E-Commerce & Social Networking Week in Review November 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:

  • Could pay-what-you-want pricing models spell more money for creators?
    In the fall of 2007, Radiohead released their seventh studio album In Rainbows as a digital download using a pay-what-you-want model. At the time, the decision blew some minds. Pay what you want? Whatever you want? For a RADIOHEAD ALBUM?? The decision to pursue such an untested marketing move…
  • What You Need to Know About Pinterest
    While you probably already know to market your eBay items on Facebook and Twitter, you may not know that many people are starting to use Pinterest to promote their items as well. If you don’t know what Pinterest is you’ve been missing out. It’s a pinboard-style social website that…
  • Five for Drive: Tips for Getting Started with Google Drive
    Editor’s note: Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing tips on how your business can get the most out of Google Drive. This week, learn the basics, and check back for our next posts highlighting some of Drive’s key apps and features.

    Businesses wanting to streamline their files and folders,…

  • SMB Hangouts on Air: Is My Ad Showing?
    AdWords Specialists hosted a Hangout on Air yesterday as the first of two installments of the SMB Frequently Asked Questions Hangouts On Air series.

    During the Hangout, we talked about how you’ll want to use the Ad Preview and Diagnosis tool to see if your ad is running. We also gave you some…

  • Social Fridays: A recap
    Over the past weeks, we’ve shown you through our Social Friday series how to get up and running with a Google+ strategy for your site and online business. We hope our posts and recent Hangout On Air have helped you learn more about what’s possible with Google+, and that you now have new ideas for…
  • ePN TV: Brian Marcus Wants Publisher V.O.T.E.S. in 2013
    This week on ePN TV, Brian Marcus, the Director of the Global eBay Partner Network, is laying out his vision for the future of the program. Interestingly, his chosen acronym ties in nicely with the recently wrapped-up election season here in the U.S.. Simply put, V.O.T.E.S. stands for Valuable,…
  • Announcing the Learn with Google webinar series for publishers
    As we’re nearing the end of 2012, we’ve all got business goals to meet. Some of you might even be prepping for your busiest season. Today we’re excited to announce the launch of the Learn with Google series to help our publishers make the most from the web.  We’ll be hosting two upcoming…
  • Publisher Stories: Pascal Wegner of wusoma GmbH
    The ePN Team is always looking for effective ways to support the work of our partners. In order for us to gain deeper insight, we met with Pascal Wegner, Managing Director of wusoma GmbH, and asked him about his work with our program. In the interview he looks back at his early days in affiliate…
  • Congratulations to Lulu’s Family Photos for the Holidays contest winners
    The nation is picking more than a chief executive this week. More than 1,500 votes have been tallied to determine the winners of Lulu’s Family Photos for the Holidays contest. And the results come with a clear mandate: more family togetherness! And if it can’t happen in person, photos are the next…
  • Updates to the application process for host partner sites
    We’ll soon be updating the application process for new publishers who apply for an AdSense account via a host partner site like Blogger or Hubpages. As you may know, host partner sites allow publishers to create and monetize their content, which is hosted on the partner site rather than the…
  • Election Night 2012
    One hundred million votes and 31 million Tweets later, Election Day 2012 has come to a close. As the results of the election were called by news organizations, the conversation about the election on Twitter surged, hitting a peak of 327,452 Tweets per minute (TPM). Before President Obama took the…
  • NFL on Twitter: Week 9
    Rookie RB @DougMartin22 earned himself the most mentions on Twitter in Week 9, and made many fantasy owners very happy. His team’s match-up with the @Raiders resulted in a third place ranking for most tweeted-about games, and here are the other top match-ups from the weekend:

    1. @steelers vs….

  • Author Success Story: Robert Marckini
    When Robert Marckini was diagnosed with prostate cancer 12 years ago, his life came to a stop. He was devastated, but also motivated — to find the best care. Robert quickly ruled out surgery after seeing what it did to his brother, who’d been diagnosed with the disease years earlier. So he started…
  • Your guide to Election Day
    Today is the final day to make your voice heard by voting on national, state, and local ballots. To help you get out to vote, our @gov team compiled a list of Twitter accounts for each state’s Secretary of State (the office that oversees elections) as well as other relevant accounts offering voter…
  • Vote first, and watch the results on YouTube tonight
    Today is the big day! For those of you in the U.S., today means any number of things — the end of “I approve this message”, an hour off from work to vote, or simply the day when the country chooses its leader for the next four years. Regardless, it’s a day we’ve all been waiting for and the…
  • Update 11/5/12: Wildcards in eBay Search
    As we’ve previously announced, eBay is deprecating wildcard queries from search, including web and mobile search, saved searches, and API calls to search. We’ve been working with our Product Team to create documentation around best practices and how you can best move your business…
  • ‘Tis the Season to be Promoting Holidays
    Believe it or not, we are quickly approaching the holiday season. Santa Claus is just making final edits to his naughty and nice lists, and soon online and offline channels will be bustling with generous gift-givers.

    For many publishers, this truly is the most wonderful time of the year. We have…

  • New Products and Services in 2013
    If you’ve ever wondered what we focus on at Lulu when we’re not helping creators tell their stories, the answer is: YOU, YOU, YOU. Yes, we’re obsessed. And for the last several months, we’ve been pouring through research on you, our customers, and what you want and need. We’re on a constant quest…
  • This week on Twitter: Nov. 5
    On most Monday mornings, we’ll post “This week on Twitter” to alert you to key things happening in the coming week. Whether it’s a live chat with the cast of your favorite TV show, a Q&A with a political candidate or a pro sports team Tweepstakes, this is the way to keep current on the…
  • Documenting your vote: send us your videos
    Tomorrow, voters across the United States will head to the polls to cast their ballot in the 2012 election. Regardless of whether you’re a veteran or first-time voter, taking part in the electoral process is a powerful experience, and one that we know many of you will document in some way, just…

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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