Majority of Shoppers Plan to Buy Online for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is two weeks away and folks are out shopping. Lucky for you, 56% of them will be scouring online sources for the perfect gift.

PriceGrabber’s 2012 Father’s Day Shopping survey shows smooth sailing ahead for shopping sons, daughters and wives. 70% said they were planning to spend about the same amount they spend on mom, for her special day and for the majority of folks, that’s under $100.

While many consumers will be shopping online, only 2% said they’d be using a mobile device to do it, which is surprisingly low.

How will they decide where to shop? 59% said they’d be influenced by free shipping, 48% wanted to see price cuts and 36% would be swayed by a coupon.

Study Shows Return Policy Can Make or Break the Sale

Last week, I accidentally bought two copies of the same book on Amazon.com. It happened because I had pre-ordered the book, forgot, then ordered it when it came out. As soon as I got both books, I logged on to Amazon and followed the, fairly easy, instructions on how to return the book and was told no problem, but I’d have to pay for the return shipping because it was my mistake.

Insert unhappy shopper here.

According to a new study from comScore, the return policy is one of the key components for online shoppers.

63% of those surveyed said they look at the retailer’s return policy before buying. What are they looking for? Hassle-free returns¬† — something they desperately want, but say they aren’t getting.

But before they can return an item, they have to receive it, and that’s another area of concern.

Daily Twitter Users Double, but Adoption is Still Slow

New research from Pew shows that Twitter hasn’t gained many users over the past year, but the users they have are now Tweeting more often.

The total number of users represents only about 15% of the adult, online population. Last year, Pew clocked this number at 13%, growth that’s hardly worth mentioning.

On the other hand, daily usage numbers (those who use Twitter on a “typical day”) have doubled since last year, and quadrupled since 2010. Don’t get too excited, though, because that number is only 8% of the online population.

I find these numbers to be odd and depressing. I’m a big Twitter fan and it seems to me that everyone I deal with has a Twitter account. I suppose that’s because my circles generally include techy people, marketing people, entertainment industry folks and writers. Maybe if I hung around with a different kind of a crowd, Twitter wouldn’t be as prominent.

Survey Says Social Media Butterflies Will Rule During the London Olympic Games

The Taylor Brand Counsel Group sees digitally savvy moms as social media butterflies who flutter around the web connecting and conversing at a rate well above that of normal men.

According to the results of their recent survey, these moms are going to be a huge part of the buzz surrounding the London 2012 Olympic Games. Though they aren’t usually big sports fans, the Olympics are a whole different animal. More than half of the moms surveyed said they will be tuning in and talking up the event from the opening ceremonies on through the extinguishing of the flame.

This year will be the biggest in terms of coverage. NBC is committed to covering every single event. They’ll be live streaming over 5,000 hours of footage online and 272 hours on TV.¬† To go along with that, they have mobile apps for the tablets and smartphones.

Facebook Wants You To Pay to Promote Posts. Interested?

What does and doesn’t show up on a person’s Facebook feed is one of life’s great mysteries. There are days when it seems like I’m seeing everything from the pages I follow and days where nothing is getting through at all. Maybe I shut off some feeds, maybe Facebook did. Kind of doesn’t matter, since busy Facebook pages turn over quicker than most people can read them.

Introducing Promoted Posts! The handy-dandy solution designed to make sure all your fans (and some of their friends) see your post every time.

Promoted Posts work like display ads. You write your post, you set your budget then send the post on its merry way. Facebook promises to . . . .well, I’ll let them tell you:

Pinterest is On Trend But Does it Convert?

Unless you’ve been without an internet connection for the last few months, you know that Pinterest, the photo pinning site is the current hot trend in social media marketing.

Studies have shown that Pinterest users are on the rise, they’re predominately female, 24 – 44 but you’ll find men and other age groups around the edges.

Since the site revolves around visuals, it began as a place to keep wishes. The clothes you’d like to own, the decor you wish you could afford, the incredible cakes that you wish you could bake. Home, fashion and general inspiration photos ruled the site but slowly other categories started creeping in. Now, you can easily find celebrity photos, travel pics, and advertising (blatant or otherwise.)

Miss USA and MTV Make Twitter an Integral Part of the Show

This past week, two big televised events announced that they’ll be using Twitter in a big way to draw fans in on show night.

For the first time, The MTV Movie Awards has set aside one category for Twitter only voting. The category is “Best Hero” but the process is a bit backwards. It begins on the category page where you see a terrific graphic showing your choices.

When you click the “Tweet Your Vote” button, you don’t get the traditional composed Tweet box. Instead, the application sends to you the MTV Tweet Tracker which shows you which hero is currently in the lead. From here, you click on the hashtag for your hero and that’s where you get the composed Tweet pop-up.