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UPDATE: Target Says Cyber Monday Traffic Has Been 'Twice as High as Our Busiest Day Ever'

Retailer explains site crash

Target and PayPal have both experienced temporary Internet shutdowns today, seemingly because of a flood of consumer traffic. It's unclear exactly how long the outages occurred, but the blackouts lingered…

Infographic: When and Where Do Black Friday's Biggest Crowds Actually Hit?

Google's look at foot traffic finds a few surprises

More than ever before, Google wants to help shoppers navigate the wretched non-holiday known as Black Friday. Today, the online Santa of search is showing when and where people head…

J. Crew and American Girl Embrace Social Commerce Ads for the Holidays

Retailers continue to bet big on digital

Add J. Crew and American Girl to the list of retailers betting big with their holiday campaigns on ad units launched by Facebook and Instagram. J.Crew bought Instagram ads that include…

How Nordstrom and Sephora Are Nailing Social Media Going Into Black Friday

And doing it with a simple strategy

To measure which retailers have the best momentum on social media going into the holidays, Shareablee studied 109 big-box and department store brands across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram between Nov.…

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Tries Robbing Snoop Dogg in Old Navy's Wacky Black Friday Campaign

Kumail Nanjiani lends a (not-so-helping) hand

Julia Louis-Dreyfus scores some new co-stars in her latest for Old Navy, and the ensemble suits her well. The Veep and Seinfeld actress ties up rapper and marijuana poster boy Snoop…

This Kids' Clothing Ad Might Be the Most Whimsical Depiction of Child Labor Ever

Is he paid in cupcakes?

To support its new signature, "For Serious Kids," children's clothing company Petit Bateau has launched The Mini Factory. This marks its first brand film since its charming child sailor ad of…

This Holiday Ad for Dick's Sporting Goods May Be the Season's Sweetest Yet

A local coach gets a special gift

Here's a Christmas commercial that's sure to bring a smile to your face. Dick's Sporting Goods has released a minute-long ad, directed by Derek Cianfrance, about a special gift for a…

REI's Reddit Experience Shows Brands Need to Be Ready to Take the Tough Questions

AMA quickly turned into forum on employee frustrations

REI will be closing its stores on Black Friday and paying 12,000 employees to take the day off, a move that has generated lots of goodwill—except on Reddit. The outdoor retailer's…

The Year's Weirdest Holiday Ad Will Leave You Asking, 'What the Fox?!'

Oddbins gets feral

So, what does the fox say in this cool/creepy Christmas spot by Spectrecom Films for Oddbins, a chain of British wine shops? Not a word. And yet, the ruddy creature comes…

Jeff Goldblum Shows You Exactly How to Act When You Get a Crappy Christmas Gift

An electronics retailer's useful tips

Some of us have better poker faces than others when it comes to reacting to disappointing holiday gifts. The Brits, despite their stiff-upper-lip reputation, appear to need some help in…

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