Online Retail Spending Tops Record $40 Billion

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U.S. online retail spending reached a record $43.4 billion in the fourth quarter of 2010, an increase of 11 percent over a year ago, according to a new report from comScore. This growth rate is the fifth consecutive quarter of positive year-over-year growth and second quarter of double-digit growth rates in the past year. “Retail e-commerce had a strong fourth …

Celebrities a Driving Force in Social Media

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For a few benjamins, Snoop Dogg could like your Facebook page.  ad.ly, a company which facilitates celebrity endorsements on Twitter announced it has extended its offering into Facebook pages with six of its 150 current advertisers. During the 2010 holiday season, Ad.ly matched six brands with over a dozen celebs to endorse their products…. [[ This is a content summary …

6 Verticals See Triple-Digit Growth in Mobile Advertising

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Millennial Media has released its latest monthly SMART report, looking at the mobile advertising landscape. The report looks at the top verticals (six of which had triple digit growth YoY). The report also looks at actions marketers are trying to get consumer to take when they see the ads. "Social media actions in particular had significant growth quarter-over-quarter, as  marketers …

A Banner Year for Online Coupons

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Online consumers not only spent record amounts during the 2010 holiday season, they also saved more than ever by using coupons. Retailmenot.com, the most heavily trafficked coupon site offering more than 485,000 online and offline deals, released its 2010 Holiday Consumer Coupon Report on Thursday. As consumers continue to search harder for… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit …

Alibaba Invests $4 Billion and May Surpass Walmart in Sales

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Alibaba Group and its financing partners plan to invest 30 billion yuan ($4.5 billion USD) to build warehouses across China. The reason? Alibaba wants to meet a 10-year goal of delivering any online order in China within eight hours. It’s an ambitious goal. The warehouses will occupy 3 million square meters (560 American football fields) […] Related posts: Phishing websites …

Retailer Provided Best Online Experience During Holidays

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Record sales were not the only thing online retailers achieved during the past holiday season, at least not according to a study conducted by Web performance solutions provider AlertSite. E-commerce merchants continue to improve their sites’ performance capabilities during periods of high volume, as exhibited in AlertSite’s 2010… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full …

Here’s an Email Marketing Checklist

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Email remains an important channel in reaching consumers through the Internet. Its popularity is certainly above Facebook’s. But a busy digital marketer could miss some points when rolling out his or her email campaign. Worry not as we have a checklist below to make sure you don’t miss a thing in your email campaign. Besides […] Related posts: Social Enabled …

comScore Documents Record Online Retail Holiday Season

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Heading into the holiday season, many economic experts seemed to fear that the average present would be a homemade scarf or coffee mug.  Instead, the latest (and probably last) comScore data concerning the holiday shopping season shows that U.S. online spending hit a record $30.8 billion. That works out to an increase of 13 percent compared to the same period …

Online Holiday Spending Climbs Past $28 Billion

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Christmas came a little early for many online retailers this year, as the final shopping weekend of the holiday season pushed e-commerce sales past $28 billion for the first time ever. Research firm comScore reports that consumers increased their spending…(read more) [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Groupon at the Bottom of This Holiday List

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A website and application performance monitoring firm tested 11 leading social shopping and daily deals sites for availability and performance during the height of the 2010 holiday shopping season. The companies tested by Watchmouse from November 22 through…(read more) [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]