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  • SOCIAL WAYNE  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2012
    [Retail] Guest Post: Opportunity Knocks — Starting a Business in Egypt
    Retail is the final sector. Despite several international brands launching branches in Egypt, the retail sector is still not saturated. Looking for somewhere unique to set up a business? Egypt is one place to consider. Steps to privatize and deregulate the economy, along with the Central Bank of Egypt’s supervision of local and foreign banks in the country, have allowed Egypt to withstand the international economic turmoil easier than other countries. If you know where the opportunities lie and where to bank, you can capitalize on this to make your business a success. Not at all.
  • LOUIS GRAY  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2010
    [Retail] Sonos' Wireless Dock for iDevices: Simple and Sweet
    My Docked iPod Can Stream to My Sonos Speakers The retail price for the wireless dock is $119 , so it's not the cheapest peripheral ever, but it's a solid add-on for existing Sonos equipment owners, and the device is polished enough to have been made by Apple itself. The last year has forever changed the way I consume and enjoy music. The addition of Spotify to my life (and soon the rest of you in the US) made iTunes a vestigal program good only for synching iPad apps. It's simple, small, and sounds great. But that didn't make the experience any worse for the wear. No CD slot.
  • CONVINCE & CONVERT  |  MONDAY, MAY 16, 2011
    [Retail] Eureka! A Free Search Engine That Will Juice Your Email Marketing
    free (for now) search engine of all the top emails from leading retailers, political organizations, and other major senders of digital communication, Emailium is the James Bond of inboxes. Considering that just about every company of every size sends email to its customers, this post probably applies to you. Do you need design inspiration? Ideas for how to make your emails look snappier, with more compelling layouts? Do you want to keep tabs on your competitors? What emails they are sending, and when? Do you want to monitor the email behavior of an industry? Color (very cool. Subject.
  • CONVINCE & CONVERT  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2013
    [Retail] Forget Best Practices – Get 100,000+ Likes with Your Genuine Voice
    And from Expion , a free report on the top 50 retail brands’ social media use in 2013. 'David Oliver, Brimfield Police Department. David Oliver, Chief of Police at the Brimfield Police Department in Ohio, joins the  Social Pros Podcast  this week to discuss the insane popularity of his department’s Facebook page, his book at the foundation its proceeds benefit, and the importance of maintaining a consistent presence and voice in social media. Read on for some of the highlights and tweetable moments, or listen to the full podcast. Please Support Our Sponsors. Listen Now.
  • KIKOLANI  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2013
    [Retail] Fetching Friday – Resources Mashup & Imagine the World
    How to Turn Social Connections Into In-Person Sales – Alix Hart, Brand Marketer at Best Buy, joins the Social Pros Podcast this week to discuss integrating social into all aspects of customer service and battling the “showroom” effect as a brick-and-mortar retailer. This post is part of a weekly series, Fetching Friday, featuring the best posts of the week in blogging, business, SEO, and social media on kikolani.com. The Resources Mashup. Here are some of the best articles I have seen on Google+ , retweeted on @kikolani , and read in RSS subscriptions this week.
  • WISDOM LONDON  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2010
    [Retail] My Innovation Confession
    Etsy : Using the power of community / shared passions / a major trend to open up a new market Groupon : Game changer for consumers and retailers alike – win-win Shutl : Quest to change the way we shop – responding to a consumer frustration Innocent : people at the heart of everything / massive community focus Audioboo : Harnessing technology to help us do things more smartly What’s the common denominator?  Wisdom London Creative Communications is our world… « Ever Wondered About… Klout Are you practicing what you preach? Out of the comfort zone I went. But it felt good. 
  • WISDOM LONDON  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2010
    [Retail] Brand series: Gap is bigger than a logo « Wisdom London
    Retail brands as so sensitive to small changes in popularity I can’t undertsand why they would take such a big risk with this one. Wisdom London Creative Communications is our world… « Brand series: What is a brand? Brand Series: Drew Creative on brand » Brand series: Gap is bigger than a logo By Kate Spiers Wow. Gap launched a new visual identity this week and there is uproar. But more than that, some quite stinging mockery. Since we’re running our brand series this month, I thought it was worth a closer look. That’s OK. It was probably overdue.
  • BILL HARTZER  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2010
    [Retail] Why Do Customers Tattoo Themselves with the Brands They Love?
    If you operate a retail store with cooking supplies you might ask: – What is your ideal customer experience when you enter our store? By BJ Bueno , guest author. Harley-Davidson , Nike , Playboy, Coca-Cola , VW , and Apple logos have been permanently etched into the skins of customers worldwide. Why do they do it? Why do these raving fans, or Brand Lovers, scorch their bodies with a company’s mark? And what can marketers and brand managers learn from them? Why do bikers brand Harley’s flaming eagle onto their arms? Tattoos were once considered counter-cultural in America.
  • BLOG.KISSMETRICS.COM  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2011
    [Retail] What Can We Learn from 7 Awesome Corporate Blogs?
    Zappos.com CEO and COO Blog Zappos.com, the giant online shoe and apparel retailer, has a number of blogs. KISSmetrics Home About KISSmetrics What Can You Learn from 7 Awesome Corporate Blogs? By Cameron Chapman on Oct 8, 2010 11 Comments Share Tweet Share A winning corporate blog can bring new traffic to your website and added attention to your company. According to one study, businesses that blog get an average of 55% more traffic on their websites than those who don’t. It adds value to new and existing customers, and can make you stand out from your competitors. Thanks again!
  • BILL HARTZER  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2010
    [Retail] Survey: Third of Companies Use Social Media to Promote Their Business
    Comparing industries, leisure and hospitality topped those surveyed with 57 percent saying the use social networking to market their company, followed by IT, (48 %), retail (43 %) and sales (41 percent). According to a brand new survey by CareerBuilder , one-quarter of businesses leverage social media to recruit and research possible staff. Twenty-nine percent of companies with 500 or fewer employees are utilizing social networking in some way. And more than half of leisure and hospitality organizations use social networking to help promote their businesses. Survey Methodology. and +/-1.46
  • WWW.CREATIVEDEVELOPMENT.COM.AU  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2010
    [Retail] A Comparison of Social Advertising – Digg, Facebook, Reddit
    Mar, 2010 by Marketing in Advertising , Marketing , Social Media Advertising  is becoming the key way for social networks/aggregators to make money. The lure for advertisers is, they can target genuinely interested customers by placing the ads in relevant sections. As social networks and media mature, their audience size is beginning to exceed traditional media. There are a multitude of dangers in using social media and aggregators for marketing and advertising, but these are no worse than the dangers associated with advertising on a major news website. Digg.com Reddit.com Facebook.com smh.com.au
  • CONVINCE & CONVERT  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2011
    [Retail] When a Picture is Truly Worth 1,000 Words
    Retailers – encourage your customers to take product shots and upload them. Guest post by Aaron Strout , head of location-based marketing at global agency WCG. He blogs at Citizen Marketing 2.1. There is a lot of excitement these days about the potential of location-based services among marketers and social media professionals. For anyone that doesn’t know what a location based service is, it’s an application or website that you access from a mobile device to check in — or digitally acknowledge — that you are at a particular location.
  • SMALL BUSINESS MAVERICKS  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2014
    [Retail] Are Your Customers Worried About Security?
    One of the devastating effects of past retail security breaches was a drop in the number of people willing to shop in those stores. 'It sure seems like there are repeated waves of news stories about hackers managing to compromise security for a lot of people. This latest wave has anyone who has done business with part of the Community Health network worried, but even those not affected yet wonder when they will be. People Want To Feel Safe On Your Site. One of the best ways to help customers feel confident is by making your privacy policies easy to find and easy to read.
