I am excited that the holiday season is here. This morning I saw that Starbucks has a promotion this week – Buy 1 Holiday Drink, Get 1 Free . I have friends visiting us for Thanksgiving and I am looking forward to a vacation in December all good things during this season. Indications are that this could be a very successful season for shoppers and retailers. ComScore, Inc. released its Q3 2010 U.S. retail e-commerce sales estimates, which showed that online retail spending reached $32.1 billion for the quarter, up 9 percent versus year ago.
Of course not everyone is so gung ho! Kelly Evans wrote in October in the Wall Street Journal “If you don’t get as many gifts this year, don’t take it personally: 35% say they plan to give to fewer people.” “Consumers are hunkering down regardless of the looming holiday season”. The National Retail Federation in October declared “holiday retail sales are expected to increase a more moderate 2.3 percent this year to $447.1 billion.” While that growth remains slightly lower than the ten-year average holiday sales increase of 2.5 percent, it would be a marked improvement from both last year’s 0.4 percent uptick and the dismal 3.9 percent holiday sales decline retailers experienced in 2008.”
Also did you hear about Small Business Saturday? Rieva Lesonsky writes on GrowSmartBusiness.com ‘Black Friday—the day after Thanksgiving, and traditionally a huge sales day for retailers—has a new partner. American Express OPEN and more than a dozen advocacy, public and private organizations have declared November 27 “Small Business Saturday.” Many companies have already started their holiday promotions.
What is Network Solutions’ doing to make your holiday brighter?
1. Facebook Fans we got your back
We kicked off the holiday season with a great offer for our Facebook Fans to snag a domain name for just $1.95/yr (T&Cs apply). To get this offer go to the network Solutions Fan page on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/networksolutions
We are making the holidays sweeter with the ” Network Solutions $1000 Gift Certificate Sweepstakes” and five other prizes of a Large hosting package free for a year. To enter go the Network Solution’s Facebook Page and click on the “Sweepstakes” tab.
2. Your Black Friday shopping.
Check out the Black Friday Page on our Blog http://blog.networksolutions.com/blackfriday . here we have RSS feeds from the top websites that publish Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on products and services available on the web. It is convenient and easy to use and the feeds are updated real-time.
On an Android phone device check out the Network Solutions’ DealEngine app or point your phone to this image using a scanning app to go there directly without going to the market.
An iPhone app is coming soon, I will update this post when the Network Solutions DealEngine is ready in the iPhone store.Hope you already have the “DomainStorm” app from Network Solutions already on your iPhone. DomainStorm provides you with a fast and fun way to check domain availability and provides a convenient way to register your domain name. Is the domain name you want taken? Looking for creative suggestions? Give us keywords and shake your phone – you may be surprised at what you find.
3. Cyber Monday
the Monday after Thanksgiving when you return to your computer we will have some awesome deals for you as well. Stay tuned.Google+