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Marketers Can Now Target Ads on Google through Customer Match
Google (GOOG) recently announced the launch of a new product called Customer Match. It will enable marketers to send tailored ads to target customers that sign on to Google’s Gmail or YouTube.
Emerging Markets: Twitter’s Next Focus
Twitter’s latest strategy is to explore emerging markets and boost its slow revenue growth. Expansion of its Singapore office is intended to overcome Twitter’s poor 1Q15 performance.
Will Alphabet Woo Its Investors Again with Its 3Q15 Results?
Alphabet (GOOGL), the parent company of Google (GOOG), is scheduled to announce the third quarter earnings of 2015 on October 22.
eBay’s Next Spin-Off Is Its Enterprise Unit
For quite some time, eBay had been looking to sell its Enterprise business. It announced a deal a few minutes before the earnings call.
Alibaba Projects a Slow Growth in Active Buyers
Alibaba reported a 31% YoY growth in its active buyers in the quarter ending June 2015. It declined by 6% when compared with the quarter ending March 2015.
Alibaba Beats Estimates with Impressive 3Q15 Results
Despite the slow Chinese economy, Alibaba (BABA) reported better-than-expected results for fiscal 2Q16. The e-commerce titan released its fiscal 2Q16 earnings on Tuesday, October 27, 2015.
Facebook Objects to Startups Using Similar Names
Facebook had to deal with its own infringement case brought against it by a company named Timeline in 2011. The matter was settled out of court, however, and dismissed in 2013.
Increased Mobile Transactions Could Drive Alibaba’s Stock
Alibaba recently announced its plans to boost the number of mobile transactions, aiming for it to exceed the number of personal computer transactions.
eBay’s 2Q15 Earnings to Benefit from Slightly Weaker US Dollar
Although the dollar has appreciated for most of 2015, it has fallen about 5% in the last quarter. Currency headwinds for eBay could be less intense as the dollar weakens slightly. eBay is expected to release its earnings on Thursday, July 16.
Twitter’s Project Lightning Could Be Called ‘Moments’
Twitter’s Project Lightning will let users view a collection of tweets with images and videos of a specific event without following individual accounts that have tweeted on the event.
Facebook Determined to Make Money in Africa
Through Internet.org, Facebook offers various countries in the developing world a free app that enables users there to access certain websites and apps without any data charges.
Where Is Facebook Investing Heavily?
Facebook has been hiring new talent and investing heavily in improving user experience on Instagram, WhatsApp Messenger, and Messenger. Instagram is expected to churn big money for Facebook.
Mobile GMV Continues to Grow, Looks Promising for Alibaba
Alibaba’s mobile GMV increased to 55% in the quarter ending June 2015.
Facebook Ready to Monetize Instagram—Are Users Ready?
Initially, Facebook had posted restrictions on the content being marketed on Instagram, and this made Instagram unique on social media.
Mobile: A Crucial Driver for Alibaba’s Positive 2Q16 Results
Out of the total GMV (gross merchandise volume), mobile accounted for 62% of Alibaba’s GMV for fiscal 2Q16. In comparison, mobile GMV accounted for 36% of total GMV in 2Q15.
AOL Stands to Benefit from Microsoft’s Advertising Business
The Microsoft deal could help AOL gain additional market share and strengthen its position against competitors like Facebook (FB) and Google that dominate the display ad industry.
A Few Surprising Elements from eBay’s 2Q15 Earnings
On July 16, 2015, eBay (EBAY) announced its second quarter earnings. It had a few surprising elements. The company reported a rise in its revenue by 7% YoY.
Amazon Prime Is a Crucial Growth Driver—and Now There’s Prime Day
Amazon (AMZN) launched its first ever Prime Day on July 15, offering exclusive lightning deals to its Prime members for a day. The event was a huge success.
Microsoft Deal with AOL a Missed Opportunity for Yahoo!
Ross Levinsohn said that Yahoo! once tried to strike an advertising deal with Microsoft (MSFT) similar to the new deal between AOL (AOL) and Microsoft.
