Cyber Monday Goes Mobile With 55 Percent Sales Growth, Reports IBM

Cyber Monday Online Sales Up 20.6 Percent Over 2012
From Thanksgiving Through Cyber Monday, Online Sales Increased 16.5 Percent

Armonk, N.Y. - 03 Dec 2013: U.S. shoppers made Cyber Monday the biggest online shopping day in history with a 20.6 percent increase in online sales, according to the latest cloud-based analytics findings from IBM (NYSE: IBM). Mobile sales led the way, exceeding 17 percent of total online sales, an increase of 55.4 percent year-over-year.  

Cyber Monday also capped the highest five-day online sales period on record – from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday – which grew 16.5 percent over the same period in 2012.  

“We continue to see a dramatic movement of the new digitally savvy consumer as Cyber Monday once again proved to be the star of this holiday shopping season,” said Jay Henderson, Strategy Director, IBM Smarter Commerce. “The mobile device has become the shopping companion of choice for consumers, driving record mobile sales with 55 percent growth over last year.”  

With an increase in online sales across multiple channels, Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs), are turning to cloud-based, real-time analytics from IBM to understand and act on consumer trends in the moment. IBM is uniquely positioned to help marketing, e-commerce, merchandising and customer service leaders build deeper customer relationships across every touch in the commerce cycle.                                                                      

IBM released the following trends as of 12:00 am PST:  

Cyber Monday 2013 Compared to Cyber Monday 2012:

·        Online Sales Set New Record: Cyber Monday online sales grew by 20.6 percent over 2012. Average order value was $128.77, down 1 percent year-over-year. 

·        Top Five Cities for Cyber Sales: New York took the top spot for total online retail sales on Cyber Monday. Rounding out the top five were Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta.  

·        Mobile Shopping Soars: Mobile traffic grew to 31.7 percent of all online traffic, increasing by 45 percent over 2012. Mobile sales were also very strong, exceeding 17 percent of total online sales, an increase of 55.4 percent year-over-year.                                                                                         

·        Smartphones Browse, Tablets Buy: Smartphones drove 19.7 percent of all online traffic compared to tablets at 11.5 percent, making it the browsing device of choice. When it comes to making the sale, tablets drove 11.7 percent of all online sales, more than double that of smartphones, which accounted for 5.5 percent. On average, tablet users spent $126.30 per order compared to smartphone users who spent $106.49. 

·        iOS vs. Android: On average, iOS users spent $120.29 per order, compared to $106.70 per order for Android. iOS traffic reached 22.4 percent of all online traffic, compared to 9.1 percent for Android. iOS sales reached 14.5 percent of all online sales, compared to 2.6 percent for Android. 

·        Retailers “Push” Promotions to Mobile Shoppers: On average, retailers sent 77 percent more push notifications during the five day holiday shopping period – the alert messages and popup notifications from apps installed on your mobile device – when compared to daily averages over the past two months. Average daily retail app installations also grew by 29 percent using the same comparison. 

·        The Social Influence – Facebook vs. Pinterest:  On average, holiday shoppers referred from Facebook spent 6 percent more per order than shoppers referred from Pinterest. Facebook average order value was $97.81 versus Pinterest average order value which was $92.40.  Facebook referrals converted sales at a rate 38 percent higher than Pinterest. 

Cyber Monday 2013 Compared to Black Friday 2013 

·        Cyber Monday Outpaces Black Friday: Cyber Monday online sales were up 31.5 percent over Black Friday this year, yet consumers spent 5 percent more per order on Black Friday versus Cyber Monday. Cyber Monday shoppers spent 5 percent less per order with an average order value of $128.77 compared with $135.27 for Black Friday.  

·        Mobile Sales and Traffic:  Mobile sales and traffic decreased between Black Friday and Cyber Monday as shoppers went back to work and school. Cyber Monday mobile sales were down 21 percent, and mobile traffic down 20 percent, from Black Friday.                        

·        Shopping Cart Conversion Rate: In order to lock in the best deals, shoppers actually purchased the items they added to their online shopping carts at a 12.6 higher rate on Cyber Monday than Black Friday.  

Supporting these overall trends, the IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark also reported real-time trends across four of the hottest retail categories this holiday season:  

1.     Department Stores: Cyber Monday total online sales grew by 70.3 percent over 2012, with mobile sales growing 52 percent year-over-year. Average order value was $161.83, up 18.7 percent year-over-year. 

2.     Health and Beauty: Cyber Monday total online sales grew by 65.1 percent over 2012, with mobile sales growing 84 percent year-over-year. Average order value was $60.22, an increase of 6.8 percent year-over-year. 

3.     Home Goods: Cyber Monday total online sales grew by 26.5 percent over 2012, with mobile sales growing 40.5 percent year-over-year. Average order value was $182.19, an increase of 9.2 percent year-over-year. 

4.     Apparel: Cyber Monday total online sales grew by 22.5 percent over 2012, with mobile sales growing by 58.3 percent year-over-year. Average order value was $102.83, a decrease of 6.9 percent year-over-year.  

To access full reports and real-time updates on holiday shopping trends from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday, visit the IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark Hub at For information on how IBM’s real-time analytics delivered through the cloud can improve end-to-end customer engagement, visit   

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Additional benchmark videos, infographics and FAQs are available:

·        IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark video, IBM Cyber Monday infographic and the full 2013 IBM Cyber Monday Benchmark report:\benchmark

·        Press FAQ  

*Denotes Xtify-specific mobile app data not included in the IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark report. Xtify is a leading provider of multi-channel mobile messaging solutions. The Xtify platform provides marketers and developers access to enterprise tools to manage complex database or automated event-driven campaigns.

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