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December 5, 2012
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  • Netflix lands coveted Disney film deal
      
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    Netflix outbid Starz for an exclusive deal that will give it the right to offer Disney films to its streaming customers about eight months after the movies debut in theaters. Liberty Media-owned Starz currently has the exclusive, but that deal expires in 2015. The news also means that subscription services including Amazon Prime and HBO will not be able to show Disney movies in Netflix's window, which will be seven to nine months after they have been released in theaters. The Wall Street Journal (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Online Retail Trends 
 
  • Study: Retailers' mobile efforts have room to grow
    Some 82% of the 50 biggest retailers now offer mobile-optimized sites, 72% have mobile applications and 66% have both, according to Acquity Group. While they offer many of the same basic features, most are still works in progress when it comes to more sophisticated functions such as click-to-call functionality, image-zoom capabilities and e-mail opt-in options, the study found. Internet Retailer (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Google teams up to promote online shopping in India
    Google India has partnered with several online retailers and marketplaces including Flipkart and Snapdeal to promote a day of online shopping on Dec. 12 that mirrors Cyber Monday in the U.S., with many offering deals for first-time shoppers. "The online shopping industry is already over $1.5 billion and with this initiative, we want to reach out and promote online shopping to the first-time buyers," said Google India executive Rajan Anandan. The Times of India/Press Trust of India (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Function follows form when it comes to tablet size
    Consumers use smaller-screen tablets more for social networking and less to read e-mail than did their counterparts using 10-inch screens, according to research from Onswipe. Some 49% of 10-inch tablet users were using e-mail to connect, while only 30% of mini tablet users accessed e-mail. eMarketer (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Companies in the News 
  • Amazon debuts Kindle subscription for children
    Amazon has rolled out Kindle FreeTime Unlimited, a monthly subscription on the newest Kindle Fire tablets that lets children have as much access to digital books, games and applications as parents allow. Amazon Prime members pay a monthly fee of $2.99 per child or $6.99 per family; non-Prime customers pay $4.99 or $10.99, respectively. CNET (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CafePress new Facebook app makes gift suggestions
    CafePress has launched a Facebook application called Likeable Gifts that combs the posts and Likes of users who opt in and uses the data to suggest appropriate gifts. Last season, Wal-Mart launched a similar app called Shopycat to spur sales. Internet Retailer (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Domino's expands Facebook offers to mobile
    Mobile Facebook users in select countries can take advantage of a 50% discount offer from Domino's when they place a pizza order on their devices on Thursday. The campaign extends to mobile the franchise's use of one-day deals on Facebook. MobileCommerceDaily.com (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Shoppable video could be a holiday gift for advertisers
    Google is beta testing shoppable-video tools on YouTube, allowing brands to incorporate the function into holiday campaigns. The tools, which are expected to appeal particularly to fashion and retail advertisers, blur the line between advertising and content, and will shift brands' video strategies away from viral content and toward direct sales, says Lisa Green, industry director at Google. ClickZ (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • What Krispy Kreme knows about millennials
    To engage millennials, retailers must embrace a new model that requires transparency and authenticity and where brand benefits are co-created and shared. At Retail’s BIG Show, Jan. 13 to 16 in New York, executives from Barkley and Krispy Kreme will share insights on how “digital natives” are creating new shopping patterns, and how retailers are using mobile technology to engage them with a functional and emotional brand experience. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Best practices to protect brands and consumers from counterfeiters
    E-commerce has enabled retailers to do business on a global scale, but in turn has moved the business of counterfeits from the street corner to the digital world. A study by MarkMonitor analyzed the relationship between online shoppers, the search terms they use and the sites that they visit when seeking apparel and luxury goods. This new white paper in the Shop.org library underscores the need for companies at all price points to implement proactive brand protection strategies in the online marketplace. Download the white paper. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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