Amazon Web Services Revenue Comprises 57% of Amazon’s Profits
Amazon’s cloud services arm, Amazon Web Services contributed $391 million toward Amazon’s $684 million operating profit for 2Q15, or 57%.
Amazon Lures Etsy Sellers to Populate Its Handcrafted Goods Site
To help populate Handmade with handcrafted goods, the company rolled out an email campaign targeting Etsy sellers. Select Etsy sellers were invited to choose Amazon as their product marketplace.
Will Amazon Beat Analysts’ Estimates in the Third Quarter Too?
Amazon (AMZN), the online retailer and e-commerce giant, is scheduled to release its third quarter earnings results on Thursday, October 22. Will it surprise investors again and beat the estimates?
No More Picture Cropping to Post on Instagram
In the past, Instagram users had to crop pictures in order to post them in the traditional square format. Now Instagram users can share and upload pictures in a rectangular format.
Amazon Expansion Plans to Leverage On-Demand Services Industry
Amazon Home Services currently offers about 900 professional services that include booking a professional service for mounting a TV on the wall, plumbing, or installing a garbage disposal.
A Growing Tactic Among Retailers: Price-Matching Policies
Price-matching policies are gaining traction among leading retailers aiming to lure customers and gain a competitive edge during the holiday season.
Google Forays into Home Services Market
Google (GOOG) marks its entry into the home services market with its new paid app, AdWords Express.
Order Food with Amazon’s New Prime Now Application
Amazon Prime members can now view menus and order food with the new Prime Now application.
Monthly Active Users Still a Concern for Twitter
Twitter (TWTR) reported average monthly active users of 320 million for 3Q15, a meager gain of 4 million from the previous quarter. The consensus analyst estimate for MAUs was 324 million.
Facebook Could Deliver Impressive Third Quarter Earnings
Wall Street analysts expect Facebook to report EPS (earnings per share) of $0.52 and revenue of $4.4 billion.
Facebook’s Stock at an All-Time High
Facebook’s stock reached an all-time high of $103.56 on October 26 and is expected to achieve a price target of $125.
Amazon Web Services: Amazon’s Money Churner in 3Q15
AWS continues to grow Amazon’s (AMZN) cloud computing arm, Amazon Web Services (or AWS) surprised investors with its contribution to the overall revenue for Amazon. The cloud computing segment of Amazon reported revenue of $2.1 billion in 3Q15. The revenue growth for AWS in 3Q15 is 78% year-over-year. In comparison, AWS revenue grew by 82% […]
Bulk Merchandise Gives Amazon a Competitive Edge over Jet.com
Although Jet.com promises the lowest prices online and is cheaper than Amazon, it lags behind Amazon with respect to the number of products listed on its site.
eBay Expected to Report Increased Gross Merchandise Volume
eBay (EBAY) is gearing up for the release of its 3Q15 earnings results on October 21. Analysts expect the online auction giant to report an increase in its gross merchandise volume.
Why Adblock Plus Created an Independent Board to Review Ads
EyeoGmbH, a German software developer, has announced its plans to form an independent board that will be responsible for reviewing ads for AdBlock Plus.
A Closer Look at eBay’s Stock Performance ahead of 3Q15 Earnings
eBay’s share were up by 0.12% last week, but they fell 9.13% over the last four weeks.
Why Android’s User Base Is Growing at Such a Fast Pace
Since May 2014, Android has helped Google add 400 million users to its kitty, reaching 1.4 billion active users, according to Sundar Pichai, Google’s CEO.
Pre-Roll Video on Twitter: An Incentive for Marketers
Earlier this month, Twitter announced that marketers can now play six-second pre-roll video ads before videos from various publishers on Twitter’s platform.
Groupon: Upcoming Player in the Food Delivery Services Market
In August 2015, Groupon launched Groupon to Go in Chicago, offering food-delivery deals that allow customers to save up to 10% on every order.
Google Follows Amazon Presence in US Fresh Food Delivery Market
Amazon has been in the fresh food delivery market since 2006, when it launched its AmazonFresh grocery service. In September 2015, Google announced its foray into the perishable goods market.
