Holiday shopping starts now and $13 billion dollars are up for grabs

ChickAdvisor survey shows that one-in-three Canadians are already holiday shopping, and they're looking at reviews first

TORONTO, Aug. 28, 2017 /CNW/ - As retailers and brands know, Canadians are already thinking about the December holidays. However, most are unaware of how many Canadian consumers are consulting online reviews or ratings before choosing which products to purchase. ChickAdvisor, Canada's leading online review site, recently conducted a survey uncovering modern consumer trends.

This survey, distributed to over 150,000 active consumers, revealed that Canadians spend an average of $925 during the holiday season. More interestingly, the survey revealed that 84.5 per cent of Canadians read reviews before buying a new product and 73 per cent will buy a product if it has positive reviews. With over 14 million households in Canada, that means that at least $13 billion dollars are affected by these holiday shopping trends.

"ChickAdvisor is constantly working to satisfy the need for authentic consumer reviews," said Alex de Bold, co-founder of ChickAdvisor. "We've partnered with Tier A brands for years to help generate real conversations in the consumer market. Word-of-mouth and online reviews are still the main drivers for purchase decisions. Consumers want to know that real people -- not just influencers -- trust the products they're buying."   

With its unique retail expertise, ChickAdvisor has carved a section of the Canadian market completely devoted to authentic information sharing, to and from, real consumers. Since 2014, the company has tracked over 530 million social media impressions from community members rating and reviewing the products provided by partner brands.

Last year alone, ChickAdvisor had 2.4 million consumers view product reviews on their website, with over 60 per cent coming from organic participants. With ChickAdvisor, all of these consumer reviews are shared via personal social media networks, which in turn, capitalize on an authentic market and encourages new brand conversations.

"With the U.S. dollar not being in our favour, Canadians should really start thinking about how to spend thoughtfully," added de Bold. "From personal and professional experience, a lot of impulse shopping happens during the holiday season. People do research ahead of time before buying something so they know the true value of what they're getting."

With over 500,000 reviews on the platform, ChickAdvisor has catered to modern consumption habits for over 10 years by creating advanced brand-consumer partnerships and developing proprietary brick-and-mortar retail technology.

To download the holiday shopping infographic visit; http://instore.today/holiday

About ChickAdvisor:
ChickAdvisor is the first ratings and reviews platform in Canada, designed specifically for female consumers. Founded in 2006 by husband and wife duo Ali and Alex de Bold, ChickAdvisor has over 500,000+ authentic reviews on the platform and has worked with tier A brands including Unilever, and Aveeno, NIVEA.

SOURCE ChickAdvisor

For further information: Media Contact: Alessandra Seca, Account Manager, RNMKR, as@rnmkr.io, 647-204-4657

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