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Pinterest Launches Its First API, And It’s All About Big Brands: Zappos, Walmart, Disney In First User Group

Pinterest is today, at long last, releasing its first API for developers, which will let third-party sites embed Pinterest pins, and make it easier to post content into Pinterest itself. First partners for the service are a list of big brands and retailers — including Zappos, Walmart, Disney, …

4 reasons why Apple's iBeacon is about to disrupt interaction design

You step inside Walmart and your shopping list is transformed into a personalised map, showing you the deals that'll appeal to you most. You pause in …

How Amazon, eBay, And Wal-Mart Became 'The Big Three' In Mobile Commerce

How have they succeeded? For the three, mobile isn't just a "sales channel," but a thoughtful means of connecting with customers, to draw them in, earn their loyalty, encourage their sharing of useful data, and nudge them toward more lifetime purchases.<p><b>In a new BI Intelligence report</b>, we look at …

eCommerce

Online Shopping Is Still A Pathetically Tiny Fraction Of All Shopping

But that alone won't save what is turning out to be a ho-hum Christmas for department stores and clothing chains.<p>Online sales have surged 9 percent so far this holiday season as Wal-Mart, Macy's and other retailers improved their web sites and prices to better compete with their online nemesis …

eCommerce

The 7 Species of Social Commerce

Social commerce, sometimes abbreviated as "s-ecommerce," is a term often used to describe new online retail models or marketing strategies that …

The Results So Far From Holiday Shopping Point To Huge Gains For Mobile Commerce This Year

How fast are e-commerce and mobile commerce coming to define holiday shopping?<p>If the results of this past Thanksgiving Day weekend are any indication, 2013 will be remembered as the year when many Americans began to equate holiday shopping with e-commerce, and particularly tablet- and …

Mobile

With 90M Users, Flipboard Launches Shopping Magazine Experience

Popular magazine app Flipboard is known for its personalized news and social content. Today, the company introduces a shopping experience to add products and purchases to the mix.<p>Flipboard, the personalized magazine app, is known for its high-quality news and social content. With its elegant format …

eCommerce

Here's Why Marketing On Pinterest Actually Helps E-Commerce, Brands, And Retailers Drive Sales

• <b>Pinterest also offers an extremely attractive demographic</b>: Women are 84% of Pinterest users in the United States, and most of them are on tablets. Women control the holiday purse strings.• <b><br>Pinterest users already love sharing images of products</b>, and unlike Facebook — where photo-sharing revolves …

eCommerce

In Battle for E-Commerce Dollars, Free Shipping Is Payment Networks’ Weapon of Choice

Call it the Amazon Prime Effect.<p>With more and more people expecting some type of free shipping option when shopping online, traditional and digital …

Ecommerce Trend for 2014: Buying Into the Subscription Service Model

This story appears in the December 2013 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>Ecommerce<p>Healthful snacks. Underwear. Software. More types of businesses are employing e-commerce subscription models.<p>Led by pioneers such as Birchbox, the cosmetics service that claims some 400,000 subscribers, the model is …

eCommerce

10 Predictions About the Future of Ecommerce

Personalized shopping is changing the way we find, buy and recommend products to our friends already.<p>But from a business point of view, what's going …

Thanksgiving Digest (IBM E-Commerce Edition): Mobile 43% Of All Traffic, Over 25% Of All Online Sales

For many years, Black Friday — the day after Thanksgiving — marked the start of the holiday shopping rush. But with many (not all) physical stores closed on Thanksgiving, a window of opportunity has emerged for e-commerce sites to push out offers and start selling a day earlier. That has proven to …

Forrester: U.S. Online Retail Sales to Hit $370 Billion by 2017

Up, up and away: Ecommerce, which generated $231 billion in sales for U.S. retailers last year, is expected to increase 13% to $262 billion this …

The Mobile Ad Boom Reaches China

Mobile has long tempted marketers in China, but slow download speeds, a dearth of quality data available from third-party tracking and analysis …

AdTech

67 Mobile Facts To Develop Your 2014 Budget

How Your Audience Uses Mobile NOW [Research / Charts]<p>The mobile market including both smartphones and tablets continues to evolve at a rapid pace …

69 Mobile Marketing Facts Explained (in Plain English!)

Mobile Marketing: 29 Charts Every Marketer Needs<p>2012 was [<i>finally</i>] mobile’s year. Mobile, including both smartphones and tablets made significant …

Infographic: Less Than 10% of U.S. Internet Users Are Mobile Shoppers

This chart shows that mobile shopping is still in its early stages in most countries. Even though smartphone/tablet adoption continues to rise, the …

Meet the Exec Crafting Google’s Vision for the Future of Shopping (Maybe This Time It’ll Work!)

