eBay Delivers Impressive Q4 Earnings Report

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The fourth quarter of 2010 – which of course coincided with the all-important holiday shopping season – was a pretty good period for eBay.  The company reported its financial results this afternoon, and managed to come in above analysts’ forecasts. Experts thought eBay might report fourth-quarter earnings of $0.47 per share and $2.49 billion in revenue.  Instead, eBay managed to …

A Year-by-Year Look at Holiday E-commerce

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Inspired by the record online spending that occurred during the final weeks of 2010, e-commerce solutions provider Volusion has taken a closer look at each of the holiday shopping seasons of the past decade. A link to Volusion’s comprehensive infographic can be found here, but below are some of the most interesting conclusions: Not only did… [[ This is a …

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 …

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! ]]

LinkShare Reports Record Growth During Cyber Week

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Performance marketing leader LinkShare has reported record year-over-year growth during the Thanksgiving holiday shopping period with same store sales increasing more than 50 percent on Black Friday and more than 45 percent on Cyber Monday. Strong growth…(read more) [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Record Web Sales in the Holiday Forecast

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The 2010 holiday shopping season has already produced vigorous spending in the U.S., according to several reports. And the forecast for the next four weeks is even better, with comScore predicting online holiday sales to be the highest on record. The research firm’s data shows that consumers spent more than $9 billion during the first three… [[ This is a …

Cyber Monday Prep: 10 Tips for Greater Sales

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Put down the turkey sandwich and place the pumpkin pie back in the refrigerator. It's time to make sure your website is ready for the biggest online retail day of the year – Cyber Monday. According to comScore, the 2010 holiday shopping season is going to be a good one. They found that for the first 21 days of the …

Cyber Monday Prep: 10 Tips for Greater Sales

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Put down the turkey sandwich and place the pumpkin pie back in the refrigerator. It's time to make sure your website is ready for the biggest online retail day of the year – Cyber Monday. According to comScore, the 2010 holiday shopping season is going to be a good one. They found that for the first 21 days of the …

Give Kindle Books As A Gift Via Email

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Amazon.com said today people can now give Kindle Books as gifts to anyone with an email address even if they don’t own a Kindle. "We’re making this functionality available in time for the holidays to offer an easy, stress free holiday shopping option for anyone – not just Kindle owners,” said Russ Grandinetti, Vice President, Amazon Kindle.     To …

Google Aids Borders With Local Availability Tool

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Early this week, Borders announced a new version of its website on which users could (sometimes) employ Google Books to preview a novel.  Now, the two organizations are building on that relationship, as would-be Borders shoppers should be able use Google Product Search to determine whether a local store has a given piece of merchandise in stock. Lauren Indvik reported …

Milo Launches Useful Local Product Search Android App

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Milo.com announced a new Android app today for local shopping. The company claims this is the only app available in the Android Market that will search the inventory systems of local stores in real-time and tell shoppers (while they’re on the go) what’s currently in stock , where, and which local stores have the best prices.  You can see why …

10 Essential Money-Saving iPhone Apps

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Luke Knowles is the founder of numerous money-saving websites including Coupon Sherpa, Gift Card Granny and Mr. Free Stuff. In 2008 Luke founded Free Shipping Day, now a red-letter discount date for online holiday shopping. Despite a recession allegedly in our rear view mirror, frugality remains a hot, dare I say trendy topic. Nowhere is that more evident than in …