E-Commerce & Social Networking Week in Review April 7, 2012

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

  • Literacy Month: Know the Facts, Make an Impact
    As writers, the very ability to read is something we take for granted. But the truth of the matter is that 32 million adults in the United States have low literacy skills. That means one in seven Americans would have a difficult time finishing even a page of a book. To us, people who spend [...]
  • JetBlue emergency landing, Pope visits Latin America, Wildfire devastates Colorado
    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…
  • Help Desk Hangouts: Reaching the right customers with Google AdWords
    Editor’s note: Each week on the Google+ Your Business page, we’re putting you in touch with Googlers and users who can help you as a business owner get the most out of our products and features.

    In our latest Help Desk Hangout On Air, we discussed Google AdWords — how to get started, picking…

  • Create your own video duels with YouTube Slam
    Last year we started experimenting with the idea that you could find the next big thing on YouTube. YouTube Slam pits two videos against each other, where you get points for picking the crowd favorite. In just a few months, hundreds of thousands of you cast more than a million votes on Slams we…
  • ePN TV: Introducing Katrin Bischoff and Agnieszka Ambrozewicz
    Last week we met Christian and Gianfranco from our Zurich Office. This week we continue our European introductions by welcoming Katrin Bischoff and Agnieszka Ambrozewicz to ePN TV.

    “I like the diversity and the global aspects of my role, especially in the communications area – I feel there…

  • YouTube Shows comes to Korea
    Over the last year Korean TV stations have been opening up YouTube channels and offering a wide variety and deep catalog of their shows—everything from weekly dramas to K-Pop musical programs. The main three terrestrial broadcasters all have multiple channels with their top shows — KBS (Main…
  • #OnlyOnTwitter: From the sea floor to the high court
    Last week we kicked off a new blog series showcasing the amazing array of moments that occur #OnlyOnTwitter. We’re back again with highlights from this past week, which take Twitter to the deepest part of the ocean and a racecar driver’s seat in the sky.

    James Cameron tweets from the seafloor
    The…

  • Are Your Customers Abandoning You?
    The question of whether your customers are abandoning you does NOT, in fact, refer to their loyalty. What I’m referring to here is whether or not they’re visiting your store and then leaving without purchasing. Every good online business understands the value of sales conversions versus…
  • AnyoneButMeWebSeries is March’s YouTube partner On The Rise
    Congratulations to AnyoneButMeWebSeries! The award-winning web series is our featured “On The Rise” partner for March and takes the stage in the “Spotlight” section of the YouTube homepage today.

     Shot on location in NYC and LA and written and produced by Susan Miller and Tina Cesa Ward,…

  • A fast, accurate, and affordable way to do online market research
    From international brands to local food trucks, every business wants to make important decisions with their customers’ feedback in mind. Which version of your new logo will people like better? How much interest do dog owners have in organic dog food? Is your brand awareness growing over time?

    We…

  • Google makes great films available in France
    Cross-posted on the Google France Blog

    Earlier this month, we introduced Google Play, a digital entertainment destination where you can find, enjoy and share your favorite apps on your Android phone or tablet in France. Today we’re adding movies for rent to Google Play for people in France,…

  • Follow the Burma Elections on YouTube
    On Sunday, April 1, millions of voters in Burma will cast a ballot in the parliamentary by-elections. This year, Burma is opening its doors to media and election observers alike to document the election proceedings in real-time. With support from Google Ideas, our friends at the J-School News…
  • KDP Select Fund for April 2012
    Hello!

    We are happy to share with you that the KDP Select fund amount for April will be $600,000. If you have new books to enroll, you can immediately enroll them in KDP Select by visiting the KDP website.

    As a reminder, we will be sharing the average payout/loan per borrow for March in early…

  • Do You Have What it Takes to be the ‘Next’ great YouTube Vlogger?
    Vlogging, or video blogging, videos are some of the most popular on YouTube. And rightfully so–they’re one of the few types of videos that literally anyone can create: all you have to do is sit in front of camera, share words of wisdom (okay, wisdom not always required), and upload the video. From…
  • Join us on our official Google+ AdSense Page
    We’ve just launched our official AdSense Google+ page, and we’re excited to start connecting with you in new ways via Google+.

