Consumers slowly warm to buying consumables online

Buying an ebook, concert ticket or software upgrade online is not only a no-brainer, it’s almost a given. You don’t drive to Barnes and Noble to buy an ebook and the last Ticketmaster booth in my area shut down along with the Tower Record store. (Which is sad because records are making a comeback.)

Buying an actual book, DVD or can of soup. . . that’s a different matter. With physical items, consumers have a choice and slowly but surely more and more of them are choosing online over off.

Nielsen’s new “Global Survey of E-commerce” report states that online purchase intent rates have more than doubled for half of the 22 consumer product categories.

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YouTube Invites Selected Few to Test Fan Fund Option

Fan Fund on YouTubeAfter breaking the news at last month’s VidCon, YouTube is finally rolling out their new Fan Fund program. It’s in beta at the moment and only open to a select few but I have a feeling it’s going to take off like crazy by the end of the year.

With Fan Fund, YouTube fans can donate money to their favorite YouTuber with just a few clicks. Actually, let’s not use the word “donate”. That sounds too much like a charity situation. Let’s call it what it is, money to help a YouTuber you like keep doing what they’re doing.

Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? Giving money to strangers so they can live their dream? Not really. You pay to buy a book from your favorite author; to see a movie with your favorite stars; to download songs from your favorite band. How is paying for YouTube any different?

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The top five ad exchanges every marketer should be using

What is an ad exchange?

An ad exchange is a type of online marketplace of unsold display ad space (belonging to sites or networks) which allows publishers and advertisers to buy and sell ad inventory automatically. It improves transparency and targeting by auctioning impressions in real-time between multiple bidders- allowing for publishers to get the best price on their space and for the advertiser to target the most accurate audience. Additionally, it reduces the cost of a middleman by making this a direct buy.

So… what are the top ad exchanges YOU should be using?

Friday Round-Up: Judge rules on Facebook likes, Pinterest shares news

labor-day-weekend-2It’s time for my weekly round-up of all the news that was too small or too late to print.

Does a Company Own Its Facebook Likes?

Turns out the answer is no. Bloomberg Business Week published a story this week about a legal battle between a TV network and a fan page. Stacey Mattocks started a Facebook fan page for the show “The Game” and amassed more than 2 million “likes”. When BET revived the show, they made a deal with Stacey. They turned her page into the official page then paid her to be an admin. Smart move until Stacey decided she wanted more then locked BET out of the page.

Facebook rolls out Event Ads. Are you going?

Facebook eventsDo you use Facebook Events to promote your business? Facebook says 30% of all events on the site were created by Pages (ie businesses) but that’s not a lot.

I’d guess that the majority of events are party invitations between friends and family. The Event tool is an easy way to pass around all the information a person would need to attend – time, date, address and a map. You can use it to collect RSVPs and answer questions. It’s a handy tool because almost everyone you know is on Facebook. . . right.

Looking for a college-bound influencer? Look on YouTube

Dorm HaulYou may think that big chains like Walmart, Target and Staples control back-to-school shopping but the real power is in the hands of the YouTube haulers.

These young women have the eyes and ears of the older teens headed off to college and the younger teens who are dreaming about the future. Sitting in their sparkly bedrooms, they show off everything from hangers to sheets, to communal shower must-haves and tools for whipping up a “no kitchen needed” snack.

Think Google says that searches for “back to school haul” on YouTube are up 70% this year. Searches for “dorm hauls” on YouTube doubled in the first 10 days of August.

Today’s social media treat: Twitter analytics for everyone!

And now an important message from our friends at Twitter:

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That’s excellent news for anyone who even remotely uses Twitter as a marketing channel. It’s even good news for people who are just curious about their impact on the social media world. It’s just plain, good news across the board.

A few months ago, I wrote a mostly positive post about Twitter’s new analytics dashboard. My only complaint was that you had to have a Twitter advertising account to access the tool. Not as big a hurdle as you might imagine because you didn’t have to actually advertise but you did have to sign up and I believe you had to put in your credit card information. I’m sure that kept a lot of smaller businesses from diving in and that’s a shame because it’s a truly excellent tool.