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Skype sale helps eBay enjoy bumper Christmas

eBay posted strong revenue and earnings gains this week, as its online sales rose 10% in the crucial holiday season. The online marketplace said its revenue rose 35% to $3.38bn from $2.5bn a year earlier, while profits more than tripled to $1.98bn from $559m a year ago. Despite the growth in sales, the company's main boost came from the sale of its remaining stake in Skype.

20/01/2012  |  Full story...

PayPal sees six fold increase in mobile payments over holiday period

PayPal has received a six-fold mobile payment increases for smartphones and tablets for both Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the US. The eBay-owned firm said that between 1pm and 2pm PST was the busiest mobile shopping hour on Black Friday, and added that the global mobile payment volume on the day itself was up by 148% compared to an average Friday.

05/12/2011  |  Full story...

EBay boosts recommendations with Hunch purchase

eBay has bought recommendation engine in order to improve the personalisation of the shopping suggestions its customers see online. The purchase price was not disclosed. EBay said the technology will use information about customers' activity on social networks and at other Internet pastimes to help it suggest new items for customers to buy.


23/11/2011  |  Full story...

eBay opens first high street store in UK

eBay is to open its first bricks and mortar store in the UK, as the online marketplace looks to expand its reach ahead of the Christmas season. The one-off five-day experiment will be located on Dean Street just off London’s Oxford Street and will trade between December 1st-5th, a time expected to be the busiest period for online shopping. The shop itself will have no tills and a very limited selection of stock, none of which shoppers can take away with them.


18/11/2011  |  Full story...

eBay urges UK Govt to invest in mobile with ‘Mobile Manifesto'

Online marketplace eBay has sent the Government its Mobile Manifesto eBay is submitting its Mobile Manifesto to the Government today, setting out what industry and policymakers must do in order to improve the UK’s mobile infrastructure in order to support growth in the country’s digital and retail economy. The report includes seven ‘critical areas of focus’ that will boost the UK’s wider economic recovery through the support of this growing industry.


14/11/2011  |  Full story...

Mobile helps eBay sales jump 32%

Online marketplace eBay has increased its profits and sales year-on-year after continued growth in its Paypal business and mobile commerce channels. In its third quarter financial results ending 30th September 2011, the company reported a 32% increase in sales to $3bn compared to $2bn in 2010. Profits increased 14% from $432m in 2010 to $491m at the end of the quarter.


21/10/2011  |  Full story...

Growth of Twitter – International HQ set-up

Twitter is establishing an international HQ in Dublin, following other digital groups including Google and Facebook. A spokeswoman for Twitter said: "The Twitter office in Dublin, our third location outside of the US, is a great next step in the company's global expansion."Ireland is attractive to multinationals because of its 12.5% corporate tax rate, but even more attractive because of "transfer pricing".


03/10/2011  |  Full story...

Digital Intelligence September 2011

Digital Strategy data - Digital Intelligence September 2011

Is Facebook destined to become the next AOL? This month saw the social network transform into a media hub, realising Zuckerberg's strategy of positioning Facebook as an "Internet within the Internet". The move has worked for games, providing huge ad revenues and rich demographic data yields, but will users be happy to watch Netflix films, stream Spotify playlists and read eBooks within Facebook's site? Or is it too similar to AOL's doomed "walled garden" strategy of the early noughties?

This month saw Google take the revamped Google+ public, buying Groupon rival Daily Deal and unveiling its potentially revolutionary Wallet service in the US. Meanwhile, Twitter's new analytics tool could help marketers shed light on the dark art of social media ROI, and the relationship between retweets and revenue on the micro-blogging site.

September also provided some prime examples of how not to get ahead in digital media. Yahoo fired fiery boss Bartz over the phone, leaving the former dotcom darling looking for a buyer. RIM saw its profits collapse as Blackberry lost its grip on the mobile market, and newly bought MySpace has been forced to postpone its grand launch. Award for worst CRM of the month goes to Netflix, which fumbled a re-branding and re-pricing strategy that outraged customers and forced a humble YouTube apology from the CEO, which you can view in all its wince-inducing glory below.

