E-Commerce & Social Networking Week in Review May 11, 2013

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

  • Spring Seller Update reminder: New seller protections start this month, new categories and item specifics now available
    Updates to protect your feedback and help reduce unpaid items, and updates to categories and item specifics, announced in March as part of the Spring Seller Update, take effect this month: Feedback removed for cases found in your favor As of May 1, for transactions in which an eBay Buyer Protection…
  • Amazon Introduces Virtual Account Manager
    Amazon’s Seller Discussion forum had a flurry of activity last week after the online retail giant sent out an email to its sellers informing them about the new Virtual Account Manager (VAM) program. While most sellers pondered what the cryptic email actually meant, others commented that they…
  • ePN TV: Brian Marcus Discusses the Evolution of ePN Pricing
    This week Brian Marcus, Director, Global eBay Partner Network, sat down with Tien Huang to talk a bit more in-depth about the recently announced pricing changes and the additional tools that will be released to help publishers better maximize their experience with ePN.

    In this video, Brian speaks…

  • Worldreader delivers with mobile phones and eBooks
    When we think of an ideal e-reader, we tend to visualize something like the Nook or Kindle or iPad — a device that has the dimensions, but not necessarily the heft of a book. Most us probably don’t think of our cell phones. iPhones screens have remained relatively small and don’t…
  • New Learn with Google Webinars to Help you Become a Smarter Digital Marketer
    At Google, one of our goals is to help make the web work for you. Today we’re announcing a new series of Learn with Google webinars, which will teach you how to use digital to build brand awareness and give you the tools you need to drive sales and grow loyalty and retention. Each of our sessions…
  • Increasing the accuracy of AdSense reporting
    We know many of our publishers use multiple Google products on a regular basis, and one of our top priorities is to ensure that each interaction across our products provides a seamless experience. To better align the way we report performance across all of our publisher products and ensure…
  • Social Media: Are You Getting the Most Out of It?
    If you’re like most sellers, you probably spend a lot of time Tweeting on Twitter, posting on Facebook, and linking (or rather networking) on LinkedIn, but have you ever wondered if your getting the most you can out of spending all that time posting and commenting on these social media…
  • Follow the audience…
    It has been an exciting year of growth for YouTube and its partners.

    We recently announced that YouTube hit an incredible milestone of 1 billion unique monthly visitors, connecting 15 percent of the planet to the videos they love. And those global fan communities are watching more than 6 billion…

  • Sellers: Starting today, May 1—get up to 2,500 FREE listings* every month with an eBay Stores subscription
    eBay has reduced the upfront cost to sell for Store sellers! Starting today, with eBay’s new everyday rate plans, you get from up to 150 to 2,500 FREE listings* per month—no insertion fees, auction-style or fixed price—with an eBay Stores subscription. You pay a final value fee only when you sell!…
  • Pictures in the Olden Days
    I’ve written about my experiences in the wild-west days when eBay was a relatively “new” company. For the most part, selling on eBay back then was great. But, while the actual selling on eBay was positive, the part leading up to actually listing an item for sale on eBay was, at least for me, a…
  • Congress, now live on YouTube
    Video plays a powerful role in bringing us closer together, especially when it connects people in real time. By transcending borders, empowering citizens, and increasing transparency, it’s one of the many ways technology allows democracy to thrive. Starting this week, all members of the U.S….
  • 10 for 10 publisher stories: Pronounced success for Forvo
    In each of the 10 weeks leading up to AdSense’s 10th anniversary on June 18th, we’ll be sharing a new publisher success story. Read on to meet this week’s featured publisher, and feel free to submit your own success story to our team.

    For those learning a new language or just wondering how…

  • ManjulasKitchen is our April On The Rise partner
    Congratulations to chef Manjula, our featured “On The Rise” partner this month. Her YouTube channel, ManjulasKitchen, is in the spotlight on the YouTube Spotlight channel today.

    Manjula has posted cooking videos on YouTube for more than six years, but her history with the kitchen dates back…

  • KDP Select Global Fund for May 2013
    Hello,

    The KDP Select global fund amount is $1.0 million for May 2013.

    We’ll share the average global fund payout for April by the middle of May. In addition, KDP Select…

  • Enhanced Campaigns Hangouts on Air: Optimizing Mobile Strategy
    On April 25th, AdWords Specialists hosted a Hangout on Air as the last installment of the Enhanced Campaigns Hangouts on Air series.

    To watch the full 20-minute Hangout on Air, visit the Google Business YouTube channel.

    During the Hangout, Wes explains how to adjust bids for mobile…

  • An invitation to #ComedyFest (BYOB)
    This week Twitter is turning into a comedy club, and you’ve got the best seats in the house, all for the price of free. We’re not saying that enjoying your favorite comedians on Twitter is a cheapskate’s way to avoid the cover and two-drink minimum at your local club. By all means, pull up a chair,…
  • This Week on Twitter – Apr. 29
    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…

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