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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.

Free Shipping To Drive Online Holiday Sales

Expect to see plenty of free shipping offers this holiday season, the most common shipping promotion will be free shipping with conditions, according to the 2007 eHoliday study conducted by BizRate Research for Shop.org and Shopzilla.

SEO Affects Consumer Packaged Goods Sales

44% of traffic to consumer packaged-goods sites comes from search, according to new joint research from comScore, Procter & Gamble, Yahoo and SEMPO. And these buyers spent 20 percent more in the month following their search activity, reveals the study.

Recycled Handset Sales To Hit $6 Billion

Revenue from the sales of recycled and refurbished handsets will reach $6 billion in 2012, up from $3.5 billion in 2007, according to ABI Research’s "Handset Recycling and Refurbishment" study.

Online Reviews Lead to Sales

Earlier this year, I asked whether manufacturers would post product reviews. Many retailers are doing it, of course, but too many manufacturers think allowing their customers to review their products is "risky"—there’s that word again. So, does the risk outweight the reward?

Major League Crash Stalls Rockies Ticket Sales

The ticketing system operated by a California company has been unable to process World Series ticket sales for Colorado Rockies fans, and those baseball fans are not happy about it.

Online Holiday Retail Sales To Set Record

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