What is the mood in
e-commerce in this very special year?
Opinions are divided on Black Friday 2020. Some are pessimistic, especially after the price comparison portal Idealo found out in a survey that two out of three consumers want to spend less money on Black Friday this year than in 2019. 75% of those surveyed now want to think particularly carefully about whether they really need a product. And they also immediately provided a reason for this: for a good tenth of those surveyed, the financial situation has worsened over the course of 2020 due to the pandemic. (Source: Welt.de)
So much for the negative side. On the other hand, we see the survey of the market research company Appinio, in which 77% of respondents stated that they intend to shop on Black Friday, which would be an increase of 16.7% compared to the previous year. The survey also revealed that a slightly higher budget would be planned for Black Friday shopping (source: appinio.com).
In any case, 69% of respondents plan to store online and avoid visiting local stores, especially at the current time, when infection figures continue to show an upward trend.
The same applies to Christmas shopping: A representative survey conducted by IFH Cologne in collaboration with service providers Sitecore and Ecx.io. revealed that one in two wants to avoid the crowds in the city center when hunting for Christmas presents. 41% of respondents even said they will shop online more than before. (Source: Internet World)
So we are naturally very interested to know what the mood is among our customers and how this year differs from previous years. To our delight, they are quite positive!
Atelier GS, for example, is more likely to see an increase as they are able to implement the learnings generated in recent years. Nina Klöhn, Online Marketing Manager Atelier Goldner Schnitt: “Overall, however, it is of course a difficult time, as our target group in particular is strongly affected by the pandemic.” For their female customers, they have come up with something special. Nina Klöhn: “To be close to our female customers during this time and to entertain them, we have also introduced a new video magazine.”
At Hirmer, Annette Fabisiewicz, Head of E-Commerce Marketing, is looking forward to this time with excitement: “In 2020, it is all the more important for us to expand our Black Friday offer online and thus be able to offer our users even better deals. This year, everything is different! So of course we are very excited to see how this will be received by our customers.”
There is no sign of negativity in the Witt Group either. “On the whole, nothing is different and the mood is almost as usual, only this year from the home office,” report Theresa Hösl (Junior Marketing Manager) and Tina Lebegern (Junior Marketing Manager) from the Witt Group. So for this time again some actions are planned, among other things a 13 days long Pre-Sale in the on-line marketing channels and afterwards for 2 weeks the regular Black Sale. Also as in the last years, there will be an advent calendar with 24 doors with different topics like sales promotions, content or assortment actions.
The hot sales season has kicked off, customers can look forward to great deals and e-commerce can look forward to good sales. We wish everyone every success!