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Posts in Ecommerce

Trulia raises $10m in funding

US vertical property search engine Trulia has raised $10m (£5m) in a third round of funding led by Sequoia Capital. The company has now raised $17.7m (£8.9m) to date.

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'Philfing' irritates web shoppers

A survey of 2,400 UK online shoppers commissioned by MoreComputers.com has revealed the irritation many feel with the practice of 'philfing', or adding hidden charges on online sales.

The term 'philfing' stands for 'purposely hiding what I'm looking for', and the survey found that 93% of UK web users are annoyed by such hidden charges.

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M&S needs to learn lessons from Tesco Online

M&S has recruited internet starlet Martha Lane Fox in a bid to push its online operation, which appears to be performing well below its potential.

The former lastminute.com co-founder will join M&S as a non-executive director, it was announced today in tandem with the release of the company’s annual results.

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Virgin Wines relaunches, adds 'wine auctions'

Virgin Wines has relaunched its website, giving it a new look, and has added a new auction feature, so customers can bid against each other for cases of wine.

Virgin Wines auctions

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Amazon bans Zlio from selling its products

Zlio, a French startup which lets users set up their own DIY shops, has suffered a blow, as e-commerce giant Amazon has stopped Zlio shopkeepers from listing its products.

Interestingly, this ban only applies to the US, and Zlio shopkeepers in Europe will still be able to list Amazon's products. Zlio users set up their own DIY shops and earn affiliate commission on the products they sell.

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Web influences every stage of the shopping process

The internet is a big influence on every stage of the purchase process, and influences buying decisions both online and offline, according to a survey by DoubleClick.

The DoubleClick study, which surveyed more than 3,000 online consumers in the UK, France, and Germany, looks at the role of the internet in purchase decisions.

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UK online sales to reach the £100bn mark this month

UK shoppers will soon have spent more than £100bn since internet shopping began, according to figures from the IMRG.

The etail group says that the first online transaction in the UK took place in April 1995 - the purchase of a book from WH Smith via CompuServe.

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Multivariate Testing and A/B Split Testing - who provides it?

We're seeing growing interest from site owners in doing A/B split testing and multivariate / multivariable testing - for landing pages, for product pages, for buying processes, for e-mails and so on.

But who are the service providers out there specialising in offering such solutions?

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E-commerce all dressed up, going far

Clothes hunters helped grow US e-commerce by a quarter in 2006 - and there is no sign of that kind of increase letting up, according to a new report.

The e-commerce sector grew to $220bn, beating expectations by five percent but showing the same rate of growth seen in 2005, according to a survey conducted by Forrester for the National Retail Federation.

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Europe 'lags behind' on cross-border e-commerce

Europe is struggling to deal with cross-border e-commerce, according to a new report by the Internal Market Committee of the European Parliament.

Despite the potential for online shopping across Europe, consumer confidence is low when it comes to buying online from abroad - only 6% do so, the report says.

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Introducing the 'Chief Listening Officer'

God provided a great model for communication when he gave us two ears and one mouth. But marketing - the function that leads customer dialogue - tends to focus on outbound communication. 

In today’s web connected world, is that still an appropriate model?

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Auctioning4u buys rival eBay drop shop chain

eBay drop shop brand Auctioning4u has bought the assets of iSold It UK, a rival chain that went into administration last month.

The move will see iSold It UK's shops moving over to the Auctioning4u network, boosting the company's plan to increase the number of its drop off locations around the UK.

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