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January 3, 2013
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  • Did online sales spell holiday success?
    Macy's and Nordstrom have made substantial investments in their online retail operations, moves that were expected to bear fruit this year in the form of higher holiday sales, says analyst Matthew Boss. This year, online sales may be the factor that determines how well the season went for brick-and-mortar retailers, analysts say. CNBC (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Online Retail Trends 
  • Third-party sellers see happy holidays on Amazon Marketplace
    Amazon Marketplace saw record growth during the holiday season, with sales by third-party sellers up 40% compared with the same period in 2011, the company says. The website boasts more than 2 million sellers, including electronics dealer Amazing Deals Online which reported a 70% jump in sales. TechCrunch (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  New Media & Technology 
  • Will digital data spell the end of surveys?
    Companies have seen the volume of consumer reviews on social sites rise 25% and that feedback, combined with data on consumers online behavior, is taking the place of surveys for many brands, according to newBrandAnalytics. “Many of the more progressive brands have already decided to eliminate surveys and instead focus on social feedback as their primary source for customer experience information,” said CEO Kristin Muhlner. MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Not sharing is no longer an option for Google users
    Google is taking a more aggressive approach to persuading people to use Google+, with users who sign up for tools such as Gmail, YouTube and Zagat automatically getting a public profile on the social network. That strategy helps Google gather information about users' online behavior, potentially opening the door to more lucrative ad targeting. The Wall Street Journal (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Interactive Advertising 
  • Amazon and Facebook should embrace Ad Choices, agencies say
    Facebook and Amazon offer targeted display advertising that incorporates third-party behavioral data, but unlike most media companies and ad networks, the Web giants have opted out of the industry's self-regulatory Ad Choices program. This creates a headache for agencies that use the sites, requiring as much as 20 hours of extra work per ad campaign to document compliance with industry rules, VivaKi Senior Vice President Grace Liau says. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative & Regulatory 
  • Report: Missouri out $468 million a year in online sales tax
    Missouri, one of 25 U.S. states that hasn't joined the 1999 Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement, misses out on about $468 million in annual online sales taxes, and the amount is expected to rise along with e-commerce sales. The state has lost about $2.3 billion in the past nine years by not requiring collection of the tax, according to researchers at the University of Missouri Truman School of Public Affairs. The Kansas City Star (Mo.) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Shop.org Spotlight 
  • 7 reasons retailers' messages are missing the inbox
    Return Path's latest Global Email Deliverability report revealed inbox placement rates dropped 5% over 2011, showing that what may have worked a few months ago does not work today. A new white paper by Listrak in the Shop.org library identifies seven reasons that could be causing e-mails to be deprioritized, bulked or blocked by recipients all together. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Act now to save $150 on Retail's BIG Show
    Friday, Jan. 4 is the last opportunity to secure a $150 registration discount for Retail’s BIG Show 2013, Jan. 13 to 16 in New York. The event attracts more than 25,000 industry pros, with executives from the The Home Depot, Wal-Mart Stores, HSN, Walgreens and many more already signed up. Learn more or register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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