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Posts in Ecommerce

Affiliates raise bar as channel delivers £2bn plus in UK sales

One of the key trends identified in our just-published  2006 Affiliate Marketing Buyer's Guide  is the way that affiliates have raised their game to match increasingly sophisticated approaches by both merchants and affiliate networks. 

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UK online marketing exceeds 10% of advertising pie, bring on 20%

I wonder who will be bold enough to call the 'top' of the market. I have felt that online will easily reach a 15% share of advertising revenue for some time now, but it feels like we will surpass this figure even quicker than many anticipated.

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Valleyschwag dumps subscription model and subscribers

I’ve just figured out, via a Paypal email notification, that Valleyschwag has pulled the plug on its subscription model.

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British Museum to monitor eBay antiquity sales

eBay has teamed up with The British Museum and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council in an attempt to cut down on the illegal sale of antiquities on eBay.co.uk.

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John Lewis launches direct services firm

The John Lewis Partnership has launched a direct services company called Greenbee , which will market a range of financial, travel and leisure products online and by phone.

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Tesco boosts web sales by 30%

Tesco has posted a 28.7% rise in sales at its online division, with revenues coming in at £554m in the first half of this year.

The supermarket giant, which dominates the UK’s online grocery sector, said profit at Tesco.com increased 43.1% to £33.8m, excluding the launch costs of its non-food operation Tesco Direct.

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Amazon gives search engine a facelift

Amazon has scaled back its A9 search engine by canning personalised features and no longer requiring users to log in.

The etailer removed the functions late last week, with a spokesperson telling the Associated Press it was "shifting its priorities to areas where it can provide the greatest benefit for customers."

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Local search gains momentum, says study

A study by ComScore , focusing on the US, has shown an increase of over 40% in the number of users performing local searches online in the last year.

According to the research, 63% of US internet users (around 109 million people) performed a local search during July, a 43% increase over the same month in 2005.

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Currys to launch online movie and music sales

Currys has announced plans to launch a low-cost online DVD and CD store aimed at undercutting major offline and online retailers. 

The electrical goods firm said it would offer around 180,000 CDs and 40,000 DVDs for purchase online, with free delivery and chart and new releases priced from £8.99 and £12.99 respectively.

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Online casino shuts down as gaming crisis deepens

The Ritz Hotel's online casino has been shut down amid growing fears over the crackdown on internet gambling in the US and Europe.

"In light of the current confusion and inconsistency in online gaming legislation worldwide, the owners of The Ritz Club London Online have, regretfully, decided to close the site to new customers with immediate effect," the firm said in a statement on the site.

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SEO as effective as paid search, study says

WebSideStory has released an interesting study that indicates paid search is only slightly more effective than optimisation when it comes to conversion rates.

The research, which focused on 20 major B2C sites over the first eight months of this year, basically suggests that neither paid or organic search advocates are right to claim their methods are better.

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Dr Martens launches new website freedm2.com – beautiful but flawed?

Dr Martens has launched a new website at freedm2.com through Saatchi Interactive. The site aims to increase engagement with customers using a range of multimedia interactions and ‘social’ elements, such as creating and sharing videos and music.

But it is all in Flash, you can’t buy shoes, and the registration doesn’t seem to work…

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