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Alibaba's recent IPO is impressive. How will its expansion into the American market affect Amazon?
Like the river it’s named after, Amazon is one of the largest of its kind.
In North America, Amazon sells more online than its next 12 competitors combined. It has become one of the most recognizable brands in the world, and is a leader in the online shopping industry.
However, it has recently met its match, and its name is Alibaba.
Costco and Zara are two of the latest Western brands to open online stores in China via Alibaba’s Tmall marketplace.
They’re hoping to follow the success of companies such as Apple, Burberry and Marks & Spencer which have used this route to reach millions of consumers.
With ecommerce growing fast around the world, more British and American companies are shifting their focus overseas. And often marketplaces and other sales channels are the key to reaching a global audience.
Halloween is over, and you know what that means: Christmas carols, decorations, and holiday sales are now fair game.
Sorry grinches, but shoppers and businesses are starting to get ready for the holiday season earlier and earlier, and there’s nothing that can be done about it.
One thing that is in your control, however, is preparing for it. 2014 is expected to be the biggest holiday shopping season in years, so how can you get ready for it?
China is set to become the world’s largest online retail market, having enjoyed explosive growth in the last few years. The market is mainly powered by China’s 302m online shoppers, incidentally the world’s most active online purchasers.
Much of the Chinese ecommerce industry's explosive growth is attributed to the unique landscape in itself. The market value of ecommerce is largely derived from the weak offline retail sector, and online retail has provided consumers with a much needed alternative way of shopping.
Econsultancy's new State of Ecommerce in China report, published in partnership with hybris, an SAP company, looks in more detail at this market.
To focus on the potential the Chinese ecommerce industry has, I’ve decided to share a few snippets from the report. Not to forget it's Singles Day, the largest online shopping day in the world. Enough said.
Paid search is a key element of marketing campaigns during the festive shopping season.
What should advertisers be focusing on to succeed this year?
I've been eating tapas in Barcelona at Microsoft Convergence.
One area I was keen to discuss with Microsoft was retail, an industry the tech giant is doing more in, not just with vanilla CRM but also POS, end-to-end solutions and web.
I spoke to Seth Patton, senior director of marketing for Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Here's what he had to say about change in this sector.
From searches for Disney's Frozen fancy dress costumes to cross channel marketing maturity, it can only be the stats roundup!
The full 10 for today's halloween edition and, of course, there are more online marketing charts and statistics over in the Econsultancy Internet Statistics Compendium.
Enjoy and be well.
Most people enter the retailing business because of their love and knowledge of a particular product, or their notice of a gap in the value chain for that project.
A love of sports and fitness led to the creation of one of the largest companies in the world: Nike. But the climb to the top wasn't easy, for Nike's unique sneaker offerings was once a niche market.
Luckily, its merchandising abilities allowed it to become what it is today.
Consumers love it when a company's mask slips. They jump on perceived proof that businesses are all in it to rip off the customer.
PR snafus such as Sainsbury's recent inside-outside poster are a good example of this phenomenon. Social media goes crazy.
In recent times, the move to enhanced service, partly stimulated by the commercial internet, means the mask has further to slip (but it still can). Companies aim to be transparent and friendly with customers on an increasing number of marketing and comms channels, but mistakes still occur.
Marketing automation is one area where brands must be vigilant, lest the wrong message be sent or the right message at the wrong time.
So, here's a roundup of some ways in which marketing automation can go wrong, in social, ecommerce, email and advertising.
Lace up your sneakers, put your sweat bands through the washing machine, make a pitiful attempt at a couple of lunges and let’s go for a run.
Don’t worry, I’ll catch you up later. I just have some work to finish around… this… uh… hot-dog.
Nike is the world’s most valuable sports brand according to Forbes. It has a market value of $71bn, $19bn of which is estimated to be pure brand value. Nike also commands 62% of the US athletic footwear market.
Impressive stuff, but what of its nearest sporting rival Adidas? Has it been left puffing and wheezing, meters behind its striding opponent as it desperately rummages around its kit bag looking for an inhaler?
In case you haven’t heard, online giants eBay and PayPal decided to part ways and become independent companies.
eBay will become eBay Marketplace, and PayPal will simply exist without eBay’s affiliation. The news comes as no surprise to many, since the ecommerce world has witnessed new, intimidating entrants such as Twitter and Facebook over the past few months.
Finally an excuse to wear your sunglasses around the office.
One of the easiest ways for a website to immediately grab the attention of a visitor is to turn the colour up. Way up.
If you’re of a particularly bold inclination, I for one am hugely attracted to bright solid colours or anything neon, you’ll appreciate it when a site breaks out of the usual whites, greys and blacks of typical ecommerce design.
It separates you from the crowd. It’s a statement of independence. It’s a statement of rebellion. Sure not everyone will dig your new hypercoloured threads, but just remember that the squares can keep their greys… You’ve gone Technicolor.