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Yelp Finds 64% of Americans Plan to Shop Local This Holiday
Local Shoppers Will Spend Nearly $40 Billion with Local Independent Retailers

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Yelp Inc. (NYSE:YELP), the company that connects consumers with great local businesses, today announced the results of a survey predicting how Americans will spend their money with independent retailers this holiday season.  The survey found that 64% of Americans say they plan to shop at local businesses this holiday season, and millennials (age 18 - 34) are the largest likely group of local holiday season shoppers, with nearly seven in ten (69%) reporting they plan to shop at independent retailers. Local shoppers plan to spend an average of $258 each on gifts at local businesses in the U.S., totaling nearly $40 billion1 spent at independent retailers in November and December of 2015. The national survey of 2,016 adults age 18+ was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Yelp in September.

Source, Yelp Inc.

"Most people don't realize that the largest category of reviewed businesses on Yelp is shopping and so we've seen these local retail trends developing for years," said Jeremy Stoppelman, Co-Founder and CEO of Yelp. "We're encouraged to hear that a majority of Americans plan to shop at local businesses this holiday season, and that younger consumers are especially motivated to spend money on Main Street."

When asked what motivates local shoppers to spend their money at independent retailers, two thirds (67%) of likely local holiday shoppers said they shop local to find unique gifts, over half (55%) said supporting the local economy motivates them to shop at small businesses, and 44% said they are motivated by the convenience of shopping local. Those who say they do not plan to shop at local independent businesses for the holidays cite lack of competitive prices (31%) as the top reason.

By Thanksgiving, 36% of Americans who will shop for gifts this holiday season say they will have started holiday shopping, and by Small Business Saturday, November 28th, more than half of holiday shoppers (52%) will have started shopping for the holidays. The survey also shows that 1 in 2 Americans (53%) plan to purchase experience-based gifts at local retailers this year, including restaurant gift certificates (34%), theater or movie tickets (18%) and salon or spa gift cards (17%). 

"Right now, 71% of searches on Yelp are being conducted via mobile, meaning millions of consumers are looking for information about great local businesses on the go," Stoppelman said. "Yelp provides a terrific platform to help small businesses capture part of this year's projected $40 billion spent on gift-giving for their local communities."

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Methodology
This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Yelp from September 18-22, 2015 among 2,016 adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact press@yelp.com.

About Yelp
Yelp Inc. (NYSE: YELP) connects people with great local businesses. Yelp was founded in San Francisco in July 2004. Since then, Yelp communities have taken root in major metros across 32 countries. By the end of Q3 2015, Yelpers had written approximately 90 million rich, local reviews, making Yelp the leading local guide for real word-of-mouth on everything from boutiques and mechanics to restaurants and dentists. Approximately 89 million unique visitors visited Yelp via their mobile device on a monthly average basis during Q3 2015**. Approximately 79 million unique visitors visited Yelp via their desktop on a monthly average basis during Q3 2015. For more information, please visit http://www.yelp.com or send an email to press@yelp.com.

** Average monthly mobile unique visitors based on the number of unique visitors accessing Yelp via mobile web and unique devices accessing the app on a monthly average basis over a given three-month period.

About Harris Poll
Over the last 5 decades, Harris Polls have become media staples. With comprehensive experience and precise technique in public opinion polling, along with a proven track record of uncovering consumers' motivations and behaviors, The Harris Poll has gained strong brand recognition around the world. The Harris Poll offers a diverse portfolio of proprietary client solutions to transform relevant insights into actionable foresight for a wide range of industries including health care, technology, public affairs, energy, telecommunications, financial services, insurance, media, retail, restaurant, and consumer packaged goods. Contact us for more information.

1 Based on 234.6 million American adults (according to US 2010 Census) multiplied by 64% of Americans planning to shop local multiplied by average spend of $258 = $38.7 Billion

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