Fashism, a four-year-old New York startup that gave fashion enthusiasts an online community for sharing styles, is closing down at the end of the month.
Chirpify, the company that allows for in-stream purchases on social networks like Twitter and Facebook, plans to announce that it’s added additional…
Chicago-based Boomerang, backed by Groupon founders’ Lightbank, is launching Tuesday to give Facebook users a way to give friends paperless gifts, including vouchers for local restaurants, spas, sporting companies and theaters. Some gift options are free, offering merchants a new way to attract customers.
Glimpse, a new Pinterest-like application powered by Facebook Likes, is now making the ubiquitous “Like” button a lot more useful by tying universal price alerts to it. Users who like a product can receive an email alert when it goes on sale.
Riding the wave of social commerce, London-based Shopcade launched in November with a platform that lets people earn rewards for recommending products to friends. Now, it’s expanding its presence stateside and beefing up its business model with new ways users can receive those rewards.
On Wednesday at the Entepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator Demo Day in New York, three start-ups showed off some cool ideas on how to tackle social commerce and let brands and companies start to make some real money from social.
While Facebook commerce has been a dud, 8thBridge believes there is a future in f-Commerce, though it means rethinking the role Facebook plays in it. The company unveiled a new new social commerce platform on Tuesday, that doesn’t rely on steering shoppers to Facebook stores.
Chirpify, a payment platform that uses Twitter to conduct transactions, announced it has raised $1.3 million in a Series A round and is finding good traction from Fortune 500 companies. It is also expanding the platform to include the sale of digital goods.
EBay has announced it’s buying New York startup Hunch, the recommendation engine, to help improve its recommendation services. The purchase helps eBay improve its technology base, compete better with Amazon and it might also be another asset in eBay’s X.commerce platform.
The fact that we all have technology at our fingertips has caused a disintermediation within traditional commerce, and significant disruption for retailers big and small. Innovation is no longer an option. Rather, it is paramount to survival.
Retailers ignore social channels at their own risk, and a number of recent market trends have coalesced to make social commerce top of mind. These four approaches can help you leverage social commerce tools on your own site.
Facebook’s explosive growth has led many to question whether it will become the de facto hub of commerce for retailers. Here are three ways to leverage Facebook and social commerce on your site to grow conversions and sales.
Facebook has been talking to various music services with a focus on social sharing and discovery of music. In this exclusive report, we share some of Facebook’s plans and features. Expect these announcements at its annual developer conference, likely to be held in August.
We now have seamless connectivity via mobile devices; people can always be connected. This connectivity offers an opportunity to create a different kind of Internet experience that’s more immersive and interactive. That persistent connection is what allows us to create and experience the Alive Web.
Groupon’s hotly-awaited initial stock offering will either stand as a beacon of hope to technology and Internet stocks of all kinds, or as a giant warning sign indicating a huge bubble of irrational exuberance. The company’s prospectus contains plenty of evidence for both sides.
Last week, investors poured money into ShopIgniter and Milyoni, companies that build Facebook storefronts for merchants and retailers. Many are skeptical about that opportunity, but with thousands of merchants building Facebook stores, it’s worth examining the challenges and what could make those stores effective shopping vehicles.
Merchants have been able to tap the power of collective buying through start-ups like Groupon. Now, online retailers are poised to start leveraging the power of social commerce with the help of group gift buying start-ups that are integrating gifting widgets on their sites.
We have only just taken first steps towards what is real (online) social commerce. Ex-Googler and current Facebook product manager articulates this in a must-read presentation, How Your Customers’ Social Circles Influence What They Buy, What They Do and Where They Go. Take a look.
Spiceworks has raised a $25 million fourth round of funding from Adams Capital and Tenaya Capital to continue building out a community of IT professionals that use the Spiceworks software to monitor their companies’ networks. That community is like a Facebook for IT.
Putting a value on Facebook is beyond many of us, but the social network is the most important player in social media. To better compete against, partner with or invest in Facebook, it’s worth evaluating its market positions, strengths and weaknesses.
When it comes to consumer technologies, how big is big enough? When do they really start to gain momentum, and what happens when they do? These are questions of critical mass — the tipping point when user adoption starts producing the hockey-stick growth that fosters sustainable businesses.
For third-quarter social media and real-time technologies, most of the action was in consumer services, and much of it — from social gaming to location-based services and advertising dollars — was influenced by Facebook. Here is a brief look back at the NewNet action highlights from last quarter.
Social shopping is all the rage, with new money flowing into new startups every day. Is it a bubble? The answer is no: despite the outward appearance of being an overcrowded marketplace, it is a new era for e-commerce.