  • SOCIALNOMICS  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2014
    [Retail] Changing Faces: 5 Major Tech Companies with New CEOs
    With upcoming projects like Google Glass, self-driving cars, and even rumor of launching retail stores , Google’s future is bright and wealthy. 'Tech companies are on the rise — a rapidly growing market for both existing business and startups. According to this study , online-based companies accounted for 21 percent of GDP growth while becoming a catalyst for new jobs. But with this tremendous growth, it’s also the sector where many new businesses try and fail. Hewlett-Packard. Image via Flickr by megwhitman2010. We have a long way to go.” ” Google. Apple.
  • ARI HERZOG  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2012
    [Retail] How Municipal Websites Can Engage You
    Despite social acceptance of these behaviors on retail and peer-review sites, there is a general anachronism with local government. If you clicked here to learn how local government websites can engage you, there is something I need to ask you to do first: Please vote for me so I can speak about the subject in April 2013 at the National Conference for Media Reform. The past three years have witnessed unprecedented Internet actions from the White House on their blog and across social media. And yet local governments have a long way to go. Please vote here before October 26. Need help?
  • ARI HERZOG  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2011
    [Retail] A New Tablet Today
    It retails new for $449 and Amazon sells it for 16% less. I waited for the Acer Iconia a500 tablet to arrive, and I unpacked it today. But I bought it much lower from eBay, being the winning bidder at $270 for a manufacturer-refurbished model. specifically chose this device because it runs the Android operating system, which is also active on my HTC smartphone. This is among the short list of tablets to be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich in the coming weeks. It’s installed with Honeycomb today. Because my phone runs Android, it made sense to go with an Android tablet. Productivity
  • SOCIALNOMICS  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2013
    [Retail] Video Analytics: How it Works, It’s Benefits and it’s Limitations
    It has proved irrefutable in the worlds of surveillance, retail and transportation, providing security and safety and with the prospect of further developments on the horizon, their significance and importance can only grow. 'With the constant technological evolutions of new forms of video, the role of video analytics has never had more relevance. Broadly speaking, video analytics refers to the extraction of meaningful and relevant information from digital video. It’s primary concern is with the content of video. How Video Analytics Work. The Benefits of Video Analytics. Socialnomics
  • TWIST IMAGE  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2011
    [Retail] Poke, Poke. Who's There? It's Seth Godin
    On top of that, the publishing industry thinks that the customer is the buyer at the big chain retailer and not the reader. How many difference makers are there in the industry you serve? When it comes to marketing and communications, Seth Godin is - without question - a true game-changer. He currently runs Squidoo.com along with his latest business, The Domino Project , a new/disruptive book publishing company powered by Amazon. In August of last year, many media pundits and business journalists thought Godin had lost his marbles. Adding layers or faux scarcity doesn't help me or you.
  • PAUL GILLIN  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2012
    [Retail] Transforming P&G
    P&G’s revenues continue to be strong, but its traditional retail channels are under intense pressure, warehouse clubs are squeezing margins and Amazon wants to trump its brand. When Stan Joosten first contacted me about joining Procter & Gamble’s Digital Advisory Board, I initially hesitated. The volunteer position would demand a few days of my time every year just as I was beginning to transition my focus to B2B and away from P&G’s consumer markets. said what the heck. It was the best decision I’ve made in the last five years. New Measures of Success.
  • CONVINCE & CONVERT  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2013
    [Retail] Why the Corporate Blog is Not Even Close to Dead
    And from Expion , a free report on the top 50 retail brands’ social media use in 2013. 'Michael Brito, author @britopian. Michael Brito , author of the new book Your Brand: The Next Media Company , joins the Social Pros Podcast this week to discuss why all brands should think more like media companies, how to discover and champion your brand’s story, and why brands need to tune out when people say that corporate blogging is dead. Read on for some of the highlights and tweetable moments, or listen to the full podcast. Please Support Our Sponsors. Listen Now. Tweetable Moments.
  • PROBLOGGER  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 17, 2013
    [Retail] Use These 5 Design Elements to Create the Optimum Blog User Experience
    Amazon is the largest online retail store in the world—they could really give us some great lessons in design. This post is by Mark Acsay III of Webby Thoughts. One of the main unacknowledged problems with today’s websites is that many just follow the favorite design of the month. When Flash was born, we got bombarded by Flash-based sites that took forever to load. When sliding banners came along, almost everybody wanted to have one too. Yet when they do, they waste a lot of that traffic and lose the confidence of their potential audience through of bad user experience. Shape. Color.
  • CONVINCE & CONVERT  |  SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 2012
    [Retail] The Fight for the Future of Influencer Analytics
    I’m a big fan of Pinfluencer , which provides shockingly valuable data to its e-commerce and retail customers (like Zappos) about which pinners are driving the most re-pins, clicks, and even hard revenue. Big news last week as Klout announced a significant overhaul of its influencer identification platform. Several new features are being rolled out to improve accuracy and add transparency to the much-discussed and oft-maligned system. Significant increases in transparency, as a new social interactions ticker shows what you published and who it impacted. Fair enough. Nobody.
  • SOCIALNOMICS  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 4, 2014
    [Retail] How to Apply a “Customer First” Mentality to Your Ecommerce Business
    Shopping cart abandonment is an online retailer’s nightmare. 'Mobile happened. Eventually the term “mobile first” came to be by changing the way websites are designed and applications are created. In fact, the mobile strategy actually changed the way businesses reach out. Yet, we missed something along the way. Apart from the fact that we marketers love using phrases and buzzwords like Mobile First , there was something else begging for immediate attention. That something (someone, rather) has always been: the customer. Now, that stands corrected. Going mobile is mandatory. seconds)?
  • CONVINCE & CONVERT  |  TUESDAY, JULY 6, 2010
    [Retail] Convince and Convert Blog: Social Media Strategy and Social Media.
    Skip to content Skip to navigation Skip to footer Convince and Convert Blog: Social Media Strategy and Social Media Consulting Social Media Strategy Blog Social Media Consulting Blog Social Media Consulting Speaking Newsletter Free Social Media Tools Twitter Interviews About Lijit Search Tying Together Social Media and Corporate Social Responsibility July 6th, 2010 |Written By: Laura Hall | View Comments Tweet Guest post by Laura Hall , Managing Partner at PainePR. The most efficient way to do this today is online. Don’t be Shy. Share it! By transparent, I mean keep it real and no lip service.
  • SOSHABLE  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2013
    [Retail] How Social Media Advancements are Altering the Business of Electronic Dance Music
    The spread of this new era of music has taken a different approach by also focusing less on the traditional strategy of mass retail consumption. “I remember back in the day, [promoters] would be like ‘keep driving and when you see this really big rock, make a right, and when you see this crooked tree, make a left’,” Sonabend said. Struggling to read the vague driving directions on her pixelated flip-phone screen, Jessica Sonabend, host of Electronic Dance Music blog “ The Ranting Raver ”, is pinpointing a remote warehouse to listen to her favorite Electronic Dance Music deejays perform.
  • THE SOCIAL MEDIA INCUBATOR  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012
    [Retail] 5 Keys to Managing Your Business Online Reputation
    If you have a retail location, post a “suggestion” box or provide a survey with every transaction.  We used to say that one happy customer will tell 10 of their friends; one unhappy customer will tell 100.  This concept is magnified in the age of social media, where anyone can post anything, any time, anywhere.   Are online reviews a bad thing? It comes down to knowing how to be proactively strategic and how to handle them correctly that determines whether they will be an asset or a problem for your business.”. Caroline’s tips for managing your businesses reputation online: 1.
