All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘ecommerce’

Etsy Adds Express Checkout to iOS App

Etsy Adds Express Checkout to iOS App

Etsy announced that it’s rolling out Express Checkout with Apple Pay on in its iOS app. This lets buyers skip the shopping cart and check out in two steps. The feature became available for signed-in US users on desktop and mobile web last year, but the Apple Pay integration with the app is brand new. “Our strategic priorities include making …

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Shopify Makes All Stores Use SSL Encryption

Shopify Makes All Stores Use SSL Encryption

Shopify announced on Tuesday that it is now ensuring that all pages on all of its over 200,000 online stores can be accessed using SSL encryption. The company says that this will make sure that no data can be intercepted and that it will help merchants build trust. “To make this possible, we’ve issued and set up SSL certificates for …

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Amazon Earnings Out, Sales up 22%

Amazon Earnings Out, Sales up 22%

Amazon just announced its earnings for Q4 with sales up 22% to $35.7 billion. Operating cash flow was up 74% to $11.9 billion over the year with free cash flow up to $7.3 billion. EPS was $1, which was significantly lower than Wall Street expectations. CEO Jeff Bezos said, “Twenty years ago, I was driving the packages to the post …

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eBay Earnings Released, Active Buyer Base Grows 5%

eBay Earnings Released, Active Buyer Base Grows 5%

eBay just reported its earnings for the fourth quarter and full-year 2015. Highlights include gross merchandise volume of $21.9 billion, revenue of $2.3 billion, 5% growth in active buyer base (to 162 million), Non-GAAP and GAAP EPS per diluted share of $0.50 and $0.43, respectively, and a $550 million repurchase of common stock. eBay President and CEO Devin Wenig said, …

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Etsy Launches Shop Videos For Sellers

Etsy Launches Shop Videos For Sellers

Etsy announced the launch of a new feature for sellers called Shop Videos aimed at giving them a new way to give buyers a closer look at their story and what goes into creating their shops and items. The feature is accessible via the Sell on Etsy app. Sellers can upload videos from their phones and share them on social …

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Shopify Just Launched an Ecommerce Marketing Podcast

Shopify Just Launched an Ecommerce Marketing Podcast

Shopify announced the launch of a new ecommerce marketing podcast called Shopfiy Masters. The show features interviews from successful ecommerce entrepreneurs, discussing things they’ve done to build their businesses. The show runs twice a week, hosted by Shopify’s Felix Thea. There are already seven episodes live (via Soundcloud) available to listen to. They generally run between 40 and 60 minutes …

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Amazon Shares Some 2015 Seller Stats

Amazon Shares Some 2015 Seller Stats

Amazon released some stats about how sellers did in 2015. Sellers received orders for over 23 million items on Cyber Monday, and Fulfillment by Amazon delivered over a billion items worldwide throughout the year. Sponsored products grew by over 100% in 2015, Amazon says. “Sponsored Products adoption by sellers worldwide grew more than 100 percent year-over-year as sellers advertised their …

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Small Businesses On What Would Help Them Sell More Online

Small Businesses On What Would Help Them Sell More Online

A study recently released by Assurant Solutions finds that over 40% of small-to-midsize businesses say the reasons they have a hard time competing with larger e-tailers is a lack of product expansion opportunities and IT integration skillset. The survey polled 450 merchants across the United States in an effort to gauge the state of ecommerce for smaller businesses. “SMB merchants …

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Pinterest Buyable Pins Get Big Upgrade in Usefulness

Pinterest Buyable Pins Get Big Upgrade in Usefulness

Pinterest announced the launch of price drop notifications for Buyable Pins. Now, if a Buyable Pin a user has saved drops in price, they’ll get a notification. According to Pinterest, there are already over a million Buyable Pins with reduced prices every day. This added functionality should make this info more visible to interest parties, which should lead to more …

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Squarespace Commerce Mobile App Now A Reality

Squarespace Commerce Mobile App Now A Reality

Squarespace launched Squarespace Commerce nearly three years ago, giving customers a way to manage and sell products on their websites. Now, they’ve finally launched a mobile app for this. With the new Squarespace Commerce app for iOS and Android, you can fulfill orders, manage product inventory, and resolve customer issues from your phone. The app automatically adds a tracking number …