Like many of its peers, Google has its own take on what the future of digitally-enabled commerce should look like.<p>In fact, it has had a lot of takes …

FinTech

Former Amazon Employee Explains How The Company's Business Model Really Works

Last week, Amazon reported its second straight quarterly loss. Instead of dumping the stock, investors bought more pushing Amazon to new heights and prompting analysts to slap $400+ price targets on it.<p>This oddity — Amazon getting rewarded for not making money — led to the usual jokes on Twitter …

eCommerce

Pounce, The App That Helps Shoppers Find Items Using Image Recognition, Is Now A Deals Browser, Too

Pounce, a recently launched mobile shopping app that allows consumers to snap photos of items found in circulars, print ads, and catalogs in order to purchase directly from their smartphones, is out with a new version today that improves the overall experience and helps you find and compare …

How Are Retailers Using Mobile in the Changing Path to Purchase?

Digital has complicated the path to purchase. The orderly progression from discovery to consideration to purchase to loyalty is now more of a tangle …

eCommerce

Display, Mobile Key Drivers of Western European Digital Ad Spending Growth

Digital advertising has evolved at different speeds in the leading Western European nations. Germany, the largest Continental market, is more mature …

Digital Advertising

Digital Ads Will Be 22% Of All U.S. Ad Spend In 2013, Mobile Ads 3.7%; Total Global Ad Spend In 2013 $503B

Global ad spend in 2013 will see steady growth of 3.5% to reach $503 billion by the end of the year, and the amount going into internet advertising will continue to get larger, according to figures out today from Publicis-owned ad agency ZenithOptimedia. In the U.S. — disporportionately the largest …

20 Mind-Blowing Mobile Marketing Statistics Every Marketer Should Know

Will mobile marketing add excitement to your upcoming marketing campaigns?<p>Since the release of legedary Slide Deck: Top 10 Mobile Internet Trends by …

Mobile

Ericsson: Global smartphone penetration will reach 60% in 2019

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Reno Martin<p>In 2019 there will be 9.4 billion mobile subscriptions around the world, and 5.6 billion of …

Asia-Pacific Reaches Whopping 2.5 Billion Mobile Phone Users

Nearly 2.5 billion of the world’s 4.3 billion mobile phone users this year will be in Asia-Pacific—a share that’s expected to increase over …

North America

Smartphone Usage to Nearly Double in the Middle East and Africa

Mobile phone usage is skyrocketing in the Middle East and Africa, and the region is expected to account for the second-largest mobile phone …

Eastern Europe

Reebee Launches To Provide A Bridge For Bargain Hunters Moving From Paper To Digital Flyers

Waterloo-founded startup Reebee, a current Y Combinator Summer 2013 cohort member, wants to take digital flyers and make them actually useable, something which a lot of companies have tried but none have gotten quite right. Reebee is mobile first, which is a great start, but it’s got a lot of plans …

Chirpify, A Service That Lets You Shop By Replying “Buy” On Social Media, Raises $6M Series A

Chirpify, a startup aiming to simplify online commerce by bringing it to the platforms where people congregate, like Twitter, and more recently, Facebook, and Instagram, has raised $6 million in Series A funding. Previous investor Voyager Capital contributed $2 million to the round, while the …

The Credit Card Is The New App Platform

<i>This is a guest post written by Reid Hoffman, Ali Rosenthal and James Slavet from Greylock Partners.</i><p>Credit and debit cards are ubiquitous, but they’re mostly pretty dumb. That’s about to change. Over 170 million people in the U.S. have credit cards, and the average card holder has 3.5 of them. And …