  • DIGIGEN  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 7, 2010
    [Retail] Collaboration: The Fab 40 Online – Wallpaper and Poke
    The Fab40 is the online version highlighting the really interesting things about the web segmented into hardware, retail, innovations, inspiration, blogs and downloads. The Fab40 Online is the online version (its all in the naming!) of the Fab40 which appears in print. The Fab40 is Wallpaper’s guide to the best of the US, UK, Spain etc. Well worth spending some time playing around with it. Link Here Posted in cool stuff | Tagged best of the web , collaboration , fab40 , poke , wallpaper blog comments powered by Disqus « Fashion. Limited. Powered by WordPress and Hybrid
  • ARI HERZOG  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2011
    [Retail] A New Tablet Today
    It retails new for $449 and Amazon sells it for 16% less. I waited for the Acer Iconia a500 tablet to arrive, and I unpacked it today. But I bought it much lower from eBay, being the winning bidder at $270 for a manufacturer-refurbished model. specifically chose this device because it runs the Android [.] Thank you for reading! If you are inspired to add a comment with your thoughts, please visit A New Tablet Today in your browser. Ari Herzog is a new media explorer. You can join his Facebook blog community here and sign up for his email newsletter. Recent comments Great info Ari….
  • BLOG.WEBDISTORTION.COM  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2010
    [Retail] 7 FBML examples to rock your Facebook fan page.
    decade in web design 11 websites to keep your finger on the online pulse How smart retailers are using social media to grow. home services Products.NET news system SMS product Articles Best of Subscribe forum contact Home > Marketing > Social Media > 7 FBML examples to rock your Facebook fan page. Mar 22nd 2010 7 FBML examples to rock your Facebook fan page. posted in: Social Media Facebook markup language or FBML for short is used in a variety of places within the social network. This will give you the options you need to paste in your code. FBML needed. Update. Marketing Age.
  • LAUREL PAPWORTH  |  MONDAY, MAY 20, 2013
    [Retail] Financial Services and Social Media The Australian
    Which makes it all the more surprising that research by Comar Brunton into more than 500 retail investors in Australia found that 54 per cent considered that social media delivered “no real benefits” for investors. 'If your financial services/advisor is not using social media, sack them. The Cost of Inaction is too high. WHEN the Twitter account of Associated Press was hacked last week, a single tweet was sent out: “Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured.” The market responded accordingly. to $103.42 in precisely six minutes.
  • DIVA MARKETING BLOG  |  THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011
    [Retail] Interview with Alex Brown Author Great and Goodness Barbaro And His Legacy - Part 2
    The major downside is I self published (great advantages to doing that) which means I really don't have access to the major retail stores. Part 2 of my interview with Alex Brown explores how he incorporated social media to create awareness for his book, the Barbao community, horse slaughter and Laminitis the disease that killed Barbaro. Part 1  tells the back-story of why Alex wrote the book and how he created an engaged community of thousands.) . Diva Marketing/Toby :  Let’s talk about the book, which by the way, I loved!  So there was a traditional component to the marketing campaign. 
  • TWIST IMAGE  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2014
    [Retail] Is It Safer To Use Your Credit Card Online Than At A Store?
    Major retailers like Target and Neiman Marcus have suffered major credit card security breaches. 'Every morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio broadcasting out of Montreal (home base). It''s not a long segment - about 5 to 10 minutes every week - about everything that is happening in the world of technology and digital media. The good folks at CHOM 97.7 FM are posting these segments weekly to SoundCloud , if you''re interested in hearing more of me blathering away. morning show. The segment is called, CTRL ALT Delete with Mitch Joel. How safe is your money?
  • SOSHABLE  |  THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2012
    [Retail] MBA Mindset: 8 Simple Online Finance Tools That Save You Time and Money
    The company works with Ebay, Amazon, and other large online retailers to make transactions safe and simple. In a society increasingly dominated by economics and financial status, it would appear that an MBA has an advantage in this life. They understand money, and even if they completed an online MBA program instead of going to Harvard, they are poised to rake it in. However, thanks to technology, everyone can bolster their finance knowledge. And with consumer debt hovering dangerously in the mid-$11 trillions (CNN Money), the United States needs all the help it can get.
  • GAURAVONOMICS  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2010
    [Retail] Luxury Brands and the Social Commerce Opportunity in China.
    75% of wealth creation in China through 2015 will take place outside of Tier 1 cities and therefore can’t be addressed through traditional retail channels. Finally, brands with a high retail footprint don’t necessarily have high social media buzz. Follow the blog on RSS , Twitter or Facebook and youll never miss a post again! Luxury brands have a specific challenge in using social media: the need to retain the aura of exclusivity around their brands even as they embrace the inclusive, accessible nature of social media. For more, read my bio. Lets talk. 0.762 seconds
  • SOSHABLE  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2011
    [Retail] Slogans that Stick: Why “Three. Words. Rule.”
    They say so much with their brand and have built a minor empire with their products being sold in 4500 retail stores, all 50 US states, and 30 countries worldwide. Comfortable. Jeans. Just do it! I’m lovin’ it. Simplicity has a role in marketing. It’s possibly the most important aspect of any message that a company wants to put out there. Some could make a good argument that being memorable is more important than being simple, but it’s a close call either way. Let’s take a look at why a proper 3-word slogan can say and do more than just about any other type.
  • CONVINCE & CONVERT  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 2014
    [Retail] Why Human-Curated Content Outstrips Computers Every Time
    And from Expion , a free report on the top 50 retail brands’ social media use in 2013. 'Elias Roman, Songza @eliasroman. Elias Roman , Co-founder of Songza , joins the  Social Pros Podcast  this week (on the 99th episode!) to discuss the undeniable power of excellent curation, delivering content to users that is perfect for the moment, and what makes people hit the “share” button. Read on for some of the highlights and tweetable moments, or listen to the full podcast. Please Support Our Sponsors. Huge thanks to our amazing sponsors for helping us make this happen.
  • TWIST IMAGE  |  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2012
    [Retail] Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #129
    "Creativity meets retail meets books. Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see? "'Nigella Lawson is hot. So hot. She might just have to take off her shirt. And lick this whipped cream to quench her thirst. Ooo, naughty.' In the UK, it's a running joke that celebrity chef Nigella Lawson sells crumpet along with, well, her crumpet. So this review of her latest cookbook is spot on." " (Alistair for Hugh). The Wheel of Karma, Microsoft Division - The Atlantic. Karma's a b h." Summer Reading.
  • THE WAY OF THE WEB  |  SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2011
    [Retail] Artifacts of my past and of the future
    So everything he reads can be tracked and logged by retailers or by him. I took my son down to visit his grandparents for a few days, and took the chance to finally venture up into their loft to retrieve enough boxes from my childhood to fill the back of my car (and once opened, most of the living space in the house). Just some of the recovered treasure. The high heeled shoe isn't mine, by the way! Will my son have any memories to re-discover? What will it be like having his entire literary history at his searchable disposal? The loss of ‘mythic scarcity’?
