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The future of ecommerce according to Mary Meeker

Last Wednesday, Mary Meeker presented the 2018 edition of her annual Internet Trends report – one of the most highly-anticipated pieces of research in the digital world.

As ever, the 294-slide deck encapsulates the most pressing and hotly-debated topics in the industry, from data and personalisation to on-demand work, retail innovation, and China’s continued status as a world leader in internet markets.

In particular, the report’s section on ecommerce paints a fascinating picture of the trends that are likely to define the future of online retail: social media, personalisation, and subscriptions.

Why UGC is so important to subscription ecommerce brands

With unlimited product purchase choices at their fingertips, consumers across the nation are leaning towards the ‘click it, forget about it’ mantra.

It’s therefore becoming more important than ever for brands to ensure they drive loyalty and repeat purchases. 

Google ditches first click free, embraces paywalls

This week, Google killed its ‘first click free policy’, which required that publishers employing a paywall offer Google Search and Google News users three free articles per day. Those that didn’t saw their search rankings demoted.

For years, publishers complained that first click free policy made it difficult for them to maximize their subscription revenue. Yet many chose to follow it rather than give up Google referral traffic.

Times of London Weekly: Fantastic app, but I want it in… London

The Times launched ‘The Times of London Weekly’, its international digital offering, last month.

After investigating the app, I loved the idea of it and wanted to try a subscription for a month or two.

One problem, I can’t get it in the UK. It’s an interesting quirk of the all-or-nothing subscription model; let’s take a look in more detail.