Wednesday, August 13, 2008

More video you can shop

Remember SeenOn? The shop-what-you-see-on-TV online retailer is still here... And their cool "Shopisode" feature is still running. SeenOn enables shoppers to shop the outfits showcased in US TV shows by checking out excerpts of aforementioned shows. The videos are 'chapterized' by product appearance.

Check it out for yourself, embed below:

And a screenshot:

Monday, August 11, 2008

Publicis Groupe acquires Performics

Another digital grab for Maurice: Google has announced that it will sell its Performics search marketing business (acquired with DoubleClick earlier this year) to Paris-based Publicis Groupe. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter of 2008. Performics will join the ViVaki network.

Check out the official Google/Publicis Groupe press release here.

Amazon takes on PayPal and Google Checkout with new payment service |

Amazon this week unveiled two payment services, Checkout by Amazon and Amazon Simple Pay, which enable other e-retailers to process payments through Amazon. Checkout by Amazon includes some features, such as shipping and tax calculation and order management services, which Amazon Simple Pay does not. Amazon has been testing the payments services since last summer.


The biggest draw of these new payment services will be the 81 million consumers already familiar with checking out on Amazon. This is likely to attract small and mid-sized retailers, but bigger players will stay away because they view Amazon as a competitor.

Another concern for all retailers considering the service, is that Amazon will use the data it collects about what’s selling to enhance its own product offerings. An Amazon spokesman replies, "We simply plan to use the data to improve the service for our merchant customers." - Daily News for Wednesday, July 30, 2008

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