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Facebook Reportedly Readying New Payment Service Facebook Reportedly Readying New Payment Service

Facebook has dabbled in online payments for years, but news out of Europe indicates that the company is working on becoming an “e-money” institution in Ireland, and has been in discussion with various companies in London about money transfer services. …

This Video Explores How Color Affects Online Shopping Behavior This Video Explores How Color Affects Online Shopping Behavior

BrainCraft has a new video out looking at how color affects our emotions, and how it relates to our online shopping habits. Something to think about when designing your product pages. Image via YouTube

Few Top Web-Only Retailers Are Using Responsive Design Few Top Web-Only Retailers Are Using Responsive Design

The Search Agency looked at the top 100 web-only retailers based on Internet Retailer’s Top 500 list of e-commerce sites in order to evaluate how they’re handling mobile. Specifically, they wanted to see if these sites are more mobile-ready than …

Report Finds Consumers Making Purchases More Quickly Report Finds Consumers Making Purchases More Quickly

Parago has a new report out indicating that consumers are shopping across channels more quickly than ever before, thanks to brick-and-mortar, online, mobile and social channels enabling them to quickly find good deals which can be be taken advantage of …

What You Should Do For Google On Product Pages For Products That Are No Longer Available What You Should Do For Google On Product Pages For Products That Are No Longer Available

Google has a new “Webmaster Help” video out, which many ecommerce businesses may find useful. Head of webspam Matt Cutts discusses what to do on your product pages for products that are no longer available. Specifically, he answers this user-submitted …

Pinterest Just Made Shopping Easier Pinterest Just Made Shopping Easier

Pinterest has launched a new “Gifts” feed among the rest of its categories. The feed is meant specifically to get products that are actually for sale in front of users. The company calls it a “work-in-progress,” so we’ll likely see …

Google Wallet Now Keeps Track Of Your Recent Orders Google Wallet Now Keeps Track Of Your Recent Orders

Google has added a new feature to Google Wallet, which automatically keeps track of users’ online purchases. It appears on the Android and iOS apps. It will also notify you about the status of your orders. “Once you activate Orders …

AdWords API Gets Support For Shopping Campaigns AdWords API Gets Support For Shopping Campaigns

Google announced that the AdWords API is now available for all Shopping Campaigns to help you create and manage them at scale. The company says it is currently working with external agencies and search management platforms to add Shopping Campaign …

eBay Launches ‘Smart Hashtags’ For Social Commerce eBay Launches ‘Smart Hashtags’ For Social Commerce

eBay announced the launch of Smart Hashtags on Wednesday. Users can click on the share widget on a product, guide or other page to share to Twitter or Pinterest, and a box pops up with a shareable link, a text …

2014: The Year Affiliate Marketing Grows Up 2014: The Year Affiliate Marketing Grows Up

Affiliate marketing is stagnant and ripe for innovation. In-content “affiliate” or “performance” marketing — driving traffic through product links embedded in original content — is one of the oldest business models on the web and it has barely changed in …

Square Pickup Lets You Place Orders With Square-Using Restaurants Square Pickup Lets You Place Orders With Square-Using Restaurants

Square is testing a new app called Square Pickup, available by invitation only. The app reportedly lets users order food from restaurants who use Square, and is testing with “several San Francisco restaurants”. Presumably it would be used with non-restaurant …

Google Adds Channel Intelligence DoubleClick Search Integration Google Adds Channel Intelligence DoubleClick Search Integration

Google announced on Monday that DoubleClick Search will now integrate feed management and optimization capabilities from Channel Intelligence, with the first step coming in the form of an add-on to the DoubleClick Search Commerce Suite. The add-on combines Channel Intelligence’s …

Etsy Aims To Help Sellers By Giving Buyers Custom Recommendations Etsy Aims To Help Sellers By Giving Buyers Custom Recommendations

Etsy announced this week that it is making some changes to make the shopping experience better for customers, which will in turn positively affect sellers. Etsy’s Heather Burkman says one such change is through custom recommendations. She talks about a …

Check Out What eBay Can Do Now That It Owns PhiSix Check Out What eBay Can Do Now That It Owns PhiSix

eBay announced that it has acquired computer graphics company PhiSix, which creates 3D models of clothing from photos, pattern files and other sources. These graphics, according to the company, can simulate the actual behavior of the clothes, so people can …

eBay Sellers Speak Out Against Business Policies eBay Sellers Speak Out Against Business Policies

eBay sellers have become frustrated with a feature the site has been automatically turning on for their stores. eBay announced Business Policies nearly two years ago. The feature amounts to a set of custom settings for shipping, return and payment …

Business Owner Details Getting ‘Screwed By Square’ Business Owner Details Getting ‘Screwed By Square’
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Alex Shvartsman runs a small store called Kings Games in Brooklyn as well as its e-commerce counterpart. He’s been a longtime Square Reader user, and was an early adopter of Square Market, the company’s online storefront for small businesses. “I’ve …

Amazon Enters Video Ad Deal With FreeWheel Amazon Enters Video Ad Deal With FreeWheel

Video ad tech provider FreeWheel announced a partnership with Amazon, which will see it powering the e-commerce giant’s video ad platform. Amazon users will see more game trailers, movie trailers, how-to videos and other video content appear across various product …

Amazon Reportedly Has Kindle Checkout System, P2P Payments Offering On The Way Amazon Reportedly Has Kindle Checkout System, P2P Payments Offering On The Way

Late last year, Amazon acquired some technology and engineers from PoS solutions company Gopago. This was reportedly a catalyst for what will soon become a new Kindle-based checkout system for physical retailers as well as a PayPal-like P2P payments service. …

You May Soon Be Able To Buy And Sell Products Directly On Twitter You May Soon Be Able To Buy And Sell Products Directly On Twitter
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Soon, businesses may be able to sell products directly on Twitter as the company is reportedly in the final stages of making a deal with payments startup Stripe. This according to Re/Code, citing people familiar with the deal, which is …

2013 Was A Huge Year For Amazon Marketplace 2013 Was A Huge Year For Amazon Marketplace
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Amazon announced on Thursday that 2013 was a record-setting year for Amazon Marketplace sellers, and that it now has over 2 million of them. Throughout the year, sellers sold over a billion units worldwide, worth tens of billions of dollars, …

Olivia Wilde Helps Others By Being Consciously Fashionable Olivia Wilde Helps Others By Being Consciously Fashionable
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Olivia Wilde, 29, is taking Hollywood philanthropy to another level. The “Cowboys and Aliens” actress, who is also a first-time mom-to-be, has been working on elevating a benevolent online business that blends charity and fashion into one. Conscious Commerce, also …