InternetRetailing Research brings you regular updates that name the IRUK Top100 websites that are managing peak traffic most effectively over the Black Friday weekend.
This weekend InternetRetailing Research, in collaboration with our knowledge partner NCC Group [IRDX VNCC], is testing, on an hourly basis, the Top100 websites’ Speed Index on both mobile and desktop devices.
See the bottom of this post for an explanation of our analysis.
Brands Buck Trend
A couple of hours ago in an earlier post, I stated that retail websites, in general, are coping rather well with the peak trading day. In fact, those earlier figures suggested that the average desktop browser experience has for most of today been marginally better than the benchmark we are using, Friday 4th November.
Direct-selling brands, it seems, buck the trend. (See our definition of ‘brand’.)
Our interpretation of this data suggests a big uptick in (very) early morning browsing, followed by a tell-tale peak around lunch time. It’s noteworthy given that the reverse of the graph, showing non-brands, lacks both peaks.
About these updates
Three weeks ago, on a more normal weekend for ecommerce, we conducted hourly tracking of the Top100 websites to record a benchmark.
We infer whether the IRUK Top100 are seeing a significant increase in customer traffic by measuring changes in their responsiveness. We are tracking 100 websites and comparing their fluctuations to a ‘normal’ benchmark, so we believe it’s a reliable inference.
You can find more information on Speed Index, the specific metric we use to calculate these performance figures.
Follow the regular updates on the Black Friday 2016 homepage.