Experienced roadtrippers make sure that their vehicles are in tip-top shape. They shop for tires before hitting the road, so they can wander without worry. And where do they rest? The most popular lodging for July tire shop visitors are Motel 6, Econo Lodge, and America’s Best Value Inn & Suites.
Extreme planners know how to find the shortest oil-change wait times — in July, Sundays and Wednesdays were the best days to visit Oil & Lube shops, with 20-30% less total visitation than Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays.
And don’t forget about grabbing snacks and fueling up — 7-Eleven had the highest July visit share in the Gas and Convenience Store category, followed closely by Shell.
More road trip highlights in the infographic below (click to enlarge).
As National Ice Cream Month winds down, let’s look back at June for fun Placed Insights about ice cream parlors. People in Hawaii love their ice cream parlors — 62% more likely to visit than the national average. Not surprising with average June temps in the high 80s!
Treating the Heat – Summer Fun with Ice Cream and Amusement Parks
With 18% of visit share, Baskin Robbins led the pack of ice cream parlors. Cold Stone Creamery followed closely with 16%. And what do ice cream parlor visitors like to do for extra fun? Go to amusement parks, like Disneyland and
More ice cream parlor highlights in the infographic below (click to enlarge).
Spring has sprung, so it’s the time for house and garden projects! To get started, consumers are heading to their favorite home improvement stores. The momentum started with Spring Black Friday sales in mid-March and will continue through early summer.
Popular Home Improvement Stores in April 2018
The Home Depot is the most popular home improvement store, followed closely by Lowe’s. Want to learn more about this category of stores, or The Home Depot specifically? Placed Insights is free and available online – to explore real-world foot traffic data for over 1,900 businesses.
Placed’s Top 100 monthly rankings of most visited businesses has been published for January 2017. The top categories to experience a climb in rankings this month include Automotive, Gas Stations, and QSR’s. Enterprise rose 17 spots to the 100th most visited business in January, whereas Sonic, Dairy Queen, and Valero each climbed 16 spots.
Dairy Queen, in addition to Baskin-Robbins (which increased by 15 ranking points) should be no surprise this month, as January marked the 18th warmest one on record in 123 years in the contiguous US.
Chevrolet Dealers and Ford Dealers, which each rose 11 spots and 9 spots respectively, experienced growth in foot traffic as January is tagged a favorable month to buy the most recent models of cars–sales are typically slow, and manufactures increase the price tag as the year goes on.
In terms of the biggest hits in rankings this month, the 25 businesses that experienced the largest drop in rankings all spanned the Retail category, a predictable trend given the end of the holiday shopping season. Retail businesses that declined the least in January 2017 rankings include The Home Depot, Dollar Tree, and the UPS Store, which each only dropped one spot from December. The 10 businesses to experience the largest declines on the list can be found below:
Placed’s Top 100 monthly business list, ranked by highest in-store foot traffic, is now available for December 2016. Due to the prominent season of buying and giving in December, the majority of this month’s big movers fell under the Shopping category. 37 businesses in total experienced an increase in ranking, 78% of which were Retail businesses. Only four businesses in the Food & Beverage category experienced upward movement on the list: Chili’s, Olive Garden, Panda Express, and Buffalo Wild Wings.
The idea that offline retail is certainly not dead rang particularly true this month, especially for Clothing & Apparel stores, as five of these businesses climbed at least 20 spots in ranking: Express jumped 35 spots (previously, Express ranked 123 in November and did not even make last month’s top 100 list), followed by increases in Hot Topic (+32 spots), Forever 21 (+25 spots), Victoria’s Secret (+22 spots), and Dick’s Sporting Goods (+20 spots).
In terms of the biggest hits in rankings this month, Dairy Queen’s rank continues to dwindle with the warm weather, followed by several Gas Station and Restaurant (QSR and Fast Casual) businesses declining relatively in December. Although holiday travel was predicted to reach the highest level on record this year, Thanksgiving 2016 alone was set to be the busiest for travel in nine years. The rankings show that travel by road was stronger in November than December, as Chevron dropped 12 spots, while Mobil experienced a decrease of ten spots, and BP a decline of nine rankings.
View the full rankings for December here and lookout for the first official top business list of 2017 movers and shakers next month.