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Report: 43% of millennials have made a voice-device purchase in past year

Alexander Supertramp / Shutterstock.com According to a new “Future of Retail” report from Walker Sands, 19 percent of consumers have made a purchase using a voice-controlled device in the past 12 months. The numbers go way up, however, for millennials, with 37 percent reporting “they ‘always’ or ‘often’ shop online via voice-controlled devices.” Among this group, 43

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Yahoo Buys Social Commerce Site Polyvore

Yahoo announced this afternoon that it was buying social shopping destination Polyvore. Yahoo said in its release that the acquisition would “strengthen Yahoo’s digital magazines and verticals through the incorporation of community and commerce, and together Yahoo and Polyvore will power native shopping ads that drive traffic and sales to retailers.” There’s also a strong mobile shopping

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6 Essentials Of E-Commerce SEO You’re Probably Still Missing

Shopping cart SEO can range from the simple to seemingly impossible. In a competitive landscape, how do you separate your store from the competition? How do you balance SEO and usability? Here are six things I look at early in any shopping cart SEO project. 1. Maintain A Simple Site Structure Make it easy for

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Google Commerce Search Is On The Chopping Block

Despite attracting several high-profile retailers, it seems Google is quietly shuttering Commerce Search. TechCrunch reported that the company is moving away from its hosted enterprise search product in favor of lighter (and less expensive) solutions. “We are making a strategy shift towards offering more flexible, easier to adopt modules for retailers, such as the Search

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Social-Local-Mobile Tactics Drive Retail Success

The convergence of social networking, local search and mobile shopping provides consumers with convenience while saving them time, a real winner in the digital world. Because the Social-Local-Mobile trend makes certain marketing channels more important for retail brands, we want to review how e-retailers can get more social while providing mobile functionality and local search

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Google Shopping, Product Extensions, Come To Four New Countries

Google has launched Shopping, aka Product Search, in four new countries today — The Netherlands, Spain, Italy and Australia. The company has also launched Merchant Center in Australia. Users of Google search in these countries will now see Shopping results on their main search results page, and can refine by clicking a Shopping tab on

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Bing Drops Cashback Program

Microsoft announced they are retiring the Bing Cashback program as of July 30, 2010. Cashback launched on May 21, 2008 as an attempt to increase market share for their search engine, back then named Live.com. Over the years, Microsoft claimed Cashback was successful in gaining momentum for the search engine. They even used TV commercials

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Local Shopping Search Stalks E-Commerce

Bob Tedeschi’s NY Times e-commerce column today discusses a number of companies, NearbyNow, GPShopper, Krillion, ShopLocal and StepUp seeking to make the online-offline shopping connection. The article’s hook is wireless shopping tools from NearbyNow and GPShopper. All these companies, and others, to varying degrees are trying to bring offline inventory information into online databases to

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The Searcher’s Guide To Black Friday, Cyber Monday & Holiday Shopping

This year, U.S. shoppers now have more opportunities than ever to join the throngs scrambling to secure holiday bargains, thanks to many brick and mortar stores opening ever earlier and staying open ever longer. Black Friday, the traditional post-Thanksgiving sales lollapalooza, has become a 24-hour slog for many retailers. And some retailers, impatient to lure

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Amazon Refuses To Pay-To-Play In Google’s New Shopping Search

Stores offering Kindles on Google Shopping As Google shifts its Shopping search to a pay-for-play model, one key commerce company appears to be sitting on the sidelines — Amazon. As noted in a New York Times feature that ran over the weekend, consumers who search on Google Shopping can find Kindles from a variety of stores

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The Holidays: Time For Joy, Laughter & Analytics

Ah the holiday season. Time to welcome back apple-picking trips, pumpkin spice lattes and the smell of pine needles. In the retail search space, time to welcome back gruelingly long work days, insane volume spikes, working on days normal people have off (e.g. every weekend from November through Christmas) and enough last-second surprises to make

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Once Condemned Google Now Hailed By Publishers For “One Pass”

Earlier this week Apple introduced its long-awaited in-app subscription service for publishers. As part of that arrangement Apple wants its standard 30 percent cut of iTunes/app revenue. However it threw a bone to publishers by allowing all revenue from subscriptions initiated outside the iTunes environment to be kept by publishers. Many publishers are now angry that

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Microsoft Picks Up Jellyfish Shopping Search Engine

Microsoft has announced the acquisition of a comparison shopping engine named Jellyfish.com. Microsoft believes that Jellyfish’s technology “has some interesting potential applications” that they can make a “key component” of Live Search. Jellyfish.com takes a bit more of a social approach to comparison shopping by enabling shoppers to sign up and create a profiles. Here

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NearbyNow Launches Mobile Product Search For Malls

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Salesforce’s Einstein boosts search in its Commerce Cloud

Bit by bit, Salesforce is bringing its Einstein AI layer to all parts of its clouds. This week, the company is launching Einstein Search for Commerce in its Commerce Cloud so that stores using its e-commerce platform can make it easier for visitors to find stuff on their websites. The company says its platform is

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Survey: Amazon beats Google as starting point for product search

A survey of 1,000 US consumers conducted by PowerReviews found that Amazon is the preferred starting point for product search. Google comes in a close second, followed by brand/retailer sites and e-commerce marketplaces (eBay, Etsy, etc.): Amazon — 38 percent Google — 35 percent Brand or Retailer Site — 21 percent Other eCommerce Marketplaces —

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Amazon Fire Phone: Bing For Search, Nokia For Maps

The emerging consensus from the early “hands on” or “first look” reviews is that the Amazon Fire Phone has some novel and interesting features but that it doesn’t measure up, overall, to the iPhone or “true Android” devices. I’ve argued that Amazon missed the boat with its high-end pricing. Interestingly, there has been almost no

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