with the spike in New Year’s resolution queries.

Retailers have a chance to speak to consumers in search of resolutions, diet aids, supplements and exercise equipment with pertinent advertising and related content. Guide consumers to your brand by developing appealing creative and using a diverse keyword mix. If you have relevant content, be sure to engage consumers by linking products directly to diets and exercise plans.

For the rest of us, it is time to pull out a pad of paper, curl up by the fire and draft our resolutions for 2011.

Posted by Keri Overman, Google Retail Team

By now the smell of baked gingerbread cookies is in the air, the fireplace is burning, the tree is lit, Mom is wrapping gifts, and Dad is … well … Dad is realizing that he hasn’t finished --or started -- Christmas shopping yet.

According to a December 15th PR Newswire article, “Almost half of men (48%) regard holiday shopping as worse than the stress of being dumped by their girlfriend, losing their job, or moving home.”

Have no fear, men! Last year you weren’t alone. In 2009, online retailers saw an increase in last minute shoppers - including both men and women - many of whom were holding out for better deals near the end of the season. For all of the online retailers this year, make sure that you keep those little elves working and your stores ready for the final rings of the cash register.

Even though we make it sound so easy, this time of year many offices often resemble the Nightmare Before Christmas as everyone tries to complete their lengthy to-do list before the holiday celebrations begin. In hopes of simplifying your tasks, I wanted to offer you a few key account areas to watch throughout the next few days:

An Online Advertiser’s Holiday Checklist:

1. Aggressive Bidding
Many retailers raise their bids around November/December in attempt to capture the increased holiday traffic.

ACTION: Monitor your average position changes and increase bids as needed.

2. Monitoring Budgets
Watch your budgets carefully this month in order to allow your ads to compete for optimal traffic throughout the day.

ACTION: Monitor CPC levels and budget utilization to best allocate dollars.

3. Keyword Review
Review your top converting keywords and determine the following:
  • Landing Page - Is it correct?
  • Bid Level - Is my ad above the fold? On the first page?
  • Expansion Opportunities - Can I expand this keyword for the holidays?
ACTION: Investigate the Keywords Tab in AdWords to answer the questions above and make changes.

4. Analyze Traffic Sources:
By selecting the “click type” option from the “Segment” button above the graph in AdWords, you can view the traffic generated from mobile devices.

ACTION: Consider building mobile-only campaigns to target this audience effectively.

Hopefully this list helped you uncover some quick wins this holiday. If you’re not sure if you’ve missed something, Santa recommends that you check the list twice!

Posted by Terra Teague, Google Retail Team

‘Twas the last week of shopping, and all through the land
All the shoppers were shopping, on foot and by hand;
Their lists were made, as usual, with care,
In hopes that great gift-giving soon would be there.

Oh Ship! To family! To friends and to beaus!
On overnight, two-day, for electronics or clothes!
To the local store, online or the mall!
Now shop away! Ship away! Give gifts to all!

If you’re anything like us—and based on research data from a Google/OTX study which notes that the average shopper still has to complete 50% of their holiday purchases, we suspect you are—you may be asking Santa for a bit more time to finish all your holiday shopping before December 25.

But if you’re traveling for the holidays or buying gifts for far away friends and family, you may be doing something a bit stronger than wishing for more time; you may be shouting, “oh, ship!” today, the last shipping day on which the USPS recommends sending packages for delivery before Christmas via First Class Mail, and the last day on which many online retailers guarantee delivery by Christmas via Standard Delivery.

As we enter this final and cheerfully panicked sprint toward Christmas, we took a look at some U.S. search trends related to two of the most important shopping days for procrastinators—today, which we fondly refer to as Oh Ship! Day (otherwise known as Last Shipping Day) and last Friday’s Free Shipping Day (a day in December on which numerous retailers offer free shipping and guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve).

Planned procrastination is in the air
While some of us can’t resist putting off our holiday shopping until the last minute, we seem to have become better at planning for procrastination.

A number of searches related to guaranteed Christmas delivery, along with specifics like [free shipping day], [last shipping day] and [free overnight shipping] have risen rapidly, indicating that we’re interested in hunting for deals and making sure our gifts arrive on time.