Expectations for Twitter’s New Moments Feature
Twitter’s new Moments feature could help to boost user growth for the company, which has been struggling to win new users and retain existing users.
Amazon Fresh Is Now in the UK
Amazon will now offer perishable items with its same-day delivery service in the UK. The recent move of offering perishable items indicates the company’s plans of launching its service Amazon Fresh in the UK.
Amazon Launches Amazon Flex for 1-Hour Deliveries
Amazon rolled out a program called Amazon Flex, which utilizes a network of independent contractors. These on-demand contractors deliver products to customers by signing up for shifts through an app.
Snapchat’s New Source of Revenue: $0.99 to Replay 3 Lost Messages
Snapchat will now charge users to replay their favorite messages. The company will allow users to replay three messages for $0.99.
Food Delivery Market Gaining Traction in China
Alibaba most recently increased its investments in the food delivery space, as the food and non-alcoholic beverages market is the biggest in China.
JD.com Has Its Own Delivery Strategy for Rural China
JD.com delivers product packages via its own warehouses and local delivery stations. These packages are delivered to “brand promoters” in villages.
Alibaba’s Expansion Strategy in Rural China
Alibaba plans to invest $1.5 billion in distribution centers in China’s urban regions. It plans to create ~100,000 product delivery points in rural China.
Apple Has Opened the Gate for Ad Blocking Apps
The launch of iOS 9 has given birth to various ad blocking applications that enable users to block ads on Apple’s mobile devices.
Groupon Announces Plans to Cut Workforce
Groupon (GRPN), a deal-of-the-day website, has announced plans to cut 1,100 jobs globally. The move comes amid slow customer growth and the ongoing struggle to add inventory that delivers high margins.
Ad Blocking: Hot Topic at Advertising Week
Advertising Week kicked off on September 28, 2015. Among other key trends in marketing, ad blocking is one of the main topics of discussion this year.
Rural China: New Market Potential for E-Commerce Players?
The number of Internet users in China reached 668 million in June 2015—48.8% of the total population. The internet penetration rate in rural China is 30%.
Ad Blocking’s Impact on the Digital Advertising Industry
Though ad blocking software could improve Internet users’ experience, it poses a big threat to websites’ and publisher’s advertising revenue.
No More Adobe Flash Ads on Google Chrome
Earlier this year, Google announced that Google Chrome will discontinue displaying ads that use Adobe Flash technology.
Alibaba’s AliExpress Might Also Take a Hit
Alibaba expects its AliExpress business to take a hit from the troubled economies in Russia’s and Brazil’s emerging markets.
China’s Sluggish Economy Forces E-Commerce Giants to Target New Customers
China’s sluggish economy has impacted the consumer spending. Players like Alibaba and JD.com are now focusing on expanding user bases to rural regions.
Could Android Pay Boost Mobile Payments?
Google announced Android Pay’s rollout. It also plans additional features and more store locations and banks to make it easy to pay via Android phone.
Are Retail Stores Ready for Apple Pay or Android Pay?
Mobile wallet companies such as Apple and Google are struggling to boost e-commerce. Most US retail stores don’t accept payment via smartphone.
You Can Now Download Android Pay from Google Play Store
According to a recent Tech Times report, Google’s mobile payment app Android Pay is now officially available for download from the Google Play Store.
Intuit’s Small Business Lending Debut
Intuit’s lending program offers terms of up to one year, payments deducted on a weekly basis, and rates of 8%–19% for customers with good credit history,
Intuit Plans to Create a $100 Million Fund to Offer Loans
Intuit announced its plans to create a $100 million fund to offer loans by joining hands with OnDeck, an online lender in the United States.
Lending to Small Businesses: Technology Companies’ New Venture
Technology companies like Intuit, PayPal, and Square are now venturing into the space of lending funds to small businesses.
Google Aims to Compete with Amazon in Fresh Food Delivery Market
Amazon has been in the fresh food delivery market since 2006 when it launched AmazonFresh. Google’s new initiative is an attempt to directly compete with Amazon in the fresh food delivery space.
