Online Retail Spending Tops Record $40 Billion

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 […]

Celebrities a Driving Force in Social Media

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…. [[ […]

6 Verticals See Triple-Digit Growth in Mobile Advertising

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 […]

A Banner Year for Online Coupons

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 […]

Alibaba Invests $4 Billion and May Surpass Walmart in Sales

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) […]

Retailer Provided Best Online Experience During Holidays

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. […]

Here’s an Email Marketing Checklist

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 […]

2010 Online Holiday Shopping Season Was Biggest Ever

The 2010 U.S. online holiday shopping season fared remarkably well. Black Friday online retail sales soared and Cyber Monday made history when consumer spending exceeded $1 billion for the first time in a single day. When all…

40 New Social Media Resources You May Have Missed

Happy new year! Oh, sorry, was that too loud? We all may be nursing festive hangovers from spilling too much bubbly, food, or maybe we’re just winding down from the end of the (overlong) holiday season. Whatever…

comScore Documents Record Online Retail Holiday Season

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 […]

Online Holiday Spending Climbs Past $28 Billion

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 […]

Groupon at the Bottom of This Holiday List

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 […]

Take a Break From Work E-Mail This Holiday Season

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a computer mouse. ‘Cause y’all are checking your work e-mail on your BlackBerrys under the dining room table. All year…

Gaming Is the Top Segment for Electronic Holiday Gifts [REPORT]

Consumers this holiday season are seeking video game consoles, smartphones and cameras — but on the cheap, if possible, according to the Giftmeister 2010 Holiday Gifting Trend Report. The findings, based on the purchases of 20,000 Giftmeister customers from the…