Forecast for $1 Billion in 53 Days of Online Holiday Sales

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Some of the key takeaways from the Adobe 2016 Digital Insights Shopping Predictions and Mobile Retail Trends Report:

Extended holiday season: 53 consecutive days (57 total) that will each exceed $1B in online sales (vs. 31 consecutive days in ’15)

  • Total online sales to grow 11% YoY to $91.6B – with $8.4B expected in just 3 days (Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, Cyber Monday)
  • Cyber Monday will be largest online shopping day of all time ($3.36B, +9.4% YoY)
  • Black Friday sales to reach $3.05B (+11.3% YoY); Thanksgiving Day ($2B, +15.6% YoY)


Mobile overtakes desktop for first time, but sales fall short

  • Mobile devices will exceed desktop shopping visits (53% vs. 47%), but poor mobile experiences will only drive 34% of sales (19% gap between visits and purchases)
  • Thanksgiving Day, Christmas will be biggest mobile retail days of the year (59% and 66% of visits)
  • Cyber Monday will see 49% in mobile visits (+10% YoY)
  • Average order value on desktops ($155) outperforms smartphones ($120) by $35 per order (from mobile retail insights press release)
  • During the holidays, 30% of shopping carts will result in an order on desktops vs. 19% of carts on smartphones
  • Desktops remain cash cow for retailers driving 75% of total revenue with 59% of traffic vs. smartphones driving only 16% percent of total revenue with 32% of traffic (from mobile retail insights press release)


5% of shoppers will drive 35% of online sales ($38.5B) for average retailer

  • Consumers will be able to save up to 20% for same products across online retailers if they price shop
  • Expected most desired gifts: VR devices, Pokémon, Barbie, Lego, Hot Wheels, Frozen toys, Google Home, and Amazon Echo
  • Consumers likely to find best deals via display advertising (29%), social media (14%) and email (13%)
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