Some other top shopping-related searches this month include:

Last-minute local
For shoppers determined to shop at the last possible second, local stores will likely be a lifesaver. Fortunately, many of these super-procrastinators seem to be super-shoppers; [store locator] searches peak in late December each year, generally on December 24, and have continued to grow in volume through the years.

Other searches such as [open christmas day], [christmas eve hours] and [holiday hours] further point to the last-minute local shopper phenomenon, while the continued rise in searches for [printable coupons] indicates these in-store shoppers are deal-hungry, whether they’re making purchases early or at the final hour.

Whether you’re done with your shopping or still sprinting toward the holiday shopping finish line, the Google Retail Industry team would like to wish you a happy holiday season and a wonderful Oh Ship! Day.

Posted by Dan Schock, Google Retail Industry Director (with our thanks to Clement Clark Moore)

Christmas is right around the corner, but the holiday shopping season doesn't end on Dec. 25th. Many retail advertisers mistakenly scale back their search campaigns after Christmas, but lots of search traffic and sales occur after Dec. 25th! You might be surprised to learn that 9% of consumers don’t even begin their holiday shopping until post Christmas.

While a large percentage of shopping happens before the holidays, 64% of consumers plan on shopping post holiday season. Because of this, it is important to make sure you keep you “keep the lights on” (search campaigns on and bids optimized).

Some consumers are looking for sales and promotions post-holiday, others are buying that holiday gift they didn’t receive for themselves, and others are taking advantage of sales to buy gifts for next year. The following shows query trends on the keyword “iPod”, one of the hottest holiday gifts in 2009.

While the height of the query volume took place between December 20-26, the query volume from December 27-January 2 was higher than the volume from December 13-19.

Recommendations for a post-holiday checklist:
  • If you're closing out inventory or having a year-end sale, use search to promote these products
  • Keep your daily budgets open to receive as much traffic as possible
  • Maintain strong bids and average positions
  • Customize text ads to promote post-holiday sales & specials

Sources: Google/Ipsos OTX Consumer Holiday Shopping Intentions Study, September 2010. N=2,000.
Q: Do you plan on taking advantage of post-holiday sales and promotions? (Top 2 Box).
Q: When do you plan to start your holiday shopping/researching and purchasing this year?
Google Internal Data

Posted by Courtney MacConnell, Google Retail Team

Do you know “The Smart Shopper"? The Smart Shopper is constantly connected and always mobile. The Smart Shopper values on-line information, researches on-line then shops in-store, and uses a smartphone while shopping.

You can see the smart shopper in action by watching the first two videos in our Smart Shopper series.

The Smart Shopper: Constantly Connected
An exclusive look into consumers’ research and purchase process.

The Smart Shopper: Always Mobile

A clear snapshot of how smartphones are changing the way consumers research and shop.

Use these Smart Shopper insights to help formulate your 2011 marketing plan. Engage the smart shopper by creating compelling video and display ads, developing a cohesive mobile strategy, and using an integrated multi-channel marketing campaign.

Posted by Heidi Spector, Google Retail Team

The shipping deadline for guaranteed Christmas delivery is fast approaching for most retailers. But what’s a retailer to do after the deadline passes?

We have always encouraged retailers to "keep the lights on" throughout the entire holiday season -- as in, keep working hard to reach people at the moment of interest.

Don’t ignore the hordes of last minute shoppers just because it's not possible to ship to them by Christmas; instead, shift the focus from driving online conversions (online gift cards aside!) to helping interested shoppers locate and buy products from your stores.

This strategy is more relevant than many might think; despite yet another year of strong growth in web sales, many holiday purchase procrastinators will head to the malls for last-minute purchases. In December 2009, queries for “best buy store” and “target store” showed strong demand leading right up to Christmas and peaked on December 24.

Drilling down on the types of information last minute shoppers might be looking for, Google Insights for Search further shows that queries for “best buy store hours” and “target store hours” were substantial during the week around Christmas.

So what can you do?

