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2020 Holiday Trends in a Time of Corona

November 18, 2020

Every year, around this time, Andy Williams can be heard on the radio telling us, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” Apologies to Mr. Williams, but he never experienced a global pandemic, a social justice movement, and a stressful election cycle. This feels like the most confusing, uncertain, and un-normal time of an already crazy year. 

It’s hard to know what the holiday season will bring when COVID-19 has already changed how we live and work, and interact with friends, family, and strangers. But as an eternal optimist, I believe there are many things to be grateful for this year. And even more, things to look forward to amidst the changes we have all endured this year. 

First, we’ll look at how the pandemic will alter shopping trends and then we will discuss how it’s never too late to strengthen your holiday campaign performance. These posts will dig into the data driving industry predictions and provide tangible solutions for brands and marketers looking to break through this extraordinary holiday season.

Part One

This year has been challenging for many Americans, and with the end of the year approaching, quickly, sentiment and plans for the holidays have changed as well. Morning Consult’s Holiday Shopping research says that 90 percent of Americans aren’t looking forward to this year’s holiday season, and 47 percent already report that their family activities will be canceled altogether. 

The shopping forecast shows just as many changes. The vast majority will be spending less on holiday celebrations this year: 71 percent will be spending less than usual on celebrations with friends, and 67 percent will be spending less than expected on celebrations with family. And Deloitte’s annual holiday retail forecast reflects that change in spending. Deloitte estimates that holiday retail sales will see only 1-1.5% growth. 

Some bright news in this gloomy forecast is the news of a possible vaccine coming in H1 of 2021, reinvigorating struggling industries such as restaurant, retail, and rideshare. And eCommerce sales are set to grow by 25% to 35%, year-over-year, compared to sales increasing by 14.7% in 2019. 

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If you’re not on Yieldmo Marketplace yet, what are you waiting for? With a challenging fiscal forecast and an unpredictable pandemic, make sure your marketing dollars are working harder and smarter to push your brand through 2021.

But what happens when a campaign is up and running, and it’s not performing the way you need it to? For the final part of our holiday shopping blog series, we’ll look at ways to update, adapt, and change your current holiday media plan if you’re not meeting your pre-campaign KPIs. 

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