Twitter Lifts 140-Character Limit from Direct Messages
Twitter (TWTR) recently announced the removal of its 140-character limit from its direct messages. Users can now send messages that are 10,000 characters long.
Audience Platform Is Twitter’s New Mobile Ad Network
Twitter (TWTR) has announced the launch of its new product, Audience Platform, an extension of its mobile ad network, Publisher Network. It will allow Twitter to extend its advertising campaigns.
How Does Twitter Plan to Attract More Users?
Project Lightning is a new feature. It’s a button that’s available on Twitter’s social media mobile app. Users can view pictures and videos of live events.
Amazon Prime to Face Competition from Jet.com
Although the Jet.com membership fee is cheaper than Amazon Prime at $99 per year, Amazon customers give positive reviews to the Prime membership service.
Twitter Exhibits Weak User Growth in 2Q15
Twitter (TWTR) didn’t report a significant rise in the number of average MAUs in 2Q15. It reported MAUs of 304 million excluding SMS users.
Internet.org: Another Facebook Long-term Project
One of Facebook’s long-term projects is Internet.org, through which Facebook offers various countries a free app so users can access certain websites and apps without data charges.
Instagram Ads Exceed Facebook in Click-Through Rate
Instagram reported its click-through rate of 1.50% for the month of August to date. This is almost double Facebook’s rate. Instagram clearly has the potential to churn out big money for Facebook.
Mobile: A Crucial Driving Force for Facebook’s Growth
In 2Q15, Facebook’s (FB) mobile advertising revenue was 76% of Facebook’s advertising revenue. This was a year-over-year increase of 62% compared to 2Q14.
Amazon’s Stock Sheds Its Gains after Stellar 2Q15 Earnings
Amazon beat analyst estimates with respect to its 2Q15 earnings, which helped Amazon’s stock gain by 20% on the day earnings were announced. However, Amazon’s shares had a steep fall of about 10% in the week ending August 21, owing to the sell-off in the Technology sector.
An Impressive Result for Amazon’s 2Q15 Earnings
Amazon surprised investors and analysts with its strong 2Q15 earnings, which it released on July 23. The results exceeded analysts’ expectations with diluted earnings per share of $0.19 on net sales of $23.18 billion.
Facebook Exceeds Analysts’ Expectations for 2Q15 Earnings
Facebook (FB) announced its 2Q15 earnings on July 29, 2015. The company reported adjusted EPS of $0.50 and revenue of $4.04 billion, a 39% increase.
Amazon Replaces Its Product Ads with Text Ads
Amazon announced an end to the pay-per-click advertisements that had appeared at the end of its search results. These product ads were a hit among small retailers who could showcase their merchandise via these ads.
Groupon Enters the Food Delivery Services Market
Groupon plans to partner with non-delivery restaurants to gain a competitive edge in the growing food delivery market.
Tsinghua Holdings Eyes a Partnership with Facebook and Google
China’s Tsinghua Holdings, a state-owned tech group of Tsinghua University, is in talks with Facebook and Google to form partnerships.
Groupon Delivers a Profitable Second Quarter in 2015
Groupon, a deal-of-the-day website, released its 2Q15 results on August 7. The company reported a profit of $109.1 million in the quarter, compared to a loss of $22.9 million in 2Q14.
Google Becomes a Subsidiary of Alphabet
Google recently announced the creation of its parent company, Alphabet. Larry Page, founder and CEO of Google, announced the separation of Google’s core business of search and advertising from its diversifying businesses.
Alibaba’s Gross Merchandise Volume Continues to Trail
Alibaba’s gross merchandise volume grew by 34% YoY across its China marketplaces. This is a 5% decline compared to the growth of 39% in the quarter ending March 2015.
Why Did Google Create Alphabet?
The main objective of Alphabet is to streamline its varied businesses and focus on opportunities for new initiatives under the Google brand.
Former CEO Dick Costolo Plans to Bid Farewell to Twitter
During his five-year tenure, Costolo turned Twitter into a public company with a market value of ~$25 billion.
Retailers Pull the Plug, Refuse to Do Business with Jet.com
Retailers such as Macy’s, Amazon, and Target backed away from Jet.com following complaints against the startup for linking to these retailers’ sites without permission.
