Posts tagged with Amazon

Report: US retailers upped paid search spend before holidays

Facing perhaps the toughest retail environment in decades, multi-channel retailers in the United States turned to paid search in the run up to the holiday shopping season in an effort to boost sales.

SearchIgnite, a search management provider, today reported that US multi-channel retailers increased their spending on paid search by 12% in Q4 2008 as compared to Q4 2007.

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Amazon gets the Watchdog treatment

Amazon Marketplace was featured on Watchdog last night, with complaints about dodgy sellers and the availability of pepper spray on the site the target of the consumer programme.  

Watchdog (on iPlayer) found several instances of customers buying items on the Marketplace, receiving emails purporting to be from Amazon, paying by transfer service Moneygram and not receiving the products.

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The Web Week in Review

Perhaps I'm simply tiring of the economic news (or becoming immune to it). Increasingly, I find myself being drawn more and more to random news stories unrelated to the flurry of bad news that seems to come on the economic front.

Tis the season to be jolly, right? Here's this week's hodgepodge of news and it's not all bad.

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Crowdsourcing with Amazon Mechanical Turk

There are some tasks that computers and software programs just can't perform. Sometimes, these tasks are tedious or the 'resources' required to complete them require more man-power than you have.

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Best practice tips for mobile websites

As Patrick talked about on Monday, 2009 may turn out to be the year for mobile internet, and companies need to be thinking about their mobile strategies.

Some websites have already adapted well to the use of mobile internet, but others seemingly have a long way to go. A new ebook (pdf) from dotMobi takes a look at the best and worst on the mobile web.

Here are a few best practice tips for mobile websites...

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comScore - ecommerce shrinks first 23 days of November, will Black Friday, Cyber Monday save the day?

It looks like the woes that had already befalled brick-and-mortar retail may have finally befallen online retailers. According to comScore, e-commerce sales in the first 23 days of November declined 4% from the same period last year.

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Mobile site review: Amazon.co.uk

Amazon's mobile site has been going for a while, and I've been testing out the site to see how easy Amazon makes it to make a purchase by mobile phone.

Amazon mobile

According to this survey, Amazon is one of the more impressive mobile shopping sites, so what is it doing right? 

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More reasons to offer free shipping

We've blogged about the benefits of free delivery as an effective sales driver, and it seems that more retailers are offering it this year.

According to a post on This Week in Etail, the number of US retailers offering free shipping has jumped from 31% to 41% over the past couple of weeks as they attempt to appeal to holiday shoppers.

Judging by some of the emails I've been getting recently, more UK retailers are also offering the incentive this Christmas.

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Retailers invest in comparison engines but opportunities missed

Our Comparison Shopping Engines Survey Report  published this week found that there has been an overall increase in the level of online retail sales that can be attributed to this channel.  

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Site review: Amazon Windowshop

Online retail behemoth Amazon recently launched Windowshop.com, which offers a new way to browse through items from its main site.

Amazon Windowshop

Other than looking quite nice, does this new tool offer any extra value to Amazon's shoppers? 

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Amazon EC2 comes out of beta

Amazon's EC2 "cloud computing" offering, which enables users to access on-demand processing power using the firm's infrastructure, is "now ready for production", according to Amazon.

It officially left "beta" last week.

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The Web Week in Review

Earnings season is in full swing and while there were a few pieces of "serious" news that I found interesting, it was a story of a virtual murder from Japan that took the cake.

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