    On our new page, you’ll find AdSense updates and tips, and you’ll have access to exclusive Hangouts with members of the AdSense team. These live video chat sessions will…

  • Experience live music that matches your energy with The Switch
    Audiophiles can choose a concert that matches their energy on March 28 at 6pm PT by visiting The Switch, an interactive music experience on YouTube, powered by 5 Gum.

    During this intimate music experience, fans can enjoy two simultaneous live-streaming performances, curated by tastemakers La…

  • Decoding Facebook Ads to Sell Books
    From the Lulu Forums Lulu is very grateful to have such an engaged and helpful community in our forums. There was a recent conversation about Facebook Advertising that we thought would be helpful to share with all of you on our blog. Below are some helpful tips from forum community member, Charles…
  • Be Social and Sell
    I am a complete Facebook addict. If I haven’t checked my news feed by breakfast, I must be sick or have misplaced my smartphone (another addiction for another blog post).

    True, Facebook provides me with some information that I really don’t need

  • Announcing the New Find Tires Widget
    Spring is almost here and for many that conjures up thoughts of adventures on the open road. To that end, many car owners will be looking for an easy way to get the best price on new tires for their vehicles. That’s where the new Find Tires Widget comes in.

    You may have seen Danny Chang talk about…

  • Introducing YouTube with a Peruvian flavor
    Peru is a multicultural and multilingual country, the result of the merger of different influences and customs throughout the centuries. It has a cultural abundance, from its literature, music and dance to its incredible cuisine, famous worldwide for its variety and originality. Taking all this…
  • Learn with Google: Get advice and information to help grow your business
    Business owners want to understand how online search and marketing works, and make sure they’re getting the most out of the efforts they put in. With that in mind, we’re excited to introduce you to Learn with Google. Whether you’re just getting online, interested in marketing, or itching to do…
  • Google Israel for Businesses blog launches in Hebrew
    We’ve heard from many of you that a blog in Hebrew would be very useful. With this in mind, we’re excited to announce the launch of the Google Israel for Businesses blog. We have a lot of information to share, so we’ve decided to create this new blog format as a one-stop shop for all the…
  • How To: Use Video Chat to Connect with Readers
    Just because you don’t have the time or money to travel the country touting your book doesn’t mean you have to languish at home post-publication any longer. Programs including Skype and Google Hangout make it easy (and free!) to meet a group of your fans face-to-face. Explains Sarah McCoy, author…
  • eBay Category Changes Coming May 1st
    If you’ve been part of the eBay fold for a period of time, you’re probably aware that from time to time we make changes to our category structure. We do this to make our shopping experience richer, easier and more rewarding for our eBay users, but we do understand that these changes affect your…
  • Announcing our upcoming North America AdSense in Your City events
    The AdSense in Your City team is excited to announce our next series of events. We’ll be hitting the road and visiting 15 cities in April, May, and June and can’t wait to work with more of our publishers. Our next series of events will be hosted in:

    Sacramento, CA

    Tuesday, April 10

    San…

  • No fresh snow? No problem with The Ski Channel on YouTube
    If you’re a skier like me, you may have experienced some highs and lows this winter in your search for epic powder. Though spring has sprung, you can now get more of a downhill fix than ever by checking out The Ski Channel on YouTube.

    The folks at The Ski Channel partnered with Epic Planks…

  • Is self-publishing a bubble?
    The dot-com bubble burst in the early 2000s, sending the economy into a recession. The housing bubble burst in the late 2000s, crippling the U.S. economy. Is self-publishing a bubble? Could it burst? And if so, what effect would it have on the publishing market? These are the questions that have…

Selling online since 1997, Hillary is the author of Beyond Amazon, eBay, and Etsy and The Trading Assistant’s Assistant. She is also a niche blogger, fiction writer and bestselling playwright when you aren’t looking. You can connect with Hillary via social media using any of these links:

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