Posts Categorized: E-commerce

Visual search for marketers

WEB_mobile_phone_thumbs_upFor many of us living in the Western world, mobile devices have officially taken on the role of ‘life remote control’. Communication, validation, remuneration, clarification and all manner of other ‘ations’ are conducted through our mobile devices, tens to hundreds of times a day.

It’s no wonder then, that there’s an intensifying scramble for marketers to find the next innovative way to place their brands neatly within these daily mobile interactions and – the holy grail – make them a valued part of a consumer’s routine.

This isn’t easy. There’s a lot of noise around mobile. Read more on Visual search for marketers…

Pay your own way with Facebook Messenger

WEB_Facebook_MessengerFacebook has announced users of its Messenger app in the US will be able to send and receive money from contacts for free through a new payments feature.

This follows other recent social media and mobile payment integrations such as Snapcash in the US, which allows Snapchat users to send money to friends via the app, and Barclay’s recent incorporation of Twitter handles to its Pingit money transfer app in the UK.

By choosing not to partner with payments behemoth PayPal, Facebook has chosen to utilise its sparse experience across gaming and the old credits system to build their own solution. The benefit to users is simplicity of use, without having to share details of bank accounts etc with each payee. Read more on Pay your own way with Facebook Messenger…

How important is digital and retail experience for brands?

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Now in its second year, new Shopper Tribes research from Gekko has found that fewer shoppers are researching products online before buying in-store, with numbers falling by 7% over the past year.

As buying behaviours become more complex, with consumers increasingly taking a multi-channel approach when purchasing goods, the relationship between the digital and retail experience is ever more important for brands. Read more on How important is digital and retail experience for brands?…

After 30 years of .com, what does the future hold for domain names?

WEB_Go_Daddy_dotcomLast Sunday, the .com domain celebrated its 30th birthday. What started on March 15 1985, when computer manufacturer Symbolics Inc registered symbolics.com as the first .com web domain, has now become ubiquitous.

In those 30 years, over 115 million .com domains have been registered and created, spurring the first and second generation of e-commerce, and ushering in the digital world we now live in. We wouldn’t know Google, Twitter or Facebook without it. Read more on After 30 years of .com, what does the future hold for domain names?…

The Daily Poke: Chat in the checkout LINE

Chat in the checkout LINEEvery month, 181 million people chatter away on their much-loved LINE app. Only they’re not just babbling about how dehydrated there are, whether they need another cappuccino or have a craving for yakisoba, they are getting their groceries delivered at the same time. As long as it’s just bottled water, coffee and instant noodles they need, currently at least. (THX Tim.) Read more on The Daily Poke: Chat in the checkout LINE…

Adtech turf war: Facebook Product vs Google Shopping ads

Facebook producs adsYou’d be hard pressed to find an e-marketer that doesn’t have an opinion on last week’s Facebook Product Ads announcement, which could be interpreted as direct competition to Google’s Shopping Ads.

It has had a fanfare reception, and understandably so. It is cross-device and exceptionally targeted, which is why there is no doubt it will soon be enjoying a fair share of the adtech pie. So what makes it so innovative, and just how much market share will it be taking from Google? Read more on Adtech turf war: Facebook Product vs Google Shopping ads…

5 steps to boosting ROI on Google Shopping

G shoppingGoogle Shopping is a key part of the marketing mix for most e-commerce businesses.

Thanks to Google’s continuing dominance of search (it currently has an 88% share of the UK market), this channel accounts for a huge proportion of revenues for many companies. Read more on 5 steps to boosting ROI on Google Shopping…

Is the UK ready to go digital-first?

WomanHomeWorkingFujitsu’s research into the UK’s digital landscape shows the nation is ready and willing to adapt to a digital-first approach when looking for ways to interact with organisations.

The study shows more than a fifth of us will opt for a digital-first approach when offered. We want the government to do more too. 54% of respondents want to see Number 10 to do more to drive digital, and one in five would vote for a political party that focussed on digital policies.

Read more on Is the UK ready to go digital-first?…

TripAdvisor has its eye on the personalisation game

Cannes beachBooked a holiday in the past week?

You’re not alone: last weekend was ‘Sunshine Saturday’. Apparently the busiest day of the year for UK holiday bookings as punters – including myself – attempt to break the internet by booking their holidays. Read more on TripAdvisor has its eye on the personalisation game…

Do you really think you’re prepared for Black Friday and Cyber Monday?

ShoppingArcadeIt’s that time of year again, when retailers are turning their full attention to Black Friday (28 November) and Cyber Monday (1 December) in the hope of cashing in.

Last year’s Cyber Monday saw retailers managing up to 120 million visits to their websites; this year it is predicted that consumers will spend £281m, on average £4.39 per person. Read more on Do you really think you’re prepared for Black Friday and Cyber Monday?…