Christmas google searches more spiritual this year
This holiday season more people went online to look for terms like “spirit” and “letter,” rather than “shopping.” This is in contrast to 2007, when top keyword searches all had to do with gift-buying and consumerism. Tough economic times might be the reason behind this online shift toward spirituality and tradition this Christmas, as people stop focusing exclusively on the materialistic aspect of the holiday.
Consumers became more spiritual and less materialistic this holiday season, according to San Francisco-based Kontera. The company supports that premise with analysis from technology it taps to provide advertising services to more than 10,000 Web publishers in its network.
The most clicked-on holiday keywords for 2008 in the U.S. highlight a return to traditional values and a holiday spirit, compared with a focus on material gifts in 2007.
This year's top-performing holiday keyword terms included "spirit" and "letter," rather than "gift," "present," and "shopping." Keywords appear to reflect a greater focus on the complete holiday experience, with popular keywords including "party," "decorations," and "stocking." Last year's list focused on the general holiday experience.
"Santa letter" ranked at the top of the most clicked-on holiday keywords for 2008, followed by "Christmas wish list," "Christmas spirit," "secret Santa," "gift idea," "Christmas decoration," "Christmas stocking," "Christmas," "Christmas Party," and "gift." In 2007, "Christmas present" topped the 2007 list, followed by "advent calendar," "secret Santa," "Christmas shopping," "Christmas gifts," "Christmas necklace," "unique Christmas gift idea," "holiday gift guide," "Christmas gift," and "Christmas gift for her."
The upside to the down economy this year became a focus on spirituality and the need to reestablish the meaning of the holidays, according to Amy Shea, EVP and global director at branding and marketing firm Brand Keys. "It has forced people into being more circumspect about what they bought this year for holiday gifts," she said. "Consumers reevaluated the gifts they gave. They didn't stop giving gifts for Christmas or Hanukah, but rather gave more thought when deciding on the gifts to give. This year the world's consciousness became part of the gift-giving decision."