E-Commerce & Social Networking Week in Review February 23, 2013

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

  • Print Books Bounce Back
    The reports of the death of the printed book have been greatly exaggerated. Sales figures from the end of last year show that while they don’t dominate the marketplace as they once did, print books are showing a good amount of resiliency during the precipitous rise of eBooks and the shifting…
  • 2013 YouTube Ad Blitz Winners Revealed
    This year’s game day was was full of action–both on and off the field. After Baltimore and San Francisco battled it out during the game, you went online to vote for your favorite game day commercial in our annual YouTube Ad Blitz contest. After a week of intense competition, we’ve tallied the…
  • A new, personalized way to connect to the things you love is here.
    Turn our homepage into your homepage. Now you can personalize your homepage by creating a custom feed of the things you want, need, and love—from more than 400 million items on eBay. We know that our shoppers want a more personalized experience—a new, personal way to define their own eBay shopping…
  • Sign up for Learn with Google’s upcoming webinars!
    You’re invited to upcoming Learn with Google webinars!

    Video Advertising 101: How to Build your Business with YouTube Video Ads

    Wednesday, 2/20/2013 9am PST / 12pm EST

    YouTube video ads can help you to increase awareness of your business, to establish and deepen relationships with your…

  • Tips ‘N Tricks for Managing Your Social Media Marketing
    One of the biggest complaints I hear when I’m talking to eBay sellers is that they often feel like they are spending so much time working on their social media marketing, they don’t have time to do anything else. Although social media can be overwhelming, it is here to stay and is what…
  • A New Homepage Experience Is Arriving Soon!
    Last fall, we announced that an exciting enhancement was coming to eBay – one that turns our homepage into a more personalized homepage for  customers. As a trusted partner of our program, we wanted to give you advance notice that this new experience will be arriving soon.

    We know that,…

  • Literary candy-grams from Lulu
    Happy Valentine’s Day from Lulu. Send a conversation heart to your fellow literature lovers. Here are the links to share these from Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus.
  • Haters and Celebrators Unite: This Valentine’s Day, There’s Something for Everybody on YouTube
    Every year on February 14, we see endless pairings of pink and red, while our reactions remain pretty black and white. This polarizing holiday tends to inspire only one of two passionate responses: Valentine’s Day stinks–or it rocks. Depending on whom you ask, it’s a special day to shower your…
  • Sonnet Contest for Valentine’s Day
    Today we challenge you, our Lulus fair To write sonnets for your sweet Valentines That speak of love in tone so debonair So as to woo our judge to pick your lines To enter, post your verses here below. Submit by Monday, February 18th to win. Please keep them family friendly (this you know) On [...]
  • Sellers: How eBay is protecting you after the northeastern blizzard
    Due to the blizzards in the northeastern part of the US, communication, power, and transportation lines have been disrupted, particularly in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. If you are involved in an eBay transaction with a buyer or seller in one…
  • 2013 State of the Union
    Each year the President’s State of the Union speech, and the opposition response that follows it, ignites a national conversation about a host of issues. Tonight’s #SOTU address and response drew more than 1.36 million Tweets.

    If you watched the speech on TV, you could see how members of Congress…

  • We’d Love Your Input
    Hello, faithful Auctiva Blog reader! We love sharing selling tips and updates with you. We’re looking forward to even more helpful content this year and are busy working on some fun posts. But before we go marching off on our blog path, we wanted to check in with you, our friendly readers, to see…
  • Meet Our February “On The Rise” Nominees!
    In our monthly On The Rise program, we identify four partners whose channels are seeing significant growth but haven’t yet reached the 100,000 subscriber mark. Thanks to your suggestions, this month we bring you four partners who are still relatively early on in the journey, but your support can…
  • Turning the PSA on Its Head With YouTube
    Today’s guest post is from Water.org about an exciting campaign they’re working on to raise awareness about the water crisis. For more information on the YouTube Nonprofit Program visit YouTube.com/nonprofits.

    While Water.org is known for our innovative approach to solving the world water…

  • USPS Changes Causing Stress for Ecommerce Sellers
    Neither rain, sleet, nor snow will keep U.S. Postal Service mail carriers from making their appointed rounds, but proposed plans to cut expenses at the post office just might. As you already know, on January 27th, 2013 the United States Post Office implemented a hefty price increase that knocked…
  • eBay Research Identifies Untapped Shopper Segments
    Following our analysis of buyer behaviour on eBay.co.uk over the Christmas period at the end of Q4 2012, we’ve identified two types of shopping trends worth getting on your radar.

    The first is the ‘selfish shopper’. The selfish shopper is someone who switches from buying gifts for friends and…

  • High Demand for eBooks in Libraries
    The American thirst for eBooks keeps growing, and yet, one of the cornerstones of the American reading scene is still not a big enough player: libraries have yet to offer enough eBooks to accommodate the recent surge in digital reading. According to a new study, 53% of American readers feel that…
  • This Week on Twitter – Feb.11
    On most Mondays, we 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, keep current about can’t-miss moments on Twitter in the…
  • A look back at the GRAMMYs
    Tonight’s GRAMMY awards brought together the biggest stars from each corner of the music world. Fans tuned in to see who took home the hardware, and also to take in the blockbuster performances. Throughout the evening, fans sent more than 14 million Tweets about the GRAMMYs.

    The biggest spikes in…

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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