The Impact of Mobile on Thanksgiving Shopping [Infographic]

When it comes to online shopping, the desktop still rules over any mobile device, but the tide is shifting at a pretty nifty rate.

E-Commerce company Monetate put together an infographic that looks at the impact of mobile and tablets versus desktops. The data represents only online shopping from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday.

Right off the bat, you can see that the desktop lost a little ground this year when compared to last year. Mobile rose from 3.1% to 7.36%, a nice little bump, but I expected it to be higher. And the conversion rates are not so good, but that’s to be expected given the difficulty of processing a shopping cart on a tiny screen.

Tablets are a surprise, rising from almost nothing (1.06%) in 2010, to 4.68% in 2011.

Video Ad Are Increasing and So Are the Views

Everyone expects to see commercial breaks when they sit down to watch TV, but commercial breaks on online videos. . . that’s another thing.

When sites like YouTube began offering up short-form entertainment, people weren’t willing to watch a commercial, before, during or after. So they slapped an Adsense banner ad across the bottom of the vid and called it the cost of doing business.

But online video has experienced explosive growth in the past year and video ads have grown right along with it. Look at these numbers from FreeWheel:

Twitter Opens Self-Serve Ads to Select Buyers

Twitter’s been talking about adding a self-serve option to their ad program for a while now and it looks like it’s finally happening. I say “looks like,” because the only official announcement was a mention at the Business Insider’s Ignition conference.

Now, the press is all over it but Twitter is hanging back. So why aren’t they banging the drums?

The PR rep for Twitter told AllThingsDigital that they’re planning a slow roll-out of the option, beginning with a few, select advertisers.

As with all of our advertising efforts, we’re starting small, testing carefully and making improvements as we learn what works. We will slowly roll this capability out to more advertisers in the coming weeks and months.

Foursquare Launches Improved ‘To Do List’ Save Button

You’re reading New York magazine online when you spot a review of a new sushi restaurant. It’s in a part of the city you go to a few times a month, and you’d like to check it out. If only you had an easy way to remember all the details. . .

Introducing, the new and improved Save to Foursquare button! When a reader clicks the button, they get a pop-up that allows them to add the location to their Foursquare To Do list.

If the user has Radar enabled on their new iPhone, they’ll receive a notification when they are in the area, reminding them to stop by. Without Radar, notifications will only pop after check-in, which is rather pointless.

33% of Shoppers Use Apps or Websites to Help Them Grocery Shop

With grocery prices on the rise and incomes on the decline, consumers are looking for new ways to make ends meet. For 33% of them, it’s all about using digital resources to plan their weekly shopping trip.

Acosta Sales and Marketing has released a new report called “The Why Behind the Buy.” The report is all about trends in grocery shopping and what retailers and marketers can do to stay ahead of the game.

In general, Acosta found that consumers are more conservative than they’ve been in the past and that this behavior is the “new normal.” It’s happening because shoppers are spending 3% more on an average grocery run but they’re getting a lot less. As the main grocery shopper in my house, I can say for sure that that fact is true.

FTC Forces a Mea Culpa Out of Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg posted a lengthy message on the Facebook blog today that includes this statement:

“I’m the first to admit that we’ve made a bunch of mistakes. In particular, I think that a small number of high profile mistakes, like Beacon four years ago and poor execution as we transitioned our privacy model two years ago, have often overshadowed much of the good work we’ve done.”

I actually feel bad for him.

The mea culpa was in response to a release from the FTC that details the 7 times Facebook made privacy promises that it didn’t keep. The majority of the instances have to do with data sharing with third party apps and advertisers. They also say Facebook allowed access to data belonging to accounts that had been deleted by the users.

Cyber Monday Beats Black Friday

Cyber Monday is over (sort of) and the results are in. It’s a HIT!

According to IBM Benchmark, Cyber Monday sales were up 33% over last year. The average order value also rose from $193.24 to $198.26.

Unlike Black Friday, there were two peaks during the day, one at 11:05 PST and again late in the evening. Take a look at this comparison chart. Except for the early morning hours, Cyber Monday beat the pants off online Black Friday buying to the tune of  29.3%.

Just When You Thought it Was Safe. . .

Now, here’s what’s interesting. Part of the reason these big sale days work is because they’re special. 24 hours of the lowest prices and best deals. Yet, this morning, I woke up to emails from two retailers saying they were extending their sales for another 24 hours. So now it’s Cyber Tuesday?