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EBay begins targeting ads based on user browsing habits

EBay has begun sharing the browsing habits of its users with third party advertisers, as the online marketplace looks to rival Amazon, Facebook on Google in the lucrative practice of behaviourally targeted ads.

12/04/2013  |  Full story...

Digital Intelligence March 2013

Digital Strategy data - Digital Intelligence March 2013

Traffic to websites by tablet users is overtaking smartphone traffic, 50% of mobile searches get actioned within an hour, and Nielsen shows where consumers are located when they're searching categories like 'food' or 'shopping' - all this just in the mobile section of this month's research round-up.

To keep you updated on how the digital markets are evolving, our strategists have included dozens of infographics, charts and research reports - as well as the top 100 full stories from our blogs and the DigiAcademy Twitter feed:

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Paid search ‘a waste of money’ for big brands (according to eBay)

eBay has courted controversy by claiming that paying for search ads has little effect on sales for large companies, according to its own research.

15/03/2013  |  Full story...

Mobile trends- ‘One third of UK traffic now from smartphones or tablets’

Brits spend more time online than any other European country, with one third of traffic now coming from smartphones or tablets, according to a new report from ComScore.

18/02/2013  |  Full story... shuts online retail arm after UK tax loophole closed

Online music and computer game seller is to close down its direct retail business and shift to an online marketplace from spring 2013. The move will make more than 200 staff redundant, including 67 workers from its Cambridge and Bristol bases and 147 in Jersey. It says it has been forced to take the step due to the ending of Low Value Consignment Relief, a scheme which allowed items less than £15 to be sold to the UK free of VAT from the Channel Islands.

10/01/2013  |  Full story...

Ecommerce trends in 2012: The 10 biggest headlines of the year

Shopping went social in 2012, with online retailers integrating 'Likes' and 'Pin It' buttons to boost sharing and purchases. In the UK, Christmas 2012 is on track to be another record-breaker for online retail, while in the US, $1.46bn was spent on cyber monday this year alone. As part of a 2012 review, Netimperative looks back at the 10 most popular ecommerce news stories and trends of the year.

14/12/2012  |  Full story...

Cyber Monday winners revealed: Amazon, eBay and Argos get 30% of all visits

Cyber Monday set a new online retail record this week, as UK consumers made 112 million visits to retail websites on Monday 3rd December, a 32% rise on 2011. The study, from Experian, found that Amazon, eBay and Argos claimed 30 per cent of all retail visits, and consumers spent 8 minutes and 12 seconds per online retail visit on Monday.

06/12/2012  |  Full story...

PayPal to axe 3% of workforce- 400 jobs to go?

Paypal is planning to lay off some 300 and 400 employees within the next few weeks, as the onlne payments giant looks to streamline operations. The eBay-owned firm, which currently employs 13,000 staff worldwide, as part of a new focus on product development, technology and marketing.

16/10/2012  |  Full story...

eBay revamps site with Pinterest-style layout

Online marketplace eBay has today rolled out a new website, with a strong visual style similar to Pinterest. The new look site allows users to create their own customised homepage as the firm moves away from its auction roots to focus more on instant purchases.

12/10/2012  |  Full story...

Which US retailers lead the mobile commerce market?

Amazon, eBay, Apple and Walmart lead the way in m-Commerce market in the US, where 4 in 5 smartphone users are shopping via their device. The study found that 4 in every 5 smartphone users – 85.9 million in total – accessed retail content on their device in July. Amazon Sites led as the top retailer with an audience of 49.6 million visitors, while multi-channel retailers including Apple (17.7 million visitors), Wal-Mart (16.3 million visitors), Target (10 million visitors) and Best Buy (7.2 million visitors) also attracted significant mobile audiences.

02/10/2012  |  Full story...

eBay redesigns logo with modern look

eBay has unveiled its new look logo, as the online marketplace looks to convey a sleek modern image awayfrom its manic auction-based origins. The primary-coloured logo has been scaled down from the manic lettering it displayed for almost two decades, and will now showcase the company's name in a more modern way.

20/09/2012  |  Full story...

Digital Intelligence August 2012

Digital Strategy data - Digital Intelligence August 2012

What's a 'like' really worth? About 24% more than non-fans, according to With Facebook under pressure to turn clicks into cash, Play's data certainly help Zuckerberg make his case that 'likes' equal high-value customers.

It's been another tough month for the Facebook founder, with an Australian judge ruling that fan comments are now ads, while plans to run newsfeed ads for non-fans met further user grumbles. News that nearly 9% of Facebook profiles 'could be fake' also set alarm bells ringing with advertisers.

The challenge of preserving user's privacy in an increasingly commercial Internet space reared its head again this month. Google was whacked with a record fine for misrepresenting their use of Safari users' data, Facebook had its knuckles wrapped by a judge for using personal photos in ads, and Microsoft caused a stir with advertisers by setting 'Do Not Track' to default in their latest version of IE.

