Comscore Media Metrix Ranks Top-Growing Properties and Site Categories for December 2009

Holiday Festivities Drive Traffic to Retail and Greetings Sites

Shipping Sites Experience Surge in Traffic as Americans Rush to Ensure Delivery in Time for the Holidays

RESTON, VA, January 21, 2010 – Comscore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released its monthly analysis of U.S. Web activity at the top-growing properties and site categories for December 2009 based on data from the Comscore Media Metrix service. Americans continued to flock to Retail sites in December as the online holiday shopping season reached a crescendo, while holiday festivities caused a surge in traffic to Flowers/Gifts/Greetings and e-Card sites. As many Americans raced to ensure delivery of their holiday gifts in time, shipping sites climbed to a 2009 high in visitation.

“December proved to be a strong month for the retail category with Tuesday, Dec. 15 ranking as the heaviest online spending day of the year – and of all time – at $913 million,” said Jack Flanagan, executive vice president of Comscore Media Metrix. “Holiday seasonality also fueled visitation to Shipping sites, which continually see their highest volume of traffic during the month of December.”

Holiday Shopping Continues to Spur Growth at Retail Sites

Retail sites continued to climb in December as Americans scoured the Web for deals this holiday season. Among the top-gaining Retail sub-categories were Jewelry/Luxury Goods/Accessories, Sports/Outdoor, and Flowers/Gifts/Greetings sites, each growing more than 20 percent versus November. Jewelry/Luxury Goods/Accessories sites attracted nearly 23 million visitors during the month, representing a 30-percent increase from November. eBags, Inc. led the category with 2.9 million visitors (up 28 percent), followed by with 2.2 million visitors (up 26 percent), Zale Corporation with 2.1 million (up 48 percent) and Kay Jewelers with 1.7 million (up 69 percent).

Sports/Outdoor sites grew to nearly 39 million visitors during the month, a 25-percent increase versus November, led by eBay Sports U.S. with 5.1 million visitors (up 21 percent), which was closely followed by Cabelas, Inc. with 5.0 million visitors (up 26 percent). grabbed the #3 position with 4.6 million visitors (up 39 percent), followed by with 2.9 million visitors (up 29 percent).

Flowers/Gifts/Greetings sites saw a 23-percent gain, reaching nearly 39.8 million unique visitors in December. AmericanGreetings Property led the category with 13.6 million visitors (up 18 percent), followed by with 6.8 million (up 49 percent), Hallmark with 5.6 million (up 46 percent) and, Inc. with 2.9 million (up 48 percent).

Tax Sites Grow as Season Nears

Tax sites ranked as the top-gaining category during the month with nearly 6.4 million visitors, up 54 percent from November, as Americans began early preparation for tax season.

Americans Rely on Shipping and e-Card Sites for Holiday To-Do’s

Traffic to Shipping sites spiked in December as Americans rushed to ensure delivery of their gift purchases in time for the holidays. The category attracted 36.6 million visitors during the month, representing a 33-percent increase in traffic. UPS Sites led the category with 19.7 million visitors (up 51 percent), followed by with 15.9 million (up 40 percent) and FedEx with 12.6 million (up 36 percent).

e-Card Sites were a popular way to send holiday cheer in December, with the category growing 29 percent to 31.7 million visitors. Among the most visited were with nearly 8 million visitors (up 16 percent), AG interactive with 6.7 million (up 46 percent), with 5.7 million, and with 4.3 million (up 55 percent).

Table 1

Comscore Top 10 Gaining Properties by Percentage Change in Unique Visitors* (U.S.)
December 2009 vs. November 2009
Total U.S. – Home, Work and University Locations
Source: Comscore Media Metrix
Total Unique Visitors (000)
Nov-09 Dec-09 % Change Rank by Unique Visitors
Total Internet : Total Audience 201,139 205,709 2 N/A
FAMILYLINK.COM 2,590 6,273 142 222
JibJab Media 4,686 10,892 132 129
Eastman Kodak 5,116 9,030 77 160
UPS Sites 13,091 19,715 51 63
GIFTS.COM 4,557 6,797 49 211
Ganz 4,822 7,047 46 207
Nintendo Co. 3,935 5,750 46 241
Wenner Media 5,338 7,790 46 185
Healthline Networks 8,094 11,799 46 120
Hallmark 3,881 5,649 46 248

*Ranking based on the top 250 properties in December 2009. Excludes entities whose growth was primarily due to implementation of Media Metrix 360 hybrid audience measurement.

Table 2

Comscore Top 10 Gaining Site Categories by Percentage Change in Unique Visitors (U.S.)
December 2009 vs. November 2009
Total U.S. – Home, Work and University Locations
Source: Comscore Media Metrix

Total Unique Visitors (000)
Nov-09 Dec-09 % Change
Total Internet : Total Audience 201,139 205,709 2
Business/Finance - Taxes 4,151 6,377 54
Directories/Resources - Shipping 27,451 36,622 33
Retail - Jewelry/Luxury Goods/Accessories 17,662 22,955 30
Services - e-Cards 24,692 31,748 29
Retail - Sports/Outdoor 31,208 38,925 25
Retail - Flowers/Gifts/Greetings 32,302 39,788 23
News/Information - Weather 68,321 81,095 19
Travel - Transactions 2,824 3,313 17
Retail - Toys 27,384 31,635 16
Retail - Movies 26,586 30,554 15

Comscore will be excluding the Top 50 Properties and the Top 50 Ad-Focus rankings until May 2010 when the hybrid transition period concludes.

About Comscore Media Metrix

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