Holiday Digital Sales grow 8 percent to $723 billion globally

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Salesforce released its 2019 Holiday Shopping Report, revealing the trends, data and insights. Data shows an 8 percent increase in digital spend over the 2019 shopping season, with $723 billion in digital revenue worldwide. 

Top Salesforce 2019 Holiday Shopping Insights

Salesforce combined insights on the activities of hundreds of millions of global shoppers across more than 30 countries powered by Commerce Cloud, billions of consumer engagements powered by Marketing Cloud, and millions of customer service cases viewed in Service Cloud between November 1 and December 31, 2019. This season’s top retail highlights and trends include:

Brands push consumers to start holiday shopping early: Early marketing activity was a success in generating buzz the week leading up to Cyber Week with digital traffic growing 13 percent over the same period in 2018. Shoppers filled their online baskets but waited for Cyber Week to place their orders, with digital orders up 9 percent over the same 2018 period.

AI eliminates the guesswork for shoppers: AI-powered search and product recommendations drove additional revenue for retailers this holiday season, as 10 percent of digital orders and 5 percent of digital revenue came from AI-powered recommendations.

Cyber Week 2019 broke records: Cyber Week 2019 was one for the record books, with global digital revenue growing 15 percent to $143 billion. Black Friday continued to be the number one global digital shopping day. Across the globe, Thanksgiving Day emerged as a major shopping event with sales growing 24 percent year-over-year to $20 billion—proving once again that shoppers are going to act when it’s best for them.

Retailers with click and collect win later in the season: Despite the softness in late season buying, retailers offering click and collect saw big gains as shoppers scrambled to complete their last-minute holiday purchases. Retailers offering this capability on their e-commerce sites saw 56 percent more active digital shoppers

Mobile reigns victorious: The year 2019 ended with mobile being the number one device driving digital traffic and orders. To put that into context, the decade began with mobile driving very little digital traffic or orders.

“Throughout the 2019 holiday shopping season, retailers saw success with mobile commerce, store pick up and personalization via artificial intelligence and social engagement, removing friction in the ways shoppers browsed and purchased,” said Rob Garf, VP, Industry Strategy for Retail, Salesforce.

Salesforce Brings Shoppers and Retailers Together For the Holiday Season

Here’s how Salesforce helped retailers power personalized commerce, marketing and customer service throughout the 2019 holiday season (November 1 – December 31, 2019):

Commerce Cloud customers saw 28 percent growth in digital orders placed year-over-year and global brands and retailers saw 22 percent overall digital revenue growth during the season. Brands and retailers saw a 28 percent overall traffic increase.

Marketing Cloud sent over 162 billion emails, mobile SMS and push notifications this holiday season. That is a 15 percent year-over-year increase in email sends and 17 percent year-over-year increase in messages (emails, SMS and push) sent during the entire holiday season.

Service Cloud agents viewed or worked on more than 3.8 billion customer service cases and received more than 900 million customer service calls this holiday season.

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