80% of Christmas shoppers share Christmas themed content on “Dark Social” channels, including one-to-one email and instant messaging, according to a new that looks at seasonal shopping habits and behaviours of consumers.
The RadiumOne report looks at consumer online sharing habits around the festive period, with a particular focus on ‘dark social’ sharing, how/when consumers choose to share and what they share.
Some of the key statistics include:
- 80% of Christmas shoppers share Christmas themed content on “Dark Social” channels, including one-to-one email and instant messaging.
- Dark Social can reveal customer intent of purchase, with 50% of people sharing technology gift ideas and 33.3% of people sharing fashion gifts on these channels.
- Of those who shared technology and fashion gift ideas, 50% and 33%, respectively, went on to make purchases in these categories.
With Christmas occurring in less than 100 days’ time, brands must ensure they are engaging consumers on the right channels. And with 30% of consumers sharing more content online over the Christmas period than the rest of the year, it is a great opportunity to maximise overall sales. Marketers must make sure they are using the right channels to optimise customer engagement.
Bringing Dark Social into the Light
The report identifies that 80% of Christmas shoppers share Christmas themed content, including gift recommendations and requests, through one-to-one email or instant messaging, also known as “Dark Social”. Dark Social is the biggest missed opportunity in marketing as many brands do not have the right tools in place to harness the power of this consumer signal.
The report reveals that 30% of consumers shared more content online over the Christmas period than usual and 72% of this content, including gift ideas and recipes, is shared via dark social. This is compared to just 22% of content shared on Facebook.
Dark social sharing is a clear sign of intent for later purchase, with 50% of people sharing technology gift ideas and 33.3% of people sharing fashion gifts via these channels. Of those who shared technology and fashion gift ideas, one-half and one-third, respectively, went on to make purchases in these categories.
No signs of Black Friday madness easing up
Although brand purchases at Christmas time remained above average compared to the rest of the year, in 2016, RadiumOne data revealed a clear spike in online transactions on Black Friday.
Technology and jewellery sales increased by 52% and 48% respectively on Black Friday compared to Christmas, and sports and beauty purchases increased by a third. These insights reveal the day is no longer just considered a tech sale, with a number of categories reporting a jump in online sales during that period.
Most consumers are still researching on mobile, but buying on desktop
Still someway short of perception, the research highlights that whilst consumers might use a mobile device to generate gifting ideas, the majority are still turning to desktop devices for transactions.
The full report can be downloaded here: http://radium1.co/Christmas2017
Craig Tuck, RadiumOne’s UK managing director, commented: “Sharing behaviour is an indicator of consumer intent and the most likely moment they’ll interact with a brand. Our data shows that 61 per cent of shoppers will also do a ‘big shop’ vs little and often. So harnessing the planning and sharing period is key in influencing consumers’ final purchase, and tracking sharing dark social is imperative at any point, but more so during the Christmas period where there is more to gain.”