Holiday season e-commerce - Statistics & Facts

In the United States, Christmas shopping season traditionally begins on Black Friday, the day following Thanksgiving Day. In 2018, holiday season retail e-commerce spending in the United States amounted to 123.7 billion U.S. dollars with the most money being spent online on Cyber Monday. That year, Cyber Monday became the biggest U.S. online shopping day ever with close to 7.9 billion U.S. dollars in online spending.

Due to retailers’ shift to promoting online offers already during the Thanksgiving week, the holiday season has become increasingly digital. A holiday shopper survey found that an equal share of holiday shoppers planned on started holiday shopping either already before Thanksgiving or during December. Social media marketing and e-mail advertising is a big deal for retailers as social is an increasingly important channel for consumers to get gift ideas, read reviews, to browse products and to coordinate gifts with friends and families.

Holiday shoppers have also increased their smartphone use – in 2018, smartphones accounted for 30 percent of holiday season e-commerce revenue in the United States and mobile devices are important tools for shoppers. Holiday shopper conversion rate was still higher with desktop devices but smartphones and tablets are catching up in terms of shopper usage.

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