Where Entrepreneurs Can Shop on Cyber Monday
The Monday following Thanksgiving has become a bigger retail holiday than Black Friday, thanks to the influx of online shoppers. Analysts claim that nearly $3 billion was spent during last year’s Cyber Monday, with 48 percent of that spend coming from mobile users. In fact, mobile purchases were responsible for $514 million in sales: $205 million on iPhones and $107million on Android. Tablets contributed to $201 million in sales.
Shortly after last year’s Cyber Monday, Walmart.com’s President and CEO Fernando Madeira told the press that mobile has become a dominant shopping trend for traffic and sales. “Mobile is making up more than 70 percent of traffic to Walmart.com, and now, nearly half of our orders since Thanksgiving have been placed on a mobile device — that’s double compared to last year,” Madeira said in acompany statement. “Our customers went from previously mostly searching and browsing on mobile, to making purchases at a much higher rate.”
Cyber Monday has the appeal of Black Friday shopping without the early wake-up calls, long lines or disgruntled shoppers. Mobile is the best way for busy entrepreneurs to shop for their holiday gifts, new technology or office supplies. And some shopping websites have made it even easier to place orders — search for your item, fill your cart, pay with Apple pay or Google Wallet and move onto more important things like running your business. We’ve put together a list of online stores with great mobile experiences where entrepreneurs can take advantage of Cyber Monday deals and get on with their day.
Major cell phone carriers
If you’re looking for a new business phone, your cell phone carrier would rather you purchased the phone with them than a 3rd party. Major carriers will face steep competition on Cyber Monday as retailers like Best Buy and Target will also offer deals on smartphones. This means that AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon will all have tricks up their sleeve. Shoppers will have to go no further than their cell phone apps, or log on to their accounts.
To get the most out of your mobile device, after you’ve purchased your new smartphone, download Line2 to help you streamline all your business communication. The cloud phone services app now has a widget that allows your customers and colleagues to connect with you via texting.
Dell Refurbished Store
If you’re not ready to splurge on a new computer, buying a reconditioned one can save you big bucks. Dell Refurbished includes desktops and laptops for a fraction of the cost. Each purchase comes with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee and tech support. In 2015, Cyber Monday shoppers got an extra 50 percent off certain items with no minimum spend required. Who knows what deals we’ll see in 2016.
Unbeknownst to most, Cyber Monday is one of the best times of the year to book all upcoming travel. Whether you’re planning a family vacation or accommodations for business travel, Travelocity will offer big savings. In 2015, the site had a massive flat-rate sale on Cyber Monday, slashing prices on hotel bookings by 50 percent. You can find great deals on flights, rental cars and hotels for all your business trips.
Amazon is known for having month-long sales in November. There’s cushy deals for enrolling in Amazon Prime. Shoppers can expect a site-wide sale on electronics such as TV, Kindles and mobile accessories. According to Forbes, top deals include those on Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and the Amazon Fire Stick — all of which can be useful at home or in the office.
It’s pretty common to walk into Target with a short grocery list and to walk out with a carload of stuff. Target is a one-stop-shop for personal and business purchases. You can buy holiday gifts for family, but you can also stock up on supplies and purchase office equipment — all from your smartphone. Target.com will have Cyber Monday deals on clothing, electronics and much more. Target may also offer coupons for online shoppers, so keep an eye on Cyber Monday deals.