49 percent of marketers will launch a holiday campaign before Halloween

   49 percent of marketers will launch a holiday campaign before Halloween

Experian Marketing Services study focuses on holiday marketing strategy

Online display is the top marketing channel for holiday campaigns

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Sept. 19, 2013

NEW YORK, Sept. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Experian Marketing Services, a global
provider of integrated consumer insight, targeting and cross-channel
marketing, announced results from a recent survey that asked more than 200
marketers to share theircross-channel marketingplans for the holiday season.

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"Retailers have been extending the shopping seasons with promotions,
post-recession, so it's not surprising to see that nearly half of all
marketers stated they would launch a holiday campaign before Halloween," said
Bill Tancer, general manager of global research, Experian Marketing Services.
"This year's Back to School season started in early July as a big promotional
month versus last year. Our consumer confidence data shows it as the highest
it's been since the recession, so we expect the early promotion trend to carry
over into the holiday season with Black Friday deals being offered even
earlier than last year."

June was the most popular month to start planning holiday campaigns
The majority of marketers began planning theirholiday campaigns in the summer
months. The month of June earned the title as the top holiday planning month
as 18 percent of the marketers surveyed stated they would start then. Overall
69 percent of the marketers stated they started planning holiday campaigns by

When it comes to launching the first holiday campaign, almost half (49
percent) of marketers surveyed suggested they will launch before Halloween.
The most popular time to launch campaigns overall is the first 15 days of
November, right after Halloween but before Thanksgiving.

The shift to cross-channel marketing
Marketers are planning on integrating across channels more than ever this
year. Of those surveyed, 83 percent said they plan on running coordinated,
cross-channel marketing campaigns during the holiday season, with 55 percent
stating they will be coordinating marketing campaigns across four or more

Top marketing channels
According to the survey results, the top three marketing channels that will be
used this holiday season areonline display(59 percent), email(55 percent)
andprint(46 percent). Search(30 percent) andmobile(24 percent) are the
next top two channels that round out the top five. Despite mobile and search
ranking low on marketers' priority lists, learn why these channels should not
be ignored when planning this year'sholiday campaigns.

Top promotional tactics
More than 70 percent of marketers surveyed said they plan to use some sort of
promotional offer for consumers this holiday season. Free shipping offers
ranked as the top promotional tactic that marketers will integrate into their
customers' holiday shopping experience this year. Thirty-nine percent of
marketers surveyed will use free shipping, followed by deal of the day offers
(28 percent) and eCoupons (21 percent). Very few marketers plan to use layaway
(3 percent) while an astonishing 28 percent plan to not use any type of

Top social tactics
According to marketers surveyed, sharing is important. When asked, "What are
the top three social tactics you are integrating into your customers holiday
shopping experience?" almost half (49 percent) of respondents answered that
they plan on integrating social sharing tools from their Website. Social
advertising (45 percent) and product promotions (36 percent) rounded out the
top three.

Top mobile tactics
Marketers didn't rank mobile marketing as a top priority, but many said they
will be using mobile tactics during the holiday season. Developing mobile
optimized Websites was ranked as the top activity by 43 percent of
respondents, followed by creating mobile optimized email (37 percent) and
using mobile advertising (31 percent). Geolocation promotions will be used by
15 percent of marketers surveyed this season. Engaging consumers through
contests and sweepstakes seems to be at the bottom of marketers' lists, with
only 1 percent saying they will use SMS sweepstakes to engage consumers.

Register for the Experian Marketing Services'holiday webinaron October
24^th. We'll cover important topics to help marketers better connect with
their customers.

About Experian Marketing Services
Experian Marketing Services is a global provider of integrated consumer
insights and targeting, data quality and cross-channel marketing. We help
organizations around the world intelligently interact with today's dynamic,
empowered and hyperconnected customers. By coordinating seamless interactions
across all marketing channels, marketers are able to plan and execute superior
brand experiences that deepen customer loyalty, strengthen brand advocacy and
maximize profits.

For more information, please visit http://www.experian.com/marketingservices.

About Experian
Experian is the leading global information services company, providing data
and analytical tools to clients around the world. The Group helps businesses
to manage credit risk, prevent fraud, target marketing offers and automate
decision making. Experian also helps individuals to check their credit report
and credit score, and protect against identity theft.

Experian plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN) and is a
constituent of the FTSE 100 index. Total revenue for the year ended March 31,
2013 was US$4.7 billion. Experian employs approximately 17,000 people in 40
countries and has its corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, with
operational headquarters in Nottingham, UK; California, US; and Sao Paulo,

For more information, visit http://www.experianplc.com.

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names mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

Matt Tatham
Experian Marketing Services Public Relations
1 212 380 2939

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