Last minute shoppers are looking for store information...why not make it easier for these consumers to find what they're looking for? A few ideas to consider:
  • Invite shoppers to visit their local store – Tweak creative messages to tell consumers to shop in-store and don’t forget to mention extended store hours if you have them.
  • Turn on keywords you might not normally utilize – Turning on terms which include your company name and words like "store", "store hours" and "locations" may help to reach last-minute shoppers looking for information in short order. Google Insights for Search offers top searches and information on which regions/areas see the most demand for these types of queries.
  • Add shortcuts on Sitelinks – For retailers employing Sitelinks, consider adding a link such as “Extended Store Hours & Directions” and send consumers to the store locator pages. This saves time for the consumer -- a valuable commodity for those with a long shopping list!
  • Supplement with Mobile Search – Coremetrics reported that on Black Friday, 5.6% of shoppers logged on to a retailer’s website from a mobile device (a 26.7% jump from 2009). Set up a mobile campaign using the above mentioned keywords. People will be looking for this information whether they are at home or away, searching on a desktop or on a mobile device.

Posted by Charles Chin and Joe Cannella, Google Retail Team

What's a consumer to do after the crazy rush of holiday shopping ends on December 24? Shop some more! In fact, 2/3 of consumers plan to keep on shopping after Christmas. Looking at last holiday season, consumers' searches for "sales" and "returns" during the holiday season actually peaked on December 26, 2009 (same as 2008).

Much of the post-holiday season is about seeking out sales, using gift cards, and returning gifts that weren't perfect! So think of post-holiday, as another key holiday component of your overall marketing strategy. You want your brand and product to be at the forefront of consumers minds as they think about how to use their gift card, or when they make their own purchase of what they 'really' wanted for the holidays. Keep your presence in the marketplace, advertise your promotions and keep consumers engaged as they continue with shopping after the 25th!

Posted by Heidi Spector, Google Retail Team

One of the biggest hits on TV is Bravo’s “Real Housewives” reality series. It’s been the franchise that just keeps on giving, featuring season after season of wealthy housewives across America showering themselves with spa treatments, luxurious clothes, jewelry, and lots of drama.

But then last year, consistent with the rest of the economy, even the Real Housewives struggled! They bought less, downsized homes, and even faced bankruptcies.

This season however, the Real Housewives are back. They are once again buying expensive jewelry and throwing lavish parties. While most of us will never live quite as large as the Housewives, could this mean that the luxury consumer is coming back?

Beyond the DVR, there is real data supporting this:

  • On Cyber Monday, sales of luxury goods rose 24.3% from 2009 (CoreMetrics)
  • Last week, luxury retailer Neiman Marcus announced that it tripled profits last quarter
  • Google Insights for Search reveals that consumers are searching more and more for luxury goods

Searches in the Luxury Goods category: 2010 vs. 2009

Searches related to “Denim” show high-end brands like Dior, True Religion and Paige:

Searches related to “Handbags” show interest in Coach, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Burberry, and luxury retailers like Saks and Neiman Marcus:

Rising searches around “Saks” indicate that even when indulging, some consumers are seeking the best value, and are searching around sales, coupons and outlets:

However, just because consumers have learned to be more deal conscious in their searches, doesn’t mean they are afraid to go big: The size of average luxury transactions grew 10% from Q2 2009 to Q2 2010 (Amex Luxury Report). And global luxury sales are expected to grow 10% this year to $235B (Bain & Co.), which is far more than the 4% growth originally predicted.

Maybe it’s not just the Housewives who are back in the luxury market!

Posted by Jocelyn Liu Delgado, Google Retail Team

Tablets, netbooks, laptops--oh my! As the holiday quickly approaches, consumer electronics and gadgets are at the top of many consumers wish lists.

To better understand how consumers are researching and shopping for laptops, tablets, netbooks and eReaders, Google and OTX interviewed 4,000 respondents and used analysis of clickstream data from Compete’s 2 million US internet users. The full study was posted on TechCrunch, and some of the highlights are below:

New Devices Have Fueled Overall Interest in the PC Category
In terms of unique visitors to each category, tablets saw 1,328% growth and eReaders saw 114 percent growth from last year.

Shoppers Are Undecided
While eReaders and tablets are getting a lot of attention on the web, almost half the market starts out undecided on device type, with 49% considering more than one type of device.

Shoppers Spend ~1 Month Research and 2/3 of Device Purchases are Influenced by Online
Consumers on average spend one month researching the type of device they should buy, and there is a long window of opportunity to influence them throughout their research process. Additionally, 2/3 of consumers' device purchases are influenced by online.

