All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘E-commerce’

Google Reportedly Acquiring

Google is reportedly acquiring for over $100 million. According to Michael Arrington, the companies are in the final stages of the deal, based on word from "multiple sources".

At first glance, looks like your ordinary, run of the mill e-commerce site, but the technology behind it has apparently caught Google’s eye.

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Why Amazon, Google and Facebook Will Drive More Online Sales for Businesses

A couple weeks ago, Amazon launched a new feature that lets users tap into their Facebook network. Users can find recommendations from friends, see upcoming birthdays and their friends’ wishlists, find gift ideas based on Facebook profiles or get purchase ideas from profiles based on friends with similar interests. This has the potential to be very powerful, and might in fact be indicative of how social media will drive e-commerce going forward. 

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eBay Launches “Bucks” Rewards Program in the U.S.

eBay has launched a rewards program called eBay Bucks, which is free and open to all U.S. eBay users. Consumers can get 2% back on most items purchased through eBay’s Marketplace with PayPal.

The program was previously available in beta, but now it’s widely available. Users will get reward certificates at the beginning of each calendar quarter for the amount of eBay Bucks accumulated in the previous quarter. You have 30 days to spend the eBay bucks. They will be automatically applied to purchases upon checkout.

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Visa Launches New Comparison Shopping Tool Called RightCliq

Visa has released a new online shopping tool called Rightcliq which lets users bookmark products on shopping sites, add notes, and add them to a "wishspace". The company touts it as a tool that improves the way you browse and compare products.

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Google Launches New Product Search Ad Format with Product Extensions

Google has announced a new advertising format for Google Merchant Center users. The format is based on the product extensions AdWords format that lets advertisers add specific product listings.

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Apple Packs New Version of Safari with Extensions

Apple released the latest version of its Safari web browser today, version 5.0.1. The release comes with Safari Extensions and the Safari Extensions Gallery.

While extensions became available in Safari 5 lat month for developers, the gallery makes them available to users. A few organizations that have already created extensions for the browser include: Amazon, Bing, Major League Baseball, the New York Times, and Twitter.

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Amazon Launches Potentially Powerful Facebook Integration

Amazon has launched a new feature in beta, which lets you tap into your Facebook network. The feature says it lets you, "Connect to Facebook to get Amazon recommendations for you and discover your friends’ Favorites and Likes".

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Booyah Launches Check-Ins for Products in MyTown

Booyah, one of the companies gaining buzz in the check-in service space, has announced a new product check-in feature for its MyTown game/service.

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Email Still Beats Social Networks for E-Commerce

A new report from Econsultancy suggests that email still beats social networks when it comes to marketing for e-commerce. The report says that over a third (37%) of consumers don’t use a social networking site, and that those who have become a "fan" or "friend" of a company or brand online are still in the minority.

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Amazon’s Earnings Show Kindle Doing Very Well for the Company

Amazon sold three times as many Kindle books in the first half of 2010 as it did in the first half of 2009.  It was revealed earlier this week that Amazon is now selling more Kindle books than hardcover books. This was reiterated in the company’s earnings announcement today.

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Amazon Announces Q2 Sales of $6.57 billion

Amazon announced its second quarter earnings today. Net sales were up 41% at $6.57 billion, compared with $4.65 billion in the second quarter of ’09.

"Excluding the $48 million unfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter, net sales would have grown 42% compared with second quarter 2009," the company said.

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Barnes & Noble Looks to Build Digital Libraries, Gives Classic Books Away

Barnes & Noble is encouraging customers to build their own personal digital libraries with a promotion called Barnes & Noble Classics.

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eBay Talks Upcoming Updates for Sellers

eBay announced its upcoming seller updates for the fall. eBay’s Dinesh Lathi says the updates will help sellers take advantage of increased holiday traffic, maximize sales, and streamline their operations. "As promised, we’re continuing to consolidate changes that impact your selling into two or three releases per year with lead time to adapt," he says.

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eBay Turns to Microsoft for Cloud Computing

Microsoft and eBay made a joint announcement this morning, declaring that eBay will be one of Microsoft’s first customers for its Windows Azure cloud computing platform appliance. eBay will incorporate Azure into two of its data centers.

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eBay Ends AdCommerce PPC Ads on and

Starting on August 4th, eBay will be retiring its AdCommerce placements on and It will continue to offer the service in Europe and Australia.

This is a program that allowed eBay sellers to purchase pay-per-click ads on search result pages linking to their eBay stores and listings.

Did you use AdCommerce ads? What do you think of eBay’s decision to end the serrvice? Share your thoughts here.

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PayPal X Platform Toolkit Available for Google App Engine

PayPal is offering a new open source toolkit for Google App Engine that lets you integrate Java apps running on App Engine with the new PayPal Adaptive Payments API. The Adaptive Payments API lets developers embed payments into their apps, services, and platforms.

