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Digital Music Sales To Rise Dramatically In The Next 5 Years

A new study by JupiterResearch, a Forrester Research company, predicts that digital music will grow from the current 18% to 41% of total sales in 5 years. Researchers credited stores like Amazon and the transition to mp3′s which make downloads portable for some of the increase.

Online Sales Are Down, But Are They Out?

It’s officially over folks. We are going back to slide rules and abacuses. Throw away your computers because there is a report that in the first 23 days of November online sales overall is off – gulp- 4%. That’s right 4%.

The Art of Selling Now

Forrester Research recently hosted a "Sales Enablement" roundtable, which featured sales and marketing executives from technology companies like Intel, NetApp, Borland, Informatica, Sun, Interwoven, Microchip, Renesas, Juniper Networks, Trend Micro, and Thoughtworks.

How Does Slow Load Time Affect You?

In a world where more and more households are connected to the internet, bandwidth is becoming an issue and brownouts have been predicted to occur in the next few years. With the strain on the infrastructure of the internet this makes having an efficient, fast loading website all that much more important.

Why Sex Sells, Online or Off
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Sometimes you have to be careful not to too broadly apply the results of a study. In this case, I’m not sure if I can help it. Just call me out (as you often do) in the comments if you think I’ve done so. Two recent studies showed a strong correlation between sex hormones and monetary risks.

And that kind of explains everything. Like…

MacBook Air Not Selling All That Well
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Only Apple knows exactly how many MacBook Airs it expected to sell, and thus, only Apple knows whether current figures are disappointing.  Still, new findings suggest that people are doing more looking than buying, and that by year’s end, transactions involving the Air will account for only 16 percent of Mac sales.

Monster’s President Of Global Sales Prepares To Go

As the economy tanks, it’s likely that we’ll have to write about more and more people getting fired from their jobs.  Luckily, Steve Pogorzelski, Monster.com’s executive vice president of global sales and customer development, appears to be leaving under better conditions.

‘Tis The Season For Price Gouging
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Call it a consequence of the free market, the law of supply and demand, or just good old-fashioned opportunism. I’ll leave the ethics debate up to you. After all, is it really any different than selling Guitar Hero III for $9,000?

How Not To Do A Sales Call
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Sales isn’t an easy gig. Cold calls can be a pain. But there’s an art to the sales call which involves knowing how to build rapport with a lead. It also involves not calling your lead "stupid." 

ONS: UK Internet Sales Increasing

Want the newest figures relating to Internet sales in the UK?  Well, they’re not very fresh, but we have ‘em: the Office for National Statistics (ONS) says that the value of sales was up by 29.1 percent in 2006.

Online Consumer Reviews Drive Offline Sales

Internet users who read online reviews are willing to spend around 20 percent more for services receiving an "Excellent," or 5-star, rating than for the same service receiving a "Good," or 4-star, rating, according to a new study from comScore.

Can Digital Sales Save The Music Industry?

Digital music spending in the U.S. will comprise over a third of consumer music purchases by 2012, but will not make up for lost CD sales during that time according to a new report from JupiterResearch, "US Music Forecast, 2007-2012."

Wii Sales Strong, Supplies Short

Nintendo holiday sales of the Wii game console are off to a "fantastic start" according to a top executive with the company.

Amazon Affiliates Burned at the Stake
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Whilst the blogosphere has been ranting or raving about Amazon’s new Kindle Ebook reader, I have been sleeping on the idea.

Gearing up for Holiday Sales

Have you heard of “Cyber Monday”? Boomers are a driving force in comparison shopping engines.

Why is this important? How is social media marketing an essential tool behind holiday gift buying? What type of revenue increase are e-commerce engines estimating within the holiday season? Some interesting questions not to say the least and valuable information for any e commerce owner. I have put together some interesting marketing charts and trend analysis for your viewing pleasure.

U.S. Video Game Sales Hit $1.1 Billion

Market research firm NPD is reporting that U.S. sales of video game hardware and software increased 73 percent in October.

Total sales reached $1.1 billion, compared with $643 million a year earlier. The Nintendo Wii console moved back into the top spot as the best selling console. Nintendo sold 519,000 Wiis, Microsoft sold 366,000 Xbox 360 consoles and Sony sold 121,000 of its PlayStation 3 consoles.

Online Holiday Sales To Reach $39 Billion

U.S. online holiday retail sales will reach over $39 billion in 2007, an increase of 20 percent over last year’s holiday season, according to a JupiterResearch report "U.S. Online Retail Holiday Forecast, 2007."

More Payment Options Increase Online Sales

Online retailers are accepting more forms of alternative payments from shoppers in an effort to ease fears about online fraud according to a new report from payments processor CyberSource.

Tiffany Smacks eBay Over Counterfeit Sales

One of the most exclusive brands on the planet considers eBay an enabler of sales of thousands of fake Tiffany items, which Tiffany considers trademark infringement.

Hollywood Writers Strike For Internet Dollars
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Film and TV writers are striking for the first time in almost twenty years after the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers were unable to reach an agreement.

Best Buy PR Smarts & ChargeCarte Customer Disservice

It’s been so long since I’ve done a Goofus and Gallant post that I’ll remind everyone we point to marketing and PR stories that demonstrate how to and how not to.

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