Posted by Reshma Nichani, Google Retail Team

Everyone is talking about mobile these days, as we're starting to see consumers using mobile phones as a personal shopping device. While m-commerce (buying over phones) is still small, shoppers plan to use smart phones during Holiday 2010 by comparing prices, locating retailers, looking for promotions, etc. Given this shift, smartphone owners are looking forward to using Apps to help with shopping this season.

Source: Google/Ipsos OTX Consumer Holiday Shopping Intentions Study, September 2010

Think about creating apps, which offer retailers a chance to deepen relationships with their customers. Or if you can't develop apps, be sure to take advantage of mobile advertising, a new channel, where shoppers’ attention is focused and they are much deeper into their purchasing process, and optimize your website for mobile.

Posted by Heidi Spector, Google Retail Team

Still searching for a gift for the person on your list that has everything? Are you considering a gift card? You're not alone. This category is on many shoppers’ gift lists as query volume for gift cards has been growing over the past few years. And online is a top purchase channel for gift cards, with Google Insights for Search listing “gift cards online” as the top rising search term associated with gift cards in the last week.

How can you take advantage of these trends? Clearly position gift cards on your site to facilitate purchase and to capture consumer awareness with maximum impression share. Draw consumers in by featuring gift cards prominently in your creative as a suggested alternative for general gifting terms such as “gifts ideas” and “gifts for him” and “white elephant gift ideas”. And for those who have procrastinated past the Holiday shipping deadline e-gift cards are a popular solution for gifting, so keep advertising until the last minute.

Google and OTX’s Post-Holiday Consumer Study conducted last year revealed that 34% of consumers were planning to redeem their gift cards after January. Take advantage of this by switching your post holiday messaging with gift card redemption prompts to ensure you are the retailer of choice when recipients go to spend their gift cards.

Posted by Keri Overman, Google Retail Team

Many of the gift guides we see each holiday season recommend fairly straightforward and practical gifts: exotic scarves for lady friends, kegerators for frat brothers, and a designer paperweight for your workaholic parents.

We always enjoy seeing these guides and finding useful presents for our loved ones -- so we thought we'd combine some items you may see in this season's gift guides or on wish lists with our love for search trends; these are a few of the more popular gift searches we've seen this season.

1. Hasbro’s Nerf Stampede: Google searches for these Nerf guns shot up by over 60% over the past month.

2. Sing-a-Ma-Jigs: Searches have doubled since July, for these toys that sing happy tunes when their tummies are pressed.

3. Pillow Pets: These stuffed animals come in many animal variations and are both a pillow and a stuffed pet. Searches for these goodies peaked on Black Friday, and are on the rise again.

4. Monster High Dolls: These teenage children of famous monsters are generating a lot of interest this year. In fact, searches for these dolls have tripled in the past month alone.

5. Snuggie Blanket: Searches for these cold weather favorites have increased by 146% since mid-October.

Have fun with these frequently searched recommendations, and feel free to refer to Google Insights for Search to see what other queries are gaining high levels of traction. Happy Holidays!

Posted by Jieun Baek, Google Retail Team

The Slate. The Streak. The Notion. The Eee. The Galaxy.

Nope, these aren’t drinks at a 1990s East Coast scenester bar. These are just a few of the many tablet computers that have come out or are coming out soon. Apple’s iPad is no longer the only kid on the block with a lemonade stand. Dozens of major hardware manufactures are all selling their own tablet computers--across a dizzying range of tech specs, OS platforms, and carriers. In mid-November, as retailers ramped up for the holiday season, Slate tech reporter Dan Gillmor announced, “Let the tablet wars begin."

Some of the 6,800,000 results of a Google Images Search for “tablet computers” performed in November 2010

Yet for online retailers, war is the wrong metaphor for the rise of tablets. Instead, think opportunity. Opportunity for growth. Opportunity to interact with and delight potential customers in new ways.

Here are three ways you, as an online retailer, can jump into the new and ever-deepening world of opportunity being generated by the rise of tablets:

1. Know the Basics: Apps Are the New Black

Tablets and apps go together like bread and butter, like snow and skiing, like Lady Gaga and awesome. So, apps---what are they exactly? Why are they such a Big Deal?

Apps are the latest delivery vehicle for code. Remember the reign of big box stores like CompUSA selling software on CDs in boxes two decades ago? Now the instructions to get your devices do interesting things arrive in the form of apps downloaded directly from the creator or from an app store.