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Accept Payments from Your Laptop with Android Payment Extension for Google Checkout

Google has a new Android Payment Extension for the Google Checkout Store Gadget. This allows people to make purchases with their phones, and would be helpful to merchants who wish to accept credit cards.

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Bonanzle Enables Facebook and Google Log-in

Bonanzle announced that it is now supporting Facebook and Google as methods of logging in to the site. This could go a long way in increasing usage of the site.

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Alibaba Buys Vendio, Gains 80,000 eBay, Amazon Sellers has announced its acquisition of Vendio, a multi-channel e-commerce company offering solutions for small businesses that let them sell through channels such as eBay, Amazon, and their own Vendio-supported stores.

Through the acquisition, Alibaba is gaining access to over 80,000 targeted small businesses in the U.S. and can direct them to Alibaba’s own Aliexpress wholesale transaction platform.

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Visa Launches its PayPal Competitor in Australia

Last month we saw MasterCard make a move to start gunning for PayPal. Now it’s Visa. Visa has launched a new payments service called PayClick in Australia, but reportedly has "a view" for global markets.

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Amazon Against Post Office Ending Saturday Mail Delivery. Netflix Ok With it.

As you may know, there is talk that the U.S. Postal Service could end mail delivery on Saturdays. Internet companies that ship items to consumers don’t all have the same opinion on this matter, as is evidenced by comments from Amazon and Netflix.

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What Coupon Searchers are Looking For

Retailers generated nearly $31 million in online coupon sales through in May, according to the site. That’s over a 42% increase compared to the same time last year, and that’s just through RetailMeNot.

The company has released a report looking at coupon usage and search behavior in the month of May. RetailMeNot says it’s in a unique position to track trends in the coupon industry, as it is the most highly trafficked coupon site and the only site with over 450,000 coupons for both online and in-store offers.

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Shopping search site TheFind announced today that it has overtaken Yahoo Shopping as the #2 site in the category (comparison shopping engines), citing comScore‘s numbers.

TheFind also says it has grown by 175% year-over-year according to ChannelAdvisor.

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Newspapers Launch eBay Competitor Boocoo to Help Boost Revenues

Over 300 newspapers have joined together with Ranger Data Technologies to launch a new online auction site called Boocoo that would compete with eBay, and hopefully boost newspapers’ revenues. The auction site puts an emphasis on local auctions.

Could an online auction site help newspapers in the revenue department? Tell us what you think.

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Google Introduces New Version of Commerce Search

Google has announced the launch of Commerce Search 2.0 for retailers in the United States and the United Kingdom. This is a new version that the company says provides a better online experience for shoppers, as well as greater control, while providing immediate ROI for retailers.

Google Commerce Search originally launched back in November. It was kind of like Google Site Search, specifically tailored to e-commerce and product sites. 

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PayPal Announces First Collaboration with Government Agency on Mobile Commerce

Update:  When asked about PayPal pursuing other collaborations wtih government agencies, Anuj Nayar, the director of globalcommunications at PayPal, tells us:

Our mobile strategy in Asia Pacific covers 5 areas:

1. Provide consumers with a simple, fast, secure checkout experience on the mobile phone.

2. Provide merchants with an easy integration of their online shopping site with the mobile phone.

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eBay Lets Buyers Filter Seller Feedback by Negative and Positive

eBay is giving users a new option for looking at feedback on sellers. They can now filter the feedback to look at just negative, positive or neutral. eBay’s announcement says:

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Are Credit Card Payments the Biggest Obstacle to Mobile Commerce?

Retrevo has provided us with some results from a recent survey looking at consumer behavior with regard to making purchases using mobile phones. Based on these findings, it appears credit cards may be getting in the way.

Key findings include:

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Amazon Launches New WebStore E-Commerce Product

Today Amazon launched a new WebStore product, which lets retailers build sites around Amazon’s e-commerce platform. Those who use the product can give customers an Amazon-like online shopping experience, with minimal, actual Amazon branding.

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PayPal Partners with Malaysia’s Largest Mobile Provider

PayPal announced today that it has entered a strategic partnership with Maxis Berhad, the largest mobile operator in Malaysia. The two companies will offer online and mobile payment solutions to Maxis customers, of which there are over 12 million.

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Amazon iPad App Now Available

Amazon announced the launch of its official iPad app today. It’s now available in Apple’s App Store.

"Following the launch of the Amazon App for iPhone and iPod touch, we’ve used our customers’ feedback to help us build a fun and intuitive shopping destination on the iPad," says Director of Amazon Mobile Sam Hall. "This application offers customers a unique, interactive experience that takes full advantage of the visual and tactile nature of the iPad."

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Yelp Facebook Implementation Exposes Security Concerns

If privacy concerns weren’t enough to get people thinking about deleting their Facebook accounts, they also have security concerns to consider. As Facebook takes over the web, user information goes with it. One can only imagine the potential threats that are lurking around the corner.

