Although the David versus Goliath scenario is especially evident during the holiday season, the increased adoption of online marketing tools is helping small businesses feel confident as they pursue a greater share of consumers' holiday spend.
WALTHAM, Mass. (PRWEB) October 24, 2007
U.S. small business owner's confidence in this year's upcoming holiday sales season is supported by their planned use of online marketing methods. According to the survey, 86 percent of small businesses will use email marketing to promote their holiday season offerings and 38 percent of them will use other online methods including banner ads and paid search, to generate attention. Surveyed businesses noted that email marketing has the greatest impact on driving holiday sales (35 percent).
"In light of modest sales predictions, this optimism from small business owners is great news for the upcoming holiday season and the U.S. economy overall," said Gail Goodman, CEO, Constant Contact. "Although the David versus Goliath scenario is especially evident during the holiday season, the increased adoption of online marketing tools is helping small businesses feel confident as they pursue a greater share of consumers' holiday spend."
Small businesses looking to bridge the gap and compete more effectively against large retailers are planning to begin their holiday marketing efforts several months in advance. According to the survey, 42 percent of respondents will begin their marketing earlier than they did last year, with as many as 63 percent of them beginning their promotions before Halloween.
While most small businesses surveyed anticipate a lucrative holiday season and have an overall positive outlook (54 percent) on the U.S. economy, most of them have no plans to increase staff during or after the holidays. In fact, 81 percent plan to keep the same level of staff through the holidays while more than 60 percent plan to maintain their current staffing levels in 2008.
The full survey can be viewed here: Constant Contact's 2007 Holiday Outlook. Sample questions and results include the following:
Do you anticipate a strong holiday season in sales for your business?
How concerned are you that competition from large retailers will hurt your holiday sales?
Are you planning any promotional offers for the December holidays?
What marketing methods will you use to promote your holiday season offerings? (check all that apply)
Will you begin marketing for this holiday season earlier than you did last year?
When do you typically begin your holiday marketing efforts?
(a)The 2007 Small Business Holiday Outlook survey was conducted from September 17 - October 1, 2007 through targeted online distribution to U.S. small businesses who are current customers of Constant Contact. Results were recorded from more than 2,000 respondents.
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National Retail Federation, 2007 Holiday Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey. October 16, 2007.
Retail Forward, TNS Retail Forward Holiday Forecast, September 2007.
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