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2010
    [Retail] 0-60 Series: Day 14 - Launch
    This "launch day" is something to celebrate for sure, but like a retail or brick-n-mortar, we'll continue building inventory and iron out some kinks.and soon we'll do a Grand Opening (press release, email blasts, RSS drive, etc). In this series, we will cover some of the first 60 days of integrating social media into your overall business and marketing strategy. These trainings are designed to be completed in an hour (after all we have businesses to run). Congratulations.  Today is launch day. However, you'll be producing content as if you had thousands of readers. And you will soon.
  • SOCIALNOMICS  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 2014
    [Retail] Securing Your Digital Presence in the Wake of the Heartbleed Bug
    Business owners and online retailers can protect their digital audiences by using secure web hosting with site authentication and newer security features like SiteLock , which automatically scans websites for malware and other vulnerabilities. 'The digital world is still reeling from the Heartbleed Bug, which hit the wire in early April 2014. Many web services and firmware developers rushed to patch things up, but due to the nature of the bug, it is impossible to tell who exactly has been compromised. Finding Out What’s Safe. Get a Password Manager. Or was it the other new one?
  • ENGAGE  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 2014
    [Retail] Know Your Audience: The Secret Sauce Behind Discovery
    Imagine if all retail brands offered a “Take a Risk” category? 'During a SXSW panel discussion, Katrina Lake, CEO of subscription-based personal styling service Stitch Fix , shared the company’s data discovery experiences. For the non-fashionistas out there (like me), here’s the skinny on Stitch Fix: Through a series of questions, the company helps you create a style profile. stylist sends you five handpicked items. You keep what you like and send back the rest. Lake recounted a compelling story of data discovery while sharing her insights. Don’t collect data purely for data’s sake.
  • CONVINCE & CONVERT  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2013
    [Retail] How to Be Careful Without Being Boring
    And from Expion , a free report on the top 50 retail brands’ social media use in 2013. 'Jason Miller, Beam Global. Jason Miller , Social Content Manager at Beam Global , joins the Social Pros Podcast this week to discuss the complex legal issues of running an alcohol-related brand’s social media operations, the off-limits social channels, and how important storytelling is in the face of the visual takeover of social. Live from WOMMA Summit , it’s Social Pros! Read on for some of the highlights and tweetable moments, or listen to the full podcast. Listen Now. Ke$ha.
  • DANNY BROWN  |  SUNDAY, AUGUST 29, 2010
    [Retail] Social Media Bashing is Boring as Hell - Danny Brown
    course, the charlatans wont show these results because theyre not as sexy as an online shoe retailer being bought for $850 million, are they? ;-) New! Home About Me Charities 12for12k Kiva Work With Me About This Blog Disclosure Comment Policy Headway Archives Contact Me Great Blogs Social Media Bashing is Boring as Hell August 29, 2010 44 voices share yours! Share 2 saves There’s a fair few blog posts doing the rounds about social media. How its practitioners are snake-oil salesmen. Why everyone’s just out to make a quick buck. But here’s the thing. You know why?
  • ENGAGE  |  MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2014
    [Retail] The Truth and (Unintended) Consequences of Our ‘Likes’
    Katrina Lake, CEO of subscription-based retailer Stitch Fix  worries that her algorithms and stylists are so good at identifying their consumers preferences, that they often send items clients already have. 'SXSW took a noticeably different tone this year. The giddy optimism of our brave new digital world reigned supreme in previous years, with tech gurus and marketers touting the boundless opportunity offered by new technologies. It was like the Roaring Twenties, and we were drunk on BuzzFeed lists, Grumpy Cat memes  and Nike+ FuelBand data. What a difference a year makes. Search #HoC.
  • BILL HARTZER  |  MONDAY, MARCH 22, 2010
    [Retail] Friendgiftr Lets You Send Gift Cards on Any Social Network or Social Media Website
    In fact, you can now send gift cards from retailers and merchants like the Gap , Pottery Barn , Barnes & Noble and Starbuck’s. Friendgiftr’s one-of-a-kind network is the first and only social media-based online storefront to offer actual purchasable retail and restaurant gift cards to hundreds of millions of social media site users. Friendgiftr is the premier digital storefront company currently offering over 120 of America’s favorite retail and restaurant gift cards through its website and social media sites. Now you’re in luck. That’s it. Digg this!
  • SPHINN  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2010
    [Retail] SERPD doesn't currently get my vote Why would I push my audience.
    Upcoming online events include: Amazing PPC Tactics for Retailers: Making Your PPC Campaign Relevant - October 13, 2010 Facebook Advertising Tips and Tactics - October 14, 2010 Measuring Offline Sales Conversions: The Power of Call Mining - October 19, 2010 Link Global, Act Local: Building Scalable Linking Strategies for Large Organizations - October 28, 2010 Whitepaper: Business.coms B2B Social Media Benchmarking Study ©2010 Third Door Media, Inc. Whats Sphinn? Join us! See the following guide on How to enable JavaScript in Internet Explorer, Netscape, Firefox and Safari.
  • SPHINN  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2010
    [Retail] Andy, what is the quality problem. I agree with the writer that.
    Upcoming online events include: Amazing PPC Tactics for Retailers: Making Your PPC Campaign Relevant - October 13, 2010 Facebook Advertising Tips and Tactics - October 14, 2010 Measuring Offline Sales Conversions: The Power of Call Mining - October 19, 2010 Link Global, Act Local: Building Scalable Linking Strategies for Large Organizations - October 28, 2010 Whitepaper: Business.coms B2B Social Media Benchmarking Study ©2010 Third Door Media, Inc. Whats Sphinn? Join us! See the following guide on How to enable JavaScript in Internet Explorer, Netscape, Firefox and Safari.
  • SOCIALNOMICS  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2009
    [Retail] Ho Ho Holy Cow! Facebook CPC Rates Dramatically Increase on Christmas Eve
    Facebook already announced they were profitable earlier this year; I would love to see the final revenue they generate in December as a result of  retailers clamoring for Holiday sales frantically tossing good money their way.  By Erik Qualman. was planning to take a day off from writing when the equivalent of eight tiny reindeer caught my eye.  The past few days I’ve been testing some Facebook Ad buys to see what kind of fluctuation there might be around the holidays (yes, this is what I do for fun).  Never in my wildest dreams would I have suspected such a spike in Facebook CPC. 
  • CONVINCE & CONVERT  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2013
    [Retail] Use Humor and Ridiculousness to Reach Your Audience
    And from Expion , a free report on the top 50 retail brands’ social media use in 2013. 'Tim Washer, Cisco @timwasher. Tim Washer , Senior Marketing Manager in Social Media at Cisco , joins the Social Pros Podcast this week to discuss the value in making your customers laugh, how to spend less and storytell more, and bringing ridiculousness to big corporations. Read on for some of the highlights and tweetable moments, or listen to the full podcast. Please Support Our Sponsors. Huge thanks to our amazing sponsors for helping us make this happen. Listen Now. The RSS feed is: [link].
  • LOUIS GRAY  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2011
    [Retail] Early Days for Mac App Store, Chrome Web Store
    In fact, despite my understanding that these are replacing retail software titles, after years of staring at the Android Market and iTunes App Store, there's something very much like sticker shock when scrolling through the offerings and seeing prices in the tens of dollars, $30+ and beyond. The Chrome Web Store In 2003, when Apple's iTunes store first went live , there was excitement for a new legal model to purchase our music, but for the most part, as the catalog was extremely thin, my credit card sat idle. Practically all my favorite bands were missing. Top Mac Apps. Kid Pix is $50.