What Are the New Features on eBay Enterprise?
eBay Enterprise operates three primary lines of business: commerce technologies, omnichannel operations, and marketing solutions.
Marketplaces Unit: eBay’s Core Business
eBay (EBAY) Marketplaces’ GMV fell 2% on a YoY (year-over-year) basis in 2Q15. The continued strength of the dollar significantly influenced the results.
PayPal’s Robust Contribution to eBay’s 2Q15 Earnings
PayPal (PYPL) started trading separately after the release of eBay’s earnings on July 16. It reported robust growth during 2Q15.
Jet.com or Amazon Prime: Which Membership Is More Profitable?
Jet.com could be beneficial for bulk purchases and longer shipping times. Amazon is best suited for small orders and fast delivery.
Is Jet.com a Potential Threat to Amazon’s Business?
Amazon (AMZN) has a new competitor in town—Jet.com. It opened to the public early last week. The startup was founded by Marc Lore.
Twitter to Expand Video Ads for App Installs
Twitter (TWTR) plans to extend the autoplay video feature to application install ads. The objective is to draw positive results from its app install ads unit, which underperformed in 1Q15.
Facebook Stock Likely to Rise with New Instagram Ads
According to a survey of 7,500 US teenagers conducted by Piper Jaffray last year, Instagram, Twitter (TWTR) and Facebook are the three most popular social networks among teenagers.
Will Amazon Report Solid Results in 2Q15?
Amazon now expects its revenue to grow by a YoY rate of between 7% and 18% in 2Q15. The firm expects currency headwinds to affect revenue growth by up to 7.5%.
Google’s New CFO Leads 2Q15 Earnings Call
Google’s new CFO, Ruth Porat, took the lead as she addressed investors during Google’s 2Q15 earnings call. Porat is expected to boost Google’s credibility on Wall Street.
Growth Prospects for Google’s Core Business in 2Q15
Google’s search advertising business has flatlined quarter-over-quarter. In 2Q14, growth for search revenue was 4.5%. It’s expected to grow a meager 1%–2% in 2Q15.
Toys ‘R’ Us Pulls the Plug: A Big Blow to eBay Enterprise
Toys “R” Us, a main customer of eBay Enterprise, has decided to pull the plug and oversee its own e-commerce operations. The announcement comes at a very crucial time for eBay.
eBay Marketplaces Could Boost Business in Europe
eBay plans to grow its marketplace in Europe by giving small and medium-sized businesses access to technology and distribution. Recently, European regulators have been investigating the growing presence of US tech giants.
Instagram Set to Churn Out Big Money for Facebook
Instagram has reached the 300 million-user mark, and the majority of its users are young and high-income teens. This is exactly the type of audience big brands are after.
Facebook to Take On YouTube with Its New Video Ad Feature
Among the suggested videos, Facebook plans to feature video ads, testing the waters in the video ad market. The firm wants to challenge Google.
PayPal to Trade Independently after eBay’s 2Q15 Earnings Release
eBay’s spin-off PayPal will begin trading separately following eBay’s earnings release on July 16. PayPal is expected to be listed as an independent entity that will trade on NASDAQ on July 20 with the ticker PYPL.
Can Microsoft’s New Bing Video Search Challenge YouTube?
Microsoft (MSFT) recently announced the launch of its new Bing video search, and it could cause some serious trouble for Google (GOOG) and YouTube.
Facebook to Launch Buy Button to Keep Up with Pinterest, Google
Today, companies including Facebook, Google (GOOG), Twitter (TWTR), and Pinterest are focusing heavily on e-commerce capabilities and foraying into the mobile shopping market.
Facebook Messenger Enters Mobile Gaming with ‘Doodle Draw’
Facebook has entered the mobile gaming market with Doodle Draw, an extension of the old popular game Pictionary.
Staples Sets Its Sights on Winning Back Market Share from Amazon
Staples chief information officer, Tom Conophy, now plans to revamp the company and up its game against its all-time biggest competitor, Amazon (AMZN).