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MarketLive Holiday Survey Reveals Shipping and Retail Experience are Key to Success

Online Retailer and Consumer Survey Results for the 2013 Holiday Season

Petaluma, CA – October 29, 2013 – MarketLive, the leading eCommerce platform for high-growth merchants, has released its annual online retailer survey and recommendations for the 2013 holiday retail season. Among the many report findings, MarketLive found that an overwhelming majority of holiday shoppers will respond to retailers' promotions offering free shipping, and they will ultimately shop with the retailer who can guarantee an on-time delivery date and/or the best shopping experience.

The survey sample included 1,000 consumer questionnaires. The report illustrates consumer survey results with tactical examples drawn from promotional campaigns by Nordstrom, Sport Chalet, Sephora, Cost Plus World Market, Lowe's, Home Depot, Pottery Barn, REI, Restoration Hardware, Sundance Catalog, Helzberg Diamonds, Amazon, Blue Nile, and Francesca's.

"This year's survey underlined the need for retailers to prepare and be able to adapt more than ever for the holiday season, " said Lauren Freedman, President, the e-tailing group. "Responses clearly demonstrate that online shopping is becoming the norm across all categories – and price and a near-perfect experience are the drivers of conversion."

Among the consumer trends that online retailers can expect this holiday shopping season:

"Online shoppers have become quite savvy. They know how to comparison shop from their mobile phones and they have come to expect certain things like free shipping," said Ken Burke, founder and chairman of MarketLive. "But our survey also uncovered many tactical things that online retailers can do this holiday season—like tangible gift cards, 24/7 customer service reps and online ratings and social sharing—to attract customers, retain margins, and compete successfully this holiday season."

About Marketlive

Since 1995, MarketLive, Inc., has been the leading provider of eCommerce technology and services that help fast-growing companies successfully sell goods and services online. Designed to meet the unique requirements of catalogers, retailers, direct marketers, and manufacturers, the extensible MarketLive® eCommerce Suite and MarketLive's best practices-based Intelligent Selling® methodology enable merchants to enhance their customers' experience online while dramatically improving acquisition, conversion, and retention rates.
The MarketLive platform is the most retail-targeted, fully featured, customizable eCommerce solution on the market today. MarketLive powers many successful retail eCommerce sites, including Armani Exchange, Party City, Perricone MD, Sport Chalet, Sundance, Helzberg, John Deere, Title Nine, Intermix and others.
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