  • WRITTENT BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2013
    [Retail] 7 Bright Ideas for Promoting Your B2B Content Marketing on Pinterest
    Office supplies retailer Staples nailed Pinterest for business with their board solely dedicated to education resources for Art Directors: Image Credit: Staples. 'With 25 million members and growing , Pinterest has grown from a niche curation platform to a formidable presence among major social media networks. It may not have the massive membership of Facebook, but the network’s engagement rate is staggering: users spend more time on Pinterest than Google+, LinkedIn, or Twitter combined. However, is the network a viable tool to promote content in the B2B realm? Create Custom Images.
  • SOCIALNOMICS  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013
    [Retail] 4 Simple Things Business Owners Forget When Pitching to Clients
    There are many others—here’s how Zara, a fashion retailer, grew without investing in ads. 'To sell, pitch, market, promote, and basically get the word out on your business is probably one of the most important things a business owner has to get around to do. It’s not as easy as writing it down on your “to do” list though. Modern day entrepreneurs put in thousands of hours, not to mention blood, sweat, and tears, before a single pitch goes out (if you can call it a pitch, that is, since it’s much more than that). Idea is nothing without execution. Yet, it’s now worth $4 billion.
  • TRADESMEN INSIGHTS  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2010
    [Retail] Electricians are SHOCKED! Limited Social Media Equals Unlimited.
    Marketing to the professional tradesman in the Construction, Industrial and MRO markets Home About Me Contact Market Overviews Newsletter Podcasts Services Electricians are SHOCKED! Limited Social Media Equals Unlimited Business Today we have a guest post by Marc D. LeVine, Director of Social Media for Riaenjolie Inc , a web development company that specializes in websites for contractors and other tradespeople. If you’re a contractor, take a look at his tips to help improve your site. it is a complete waste of time, and worse – it’s a waste of money. While Directory. Look Thanks.
  • JEFF ESPOSITO  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2013
    [Retail] Attention Marketers: Respect the Sense Smell
    Look at Abercrombie & Fitch, the clothing retailer. This is a guest post from Jim Joseph. . Smell – it’s one of the five senses, or one of the six senses depending on your perspective.  It’s pretty important to say our lives, suffice it to say.  When it comes to enjoying our food, smell comes in first of the senses … without it our taste buds would be bored. But for some reason when it comes to marketing, smell loses its importance.  For some reason smell is the Rodney Dangerfield when it comes to marketing elements. Now for food products or cosmetics, this may not be true. 
  • THE BLAKERY  |  SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2010
    [Retail] Behind the Cloud: An Interview with Salesforce.com’s CEO Marc Benioff
    Amazon.com is the Internet’s biggest retailer and its Web services business uses more bandwidth than its retail business. Author’s Note: I interviewed Marc Benioff last January for Customer Management IQ. have re-posted it for those of you who might have missed it. Marc Benioff is arguably one of the most exciting CEOs of our generation. Benioff himself once sat in the call center technical support seat. Benioff believes the call center is salesforce.com’s next billion dollar industry. And with the chatter about the service cloud, it very well might be. Maybe 10 years ago!
  • WEBBIQUITY SMM  |  MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2011
    [Retail] The 2011 #Nifty50 Top Twitter Men Reprise
    Supply chain expert and social networking pro Jeff Ashcroft is a key thought leader in many fields including retail, supply chain & disruptive technologies. Note: This post, a joint effort between Cheryl Burgess and me, originally appeared on the Blue Focus Marketing Blog last month. Today, Tom Pick ( @TomPick ), Online Marketing Executive at KC Associates , who blogs at his award winning B2B Webbiquity , and I ( @ckburgess – Blue Focus Marketing @BlueFocus360 ) present 50 remarkable men on our 2011 #Nifty50 Top Twitter Men list. But, by no means, is this list complete. Adam L.
  • SOCIALNOMICS  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2012
    [Retail] Stand Out Social Marketing: 5 Questions with Mike Lewis
    Surprisingly, they have no physical fully-operational retail locations to date and all products are sold directly online. In an already over-crowded social landscape, brands face stiff competition for the attention of the social audience. My new book, Stand Out Social Marketing: How to Rise Above the Noise, Differentiate Your Brand, and Build an Outstanding Online Presence tackles this problem with next-level social marketing tactics and strategies. Here, I tackle 5 questions about standing out in anticipation of my upcoming webinar 6 Keys to Stand Out Social Marketing. ” [i].
  • FRESHNETWORKS   |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2014
    [Retail] Three digital and mobile trends that will drive growth in the gaming sector in 2014
    PlayStation Now , announced earlier this month, will be PS4’s alternative to Steam, while retailer Game is also planning to launch its own on-demand gaming portal. 'In 2013 we saw the  gaming sector grow 7% in revenue , thanks to the launch of two new consoles in November, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. 2014 looks to be a further year of growth for one of the most popular entertainment sectors. However, behind the headline numbers of big console sales, the real growth in 2014 will come from developments in digital tools and technologies.
  • TWIST IMAGE  |  SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 2012
    [Retail] Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #113
    This little retail venture was sued and threatened with legal action on a constant basis. Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see? "The Internet fundamentally rethinks teaching. For centuries, education has solved a distribution problem -- getting someone in the village smart enough to teach the children. With distribution free and easy, education is changing and teachers are flipping around homework and schoolwork. In this infographic, Envisioning Technology shows how education tech might evolve."
  • BILL HARTZER  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012
    [Retail] Website Optimization 101: A/B Testing Method
    certain online clothing retailer is having a sale. Source: [link]. You might wonder why a certain website emerges as the leading one in its niche when there are hundreds or even thousands of other sites on the web that are basically serving the same content. Aside from thinking of the reasons why, the more important question to consider here is how they managed to do it. The answer is simple: certain sites are more popular because they’re offering something that the other sites don’t. What Is A/B Testing? B testing is very similar to another testing method called multivariate testing.
  • ARI HERZOG  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012
    [Retail] Credit Cards and Social Media: Successes
    Depending on the source referenced, the financial services industry takes second or third place when it comes to online ad spending in the US (as you can probably guess, the retail industry always takes the numero uno). This blog post is written by Michael Dolen. Not surprisingly, many companies in the financial services industry are forking over a chunk of that change to their social media budgets. But what works and what fails? First, let’s go over three major successes…. Most Muscle = American Express. In terms of social media presence, AmEx is clearly the winner. Features finance
  • THE BLAKERY  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010
    [Retail] Changing the Molecules of the (Board)room
    Founder and Owner of Retailer Patagonia Yvon Chouinard, author of Let My People Go Surfing , doesn’t believe in strict schedules. Every Monday night in a cozy Brown Stone on 39th street a group of New Yorkers congregate. was once one of these New Yorkers. At exactly 6:15 PM I would climb on the small stage, strike my gavel and start the Toastmasters meeting: . Good evening and welcome. People, even Wall St-ers, showed up every Monday. Despite being kicked out of our original home at JP Morgan headquarters, our club doubled in size. It is all related. Your Internals Are Showing.
  • SMALL BUSINESS MAVERICKS  |  THURSDAY, MAY 8, 2014
    [Retail] Track Your #Hashtags More Easily With HashAtIt
    It could help specialty retailers predict fads (always a challenge) and give you a good idea on which branding strategies are working and what isn’t. 'There’s a new social search engine in town: HashAtIt.com  says they can make it easy to combine all the metadata tags (those # symbols followed by a word or unspaced phrase) and look them up. This means any trend you want to follow on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter can be monitored on all sites at once. Here’s how it works — you see a #hashtag that catches your attention on any subject at all, anywhere.
