Wondering how the ecommerce world fared this past Monday? Then check out this post on ComScore’s just-released official report for Cyber Monday 2009.
ComScore just released their official results for Cyber Monday 2009. This day was one for the record books, tying for the highest selling day in Internet history. It was easily the largest grossing Cyber Monday ever. Although sales expectations from yesterday to break the $900 million mark weren’t quite met, more dollars are set to come as the holiday season progresses.
Take a look at some of the bright spots:
- Sales for Cyber Monday 2009 tied an all-time high of $887 million, a growth rate of 5% from last year
- By 9:30 p.m. ET, retail traffic peaked at 5,139,690 visitors per minute from North America, an increase of 57% from 2008 (Akamai)
- The number of overall buyers grew 6% from 2008, with 8.7 million people purchasing online
- 52.7% of all purchases on Cyber Monday were made from the workplace
While any type of growth in ecommerce is great for our industry, there are a few other points to consider before running down the aisles with our trophy:
- The average dollar spent per buyer decreased 1%, totaling $102.19
- The 2008 holiday season as a whole saw reduced spending from 2007, meaning there is naturally more room for growth this year (CNBC)
- Page views per session fell roughly 25% while product views per session fell by nearly 19%, meaning customers are spending far less time on your ecommerce site.
Most startling, coupon sites saw record breaking traffic – Cybermonday.com saw a 50+% increase in traffic from last year. This means that people are turning online to look for convenient deals instead of committing full engagement to your brand. Sure, the sales numbers are great short-term, but what long term impact will this have for ecommerce? The numbers seem to be telling two different stories.
What do you think – was Cyber Monday a triumph or a side note? Let us know what you think!