Do You Care If Google Has Your Information?

Simply put, Google stalks us. They use the information that we willingly give them to provide us with relevant search results, but also use that information for their own benefit by showing us ads that they hope that we will click on so that they can make some money.

Of course, Google doesn’t only stalk our searches, but stalks pretty much any Google feature that we use. Perhaps one of the most controversial is the fact that Google “reads” our emails in Gmail. If you have an email chain...

By Nick Stamoulis, 30 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns, Commerce, CRM, Data-driven marketing, Publishing, Search Marketing.

Social Commerce is the Long Game

My Definition: “Social commerce is the practice of using social media for commercial purposes”.

The short -term dichotomy

When it comes to using social commerce correctly it takes time and patience to produce results.

Social commerce is about building communities, identifying and generating e-Influencers and in turn increasing advocates. Having done so, sales will start to improve and more customers will be kept, but these strategies take time; you can’t make friends and influence people in...

By Paul Fennemore, 30 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, E-Commerce, Social Media Marketing.

Why You Need to Listen to Your Social Network

When it comes to social media marketing, one of the few “must-dos” is to actually listen to your network. Social media is a conversation, not a soap box for your brand. No one wants to be talked at, whether it is in a face-to-face conversation or an online one. Social networking has taught your customers that they have a voice and a right for their opinions to be heard, and they are expecting you to listen. But paying attention to what your network is (or isn’t) saying shouldn’t be important to you just because SEO and...

By Nick Stamoulis, 30 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Campaigns, Commerce, Publishing, Social Media Marketing.

New Google trial showing Wikipedia snippets in the search results

Of the numerous and varies tests that Google keeps performing, this has to be one of the more interesting ones - snippets of information from Wikipedia, all neatly boxed up alongside the search results:

We stumbled across this yesterday and could only get this to work in Chrome, whilst not signed in. This must mean that it is in beta testing and they are likely monitoring click-through-rate to see if...

By Gareth Morgan, 29 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Data-driven marketing, Organic Search, Search Marketing.

The IKEA YouTube campaign is ingenious

IKEA offers a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at great prices. The store is hugely popular overseas and this results in great social up-take when they launch social marketing campaigns.

IKEA have launched a new social experience and this time it’s through YouTube. They kicked off the campaign with the following video:

The campaign goes on to launch a personalized 3D showroom on YouTube, which retrieves information from Facebook profiles...

This is the week that was: When social media showed its good and bad side

This week there was only one thing dominating the news (apart from the small issue of the economy going down the pan) – the streets of London were taken over by baton and Blackberry wielding youngsters, ready to grab whatever they could get their hands on.

Is there anything the world of business, and B2B, could learn from this? Well not a huge amount, apart from of course a slap in the face that social media is truly the mouthpiece of the next generation...

By Earnest, 16 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns, Commerce, Social Media Marketing.

Google’s Motorola Deal is About Patents Not Innovation

By now you’ve heard that Google’s agreed to acquire Motorola Mobility for around $12.5 billion. Google says it plans to run Motorola Mobility as a separate business, and is committed to keeping Android an open platform for other licensees. Android licensees such as Samsung, Sony Ericsson, and HTC are lightly praising the deal.

As the patent wars really heat up between Apple, Google, and Microsoft, this is perhaps a very smart move by Google to hedge its bets even more. But Google and...

By Randy Giusto, 16 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Search Marketing.