Monthly Archives: January 2013

What Can Vine Do For You?

Image from: Vine / Tech Cocktail We’ve been following (and playing around with) Vine’s new six-second video app these last few days, and thinking about what Vine means to you as digital and social marketers. Here goes: Early struggles, quick recovery. The first edition of the Vine App came with its fair share of struggles. Some videos didn’t get uploaded, log-in credentials were swapped with other users, and there was

Will TJX Succeed with Second Ecommerce Attempt?

Image from: Second Chance / Shutterstock.com Last year, the TJX Companies announced that it will once again return to ecommerce, six years after its first attempt to join the online retail marketplace. Operating three successful retailer chains, T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods, the TJX Companies is the leading off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions in the U.S. and worldwide. With 2012 sales at their brick-and-mortar stores expected to exceed

Sunday Series: Fastest Growing Online Electronics Retailers in December

Image from: Electronics Presents / Shutterstock.com At Compete, we’ve compiled the fastest growing online sellers of electronic goods in the month of December. The electronics shopping category as a whole grew 3.43% over the previous December, with over 114 million unique visitors. Topping the list is Sony’s online store, which offers a variety of products: digital cameras, TVs, laptops and cellphones–all popular gifts. Though Sony had the most growth, it had

The Weekly Compete Pulse

We’ve compiled some of the top stories from around the web this week. The big news is that Facebook has Instagram, and now Twitter has Vine. You can share short six-second videos in your twitter stream with the app, now available for iOS. Read more about the tool and its potential implications on Techcrunch. What does this new tool mean to marketers? Chris Brogan shared eleven things businesses can do

Is Customer Service the New Marketing?

Image from: Customer Service / Shutterstock Many marketers are evaluating what role customer experience and customer service should have in their 2013 marketing goals. The answer is not cut and dry, but depends on what is best for the company. Today’s consumers tend to base purchase decisions on social media, reviews and referrals from friends. They are interested in marketing, but only if it matches their expectations about the brand.

Should Livestrong sever ties with the Lance Armstrong brand?

Image from: elcerebrohabla Does the Livestrong Foundation need to further re-brand themselves in the wake of Lance Armstrong’s confession to using performance enhancing drugs? Trust is a necessary component of building a strong brand, and the scandal has tarnished it. Non-profits do not have a product, only a compelling mission which must bring in donations. The Livestrong Foundation has made critical strives to protect their brand. First, it has expanded

2013 CES Recap –Video Interview

Image from: Kobby Dagan / Shutterstock.com Though CES 2013 is officially behind us, the buzz will linger for weeks to come (especially as all the exciting stuff that was announced at the show starts hitting the shelves). After coming back to our home base in Boston, Chris Collins and I had a great opportunity to talk to RCR’s Dan Meyer about what we saw this year at CES, including: Samsung’s

Sunday Series: Fastest Growing Childrens’ Goods Sites In December

Image from: Babies / Shutterstock Christmas shopping can be a daunting task for parents of young children. Driving to different stores, fighting the crowds, and checking prices can be exhausting, not to mention getting it all done without the kids finding out! Thanks to the internet, online shopping has streamlined the whole process. With so many options, what sites did parents rely on for their kids’ presents? Below is the

The Weekly Compete Pulse

Though the overwelming reaction Facebook’s Graph Search has been “unimpressed”, the social networking site may very well steal AOL’s spot as fourth-largest player in search– if Facebook’s search ads generate just 10% of the company’s revenue in the coming year. Facebook officially entered the search market with the announcement of its new social search tool, a partnership with Bing. Gartner updated its mobile advertising forecast this week. The company increased it

Forward Unto Launch – How Microsoft’s “Forward Unto Dawn” Impacted Halo 4 Shoppers

Image from: Halo4 / thetechstuff.com Known by gamers everywhere, Microsoft Game Studios’ Halo franchise has been a fan favorite since Master Chief first took on the Covenant and Flood back in November 2001. On November 6, 2012, Microsoft launched its new title for the franchise, “Halo 4”. And just as Master Chief looks to conquer his new enemies (the Prometheans), Microsoft chose to conquer producing the 5-episode mini-series “Forward Unto

Instagram Upset: Are marketers taking user-generated content for granted?

Image from: self portrait / Shutterstock Instagram lit a fire among its users with its new Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, announced in December in a short blog post  (the changes were retracted two days later). The news spread fast and furiously on social media as users expressed their anger at the popular application for claiming ownership of personal photos. Celebrities and media outlets vowed to stop using Instagram. One user