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Posts in Ecommerce

AOL offers shoppers Shortcuts coupons

AOL is set to launch an coupons programme allowing users to save money on online purchases with selected etailers.

Dubbed AOL Shortcuts, the project will mimic real-world coupons promotions, but will instead ask consumers to click web ads in order to receive offers.

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Business.com could sell again for new record

Domain name Business.com could sell for between $300m and $400m this year, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

The name went for a then record $7.5m when it was bought by two entrepreneurs at the height of the dotcom boom in 1999.

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Small firms failing to make use of web

The majority of small businesses in the UK have yet to realise the commercial benefits of the internet, according to a new report.

The UK Online study found two thirds of British firms with fewer than ten employees have no internet connection.

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78% of internet shoppers are happy with etailers - IMRG

Just under four fifths of internet shoppers are happy with the retailers they use online, according to new figures from the IMRG.

The report found that the web was customers' preferred channel for two categories of goods - 64% of respondents preferred to buy books, DVDs and CDs online, while 56% preferred to shop online for travel bookings and tickets.

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Shoppers 'miss millions in online savings'

Britons who refuse to shop online due to security fears could be missing out on annual savings of £175m to £375m, according to a government study.

The Office of Fair Trading's Internet Shopping study (pdf) found a high level of worry among consumers about risks involved in using credit cards to make web payments - but it's worry that is often unnecessary.

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My 7 deadly sins of writing for social media – am I right?

I'm compiling a list of the biggest mistakes marketing professionals make when planning, writing and commissioning social media content. The results will be announced at next week's Online Marketing Show. If you have a strong opinion to share on copywriting 2.0, then this is for you...

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Interview: Mike Baxter on checkout best practice

E-consultancy this week publishes its Online Retail Checkout Special Report, a must-read for e-commerce site owners who want to understand how they can reduce abandonment rates.

Here, Dr Mike Baxter, the author, talks about some of the key issues and problem areas associated with checkouts - and some of the 'quick wins' for etailers.

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Makeover planned for eBay

eBay is planning some major changes to its site in a bid to make it more appealing to buyers and boost its auction revenues.

The changes, announced at the eBay Live event in Boston by chief executive Meg Whitman, will focus on improving eBay's homepage and search results.

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Virtual shopping mall to launch in UK

Japanese internet mogul Hiroshi Mikitani has apparently set his sights on the UK’s booming etail market with plans to launch his ‘virtual shopping mall’ here next year.

The Rakuten owner wants to attract UK retailers and consumers to the site, which generates leads for partners in return for monthly membership fees and a 2%-5% cut of sales.

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eBay spoils Google's Checkout party - literally

Google has cancelled a party planned around its Checkout online payment system after pressure from eBay.

The search giant on Monday announced the bash would be held this evening on the fringes of eBay's own Live event in Boston.

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New rewards scheme launches in the UK

Webloyalty, a US company which provides online discount and rewards schemes, has moved to the UK and signed its first UK client, Interflora.

With the deal, Interflora's customers can opt into Webloyalty’s Shopper Discounts and Rewards scheme, which offers cashback discounts of up to 40% off online purchases.

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New search engine focuses on Paypal merchants

Shopping search engine Thefind.com has launched a new service for consumers to browse products exclusively from merchants that accept PayPal payments.

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