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No Love for Luvs: The Worst Ads in America

The people have spoken and Consumerist has tallied the votes. The Worst Ad in America 2011 is Luv’s Diapers “Poop, There it is.” And they couldn’t have made a better choice.

It can be hard to advertise diapers without going into the realm of bodily functions, but this nasty commercial takes the. . . dare I say. . . cake? It’s even worse than last year’s offensive ad by Huggies where they implied that babies were sexy when they wore their new line of jeans diapers. Yikes.

Other best of the worst ads includes the new AT&T commercial where the wife (whom I thought was the man’s mother) goes off on her geeky husband when he tells her he signed up for a new texting plan and the AT&T spider spot. Yuck.

Got Milk? Online Grocery Shopping Soars in Asia, Fails in US

No one in the US thinks twice about buying a book or DVD online, but when it comes to groceries, that’s a whole different mind set.

According to Nielsen’s 2011 Global Online Survey, only 20% of Americans said they were likely to try online grocery shopping. Compare that to Asia where 77% of the respondents said they were happy to have their dinner ingredients delivered. The numbers were also pretty high for the Middle East/Africa (48%) and Latin America (51%) all saying they were likely to shop for groceries online for home delivery.

YouTube Offers Chance to Buy Music Merchandise

YouTube gets 800 million visitors a month. A lot of that is focused on music videos. As a classic rock fan I can now see video of bands from when I was growing up that I only dreamed of seeing when these acts were in their heyday. I now have to avoid getting caught up in a jaunt down nostalgia lane on YouTube from which I could lose significant junks of my life.

Well, the folks at YouTube ain’t stupid and they have now opened up the opportunity for partners to sell merchandise, concert tickets, digital downloads and more along with these videos that are like musical crack for someone like myself. Makes sense to strike when the iron’s hot, right?

Here’s a look at what you will see sooner than later.

Ebay Prepares to Transform the Online Marketplace with X.Commerce

eBay wants to transform the way we sell things on the internet and believe me, there’s not a drop of sarcasm behind that statement.

Technology has changed everything about the way we shop, but it seems like the retail industry is always rushing to play catchup. eBay says it’s time to get ahead of the curve, and to that end, they’ve created X.Commerce.

For developers, X.Commerce is the key to creating cutting-edge, apps and tools that will help people shop better, faster, and hopefully, more often.

For merchants, X.Commerce aims to be a one-stop shop for selling tools and solutions.

For marketers. . . well, it’s a little too early to tell how it will effect your job, but it’s probably going to be good.

Groupon Counters No Longer Add Up

As human beings, we like to follow the crowd. That’s part of the reason group deal sites works as well as they do. If only five people jump on a deal, then maybe it’s not as good as it sounds. But if 200 people buy in — well, then you know you’re in on something great.

Groupon wants you to feel the satisfaction of knowing you’re part of the popular crowd, but they’ve decided to be less specific about it.

Going forward, Groupon deals will no longer show the exact number of deals purchased. The wording on tipped deals has been changed to “Over INSERT NUMBER bought” and even that’s not necessarily true.

According to Groupon’s blog, they’ve been testing a variety of ways of covering the numbers including including this gem.

Online Coupon Users Spend More to Save More

Couponers are often viewed as cheapskates who ration toilet paper squares and dumpster dive for savings. But the reality is, couponers actually spend more money than the average web shopper and WhaleShark Media has the numbers to back it up.

According to a recently published survey, conducted by Forrester Research, active couponers (those who redeemed more than 6 coupons in the past 12 months) spent more than $800 per year online than light users.

The study also showed that coupon usage is on the rise which means more sales for businesses and more savings for customers.

In addition to higher sales totals, coupon users are also more flexible than your average customer. They’re willing to try new items and switch brands if they can get a deal. A full 60% said they’re reconsider a product they decided not to buy, if they were offered a coupon for the item. That means a reduction in shopping cart abandonment.

What’s Old Is New: Google Offers Circulars to Advertisers

How many years have we been talking about the death of the newspaper? In fact, we used to talk about it a lot more because we were watching the industry die. That talk has been replaced by practically ignoring the medium altogether because I suppose it has slipped into the irrelevant phase of its slow and painful demise?

Whatever the situation actually is there is one irony in a new advertising product that Google will be rolling out today with large brands (like Macy’s and Best Buy) called Circulars. Mashable got a look at these “new” ads”.