Practical Ecommerce

Ecommerce News Around the Web for January 7, 2011

“Ecommerce News Around the Web” is our weekly review of articles, blog posts and other news items that could interest ecommerce merchants.

20 Highly Recommended Apps for Office Tasks – 1stwebdesigner

Here is a compilation of 20 fresh web apps that offer useful alternatives to better-known desktop software. Find alternate tools for office tasks, social media sharing, professional presentations, web design, movie making, virus scanning, and several more.

Vote for Your Favorite Online Marketplace – AuctionBytes

AuctionBytes, the independent trade publication for online sellers, is collecting votes through January 19 for its second annual Sellers Choice Awards. Participants are asked to cast a vote for the Internet marketplace that best promotes profitability, customer service, communication and ease of use.

Statistics: Media Use in 2010 and Beyond – BizReport

A concise overview of media use in 2010, along with expert predictions for 2011. Included are statistics published by the University of Missouri Reynolds Journalism Institute, Nielsen Media Research, and Internet marketing researcher comScore.

Preview the Latest Android Upgrade – cellular-news

In this video preview of an upcoming Android OS upgrade, Google’s vice president of engineering provides an examination of its many features. Dubbed “Honeycomb,” the upgrade has been specially designed for today’s larger screen sizes.

A Video Minute About Social Media – ColderICE

Business expert John Lawson has made a New Year’s commitment to publish a one-minute video about social media each day of the week. In this second spot, Lawson provides some simple advice to make your social media marketing strategy more successful. There is also a link to the video series’ debut spot.

New Year Email Checklist – Constant Contact

One of the best ways to enter a new year is to clear out all the clutter and map out a plan for the coming months. Here are four useful tasks to help email marketers set new goals and stay focused in 2011.

125 Ways to Build an ‘Irresistible’ Brand – copyblogger

This blogger divides brand building into five categories, with questions to consider before you start building a brand and specific tips for implementing a branding campaign. There is a lot of good information to absorb, so roll up your sleeves and dig into this excellent brand-building checklist.

LinkedIn Going Public – Reuters

LinkedIn plans to go public in 2011, according to the global news agency Reuters. The agency says LinkedIn, known as the social networking site for business professionals, has selected its financial underwriters and is working now to attract additional investors.

Mac App Store Now Open for Business – Mashable

The much-anticipated Mac App Store has finally been launched. It contains more than a thousand free and paid applications available for download.

Digital Marketing Predictions for 2011 – Econsultancy

Staying abreast of best practices in digital marketing and ecommerce can take a lot of precious time and research. To make it simpler, here are 17 of the hottest online marketing trends to watch in 2011.

SEO Tips for Mobile Search – Search Engine Land

Whether you are bearish or bullish on the future of mobile commerce, it is clear the medium is growing. In this blog, SEO expert Bryson Meunier provides two important tips on improving search engine results for mobile devices.

About Google Product Search and Bing Shopping – Shopster

Search engines Google and Bing have their own shopping platforms. This blog introduces Google Product Search and its competitor, Bing Shopping. Both are free selling channels that can drive more traffic to web stores.

Social Commerce Roundup – Social Commerce Today

This blog contains more than two dozen predictions and hot tips for social commerce in 2011. The entries were gleaned from several expert sources.

USPS Goes Silent After API Glitch – LexiConn

A recent update by the U.S. Postal System to its labeling API has caused a major problem for many ecommerce shopping platforms. This writer says offended parties have been blogging and tweeting about the issue all week, except the USPS itself, which has been uncharacteristically silent.

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