  • FRESHNETWORKS   |  FRIDAY, JULY 4, 2014
    [Retail] What does the future hold for digital marketing? Top tweets from #FODM
    Great talk from @mdial at #FODM around #digital retail. 'June has been a busy month in the marketing world, packed full of conferences to help marketers understand emerging trends affecting the industry. But if you missed out, never fear. Over the next week we’ll be rounding up the best tweets from this month’s top marketing events. We’re kicking off with eConsultancy’s the Future of Digital Marketing. This sell-out one-day conference seeks to help marketing professionals recognise and harness the latest digital trends. So what were this year’s highlights?
  • FRESHNETWORKS   |  THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 2014
    [Retail] Could Atom, launching in 2015, be the UK’s first truly digital bank?
    In Poland, BRE’s digital-only subsidiary, mBank ,   quickly became the country’s third largest retail bank. 'The impact that digital technologies are having on financial services was underlined this week with the announcement that Metro Bank founder, Anthony Thomas, and First Direct Chief Executive, Mark Mullen, are to launch Atom, the UK’s first digital bank, next year. The bank, “designed entirely for the digital age” , will have no branches and will instead operate through online and mobile channels, making it the first of its kind in the UK. million. Not necessarily.
  • LOUIS GRAY  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2010
    [Retail] Batting.400 For My 2010 Predictions in the Tech World
    Chrome OS Netbooks Will Be Available from Major Retailers Wrong. At the end of each year, it has been something of a tradition to make wild predictions that few others are making, and then mock myself for those I got wrong. This year should be no different. At the end of 2009, I made concrete predictions for the world of tech , which assumed a strong IPO market, increased acquisitions and some specifics from the big players, including Apple and Google. As usual, I got some right, and others wrong. Let's see how I fared. History: Predictions for 2010 , 2009 and 2008. Not even close.
  • LOUIS GRAY  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010
    [Retail] Pretty. Functional. Frail. My Macbook Air Hinges Fail.
    It seems there is an inherent design flaw that affected each of these MacBook Airs, one so prevalent that Apple's own tech support note on troubleshooting them says it could be repaired, even if out of warranty: "You can take your MacBook Air to an Apple-Authorized Service Provider or Apple Retail Store for evaluation and repair if necessary, even if your product is out of warranty. Earlier this year, I switched from my MacBook Pro to a new MacBook Air , aiming to move more of my content to the cloud, and have a less bulky device to take with me from office to office and trip to trip.
  • STEVE RUBEL  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2010
    [Retail] Streams from the Road: Trends from Friends - The Steve Rubel Stream
    just wanted to touch base as a Vancouverite whos looking for his break in the retail market and who believes PR and advertising on a site like yours, would be quite beneficial ! The Steve Rubel Stream Edit Delete Autopost 25 Aug 2009 Streams from the Road: Trends from Friends On Sunday I spent the afternoon in Half Moon Bay with Robert Scoble, his lovely family and Francine Hardaway (whom I had never met). For over five years now I have looked to Robert as a beacon for whats next for social media. He got me blogging back in 2004, on Twitter in 2006 and Friendfeed in 2007. Thanks. Thanks.
  • KIKOLANI  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2012
    [Retail] Fetching Friday – Resources Mashup & How to Generate Good Ideas
    Bloggers have an advantage that static and retail websites don’t. This post is part of a weekly series, Fetching Friday, featuring the best posts of the week in blogging, business, freelancing, SEO, and social media on kikolani.com. The Resources Mashup. Here are some of the best articles I have seen on Google+ , retweeted on @kikolani , and read in RSS subscriptions this week. Blogging / Content. Want suggestions to help improve your blog? Over at the Social Media Examiner Blogging Club, I’m offering free blog reviews. Be sure to sign up! Business / Career. As it turns out, a lot.
  • CONVINCE & CONVERT  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2013
    [Retail] 5 Ways to Develop a Unique Selling Proposition
    One famous retail chain has adopted this practice in an extreme fashion. In fact, retail analyst Gabriella Santaniello  points out  that this long-term exclusionary strategy has generally worked out for A&F: Their brand image has been the same from the beginning and they’ve been quite successful with it… And you can’t be everything to everyone—otherwise, you set yourself up to more risk.”. strong unique selling proposition lets you to stand apart from competitors and actively focus your energy on creating things that cater to your ideal group of customers.
  • SOCIAL WAYNE  |  SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 2010
    [Retail] This Week In Location: Facebook check-in news, Whrrl announcements, WeReward is growing, upcoming TriOut features & more
    Shopkick Picks Up Major Retail Momentum For Check-In App, Partners With Simon Properties. Another weekly round up of location-based news from last week. The biggest news was the once again rumors that Facebook is almost ready to announce their location plans and compete with Foursquare, Google and the rest of the location-based services. Whrrl had a good week announcing check-in societies in Vegas. Gowalla stayed in the news after last week’s API and profile page anouncments by saying that most users wanted native apps and not web / HTML5 apps. WeReward hit s100k downloads. coming soon.
  • SOSHABLE  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2010
    [Retail] Should Local Businesses Make “Friends” With Customers on Facebook?
    There is little doubt that having a strong, professionally-designed and active Facebook page is important for businesses, particularly in the retail and service segments on a local level. For long-term retail purchases such as buying a home, we often have relationships and stay in contact with our Realtor beyond the sale. For high-end, long-term sales such as automotive, insurance, and real estate, is it also prudent to establish a relationship profile to profile as a “friend&# of customers? Here’s why: Large Investments Are Best Secured Long-Term. Let them be.
  • PROBLOGGER  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2011
    [Retail] The Blogger’s Guide to Online Marketing – 31 Steps to a Profitable Blog
    This essential guide retails for $99.99 Today we’re launching a brand new ProBlogger Resource – something we’ve been working on for many months now – The Blogger’s Guide to Online Marketing – 31 Steps to a Profitable Blog. It is a Kit that is all about helping you create an income that sustains your blog. Created by the Web Marketing Ninja – a guy who has helped me with my own blogging business – it is his own blueprint for online profitability and it will give you an insight into the way that I now make money from my blogs. that’s 50% off!
  • VIPER CHILL  |  MONDAY, JULY 21, 2014
    [Retail] How to Get a Footer Link from SoundCloud.com (And Why I’m Continuing with “Dark SEO”)
    Unfortunately the latest Google updates have had a huge impact on RMN in the stock market: I’ve heard some rumors that there are some highly profitable hedge funds which do nothing but play the stock market for companies that are highly reliant on SEO (as are Retail Me Not). 'When I first started out with SEO I was determined to be as “whitehat” as possible. wouldn’t do anything to potentially risk my site being penalised by Google. Matt emailed me privately to ask that my content was only preaching white hat SEO and that he wouldn’t regret linking to me.
  • GEOFF LIVINGSTON  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2014
    [Retail] #xPotomac14: Israel and Corbett Take on the Internet of Things
    This will allow retailers to know who is in the store, that person’s buying history, the route they are taking through the store and for loyal, repeat customers, probably sensors will allow the store to under stand the shopper’s intent. The data will also allow retailers to position items on display with much great effectiveness. Retail applications that I just mention are just one world-changing applications. 'iStrategyLabs and DC Tech Titan Peter Corbett is presenting at xPotomac this February 28th with a discussion on The Internet of Things. Or August.
