E-Commerce & Social Networking Week in Review March 17, 2012

Straight from the source, here’s what happened in the world of e-commerce, social networking and selling online in the past week:

  • [INFOGRAPHIC] Factors Driving Mobile Commerce
    Here at eBay we talk a lot about mobile commerce – with good reason – it’s everywhere. The adoption rate of smartphones as well as the billions of apps that have been downloaded across multiple platforms on a global scale is staggering. CultureLabel.com has put together an infographic outlining…
  • CAMEX Recap – Bringing the Power of One-Stop Publishing to College Communities
    Lulu was at the Campus Market Expo (CAMEX) March 2-6th this week and boy did we have a great time. It was our first year at the event and since we were partnered with the National Association of College Stores (NACS), the guys responsible for CAMEX, attendees were anxious to see what we had to [...]
  • Tornadoes in the U.S. Midwest, Super Tuesday, Elections in Russia
    Everyday on the CitizenTube channel (and @CitizenTube on Twitter), along with our curation partners @storyful, we look at how the top news stories are covered on YouTube. Each week we post a weekly recap of the top news stories of the week, as seen through the lens of both citizen-reported footage…
  • Celebrate International Women’s Day
    At Lulu we’re big fans of International Women’s Day. Celebrate by supporting remarkable, independent, female authors who change the world with their words. Here are a few reading recommendations for the occasion. Becoming Whole: The Story of my Complete Recovery From Breast Cancer by…
  • Meet Australian AdSense publishers Tim and Victoria van Brugge
    Husband and wife team Tim and Victoria van Brugge run i-do.com.au, an Australian wedding directory. Their original business plan was to sell diamonds online, but in creating the wedding directory to build an audience of potential customers they discovered that media and advertising was an easier…
  • Go inside with indoor maps on Google Maps for Android
    Google Maps helps you orient yourself in the world around you, and as of a few months ago, began to help you do this indoors as well. Indoor maps, a Google Maps feature now available for Android mobile users, shows detailed building floor plans where available. This helps your customers using…
  • Help our March “On The Rise” nominees reach the homepage
    Each month, we identify four YouTube partners whose Channels have experienced significant growth and are on the cusp of really taking off for our On The Rise program. This March, our nominees include a chef, an artist, a prankster and producers. We’re excited to bring you some fledgling partners…
  • eBay Stores Sellers: List Auction-style FREE for 3+ weeks, March 8-31!
    Amazing news for sellers with an eBay Stores subscription: from March 8-31, you can list Auction-style for FREE. Pay zero insertion fees, even for your high-ticket items! Both current and new eBay Stores subscribers are eligible for this offer, so if you’ve been considering opening an eBay Store,…
  • Listing the Apple iPad (3rd Generation) on eBay
    With the launch of the Apple iPad (3rd Generation) just around the corner, guidelines are now in place to help meet buyer demand while also promoting eBay sellers who deliver excellent customer service. Learn how you can list these highly-anticipated devices: Apple iPad (3rd Generation) presales…
  • Apple’s new iPad means more ways to reach readers
    Since Lulu believes that you are fully capable of changing the world with your words and images, we want to give you as much access as possible to getting your work out there to the widest audience possible. This is why we’re so pleased with each technological advancement that allows more…
  • Kickstarter: Getting your self-published book funded
    With websites including Kickstarter, it is now easier than ever to “crowdfund” a project, be it a film, art exhibit, or book. “Crowdfunding” is the process of asking for small donations from a group of people to support your artistic endeavor. In the case of The Order of The…
  • Writing Great Titles for Blog and Website Content
    If you’re like me you often spend time thinking about and writing great content for your blog, don’t focus too much on the importance of choosing the right title. We know that a great title is important for improving organic search rank, but how important? What criteria should you keep in mind when…
  • Shipping, communication potentially delayed across Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri and Indiana
    Severe weather conditions have disrupted power, communication, and transportation lines across Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri and Indiana. If you are involved in an eBay transaction with a buyer or seller in one of these affected regions, please note that their ability to communicate or…
  • Welcome to your new YouTube channel
    Making it easier to connect with the content you love was the aim of the redesigned homepage and channel layouts we launched in December of last year. You can now start with a video you love, discover and follow a whole channel of great content from that creator or curator, and organize all the…
  • And the Next Causes are…
    Last month we announced YouTube Next Cause: a new program designed to help nonprofit organizations that are already changing the world better use online video to drive action.

