All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘shopping’
The ability to shop in your underwear, not necessarily get a better deal, is what’s driving most people to do 25-50 percent of their holiday shopping online. No malls, no traffic, no crowds, no all-day outings.
And that sounds good to me, too.
That’s not justification to raise prices. E-tailers still need to compete with other e-tailers.
The long-running battle between Amazon.com and a New Zealand movie technician over Amazon’s 1-Click patent not only turned out poorly for Amazon, but a twist at the end mentioned why a prominent figure in the tech industry may have decided to back off from fighting this battle.
I’m still trying to recover from the incredible two days that was the mesh conference, and will be posting updates and links to video, blogs, photos and reviews as I come across them, but in the meantime here’s a cross-post from my Globe and Mail blog in which I try to catch up with two of the many tech deals that occurred while I was en-meshed:
ShopText is a relatively new company that launched in November 2006 and provides consumers with the ability to purchase items using their mobiles.
On their Web site the company explains their mobile retail concept. " ShopText is a mobile commerce and promotions company. Our software platform transforms any advertisement into a point of sale opportunity. ShopText technology creates a secure, direct-to-consumer marketplace where consumers can shop, sample and save."
Let’s be blunt: Getting your products listed in the shopping search engines is a tedious, cyclical, pain-in-the-butt process. But it’s also necessary if you want to get the most out of online retail. At the Search Engine Strategies Conference in New York, those in the know spill what they know about shopping search optimization.
I love it when other bloggers discover a new web site and then provide an in-depth analysis of it – it means that I can quickly pass on the information to you, dear reader, without having to think of new ways to say the same thing.
Many top destination sites are adding blogs and other publishing formats to their site to build their authority and market-share. This editorial content creates value, builds trust and authority, and allows for a more profitable blend of content and advertisements.
Shopping online the day after Christmas is becoming a family holiday tradition, says Nielsen//NetRatings. Overall visits to Internet shopping sites that day jumped 35 percent over last year, adding eight million more people to the virtual elbowing party.
This is the time of year that most people will receive countless catalogs in their mailboxes. With online shopping continuing to increase why are so many retailers mailing catalogs? The strategy is fairly simple; retailers are hoping that their catalog will direct consumers to their online sites.
The Department of Commerce reports that online retail sales in the third quarter grew at four times the rate of total retail sales. In total, online retail sales in the third quarter reached $27.5 billion, which represents a 20.9% increase over the third quarter in 2005. In comparison, total offline retail sales for the third quarter 2006 are only up 5.1% from a year ago.
Online retailers, you have four seconds to get your site loaded before a would-be customer scoots off to a competitor. Add that to what we already know about the time it takes to make a judgment once a page is loaded, and the window of opportunity becomes narrower.
Yahoo Shopping has a new look, and as the company admits, it’s “just in time for the holidays.” The redesign’s timeliness doesn’t necessarily mean it’s exploitative, though, and Yahoo boasts that the site offers “a delightful and convenient shopping experience.”
Google’s stepping-up its efforts to stop people from using “google” as a verb. They’ve posted a correct useage guide on the official Google blog, in an attempt to gently persuade people to not use Google incorrectly.
In this article, I am going to be talking about some new studies and reports that have been made available. I do not want to bore you with a bunch of numbers and statistics, but sometimes by looking at the numbers, we can realize certain areas that we can improve on for online businesses and realize areas that we do well in. We can give ourselves a big pat on the back and feel good about ourselves.
How’s this for a place to shop – a site “where stores compete to lower your price.” That’s the concept behind Jellyfish, a “new kind of search engine” that shares ad revenue with buyers. Right now, it’s only in beta form, but the site already offers “1000’s of stores.”
Submitting product data to comparison shopping sites and search engines can be a taxing process. Each engine has its own feed format and special requirements that create extra work and lower ROIs for retailers while reducing revenue and efficiency for the engines (especially the smaller ones). Understandably, then, a movement has begun to standardize the process.
Valentine’s Day shopping, it may be said, is driven by the “dog house factor” as much as or more than love. Men have long suspected that the holiday was contrived by sinister dealings between marketers and women. An online poll by Harris Interactive suggests that the agreed upon day for symbolic materialism is a bit more important to the ladies, but not near as important as to the online marketer.
The scenario: A limited budget and more limited knowledge of coding and SEO make choosing a shopping cart software for a website a frustrating task. If you have no idea what I’m talking about then you needn’t read the rest of this article. Enjoy your customizable open source build from the ground up world. If this is your predicament, welcome to the club and read on.
The numbers are in from a variety of metrics firms and it would appear that it was indeed a happy holiday season for online retailers. Online spending increased by 25% over last year as shoppers used their fingers rather than their elbows to secure clothing, electronics, and even a $94,000 pair of diamond earrings.
Whether you’re just getting ideas for your Cisco home lab or adding to your existing lab, ebay is a great place to get ideas for your lab as well as pick up some great bargains.
Why should you pay for a remotely hosted shopping cart for your small business website, rather than just install a free OpenSource shopping cart on your site?
According to Hitwise, online shoppers begin their Christmas season even before little Johnny can recover from his Halloween stomachache. For the week ending November 5th, US Internet searches on the term [Christmas] were up 41% over the previous week.
Not about to sit on the sidelines as other websites reap the influx of online shopping, MSN announced a “new and improved” MSN Shopping service with new comparison shopping tools, links to free shipping, and services for procrastinators. And if Danny Bonaduce rehab TV has left you cold, “America’s favorite mother,” Shirley Jones will be at your service with gift ideas.
Online shoppers often visit up to 20 sites per day over a three-week period looking for the best deal, or so says SquareTrade CEO and co-founder Steve Abernethy, which is why his company debuted a free virtual personal shopper at this year’s DEMOfall, an annual new-tech preview.
Diversity is key in marketing and a successful campaign will utilize not only various available media, but media that pinpoints a consumer ready to buy. It seems obvious, within the scope of the adage, “don’t put all of your eggs in one basket,” but every avenue counts. If you haven’t thought of comparison shopping search, you probably should.
Steve Lavine, the CEO of Transparnsee, is in town this week and I had a chance to talk with him for an hour or so this afternoon. During that chat, he gave me the green light to show off something I’d seen a few weeks ago when it was still in development.
Since I’ve been covering the search engine industry, one of my “mentors,” Nacho Hernandez, has guided me in the area of search engine marketing toward the Hispanic community, a subject some feel isn’t worth the effort.
From the SW Minneapolis’ Community Newspaper : Fulton resident Pam Ludford is developing a new technology for cell phones equipped with a GPS (global positioning system) device. It’s called PlaceMail, and it’s a sort of wireless, location-sensitive, to-do list.
“Hey, Jane, ask the shopping cart what aisle the potato chips are in,” George Jetson said to his wife. “Of course, Dear,” she replied.
A couple months back I was covering the launch of a new shopping search engine. As part of my event coverage I was allowed to be part of the beta group, prior to the launch only a handful of people [mostly employees and family members of employees] were able to take part in the Become beta test.
Many seasoned professional speakers agree that you can make more money selling your knowledge in the form of products than you can speaking.