On the research side, we've got some telling stats on mobile broadband this month. 1 in 10 of eBay's customers now buy via mobiles, while the UN found that over 10% world population now has mobile broadband. Food for thought for anyone doubting the potential of mobile...

Read September 2011

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Top 10 global retail and auction sites: Global

Amazon sites reached the largest global audience with more thanm 282 million visitors in June 2011, or 20.4% of the worldwide internet population. eBay followed closed behind with a 16.2% market reach.

Top 10 global retail and auction sites: Global. Amazon sites reached the largest global audience with more thanm 282 million visitors in June 2011, or 20.4% of the worldwide internet population. eBay followed closed behind with a 16.2% market reach.

27/09/2011  |  Full story...

Threat to Seatwave and Viagogo? eBay takes StubHub ticket resale site to UK

eBay is planning to launch a version of its StubHub ticket marketplace division in the UK by the end of the year, according to a news report. The move, first reported by the Financial Times, would put the company in direct competition with Seatwave and viagogo, the latter of which was established by StubHub co-founder Eric Baker.


20/09/2011  |  Full story...

PayPal payments now accepted offline

EBay has updated PayPal, making the online payments system available to more than a hundred big retailers for in-store transactions. PayPal users will be given a physical PayPal card that they can use to purchase products in stores. The card can be swiped on existing card machines, meaning merchants will not have to install new hardware or payment systems in their stores.


19/09/2011  |  Full story...

1 in 10 eBay customers now buying on mobile

The sales of goods through smartphones now account for more than a 10th of all purchases on eBay, according to new figures. The online marketplace said more people in this country were buying and selling goods via mobile than elsewhere in Europe. More than two million items were bought on eBay through a mobile last month, including a house and a £70,000 Ferrari car.


19/09/2011  |  Full story...

Top 30 web properties: Europe

Google sites ranked as the top European web property in June 2011 with 338.6 million unique visitors (up 6 percent from a year ago), reaching 91.0 percent of the European Internet audience.

Top 30 web properties: Europe. Google sites ranked as the top European web property in June 2011 with 338.6 million unique visitors (up 6 percent from a year ago), reaching 91.0 percent of the European Internet audience.

17/09/2011  |  Full story...

Groupon offers vouchers for UK ecommerce sites

Groupon has expanded its UK opererations with a new voucher scheme for ecommerce sites. Groupon already offers UK customers daily deal vouchers for local restaurants, hotels and other offline goods and services. The latest move will expand the scheme to UK websites selling online. The move puts the Chicago-based company in closer competition with the likes of Amazon and eBay in the UK.


13/09/2011  |  Full story...

eBay plans China and Japan shopping spree

EBay is looking at acquisition opportunities in Japan and China, as the online marketplace looks to expand in the lucrative Asian markets. Asia is expected to become the growth engine in the coming years with around one-third of global sales coming from there. eBay Inc expects sales from greater China to grow 30-40 per cent annually from about $4 billion in 2010.


02/09/2011  |  Full story...

Digital Intelligence August 2011

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Who says August's the quiet month for news? Here in the UK, riots revealed the worst and best of social media: large-scale looting was organised at least in part via secure Blackberry Messenger, while large-scale clean-ups were enabled through Twitter hashtags. Watching criminals exploit the privacy of BBM was as depressing as the relief felt from watching the publicly spirited clean-up. All a strong reminder that social activism through social media and messenger tools will be a permanent feature of society from now on whether in Libya or London.

Digital media battle lines continue to shift, as Google became a fully-fledged mobile maker after the Motorola acquisition, and a fully-fledged TV platform with the UK announcement of Google TV. Facebook got serious about location, dropping 'Places' for a universal location tagging system, adding mobile messaging in its bid to stifle Twitter and FourSquare, and ramping up its privacy along the way.

On a sad note, Apple lost its 'rock star nerd', as Steve Jobs stepped away from the helm. Jobs is a true digital revolutionary who pioneered game-changers like the iPod, iPhone and iPad - a real icon of our times who has materially affected all of us. While Apple's strategy looks confident to continue, we're still unconvinced by the shock moves at heavyweight tech firm Hewlett-Packard to ditch mobiles, tablets and PCs to become a standalone software maker.

