Social Commerce

Pinterest’s New Feature Helps Users Find Sales
December 21, 2015 at 11:17 am

Attention bargain hunters and people who hate paying full price (so, everyone): Pinterest is adding a game-changing feature to the buyable pins it launched earlier this year. The platform has made it possible to track the price of any buyable pins users have put on their boards, meaning Pinterest will alert you with an email…

J.Crew, American Girl Embrace Social Commerce Ads for the Holidays
November 25, 2015 at 12:09 pm

Add J.Crew and American Girl to the list of retailers betting big with their holiday campaigns on ad units launched by Facebook and Instagram. J.Crew bought Instagram ads that include a "Shop Now" button, making its gift guide digital. And for the past week, J.Crew's Instagram page has been promoting an iPhone case that doubles as…

How eBay is Leveraging Pinterest to Stay Relevant
November 9, 2015 at 11:26 am

For eBay, it's all about the re-pins these days. The e-commerce company is realizing just how big of an opportunity social media represents for online retail, and as a result is ramping up its social game, especially on Pinterest. "We think social is a huge opportunity," Brad Matthews, senior director of social commerce and CRM at…

Making Social Shoppable and the Shop Social
November 6, 2015 at 11:23 am

Retailers everywhere are counting on one thing this holiday shopping season: the likes, swipes and tweets by their fans on social media will drive consumer behavior. Whether it’s in their favorite app or store, retailers are leaning on social media more and more to drive the bottom line. This holiday season will be different though.…

Pinterest Launches Dedicated Shopping Section
November 5, 2015 at 11:11 am

Pinterest started adding a buy button to pins back in June, and today those buyable pins are becoming even easier to shop. First, buyable pins are rolling out to Android, so they're now available on both of Pinterest's mobile apps. But the bigger news is that Pinterest is also making buyable pins much simpler to…

The Rise of Social Commerce
November 2, 2015 at 12:22 pm

In episode 10 of Total Retail Talks, Total Retail's Executive Editor Joe Keenan interviews Rob Garf, vice president of industry insights and strategy at Demandware, an enterprise, cloud-based commerce platform provider, on the impact Twitter's "Buy" button will have on retailers’ operations, as well as consumers’ growing acceptance of social commerce.

Facebook Testing In-App Shopping
October 13, 2015 at 1:58 pm

As Facebook angles to become the one and only place you spend your digital life, its effort to transform your news feed into a storefront is once again ramping up. The tech giant said Monday that it will be testing a few new ways to shop in its app. Facebook says that in coming weeks it will test a…

Pinterest Expands Buyable Pins to More Merchants
October 5, 2015 at 11:50 am

Pinterest is hoping to be a shopping destination this holiday season, and it’s adding more partners to make that clear to shoppers. The popular online image board says it's partnered with e-commerce software providers Bigcommerce, Magento and IBM Commerce to give thousands more merchants the ability to sell products on the platform through Pinterest's Buyable Pin…

YouTube is Now a Place Where You Can Shop
September 30, 2015 at 10:32 am

YouTube used to be for cat videos. How passive. Soon you'll be able to watch it and buy kitty litter. YouTube is introducing the ability to shop for products directly from its videos, a move that opens the door for new revenue as the online video site looks to turn a profit. The ads can appear on…