Posts in Ecommerce

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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Apple looks to tap Bebo for music downloads

Apple is looking to tap into social networking sites as an e-commerce channel after striking a deal to distribute music with Bebo.

From today, Apple’s iTunes service will be embedded into the Bebo website – allowing its users to buy music from artists that have a Bebo profile and whose music is available via iTunes.

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Ztail makes eBay listings easy

Ztail is a startup from California whose service helps users create professional eBay listings and publish them on eBay, classified sites, blogs and social networks.

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Ten tips for product landing pages

Around half of all online purchases are preceded by a search, so landing pages can be vital to the success of your e-commerce plans. 

The trick is to consider the mindset of your visitor and provide just enough information to persuade them to purchase, but not too much so that they are distracted.

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Tesco.com pioneer to lead Dixons group

The businessman who pioneered UK online grocery shopping is moving on to head up the Dixons group.

John Browett was formerly chief executive at Tesco.com, which was launched in 1996 and has probably become the world's most successful online groceries retail operation.

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Ticket reseller Seatwave attracts $8m in funding

Seatwave, a UK website which provides a marketplace for fans to buy and sell second hand tickets for concerts. theatre and sports events, has received $8m (£4m) in Series B funding.

The funding was led by Mangrove, and managing Partner Mark Tluszcz will join the Seatwave board. Also investing were German entrepreneur Oliver Jung and Atlas Venture, which had previously invested $3m (£1.5m) in a first round of funding last year.

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Shopping traffic from Google, MySpace balloons

An increasing amount of traffic to e-commerce sites is coming from Google, according to new stats.

The proportion of visits shopping and classifieds sites received from the search engine almost doubled from 8.7% in May 2006 to 15.55% last month, Hitwise US reported.

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Etsy stages crafty e-commerce classes

Etsy, a website that turns painters, seamstresses and cushion-makers into online retail mavens, is holding e-commerce classes with a difference - they're all in the real world.

Launched in 2005, the site allows members to buy and sell handmade items from individual storefronts and has become regarded as an eBay of sorts for the crafts world.

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Lala launches free streaming music service

Silicon Valley startup Lala.com has just gone live with an alternative plan to encourage music downloads. 

It is offering free, on-demand streamed music through its site in the hope that enough users will buy CDs and download tracks to make it profitable.

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Amazon increases its investment in China

Amazon has expanded its investment in Chinese Internet company Joyo.com, which the company bought for $75m in 2004.

Chief Executive Jeff Bezos told the Wall Street Journal that Amazon would invest more capital into China, where it trails behind its biggest local competitor, Dangdang.com.

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Establishing trust in the buying process

Establishing customer's trust is essential in online retail, there are plenty of reasons why customer may be reluctant to buy online - reports of online fraud are enough to dissuade many people from shopping online.

While nothing is guaranteed to make customers trust your website, there are many things which will damage trust, and trust is very difficult to re-establish once it is damaged.

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Online shoppers want more information

Providing customers with plenty of information during the buying process can help convert more browsers to buyers, according to a new survey of US web users.

Harris Interactive's Online Retail Report (pdf) surveyed 2,873 US adults, finding that 48% of respondents have increased their online shopping habits.

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