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Amazon, Apple Had A Great Black Friday Amazon, Apple Had A Great Black Friday

By all early reports, this year’s Black Friday was a huge day for the retail community. And it was an enormous day for online sales. comScore’s report said that Black Friday online sales totaled a whopping $816 million – a …

Black Friday Online Sales Jumped 26 Percent Black Friday Online Sales Jumped 26 Percent
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Black Friday online sales jumped over 26 percent this year, according to a report from comScore. Led by Amazon.com, online sales reached $816 million, making it the biggest spending day online so far in 2011. Just to put it in …

Black Friday Deals At Apple Stores: Macs, iPads, iPods, and Accessories Black Friday Deals At Apple Stores: Macs, iPads, iPods, and Accessories
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Yesterday, announcements for a Black Friday sale began popping up on Apple’s sites in the U.S., UK, Australia and many more locations. It was pretty non-specific, simply saying that a one-day event was to take place on November 25th, and …

Black Friday Deals Come To Apple Online Store Black Friday Deals Come To Apple Online Store
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UPDATE: Leaked flyers show what the actual discounts will look like. Apple has officially jumped into the pool of companies that will offers deals this Friday, November 25th – or as shoppers and retailers lovingly call it, Black Friday. The …

Apple’s New Retail App To Enable In-Store Pickups, Self Checkouts Apple’s New Retail App To Enable In-Store Pickups, Self Checkouts
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An all new Apple retail store app is coming on Thursday, and with it will come two major changes in the way Apple customers interact with the Apple Store. According to BGR, the new app will bring easy in-store pickup …

eBay Pays $200 Million to Acquire Brands4friends [Update]
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Update: eBay just announced that it has completed the acquisition. 

Gawker Attack Sends Ripples Throughout the Web
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I can’t remember the last time we’ve seen so many hacking (and related) stories in the news, particularly in which so many big name brands were affected in such a short amount of time. Last week, of course the big stories were about "Anonymous" taking down MasterCard, Visa, PayPal, etc. 

Jackson Hewitt Offering Online Discount Shopping
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 Tax preparer Jackson Hewitt has launched an online Discount Shopping Network that offers cash back rewards from more than 800 retailers, including Target, Sears, Kmart, Best Buy and Staples.

The Discount Shopping Network is part of the first phase of the company’s roll-out of “MyTaxManager,” a new online tax management tool.

Bing Shopping Gets Improved Product Category Navigation

Bing has made added some enhancements to Bing Shopping with the goal of making it easier for people to browse merchandise by category and sub-category, or as Bing describes it, by "browsing visual aisles like you would in the real-world". 

Facebook Proving to Be an Excellent E-Commerce Tool For the Holidays
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If you had any question about whether or not Facebook can be effective for e-commerce, you might be interested in new data the company has shared with us regarding the time period from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. 

Cyber Monday Attracting More Than 100 Million Americans
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More than 106.9 million Americans plan to shop online today during Cyber Monday, up significantly from the 96.5 million who shopped on the same day last year, according to a new survey by Bigresearch conducted for Shop.org.

A survey released last week found that nearly nine in ten (88.2%) retailers will have a special promotion for Cyber Monday, growing each year since 2007, when 72.2 percent planned promotions.

 

Americans Still Abandoning Online Purchases Due To Security
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Nearly two-thirds (64%) of  Americans have not made an online purchase because of security concerns, according to a new poll by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA).

Google Launches Resource to Prepare Retailers for Holidays

Google has launched a new site called "ThinkHoliday", which counts down the days until Christmas, and provides information for businesses and marketers that will help them prepare for the holidays. According to the site, 71% of consumers have started researching their holiday purchases, and 89% of them have started shopping online.

Brick and Mortar Retailers Will Benefit from Online Inventory Listing
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Earlier this month, Google announced that it was making public its documentation for Local Shopping inventory for Google Merchant Center. This is a feature that lets retailers let consumers know about what they have in stock. Milo.com is another site that based upon a similar principle, and it’s doing pretty well. 

Google: Consumers Rely on Search Engines Over Social for Product Searches
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Google pointed to some stats from PowerReviews and the e-tailing group this week, which show that search still largely dominates as the source used to begin a product search by consumers. 

According to these findings, 57% start with a search engine. 20% view a brand’s site. 18% research at a retailer. 3% use social network sites, and 2% pose a question on Twitter (it’s unclear whether Twitter is counted in the social network sites category).  

eBay Bucks Moves Out Of Beta
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eBay said today it is launching its first-ever rewards program called eBay Bucks.

Any eBay user who lives in the U.S. and is a registered member of the site can participate in the eBay Bucks program. eBay Bucks offers shoppers 2 percent back on most items purchased through the site with PayPal.

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

Visa Launches New Comparison Shopping Tool Called RightCliq
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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.

Bing Brings Social Experience to Shopping Results
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Microsoft has added a new social sharing feature to Bing Shopping, which lets people share products with members of their social circle via Facebook, Twitter, or email. "Folks can now ask for input before they make that important purchase," a representative for Bing tells WebProNews.

Online Research Still Key Tool For Consumers
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Online research continues to play a key role in consumer shopping behavior, according to a new study from the e-tailing group and PowerReviews.

The 2010 Social Shopping Study surveyed over 1,000 consumers who shop at least 4 times per year and spend $250 or more annually online, to understand their motivations and preferences about online product research and customer reviews.

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