Apps are developed for a specific platform. Android, Apple iOS, and Microsoft are the current major players. Once an app is produced, it is pushed out in any number of ways--the app stores of these platforms, your own site, or through advertising the app on other sites.

Don’t be intimidated if you don’t have programmers on staff for app development. Mashable estimates that an app can be developed by a third-party for as little as $1,000. Additionally, help resources on DIY app development abound for each platform (while geared toward smartphones, many of the lessons of this Mashable compilation cross-over easily into tablet app development.) An especially cool resource--the Appcelerator--allows you to translate an app built for one platform to another platform quickly and easily. And it is 100% free to use.

As for actual content ideas, the possibilities are limited only by your imagination. Apps take advertising to an entirely new---read: interactive and intensely fun---level. For some inspiration, check out the iPad app for Google’s

2. Get on board now--and reap the rewards as reach grows massively

Consumers have crowned tablets the Next Big Thing in the realm of gadgetry. Information Week projects that global tablet sales will surpass 200 million units by 2014. This fall, the number of wireless services subscriptions surpassed 5 billion. The Wall Street Journal is calling the movement of consumers toward tablets (as well as smartphones and other touchscreen devices) a “dramatic shift”.

Expanding diversity and choice are opportunities for retailers. And moments of new technology mass-adoption are golden opportunities. Remember the advent of smartphones a few years ago? In half a decade, high-end mobile technology went from a few users to a central part of advertising strategies and tactics for online retailers. Tablets have this same potential---and perhaps even more, with greater computing power, bigger screens, and an already app-savvy public.

3. Stay tuned and pay attention

While consumers are gobbling up tablets faster than Thanksgiving pumpkin pie, they have not placed this technology completely in one box. Tablets straddle home, work, and play. They also occupy a middle zone between mobile and nonmobile devices, laptops and desktops. Consumers won’t just be using tablets for single events (like phone calls)---they’ll be spending lots of quality time with them browsing the web. Tablets are an equally great companion for reading the morning news during the BART morning commute as well cuddled up on the sofa at night with hot cocoa, shopping for that perfect gift for Grandma. They may develop important---but different---uses in all these areas. Keep this in mind--this is a rapidly evolving technology and market.

While the 2010 holiday season might be a testing-ground for tablet producers, it is an absolute bridge of opportunity for online retailers. Beyond this, 2011 will be the year when consumers say what they are using these devices for and manufacturers and programmers respond. This will reshape the advertising landscape for online retailers going forward and in the 2011 holiday season.

So, take a deep breath, toss mouse and keyboard aside for a moment, and jump onto the tablet-optimized advertising train. It may not be leaving from Platform 9 ¾, but it is going to be a magical ride nevertheless to widening reach and revenue potential.

Posted by Paul Nauert, Google Retail Team

The Black Friday-Cyber Monday-Cyber Week party has come to an end, and retailers and economists are now off to post the week’s best pictures. With nearly 9 out of 10 retailers offering promotions during the long weekend, there are certainly plenty of snapshots to review.

It seems what started 5 years ago as an informal get-together for online shoppers & retailers officially escalated this year into the social event of the season. And consumers didn’t just stop by quickly to say hello; they showed up early, brought their friends, and stayed all week! According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), 212 million people shopped over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend--the highest number recorded since the NRF began surveying consumers on the topic in 2004.

Miss the cyber-festivities or dying to recap the week’s hottest trends? Here’s what happened in online retail.

  • Daily visits to Retail 500 sites were up 9% on Thanksgiving Day, and grew more frequent as the weekend progressed. Black Friday & Cyber Monday visits were up 13% and 16% respectively, year-over-year. (Experian)
  • Search & cross-shopping across retailers remained the largest sources for traffic, accounting for 44% of referrals to the Retail 500 on the week ending 11/29. (Experian)
  • About 33.6% of the weekend’s shoppers made their purchases online, the highest percentage ever recorded. Total Spending per shopper boosted to $365, up +6% from 2009. (NRF)
  • Mobile made significant gains, with 3.9% of consumers logging on to a retailer's mobile site on Cyber Monday (comScore)
  • Consumers indulged more readily than they did in 2009, resulting in +17.6% growth in luxury good sales on Cyber Monday (comScore)

Google Insights for Search shows us that this year’s savvy holiday shoppers were more interested in product searching than they had been in recent history. This made it more important than ever for retailers to capitalize on precise targeting options and advanced SEM products such as Product Listing Ads.

