Tag: e-commerce

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Sandbox Issue 233: Shopping Around: Making Online Stores Add Up

Lead: Working with D2C experts is one part of the business, but changes in how social media sites are structuring themselves can offer acts new ways to sell products to fans of all stripes. We look at where social platforms...
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Instagram adds ‘Checkout’ feature for in-app shopping

Rumours that Instagram was going to do more with e-commerce have been bubbling for a while. Yesterday, the Facebook subsidiary revealed its latest moves. “Today, we’re introducing checkout on Instagram. When you find...
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Instagram expands its shopping features through stories and Explore section

The rumours were true: Instagram is getting new features focused on shopping. They were announced yesterday, and will be focused on two specific areas of Instagram's app: its stories section, and its Explore homepage.
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Report claims Instagram is building a standalone shopping app

This year has seen Instagram’s move into longer-form video with its IGTV feature, and some dabbling with e-commerce via shoppable links within its app. Now Instagram could be planning a significant expansion of the latter.
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Facebook is building shops into Facebook Pages

We’ve seen several spikes in hype around the idea of social commerce: people buying products (music, tickets and artist merch included) through social networks like Twitter and Facebook. The hype has often turned out to...
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HMV getting back into e-commerce – but for physical music

British retailer HMV is relaunching a full e-commerce website, although for now it will focus on selling CDs rather than digital downloads. “People are switching from downloads to streaming music, so digital is eating digital...
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Twitter planning an e-commerce play?

People have been poking behind the curtain on Twitter’s Android app and have found a (dormant) setting for “payment and shipping” and now the tech press is piling in and declaring that Twitter is definitely (possibly)...
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Facebook and Twitter make their latest moves in e-commerce

The idea of social commerce has received plenty of hype in recent years, but hasn’t always delivered on it. Both Facebook and Twitter are seemingly keen to rectify that state of affairs, with both making new moves yesterday....
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Chinese e-commerce group Alibaba files for IPO in the US

Often described as the ‘Chinese Amazon’, the filing for e-commerce firm Alibaba’s IPO might persuade a few more people to start describing Amazon as the US Alibaba. The document sets out the company’s stats: 231m...
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Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart launches Digiflip Pro tablet

Amazon has been releasing its Kindle Fire tablets in the west for a while now, but its equivalent in India has similar ambitions. Flipkart is launching a seven-inch tablet called the Digiflip Pro XT712, which will cost Rs...
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YouTube turns eight and adds shoppable videos feature

Happy birthday to you, YouTube. Given its scale now, it's strange to think it's only eight years since the video site launched in May 2005.
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Amanda Palmer is back in the tweetable t-shirts business

Artist Amanda Palmer has returned to the idea of selling t-shirts on Twitter, making use of its e-commerce platform Chirpify.