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Google Checkout free through 07

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Friday December 8, 2006 )

In a promotion that was due to end on December 31, Google Checkout has announced that it will extend free processing services right through until the end of 2007. (more…)

More online shoppers buying more

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Thursday December 7, 2006 )

Fresh holiday ecommerce data reveals that non-travel related online shopping has generated sales reaching $12.42 billion during the period November 1 to December 3 this year; an increase of 25 percent over the same period last year. (more…)

Checking email spam scores

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Tuesday December 5, 2006 )

Getting email newsletters and marketing blurbs through to subscribers is becoming an increasing challenge. Aside from asking your subscribers to have your email address whitelisted, here’s a couple of other simple tips to help you prescreen your copy before a live mailout to determine if you may need to make changes. (more…)

IRS phishing scam

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Monday December 4, 2006 )

It’s appeared again – I just received my first email notification for the season from the “IRS” stating I had a tax refund coming. I’m an Australian living in Australia and have never filed a tax return in the USA :).

Yes, it’s tax return phishing scam time again. (more…)

MySpace gone Google

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Sunday December 3, 2006 )

In the last 24 hours or so, the search box on MySpace has begun displaying the Google logo and searches are returning Google results. (more…)

Ecommerce and faltering trust

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Saturday December 2, 2006 )

A recent report states that due to fear regarding the security of the Internet and online transactions, nearly $2 billion in U.S. ecommerce sales will be lost during 2006.

The good news is that there are simple things that online businesses can do to foster trust, decrease site and shopping cart abandonment – and some of the strategies cost very little to implement. (more…)

Spam increases 120%

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday November 29, 2006 )

How’s your inbox? It appears that spam volume continues to rapidly increase, with 91% of all emails now being classified as “unwanted”. (more…)

Patent obviousness to be tested

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday November 28, 2006 )

Read tech industry news on any day and you’re liable to run across a story about one company sueing another for patent infringement.

Often it’s a little guy or relatively unknown company taking on an industry giant and wanting a stack of cash, but it’s not unusual for the big boys of the online world to take cracks at each other over what seems to be silly patents for obvious things. (more…)

Gift card popularity

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Monday November 27, 2006 )

In years gone by, a gift card, coupon, voucher or certificate was generally viewed as a thoughtless gift. Perceptions are increasingly changing and many people would be happy to receive a gift certificate this year. (more…)

Holiday online shopping update

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Sunday November 26, 2006 )

With Cyber Monday just around the corner; how’s the online holiday shopping season shaping up? A survey of just over 9000 USA adults taken very recently shows that holiday related ecommerce is looking to get quite busy indeed. (more…)