Also this month:
- Mobile: Paypal tests McDonalds mobile payments
- Social: Pinterest opens registration, the top 20 Twitter countries, and a review of the first 'social Olympics'
- Video: YouTube is removed from Apple devices
- Search: How search keyphrases are getting longer and SEO tips from Google on 5 biggest mistakes in SEO

Key data this month reveals that search keyphrases are getting longer, the Top 20 Twitter countries and a look back at how brands fared in the 'social Olympics'. As a bonus, we've also got SEO tips from Google on 5 biggest mistakes in SEO (and 6 good ideas!).

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Top 10 US shopping apps in June 2012: Users

This chart shows the number of unique users for mobile shopping apps min the US. Major brands such as eBay, Amazon and Groupon lead the way, while more traditional retailers such as Walgreens and Target attract 2 million unique users.

Top 10 US shopping apps in June 2012: Users. This chart shows the number of unique users for mobile shopping apps min the US. Major brands such as eBay, Amazon and Groupon lead the way, while more traditional retailers such as Walgreens and Target attract 2 million unique users.

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Hocus bogus? eBay bans spells, psychics and potion listings

eBay has stirred up controversy by banning the sale of spells, potions and other supernatural paraphernalia via its online marketplace.

20/08/2012  |  Full story...

Top 10 US shopping apps for June 2012: Average Time

This chart shows the average time spent using the top ten shopping apps. Less traditional shopping apps such as Shopkick and Out of Milk Shopping show positive levels of engagement among users.

Top 10 US shopping apps for June 2012: Average Time. This chart shows the average time spent using the top ten shopping apps. Less traditional shopping apps such as Shopkick and Out of Milk Shopping show positive levels of engagement among users.

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Nearly half of US smartphone owners use mobile shopping apps

Almost half (47%) of all smartphone owners in the U.S. use mobile shopping apps, with established online players eBay and leading in popularity, according to new research. The study, from Nielsen, indicates that 45 million people, or 47% of all smartphone owners, used mobile apps in the Nielsen-defined Shopping/Commerce category in June.

08/08/2012  |  Full story...

eBay tests same-day delivery with ‘eBay Now’

eBay is testing a same-day delivery service dubbed eBay Now, as the online marketplace looks to rival Amazon. Available to selected users in San Francisco as part of a limited test, the eBay Now service allows users to receive goods from local retailers the same day - usually, eBay claims, within an hour of placing the order.

07/08/2012  |  Full story...

Facebook commerce ‘worth £3.1bn’ in next 3 years

Selling through Facebook (f-commerce) is set to be worth £3.1 billion for UK businesses over the next 3 years, according to new research. The research, carried out by TNS on behalf of Ecwid, polled 2000 consumers in the UK. It indicates that 25% of people would prefer to shop on Facebook than eBay as it offered a more personal shopping experience, and that at present, the vast majority of consumers (85%) feel that they receive no value from a Facebook ‘like’.

02/08/2012  |  Full story...

eBay Motors launches iPhone app

eBay has launched a dedicated eBay Motors iPhone app, letting users buying cars, parts and accessories via the online marketplace on the move. The app features a Vehicle Finder tool that lets car buyers take a photo of a car, and then search eBay Motors listings to match the photo to similar vehicles available on the site. The new Motors app features a fully customisable home screen gallery of live listings and an interactive garage.

02/07/2012  |  Full story...

Russian online payment service comes to London

RBK Money, one of the top payment platforms in Russia, have chosen London to base its new European operations. RBK Money is an electronic payments company that offers online payments via e-wallet, credit and debit cards, instant money transfers, as well as services for online businesses. The service has been used in Russia for a decade and is linked to a number of leading Russian banks and 40,000 Russian post offices.

04/05/2012  |  Full story...

Pinterest social commerce: Amazon and eBay add Pinterest buttons

Amazon and eBay have added a Pinterest button to help shoppers share photos and comments on their favourite product finds via the social network. The move will see both online retail giants add a small red P next to the Facebook, Twitter, and email share buttons.

25/04/2012  |  Full story...

£22 ‘DIY computer’ Raspberry Pi starts shipping amid huge demand

The company behind the hugely popular Raspberry Pi device has shipped the first batch of pre-orders to customers, as demand for the 'DIY' mini computer intensifies. According to a report in the Inquirer, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has shipped 700 of the 220,000 preorders that were received six weeks ago.

View a video from the BBC explaining how the gadget works below:

18/04/2012  |  Full story...

Top 5 internet firms 'only pay 0.8% tax in UK'

The top 5 Internet firms in the UK, Apple, Amazon, Google, eBay and Facebook, have been accused of avoiding some £650m in UK corporation tax during 2010, according to a news report. The Daily Mail reports that the big five internet firms paid 0.8% corporation tax on UK profits. However, the firms are using entirely legal means to do so, under EU law.

17/04/2012  |  Full story...

UK: Facebook most searched for brand last year

Searches for ‘facebook’ now account for 2% of UK searches, while four retail brands are among the top 10 brands, according to new research.

02/04/2012  |  Full story...

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...

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