  • BILL HARTZER  |  FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2009
    [Retail] Top 50 USA Web Properties for April 2009
    Home, Work and University Locations Source: comScore Media Metrix Total Unique Visitors (000) Mar-09 Apr-09 % Change Total Internet : Total Audience 192,173 192,875 0 Community - Teens 19,947 24,142 21 Business/Finance - Taxes 18,311 20,585 12 Social Networking 124,406 139,781 12 Real Estate 43,924 48,357 10 Entertainment - Music 86,817 95,511 10 Community - Home 27,161 29,857 10 Retail - Computer Software 34,346 37,685 10 Retail - Flowers/Gifts/Greetings 28,356 31,019 9 Online Gambling 11,670 12,754 9 Gaming Information 40,637 44,370 9 Table 3 comScore Top 50 Properties (U.S.)
  • WISDOM LONDON  |  SUNDAY, JUNE 13, 2010
    [Retail] How to…speculatively build B2B relationships « Wisdom London
    What I want from online retailers Owls, whales and little birdies: What’s your favourite Twitter client? Wisdom London Creative Communications is our world… « ‘I want doesn’t get’ – or does it? I blame rural living unreservedly. Well the answer is, there’s no point in working for businesses or people you don’t believe in – so why not start by seeking out the ones you really love? Business development is, of course, a mixture of reactive and proactive activity but when it comes to pro-active, I think Wisdom London is pretty good.
  • SPIN SUCKS  |  THURSDAY, JULY 22, 2010
    [Retail] Geo-Location Marketing | Spin Sucks
    Cross Promotion Retailing When we shop, we don’t always go for the cheapest offer. Arment Dietrich Overview Expertise Resources Gini Dietrich News Media Center Careers Contact Follow US Facebook Linkedin RSS Feed Twitter YouTube Share Categories Communication Social Media Advertising Entrepreneur SEO Marketing Marketplace COMMUNICATION / SOCIAL MEDIA / ADVERTISING / ENTREPRENEUR / SEO / MARKETING Jul 22 2010 Geo-Location Marketing By Gini Dietrich | Email | Print | 11 Comments | Guest post by Danny Brown , the social sensei at  Bonsai Interactive Ah, geo-location marketing. and 7 p.m.
  • LOUIS GRAY  |  MONDAY, MAY 9, 2011
    [Retail] Revisiting Android A Year Into My Smartphone OS Migration
    Besides phones with real keyboards (which Apple's not interested in), there are also dual screen Android phones, Android phones that offer laptop cradles and low-end Android phones that get below $99 at retail. Tomorrow's Google IO approximately marks the one year anniversary of a shift in my digital lifestyle, when I began to use Android instead of my trustworthy iPhone , which had been my go-to device for a number of years. code named Eclair - with 2.2 Froyo having been demonstrated at the event and expected to arrive soon. At the time, my iPhone was on version 3.1.3 release.
  • CONVINCE & CONVERT  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 2014
    [Retail] 3 Big Questions for Social in 2014: Celebrating 100 Episodes of Social Pros
    And from Expion , a free report on the top 50 retail brands’ social media use in 2013. 'Several esteemed former guests from the show join the  Social Pros Podcast  this week to celebrate the 100th episode and to discuss the current landscape of social, how it has changed over the past year, and what things look like going forward. Read on for some of the highlights and tweetable moments, or listen to the full podcast. Please Support Our Sponsors. Huge thanks to our amazing sponsors for helping us make this happen. Please support them; we couldn’t do it without their help!
  • SOCIALNOMICS  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2009
    [Retail] 10 Ways Twitter Can Make Money
    Cellfire ran a test with retail grocery client Kroger and saw mobile coupon redemption as high as 20 percent. The below is primarily composed from my social media column on Search Engine Watch from earlier this year, but it is still one of the top question I get everyday.  Hence, I thought it an appropriate post for today – also the response to the book launch of Socialnomics has been overwhelming (in a good way!) so I’ve been responding to all the positive feedback (thanks to all). How can Twitter make money? That’s the billion-dollar question. times.&#
  • SOCIALNOMICS  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 2, 2014
    [Retail] How Not to Break the Bank on SEO
    recent online study from ComScore reports 70 per cent of online shoppers cite online access as their preferred path to retailers. 'It doesn’t take a genius to realise why it’s important for businesses to have a strong online presence… but just in case! We are now living in an age where everything and everyone is online, the development of tablets, androids and smartphones has simply added fuel to this fire. Out of this 70 per cent over 50 per of people only click on the first result they see in Google and 95 per cent of consumers never go past the first page of results. Point
  • THE JORDAN RULES  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2011
    [Retail] How The Automotive Industry Can Lead Digital Innovation
    This could revolutionize traffic reporting, toll roads, parking, law enforcement, driving, emergency response; as well as the automotive aftermarket, and automotive retail. Did anyone else else grow-up on stories about the old automotive pioneers? Stories about how every innovation pushed the industry forward. I'm not sure what happened, but let me outline a 5 point plan to re-energize the automotive industry. THE CAR API. Let's assume the constantly connected car is already here. We should have bidirectional communication between the cloud and any vehicle. TAP THE CROWD. THE NEW ROADS.
  • DREW'S MARKETING MINUTE  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2014
    [Retail] Is your website sales funnel-shaped?
    Whether it’s in a retail store or online, they’re used to being chased around by over eager salespeople that pester the poor potential buyer until they flee. 'There’s always a lot of buzz about SEO (search engine optimization), SEM (search engine marketing) and of course, Google rankings. Rightly so – each of those plays a role in how effectively your website can serve you from a marketing and sales perspective. Your website should be sales funnel shaped. The man who was near the elephant’s leg reached out, touched the elephant and announced that an elephant was like a huge tree trunk.
  • TWIST IMAGE  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2011
    [Retail] On Weirdoes, The Long Tail, Seth Godin And You
    The idea here is that the many choices we now have in market, and the ability for an online retailer to offer a unlimited array of choices (because they're no longer limited by the shelf-space in a physical store), we're able to uncover that one hundred smaller products may cumulatively sell more than a top ten product on its own. Here Comes The Weirdoes. This manifesto about the end of the mass market illustrates a fundamental and massive change in business that we have yet to begin to truly understand. In one generation. More choice, less mass. Boom, it's gone." The message?
  • TWIST IMAGE  |  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2011
    [Retail] Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #64
    Even in Canada, the largest bookseller ( Chapters Indigo ) is starting to look more like a giftware store than a book retailer. book retailer. Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see? " Richard Feynman is always enlightening. In this piece - laced with his groovy patter and hip sensibilities -he reminds us that much of science is sloppy and built on bad findings of others. In an age of information obesity, a skeptic's diet is a good thing. " (Alistair for Hugh). " (Alistair for Mitch).
  • PROBLOGGER  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2011
    [Retail] How a Blogger Landed His Dream Job
    The search for those answers led The Pen Addict to become the top blog in its niche, and recently led me to taking a full time job with the online retailer JetPens.com , where I can live and talk about my passion every day. was strolling the aisles of one of those retailers back in 2007 and came across a pen with an 0.38mm tip size (the smallest you normally see is 0.5mm, with 0.7mm and 1.0mm being the norm). Brad Dowdy is a Marketing Associate for JetPens.com , an online retailer of Japanese Pens and Stationery. This guest post is by Brad Dowdy of JetPens.com. Every email.
  • VIPER CHILL  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2012
    [Retail] Supercharge WordPress: A Little Known Way to Increase Pageviews & Conversions
    It’s something that has dramatically increased revenues for online retailers like Amazon, Walmart and Shopzilla, and even greatly affected how many people use Google Maps. My analytical brain is always looking at different ways I can improve the conversions on my websites. From changing page titles, graphics used to entice people to give away email addresses and even the “Buy Now” buttons on sales pages, I know that small changes can have a big impact. For a company pulling in hundreds of millions of dollars every quarter, that’s a huge 1%. seconds to 0.9 4.45s.