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Popular eBay Competitor Bonanzle Gets Funding to Improve Service

We’ve run several stories on e-commerce site Bonanzle in the past. If you’re unfamiliar with it, it’s a site where many disgruntled eBay users turned for an alternative place to sell their goods. Last year, it reached a million listings in 6 months and was voted the best eBay alternative according to Growth continued from there, with the company surpassing 100,000 registered users in September, representing 5,000% growth in a year. 

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Getting More Facebook Fans and Monetizing Them

It seems like Facebook is controlling more and more of users’ online time, and that doesn’t appear to be on pace to change anytime soon. Facebook is already on the path to controlling more content, online retail, and online identification, and who knows what all announcements we’ll see come out of the company’s F8 developer conference this week?

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Amazon Hopes to Drive 3D Sales Via Consumer Education

Amazon has taken the initiative to educate consumers about 3D technology for the home, so it can sell more products that fall into that category. Still, for the home 3D technology space at large, this may prove to be a helpful act, as Amazon obviously plays a huge role in retail.

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Are You Wrong About What it Takes to Get Conversions?

SeeWhy has released an eBook with an interesting premise for online retailers. It looks at how the top 10 converting e-commerce sites drive their website conversions. The main takeaway, a representative for SeeWhy tells WebProNews is that "the top 10 converting e-commerce sites, on average, convert roughly 10 times as many visitors into customers as the typical site — 23 percent vs. 2-3 percent."

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How Absorbed by Facebook is the Web Going to Get?

Facebook’s developer conference F8 doesn’t begin until Wednesday, but there is already plenty of news about the company’s plans coming out, and those plans reportedly involve Facebook consuming even more of your web experience.

Are you comfortable with Facebook dominating more of your online experience? Tell us what you think.


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Increasing Conversions Doesn’t Come From Slowing Things Down

I probably don’t have to tell you that time is valuable, but is this something you are considering when it comes to your customers’ time?

If you run an e-commerce business, you have to consider that consumers want to spend as little time on your site as possible. That’s not to say that they don’t want to buy from you. They just want to be able to do so quickly, and the more time you make them spend on the buying process, the less likely they are to actually buy from you (remember – the competition may only be a click away).

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eBay’s New Google Gadget for “Social Shopping”

eBay has introduced a new Google Friend Connect gadget called eBay Social Shopping, which lets publishers add "social shopping" to their sites. It lets users browse eBay right from the gadget on the site "almost" as if they were on eBay itself.

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Is Facebook Going to Change the Face of E-Commerce?

Over the years, Facebook has grown into much more than a social network, including a place to shop. More and more brands are placing product listings on their Facebook Pages, a phenomenon, we’ve discussed more than once within the last week or so.

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Which Payment Platform Will Dominate Mobile?

A recent study found that consumers are getting more comfortable with mobile shopping, and you best believe that will only continue, as people continue to spend more of their web time on their phones. So as everybody reaches for their mobile devices to make payments, which platforms are they going to use?

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Selling Through Facebook Doesn’t Mean Spamming Your Fans

Small businesses are getting more and more opportunities to get some real use out of Facebook. For example, AT&T’s has created a way for brick and mortars to get some positive recommendations through Facebook users’ news feeds.

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Facebook E-Commerce: What Online Retailers Have Been Looking For?

Facebook has over 400 million active users. In the U.S. Facebook surpassed Google as the top site about a week and a half ago in terms of visits for a week. Consider that consumers are getting more comfortable with online shopping from their mobile device, and that social media (at least in significant part), is driving mobile usage.

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eBay Sellers Have New European Markets to Consider

eBay has expanded into six new European markets by adding new sites in Russia, Czech Republic, Greece, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. Shoppers in these countries now have eBay sites that actually cater to their local needs. That accounts for about 180 million shoppers, according to the company.

"The good news for sellers is that these buyers will be directed to listings on which may help increase sales for businesses that offer international shipping," eBay says.

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Consumers Getting More Comfortable with Mobile Shopping

As you know, smartphone usage is on the rise, and that means more opportunities for businesses to sell to customers via their mobile devices. We often hear about how important mobile is to the marketing strategy and especially future strategies, but how much are consumers really into shopping from their phones?

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Google Checkout Gift Messaging Gets Some Changes

Google Checkout’s Advanced Buyer Messaging (gift messaging) feature has been taken out of beta. This feature, which was released over a year ago lets Google Checkout customers add gift messages, add additional instructions, and request gift receipts.

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eBay Sees 16% Revenue Increase for the Fourth Quarter

eBay has reported its financial results for the fourth quarter, and with revenue for the quarter at $2.4 billion, up 16% from the same period in 2008. That includes revenue of $112.0 million from Skype for the period that eBay fully owned it. Excluding Skype from the fourth quarter of 2008 and the fourth quarter of 2009, revenue growth would have been 19%.

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Top 15 Things You Loved to Talk About in 2009

Just as we did at the end of 2008, we have gone back through our entire archive for the year 2009 and picked out the articles that received the most conversation from our readers. As we approach the new year, we thought it would be fun to go back and reflect on some of the things that got people talking in the one that’s wrapping up.

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