And many shoppers found just what they were looking for. According to a 2010 Online Holiday Shopping Report released by search engine marketing platform Kenshoo, clicks on paid search ads increased by 55% from 2009 to 2010 with a 13.5% boost in online conversions, indicating that more shoppers are opting to skip the frenzied mall scene and make their holiday purchases from the comfort of their own homes this year.

If you missed out on last week’s great deals, don’t lose your holiday spirit—many are predicting that the sensational sales will continue this week, and if purchase patterns mimic Holiday 2009 results, this week will see the highest online sales numbers of the season.

Happy Shopping!

-Jacalyn Stolt, Google Retail Team

Earlier this month we announced the U.S. launch of Product Listing Ads, which lets advertisers easily promote products from their Merchant Center account on In the past few weeks we’ve seen advertisers promote over 100 million unique products using Product Listing Ads.

Given all that inventory, we were curious to see what people were clicking on during one of the busiest online shopping weekends of the year.

We thought that this was a fairly interesting sneak peak into what you might expect to see under the tree this season. So, with that, here are the most clicked searches for Product Listing Ads over the holiday weekend:

To learn more about Product Ads, check out the video below or visit the AdWords help center.

Posted by Dan Friedman, Inside AdWords crew

Most the year is spent following a healthy diet but when the holidays approach, many people indulge themselves in otherwise forbidden treats. The same is true for Holiday shoppers. They save all year to splurge on gifts for their loved ones during the Holiday season. Online is a key purchase channel for Holiday shoppers looking to exercise their wallets, with 2010 comScore e-commerce forecasts predicting a record-breaking sales year ($32.4 billion, a staggering 11% growth from last year).

How are advertisers capturing online Holiday shoppers?

Focusing on Awareness
Consumers looking for the perfect gift who don’t have a specific gift in mind are great targets for awareness messaging. Ensure you are reaching these consumers by advertising on general gifting terms such as “gifts for him”, “gifts for dad” and “gift ideas”.

Retailer Holiday sales, such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday, promote purchase with limited offers. Although several major retail shopping days have passed, daily or weekly specials are great advertising tactics to spur urgency around purchases. Trends support that consumers are looking for daily deals more than ever before.

Shoppers also respond to incentives such as free or discounted shipping. Position your offers prominently in your advertising creative to lure in deal-seeking consumers.

Offering Crowd Control
Although deals are often top of mind, the convenience of in-store pickup is also attractive to consumers looking to avoid a crowded shopping experience with lengthy lines. Google Insights for Search documents the rising popularity of in-store pickup over the years.

Retailers that offer in-store should capitalize on this trend with creative messaging and coverage on key in-store pickup terms.

With consumers ready to exercise their wallets this Holiday online, don’t miss out on the online shopping surge. Be present on broad and specific gift terms with various incentive-based messages to ensure maximum market share.

Posted by Keri Overman, Google Retail Team

Consumers have long known the term “Black Friday,” in reference to the massive shopping day after Thanksgiving. Then came “Cyber Monday” in 2005 to mark the following Monday, and in 2007 eBay coined “Green Monday” to describe the second Monday in December as the heaviest online spending day of the season.

This year, a new term is sprouting up that will surely gain momentum in the holiday seasons to come- “Cyber Week.” While major retailers continued to promote Cyber Monday deals this year, they’ve extended the promotions to Cyber Week and given the new term prime real estate on their website home pages.

Consumer search interest for the term started gaining momentum over the 2008 holiday season and has continued to grow:

While we can’t predict what the next hot holiday phrase will be, it appears that Cyber Week is catching on as another way for retailers to extend their best deals and discounts, and for consumers to spread out their prime shopping days over a longer period of time. According to comScore, Cyber Monday 2010 online sales increased 16% and topped $1 billion for the first time, and we’ll be monitoring the next few days to compare this year’s “Cyber Week” sales with last year’s. However, if 2009 is any indication, the largest online shopping date is still to come on another catch phrase day- “Green Tuesday.”

Posted by Jen Anderson Glare, Google Retail Team