  • DANNY WHATMOUGH  |  FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2014
    [Retail] ICYMI – Vine, M&S and World Cup
    UK retailer M&S announced disappointing quarterly results , blaming the companies new website. 'Here’s my weekly round-up of things you need to know and might have missed this last week in the world of digital PR and social media. Want this in your inbox each week?  Subscribe here. Vine rolls out a new metric for videos – loop counts. Twitter adds support for mobile app installs. Facebook adds ‘missed call’ ad unit. Still can’t believe it? Neither can Twitter, it was the biggest ever tweeted sporting event with 35.6m messages. Campaigns. Thoughts. icym
  • KOKA SEXTON  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2008
    [Retail] The StumbleUpon effect - Koka Sexton dot Com
    Startup Retailers Emphasize Customer Service Getting pumpkins with the boy. (@ Clayton Valley Pumpkin Farm) [link] Recent comments Koka Sexton dot Com: [.] Koka Sexton dot Com Home About Koka Contact Twitter FULL RSS The StumbleUpon effect Getting traffic to your website can be a daunting task. If you host your own website you have several methods of getting reader attention and converting them to followers. Bringing new visitors can almost become a full time job is you decide to do go that route. Blog for yourself. They were just as interested in what I was writing as I was in theirs.
  • CONVINCE & CONVERT  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 2013
    [Retail] How to Cut Out Advertising in Favor of Inbound Marketing
    They also have an amazing free report on the top 50 retail brands’ social media use in 2013. 'Dan Moyle, Amerifirst @danmoyle. Dan Moyle , inbound marketing evangelist at Amerifirst , joins the Social Pros Podcast this week to discuss the importance of educating consumers, why advertising is a waste of money, and how a mortgage company got so many followers on Pinterest. Read on for some of the highlights and tweetable moments, or listen to the full podcast. Please Support Our Sponsors. Huge thanks to our amazing sponsors for helping us make this happen. Listen Now . Holy Social!
  • TWIST IMAGE  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2012
    [Retail] The Internet Could Be Closed For Business
    By opening retail stores, they get consumers at the first stage of the purchase cycle and they keep them through the purchase, support (Genius Bar) and even the content that goes on the devices (think iTunes ). Once upon a time. It wasn't too long ago that many media pundits felt that the Internet would tip the scales from the mass media-controlled world to an open, freer, world where any one individual could wield their own publishing power. It's humbling to think of just how quickly the Internet and digitization of the publishing industry changed everything. Is closed a bad thing?
  • BLUE FOCUS MARKETING  |  MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011
    [Retail] 2011 #Nifty50 Top Twitter Men
    Supply chain expert and social networking pro Jeff Ashcroft is a key thought leader in many fields including retail, supply chain & disruptive technologies.   Today, Tom Pick ( @TomPick ), Online Marketing Executive at KC Associates , who blogs at his award winning B2B Webbiquity , and I ( @ckburgess – Blue Focus Marketing @BlueFocus360 )  present 50 remarkable men on our 2011 #Nifty50 Top Twitter Men list.  These men are indeed using Twitter to rewire and reorient the Web.  But, by no means, is this list complete. It takes a community to build a community. You expand it.”
  • WEBBIQUITY SMM  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2011
    [Retail] Eloqua, TopRank, Demandbase and More – OMS Minneapolis Wrapup
    Delivr is a good option, particularly for local retail businesses, due to its mapping functionality. Last week’s Online Marketing Summi t in Minneapolis drew an intense crowd of local agency and corporate attendees focused on learning the latest strategies for SEO and search, conversion rate optimization (CRO), QR codes, PPC, social video marketing, integrated analytics, social media measurement and more. It was three days of drinking from a firehose of expertise from an impressive lineup of speakers, but did the conference deliver the goods? Steve Woods , Eloqua. Be interesting!
  • DREW'S MARKETING MINUTE  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2012
    [Retail] JWT Intelligence — Trends for 2013
    Everything Is Retail. The end of the year = predictions for the upcoming year. All of them are interesting but the one I really put stock in is JWT ‘s annual trends report. They invest a huge amount of time and money to explore and investigate our culture and I’m always impressed by the line-up of experts they reach out to, before they release their report. Check out their trends for 2013 in this 2 minute video and then you can read a little from JWT’s Director of Trendspotting, Ann Mack as she answers a few of my questions about the trends and how they impact you.
  • CONVINCE & CONVERT  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2013
    [Retail] Put Yourself on the Social Map: From Vagueness to Greatness
    And from Expion , a free report on the top 50 retail brands’ social media use in 2013. 'Erich Marx, Nissan @emarxe. Erich Marx , Director of Consumer-Facing Interactive and Digital Media at Nissan , joins the Social Pros Podcast this week to discuss the process of managing a huge, multinational brand’s presence in the digital sphere; measuring results when they don’t necessarily translate directly into sales; and creating innovative experiences to keep customers engaged. Read on for some of the highlights and tweetable moments, or listen to the full podcast. Listen Now.
  • THE WAY OF THE WEB  |  MONDAY, MAY 24, 2010
    [Retail] Makers by Cory Doctorow
    Before I go into the book itself, it’s worthwhile noting that you can download it for free in almost every conceivable e-format and licensed under Creative Commons from Cory’s site , as well as buying the print version in the normal manner from the usual retailers ( such as Amazon – Makers aff link). Although Makers might be a work of fiction, it’s very much written as a parable based on his views. As he has often documented (Including in his non-fiction essay collection, Content), the evidence he has points towards this approach helping him towards increased print sales. Overall?
  • ACIDLABS  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 24, 2010
    [Retail] Kindle didn't start the fire…
    believe it will transform the retail end of the publishing industry, though I don’t yet understand how. Home Work How acidlabs works Meet Workshops Speaking Past speaking For conference and meeting planners Press Clients Tumble Subscribe acidlabs Conversation. Collaboration. Community. Kindle didn’t start the fire… January 25, 2010 in posts Apologies to readers for misquoting a Billy Joel song title. And the terrible pun. As a Kindle owner of just a month, I consider the device transformative in its market segment. As a device, it’s trivial to use. One last point.
  • VIPER CHILL  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2014
    [Retail] Building a 7-Figure a Year SEO Company…by Marketing to the Medical Field
    From what I see the market is crying out for the SEO gurus in the automotive, retail, medical and other industries. 'As a result of so much of my time being spent focused on building an SEO company and ranking websites, I’ve been fortunate to come across a number of people who are on a similar journey. Today I would like to introduce one of those people, Matt Prados, to the world. Matt has managed to build a 7-figure yearly revenue stream running his SEO business by targeting two specialist niches in the medical field. SEO is just one of the many ways to generate traffic online.
  • KIKOLANI  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2012
    [Retail] Fetching Friday – Resources Mashup & Yosemite
    Retailer’s Guide to Facebook Promoted Posts & Sponsored Stories – Facebook advertising has gone beyond simply running an ad in Facebook’s sidebar for any link you choose. This post is part of a weekly series, Fetching Friday, featuring the best posts of the week in blogging, business, freelancing, SEO, and social media on kikolani.com. The Resources Mashup. Here are some of the best articles I have seen on Google+ , retweeted on @kikolani , and read in RSS subscriptions this week. Blogging / Content. What we need to do is start pitching in a different direction. Freelancing.
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