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Groupon’s scramble to bring in fresh talent (and technology) has taken yet another step forward with the acquisition of personalised shopping startup Adku.
The newly acquired company personalises the shopping experience for those visiting e-commerce sites, and was picked up for a price reported to be more than $10m.
Amazon is said to be opening a trial brick-and-mortar store in Seattle to see if a chain of shops could be profitable.
Though this might seem like a step backwards for Amazon, the need to give its tablets and e-readers a physical shop window seems to be the main motivation.
Google has released data from Sunday evening which reveals that 41% of searches relating to Super Bowl ads made during the game came from mobile devices.
A post on the company's blog states that this is up from 25% for the same time period on the day before.
Cadbury has again turned to social media to launch a new product called Bitsa Wispa.
Last week the chocolate brand ran a competition to find its ultimate Wispa fan, and the winner was invited to announce the launch on Facebook.
In January Cadbury launched a new Dairy Milk Bubbly bar on Google+ for the first time before also revealing the new product on Facebook and Twitter.
The Wispa bar was discontinued in 2003 as part of a relaunch of the Dairy Milk brand but was brought back in 2007 following a Facebook campaign.
The Olympics will help drive a 4.2% increase in UK adspend in 2012 compared to 2011, according to Warc’s International Ad Forecast.
It also predicts that most major advertising markets will see revenues rise, led by fast-growing economies such as China, India and Russia.
Ford has launched a new tool that allows its US franchises to show real time vehicle inventory information through their own social media profiles.
FordDirect DealerConnection Vehicle Showroom (VSR) integrates with Facebook pages, YouTube channels or blogs to allow customers to browse new and used car information without clicking out of their original destination.
Procter & Gamble (P&G) is to lay off 1,600 staff as part of a cost cutting exercise that will also include a re-evaluation of the company’s $10bn ad budget.
It comes as P&G chairman Robert McDonald revealed to analysts that the company had somewhat belatedly recognised the cost efficiency of digital marketing.
Google has been fined £415,000 by a French court for offering Google Maps to businesses as a free service.
Bottin Cartographes successfully sued for the damages after claiming Google was abusing its dominant position and stifling competition against companies that charged for the service.
Zynga is trialling ‘reward advertising’ on CityVille that allows players to refill their energy bar by interacting with an advertiser.
Sponsors involved in the trial, which began in December, include Coca-Cola, MasterCard and the 20th Century Fox film ‘What’s Your Number?’.
John Lewis says the new personalised recommendation tool on its website was a key factor in driving a 27.9% increase in sales over Christmas.
The tool, created by RichRelevance, provides customers with recommendations on fashion items by analysing shopping behaviour alongside the relationships between products and product categories.
Apple’s smartphone shipments increased by 128% year-on-year in Q4, meaning that it has now jumped to third overall in worldwide mobile phone shipments.
The report from the International Data Corporation shows that Nokia and Samsung maintained their positions as one and two in the table, with 113.5m and 97.6m units shipped respectively. For now, Apple is still some way behind with 37m units shipped.
M&S has become the first UK retailer to launch an app for Samsung’s connected TV range.
The app will showcase products ranges but has no transactional capability, though a spokesman for Samsung said that an e-commerce function may be added in future.