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eBay Gives Sellers A Reminder For Boosting Visibility

eBay Gives Sellers A Reminder For Boosting Visibility

Earlier this year in the Spring Seller Update, eBay announced that it will require product identifiers on multi-variation listings and more categories. As it noted at the time, this would lead to increased search visibility. With the holiday shopping season in full swing, the company is taking the time to remind seller to use the identifiers. In an announcement on …

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IAB Looks At Digital Shopping Habits By Age Group

IAB Looks At Digital Shopping Habits By Age Group

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) released its new Digital Shopping Report finding that younger adults, ages 18 – 34, are more likely to favor smartphones for retail activities than any other age group. “While overall, consumers are more likely to purchase using a tablet (35%) than a smartphone (28%), this younger generation is more inclined to make purchases using their …

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Bing Touts New Features For Holiday Shopping

Bing Touts New Features For Holiday Shopping

Microsoft announced some new tools to help users search for the right gifts and save money on their purchases throughout the holiday season. Its new Edge browser for one provides coupons via a partnership with Shopular. It features over 100 retailers including Macy’s, Target, and Toys “R” Us. When the user visits one of these stores’ sites, they can click …

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2 Million People Have Pinned Black Friday & Cyber Monday Content On Pinterest

2 Million People Have Pinned Black Friday & Cyber Monday Content On Pinterest

Well, it’s just about that time. The biggest shopping days of the year – Black Friday and Cyber Monday – are less than a week away (not to mention Small Business Saturday). Pinterest is sharing some statistics about how its users prepare for these events. Two million people have already saved pins about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it says, …

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The Countries Where Online Shopping Is Biggest

The Countries Where Online Shopping Is Biggest

Expert Market has a new infographic out looking at which countries spend the most money on online shopping. The data is based on Statista’s Digital Market Outlook for ecommerce. “From this we spent time compiling the data for the average revenue per user in each country to rank and compare them,” a spokesperson for Expert Market tells WebProNews. The results …

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dotmailer First Magento Marketing Platform To Get Platinum Technology Partner status.

dotmailer First Magento Marketing Platform To Get Platinum Technology Partner status.

dotdigital’s multichannel marketing automation platform dotmailer has become the first Magento marketing platform to achieve Platinum Technology Partner status. The Platinum Partner program provides for deeper collaboration in different merchant categories, and requires partners to pass strict audits and guidelines to make sure their products are worthy of inclusion. Magento Commerce CEO Mark Lavelle said, “dotdigital, and the dotmailer platform, …

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YouTube Shopping Ads Come To AdWords

YouTube Shopping Ads Come To AdWords

Google announced that TrueView for Shopping and Shopping ads on YouTube are now available in AdWords. The former was announced in May to let businesses run product ads with related videos on YouTube. “TrueView for Shopping campaigns create interactive video ads that highlight the value of your products and drive consideration,” explains Diya Jolly, Director, Video Ads Product Management at …

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New Sello App From Shopify Lets You Take A Picture of Something and Sell It

New Sello App From Shopify Lets You Take A Picture of Something and Sell It

Shopify has a new app called Sello for iOS and Android aimed at making it easier for people to sell things from their mobile devices. The basic concept is that you can just take a picture of something you want to sell, set a price, add a description, and sell via credit card and PayPal. You can share product listings …

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Yahoo Product Ads Launch For Holiday Shopping Season

Yahoo Product Ads Launch For Holiday Shopping Season

Yahoo just announced new Product Ads, which it describes as ” new, comprehensive product offering that allows retailers to reach consumers with high performance search and display ads across mobile, tablet and desktop devices.” “A recent study from Yahoo and Ipsos revealed that 44% of consumers use a search engine as their primary or secondary step when researching holiday gifts, …

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Facebook And Instagram Stats To Consider This Holiday Season

Facebook And Instagram Stats To Consider This Holiday Season

Facebook is sharing some new research from FBIQ about how people are shopping online for the holidays these days. Naturally, they’re also reminding businesses that they have various ads and marketing tools that can help them take advantage of these habits. Do you expect Facebook and/or Instagram to play a significant role in your holiday efforts this year? What specific …

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Mobile And Reviews To Be Big Factors In Shopping This Season?