Also in this month's edition, some eye-opening stats we think you'll enjoy: Amazon accounts for 1 in 5 of all web visits, the UK's Daily Mail became the second most read news site in the world. Which paper came first? You'll have to read on...

Read August 2011

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Top 10 global retail sites: Amazon accounts for 1 in 5 of all web visits

In terms of retailers, Amazon sites reached the largest global audience with more than 282 million visitors in June, or 20.4% of the worldwide Internet population, according to new research. The study, from comScore, found other top brands included eBay, which reached 16.2 percent of global Internet visitors, China’s Corporation (11.3 percent reach), Worldwide Sites (9.7 percent reach) and Japan’s Rakuten Inc. (4.2 percent reach).


22/08/2011  |  Full story...

eBay boosts mobile payments with Zong buy

eBay has bought start-up Zong for an undisclosed sum, as the Online marketplace looks to boost its mobile payments services. Zong focuses on "frictionless" mobile payments that go directly to mobile carrier billing statements.

Zong will be incorporated to complement eBay's subsidiary, Paypal, as Zong already has connections with over 250 mobile network operators worldwide in 45 countries and 21 languages.


15/08/2011  |  Full story...

Ebay tops shopping results searches for Google UK is the online retail site most likely to feature in shopping results displayed within Google’s UK search engine listings according to a study by search analytics software firm Searchmetrics.

08/08/2011  |  Full story...

Online shopping in May: Top e-tailers give their views

Online shopping continues to grow in the UK, with £5.3 billion spent online during May; a year-on-year increase of 18%. However, Brits are preferring to make lots of small purchases rather than big investments, according to the latest data from the IMRG and Capgemini. Here, key figures form the UK ecomerce industry share their experience of last month’s trading.


20/06/2011  |  Full story...

Online shopping in April: Top e-tailers give their views

The latest figures from the IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index have revealed continuing strong growth for online sales in April, with shoppers in the UK spending a total of £5.2 billion online, a significant 19% more than April 2010 and equivalent to £84 per person. In this article, key figures form the UK online retail sector talk to the IMRG about their views on the current market.


25/05/2011  |  Full story...

UK online retail sector enjoys ‘strongest growth in 3 years’

As the high street reports the worst drop in sales for 15 years, the latest figures from the IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index reveal that online sales are bucking the trend by recording continued growth. In March, shoppers in the UK spent a total of £5.1 billion online, 14% more than March 2010 and equivalent to £82 per person. Significantly, the Index has seen 18% growth during Q1 compared with the same period last year, which confirms it as the strongest first quarter performance in three years.


18/04/2011  |  Full story...

Digital Intelligence March 2011

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Getting search right just got tougher.

This month's shift in the Google algorithm saw massive swings in the rankings of many brand and retail sites, cleaning up much of the spam but creating a few surprises along the way. Good news for the white-hat techniques of best practice, but bad news for many agencies who had been using link farms to bolster the clients' rankings. Getting search right is such a fundamental of web marketing that without it nothing else in the digital mix works properly. It's a core part of the always-on in digital marketing. And other engines are going even further in the war on spam and simply banning sites that don't make the grade.

This month's digital strategy healthcheck? Think beyond the brand and look for your new position on the category terms you need to be famous for. Track the movement, see where your competitors are and make a plan to climb higher up the listings.

Read March 2011

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Ebay buys GSI Commerce for $2.4bn

EBay plans to buy e-commerce service provider GSI Commerce for $2.4bn (£1.2bn) to build up its online marketplaces as it ramps up its battle with The move sees the online marketplace attempt to win more business from large store chains, an area of business in which rival Amazon excels.


29/03/2011  |  Full story...

Top 10 most searched for brands of 2010: Facebook, YouTube and eBay top list

Facebook was the top online brand of 2010, followed by YouTube, eBay, Amazon and Argos, according to new data from Experian Hitwise. Twice a year, Experian Hitwise awards the 10 most popular websites according to the market share of visits a website receives relative to other websites in their industry. This year’s top 10 brands include a mixture of social networks, retailers, automotive and news and media sites.


23/03/2011  |  Full story...

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