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February 11, 2013
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  Online Retail Trends 
  • What's next for flash-sale sites?
    Flash-sale sites aren't going away, but they're a niche player in the e-commerce scene -- only about 3% of online shoppers buy something at a flash-sale site, experts say, and access to inventory has been a growing problem as new players entered the field. Gilt Groupe leads the pack with about $600 million in annual sales, and others including Rue La La, Ideeli and MyHabit have also carved out niches. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • By 2015, mobile payments expected to reach $1 trillion
    Mobile is poised to take off as a payment method, with the potential to account for $1 trillion in sales by 2015, experts say. The key for retailers and marketers is finding ways to engage consumers, according to speakers on a panel at an industry event. One transitional way may be to offer mobile applications that complement conventional credit card transactions. PCWorld (2/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  New Media & Technology 
  • Web users aren't making a beeline for Vine
    Just 1.7% of Web users have signed up for Twitter's Vine service, and 86.5% of users say they've never heard of the new tool, according to an AYTM Market Research survey. Still, the service's launch is prompting many Web marketers to reevaluate their social video strategies. "Vine may be a good opportunity for brands looking to link up their paid, owned and earned strategies," this article notes. eMarketer (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Michael Kors takes digital users to the Fashion Week show
    Michael Kors has created a microsite that will let fans watch the brand's New York Fashion Week show as it happens Wednesday, along with backstage glimpses and other real-time content aimed at making viewers at home feel like they're at the event. Fashion brands increasingly are making use of digital technology and social media to spread the effects of their Fashion Week shows to a wider audience. Luxury Daily (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Four Seasons hopes sharing shoe pics will boost foot traffic
    New York's Four Seasons hotel is running a footwear photo booth where Fashion Week attendees can take snapshots of their shoes and share the results via Twitter and Instagram. The campaign is intended to create an association between the Four Seasons and Fashion Week for people who can't attend in person. Luxury Daily (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Starbucks goes social with snowstorm
    Starbucks began planning Wednesday for real-time Snow Day-themed Twitter and Facebook ads to run as East Coast brand fans coped with the snowstorm that hit on Friday. "We always want to stay highly relevant to what's going on. We want to be a part of [consumers'] decisions as they get ready for the weekend in terms of their product needs, such as coffee," said spokeswoman Linda Mills. Adweek (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News Spotlight 
  • Lots of love for online, mobile shopping this Valentine‚Äôs Day
    Data from NRF’s 2013 Valentine’s Day survey conducted by BIGinsight revealed that Americans who shop online will spend an average $209, or 60% more than Valentine’s Day shoppers overall.’s head of research explains why this data also supports the growing trend of more people owning smartphones and tablets and provides marketing best practices for retailers to meet the demands of these digitally-focused consumers. Read more. Blog (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Building an e-commerce business in China: A guide for Western retailers
    China’s Ministry of Commerce reported that web-based business-to-consumer sales in 2011 reached $124.22 billion, further reinforcing expectations that China will soon overtake the United States as the largest online shopping market. In a recent addition to the white paper library, Hybris software examines the significant technical and cultural differences retailers must understand to meet the distinctive needs of Chinese consumers, and identifies best practices for evaluating e-commerce vendors and platforms. Download the white paper. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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