Mobile And Reviews To Be Big Factors In Shopping This Season?

Social Media Link released some interesting findings based on a survey of 21,000 active social media users. It finds that this holiday season, peer-to-peer online reviews will influence what goes on shoppers’ lists. How big of a role do reviews play in driving your sales? Discuss. 83% of those polled said they discover new products on a monthly basis through …

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Buy Buttons And The Future Of B2B Ecommerce

Buy Buttons And The Future Of B2B Ecommerce

There’s been a lot of news about buy buttons on social sites for the past year or so, particularly on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. In the months ahead, users of these services are likely going to see more and more of the buttons popping up in their feeds. Twitter recently announced that businesses of all sizes can try out the …

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Twitter Holiday Marketing Research Released

Twitter Holiday Marketing Research Released

Twitter is sharing findings from some research it conducted into holiday marketing on the platform in an effort to provide retailers with some advice on how to engage shoppers. According to the company, holiday shopping-related buzz surges by an average of 83% between the hours of 8pm and 12am throughout the season, and by 87% on Sundays in November when …

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Alibaba Group Earnings Impress, Revenue Jumps 32%

Alibaba Group Earnings Impress, Revenue Jumps 32%

Alibaba Group reported its financial results for the quarter ended September 30 on Tuesday, beating Wall Street expectations as its revenue jumped 32% to $3.5 billion. EPS was $0.57. Gross merchandise volume (GMV), which refers to the total sales value for merchandise sold, was particularly good at $112 billion, up $25 billion from the same period last year. The company …

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Etsy ASAP Lets Users Get Same-Day Delivery

Etsy ASAP Lets Users Get Same-Day Delivery

Etsy announced the launch of Etsy ASAP as a limited pilot in areas of New York City, giving shoppers the ability to have items delivered on the same or next day for a flat fee of $20. “This pilot, slated to run through the holiday season, arrives on the heels of the new Etsy Local mobile experience, which helps shoppers …

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Etsy Manufacturing Opened Up To Etsy Designers

Etsy Manufacturing Opened Up To Etsy Designers

Etsy announced that it is launching Etsy Manufacturing in beta for Etsy designers. The offering will let designers connect with the manufacturing community as announced last month. In September, Etsy announced the launch of the Etsy Manufacturing Marketplace and invited manufacturing businesses and individual makers to apply for that. The company works with its seller community to build “responsible partnerships.” …

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New Facebook Feature To Help You Get Products In Front Of People

New Facebook Feature To Help You Get Products In Front Of People

Facebook is serious about becoming a major destination for people who want to purchase things. If this hasn’t already been abundantly clear from the various ad and Page features it has introduced over the past year, it certainly is now. On Monday, Facebook announced a new shopping feature where users will be able to see things to buy from both …

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Facebook Messenger Pairs Users With Professionals With New Pro.com Integration

Facebook Messenger Pairs Users With Professionals With New Pro.com Integration

It’s been a big year for Facebook Messenger, which continues its transition from a simple instant messaging app to a platform for business and more. A new partnership with Pro.com will now even let users tap Messenger to get instant pricing and appointment scheduling with home professionals. Pro.com announced the launch of a new mobile messaging service called Tex-a-Pro, which …

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Buyable Pins On Pinterest Get Big Expansion

Buyable Pins On Pinterest Get Big Expansion

Earlier this year, Pinterest announced Buyable Pins as a “simple and secure” way for users to buy products right on Pinterest. This week at the Shop.org 2015 Digital Summit, the company announced the addition of new platform integrations and the availability of the feature to many more merchants. Do you plan on taking advantage of Buyable Pins on Pinterest? Do …

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Google Merchant Center Adds Shopping Assortment Report

Google Merchant Center Adds Shopping Assortment Report

Google announced the addition of a new Shopping Assortment Report in Google Merchant Center aimed at helping merchants plan their product assortments so they can reach more shoppers online. The report shows you the top 100 products that you don’t already offer in your product feed for each Google Product Category. It also displays benchmark selling prices for said products. …

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