Newsletter Archive 2015
New Sello App from Shopify Makes it Easier to Sell from Mobile Devices
Shopify has a new app called Sello for iOS and Android aimed at making it easier for people to sell things from their mobile devices. The basic concept is that you can just take a picture of something you want to sell, set a price, add a description, and sell via credit card and PayPal.
Why Social E-Commerce Is A Game Changer For Retailers This Holiday Season
As social media sites like Pinterest and Twitter begin to make product purchases as easy as a few clicks, brands are beginning to recognize the e-commerce potential of their social media activity and capitalize on it. Since 2013, sales from social media commerce for the top 500 retailers have risen 26%, to $3.3 billion, according to Business Insider and the Internet Retailer's Social Media 500..
How Facebook Ads Drives Sales For Ecommerce Retailer Canvas On Demand
I recently had the chance to sit down with Gavin Jocius, who runs eCommerce retailers Canvas on Demand and great BIG canvas to talk about how they use Facebook ads to drive eCommerce success.
You Can Now Pay From Your Wrist Using Square Cash For Apple Watch
Square just announced Square Cash for Apple Watch, which will enable owners of the device to easily send money to their friends right from their wrist.
Status Report On How Social Platforms Are Behaving In Respect To Ecommerce
The social media landscape is getting more complex, but also potentially more helpful for ecommerce businesses almost by the day. The big social platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest have all been working on features that will help businesses sell products to users. Ultimately, it’s all great for businesses selling online, and will only continue to become more so with increased availability of various features.
Shopify Makes It Easier For Merchants To Make Wholesale Orders
Shopify is now letting merchants create orders and accept credit card payments through the Shopify Admin in an effort to make it easier for them to sell wholesale, take orders by phone, etc.
Facebook Buy Button Can Now Be Used By Shopify Merchants
Shopify and Facebook announced an expanded beta test for the Facebook buy button, which was first announced last July. The announcement comes on the heels of Pinterest's big Buyable Pins announcement, which also includes Shopfiy as a partner, and opens up that functionality to thousands of Shopify merchants.
e-Commerce Features Coming Soon To Facebook
A new feature Facebook is testing could turn the social network into more of an e-commerce market place or digital swap meet. You'll soon be able to search across Facebook for items to buy from other users.
Etsy Looks To Improve Quickly As It Goes Public
Etsy just went public, opening at $16 a share and quickly raising $500 million valuing the company at $3.5 billion as shares jumped as high as $32 at opening.
Will The Amazon Dash Button Be an Ecommerce Success?
About a year ago, Amazon unveiled the Amazon Dash, a way for people to add items to their shopping lists from their homes by scanning them with the device or using the microphone to tell it what they need.
Report Indicates a Pinterest 'Buy Now' Button Could Be On The Way
Some sites have already grown to find Pinterest to be a valuable tool for ecommerce, but it may become even more valuable for selling products as the company is reportedly readying the launch of a new "buy" button, which would enable users to purchase items right from Pinterest itself.
Facebook Messenger Payments Gets Delayed
A payments feature in Facebook Messenger has been expected since at least last summer. In June, Facebook hired PayPal President David Marcus to run its messaging unit.
Groupon Expands Upon ideeli Functionality
Back in January, Groupon acquired fashion retailer ideeli for $43 million in cash to extend its presence in fashion and apparel. Such offers had already been popular on Groupon, and the company pointed to research estimating the off-price fashion market to be around $40 billion.