    We were honored, inspired and deeply moved by many of the applications we received.

    We are proud to introduce…

  • Google+ page stories: Loluma
    Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of posts about small businesses on Google+ and their tips and tricks for managing a great page. Visit our YouTube channel to see all the videos in this series and join the discussion on the Google+ Your Business page. 

    Meet Loluma, a team of…

  • Super Tuesday Twitter Results Are In
    With delegates from 10 states up for grabs, Super Tuesday has been a highly anticipated day on the path to the Republican nomination. This chart maps the conversation about each of the candidates over the course of the day. You can see the volume of Tweets increase sharply around the time the first…
  • ePN TV: Danny Chang Updates Us on Motors
    Part of our goal here at ePN is to make sure that our partners are kept up-to-date with what’s happening inside the walls of eBay. To that end we’re sitting down with Danny Chang, Head of eBay Motors Marketing, to talk about some of the exciting things they have going on for March and April.

    Danny…

  • Tackling Twitter, Part 2: Replying, Retweeting & Using the Hashtag, Oh My!
    Now that you’ve filled in your bio, personalized your page with a photo of yourself, uploaded a background, and have followed others or found followers of your own, what’s left to do? Well as I mentioned in last week’s post (Tackling Twitter, Part 1), it’s important you…
  • Can you make eBay returns part of your customer service?
    There isn’t a merchant in the world that likes having items returned. Its extra paperwork and you have to determine if your item can be resold or be repackaged. You have to make inventory adjustments and bookkeeping entries. All in all, returns are just a time sink that offer little reward and add…
  • Looking ahead in the YouTube player
    Pssst! We’ve got a surprise — we want to give you a sneak peek to videos on YouTube.

    Years ago we created a way to link to a certain moment on a video, which let you find, share and comment on just your favorite parts. Now we’re expanding that control even more. Over the coming weeks, you’ll be…

  • Twitter Now Available in Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew and Urdu
    Today we’re launching Twitter in four new languages: Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew and Urdu.

    We first added these four languages to the Twitter Translation Center on January 25. Thirteen thousand volunteers around the globe immediately got to work, translating and localizing Twitter.com into these…

  • Super Tuesday Coverage, Live and from the Trail
    The election season heats up today as voters in ten states — with a total of 419 delegates at stake — head to the polls to cast a ballot in the GOP primary.

    We’ve been following the race closely on YouTube, featuring this cycle’s trending videos, political advertisements and campaign highlights…

  • Give Your Listings a Spring Makeover
    Sweaters and jackets are getting lighter and the days are growing longer. If you’re like me, you’re likely ready for the sunshine, blossoms and wild flowers of spring. Oh, wouldn’t it be nice to get some of that light, airy feel into your listings
  • The road to Super Tuesday in Tweets
    Since the beginning of the 2012 election season, many of you have turned to Twitter for breaking news about the latest GOP primary results, participating in the debates and first-person accounts of virtually everything happening on the campaign trail.

    Your Tweets have also mirrored the rise and…

  • Motorsports brands kick into high gear on YouTube
    Having spent years living in North Carolina, I witnessed first-hand the passion of NASCAR and motorsports fans. So it’s not surprising that auto and motorcycle racing videos are some of the most searched and viewed on YouTube. Now that racing season is in full swing with the first Daytona 500…
  • A Gift from Our Grammar Geeks
    There, their and they’re… it’s almost as intimidating as lions, tigers and bears! But no worries – Lulu to the rescue! Consider this poster a gift for our lovely writers. It’s just a few helpful grammar reminders. A Gift from Our Grammar Geeks Click on the image for…
  • Introducing the Learn with Google Webinar Program
    (Cross-posted on the Inside AdWords blog.) 

    At Google, one of our goals is to help make the web work for your business. Today weíre introducing the Learn with Google webinar program that does just that, by sharing best practices and tips across a variety of products, including search ads,…

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