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Not Too Cool for School: Back-to-School Online Shopping Taking Off

pencilEvery year, the back-to-school ads seem to crop up on TV and in circulars earlier and earlier, serving as an ominous reminder to kids that their summertime fun is nearing an end, and soon enough they will be back in the classroom. This year is no different, with the annual onslaught beginning in mid-July. But, as new information from Google shows, this early advertising trend is no accident; surveys and search results show that this year had the earliest back-to-school shopping season on record. The reason behind this trend? The prevalence of online shopping and mobile search capabilities.

While July is mostly reserved for product research and comparison shopping, with August as the major buy time, marketers can use several factors to help tailor their online programs and capitalize on this major shopping season. For example, the information collected by Google and the National Retail Federation (NRF) shows that 72 percent of parents buy school supplies and other school necessities (including apparel, footwear, and electronics) for their children from 1 week to 1 month prior to their child’s first day of school. School year start dates are varied across the country; marketers should time their marketing campaigns to best accommodate their target audience’s start date and hit that timing sweet spot.

Continue to read on our blog: Not Too Cool for School: Back-to-School Online Shopping Taking Off
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This entry was posted on July 29, 2013 by in online marketing.
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