Seasonal & Holidays

More Canadians will do 2013 Holiday Shopping Online (Statistics) ©

The first Canadian statistical predictions for the 2013 online holiday shopping season are beginning to roll in. All statistics this year point to the necessity of an online presence for Canadian businesses, preferably with eCommerce options. While statistics show most Canadians still prefer to shop from their desktop, SmartPhone usage of over 50% of mobile […]

Grab a Bigger Share of 2013 Canadian Halloween Sales (Statistics)

Grab a Bigger Share of 2013 Canadian Halloween Sales (Statistics)

As Canadian businesses begin to focus on the holiday season, Halloween is often overlooked.  It’s a lucrative holiday that warrants more attention than theme sales, however. The opportunities presented by Canadians searching for Halloween topics can make it well worth promoting online.

Winning Canadian Back-to-School Sales Online (Statistics) ©

Winning Canadian Back-to-School Sales Online (Statistics) ©

The Bank of Montreal (BMO) released its Back-to-School Survey results last week, concluding spending will be up by 18.2% (totaling $428) in 2013 by comparison to 2012.  Canadian parents will still be frugal, however, with 95% planning to limit spending on back-to-school items and 35% will have a firm budget.  Quebec will spend the most […]

Canadian Online Shopping for Father’s Day (Statistics)

Canadian Online Shopping for Father’s Day (Statistics)

The 2013 Bank of Montreal Father’s Day Survey and the Father’s Day Trend Survey conducted by Research Management Group for Walmart, focused on Father’s Day in Canada.  The results are applicable to both online and offline retailers.  The Father’s Day Trend Survey specifically included online shopping.

2012 Canadian Holiday Sales Down, Online Shopping Up (Statistics)

2012 Canadian Holiday Sales Down, Online Shopping Up (Statistics)

Statistics Canada has released a discouraging report of December, 2012 retail sales in Canada, which declined 0.9% (excluding motor vehicle and parts dealers). Sales fell 1.6% in volume, with most merchants reporting less sales in December. All provinces reported a decrease in retail sales. RBC reported this month that 69% of Canadian shoppers stayed within […]

Shop Canada Online (Free Holiday-Theme Graphic)

Shop Canada Online (Free Holiday-Theme Graphic)

To celebrate Cyber Monday, we’ve designed a holiday-theme “Shop Canada Online” graphic that you are free to use on your website, share on social media, etc. Let’s keep those shopping dollars in Canada where they’ll benefit all Canadians, and let other countries know we’re open for business in the great white north.

2012 Canadian Holiday Shopping Statistics and E-commerce Tips

2012 Canadian Holiday Shopping Statistics and E-commerce Tips

The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and the Bank of Montreal (BMO) have released Canadian holiday shopping survey statistics, adding their predictions to those made earlier by Ernst & Young and Deloitte.   While they don’t all agree on the level of frugality this season, it’s clear that it won’t be the most profitable holiday for […]

Thank You for the Freedom to do Business and Blog

Thank You for the Freedom to do Business and Blog

Yesterday, I read a disturbing article about an Iranian blogger, Sattar Beheshti.  He was arrested for blogging about human rights, specifically torture. His body was released on Wednesday and sources suspect he was tortured to death. His brutal death at the hands of authorities was a sober reminder of how fortunate we are to have […]

Canadian Retail Halloween Spending [Statistics]

Canadian Retail Halloween Spending [Statistics]

Running Halloween promotions in Canada can pay off in a big way, according to predictions from The Consolidated Credit Counseling Services of Canada, and a recent survey from the Retail Council of Canada.  Be they your own products or an affiliate’s products, cashing in on the third most lucrative retail season can get the year’s […]

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