Posted by Abe Sauer on May 15, 2012 09:50 AM
Google is in the smartphone business, why shouldn't China's leading search engine get in the game? Today it has: Baidu just unveiled its first partnership that gets it into China's booming low-cost mobile market.
Changhong's (长红) H5018 is powered by the Baidu Cloud Smart Terminal platform, offers a 3.5 inch touchscreen, 3G connectivity, and a 3 megapixel camera. The phone will also come with 100 gigabytes of free storage in Baidu's cloud.
The whole thing will cost less than 1,000 yuan ($160). Just what kind of dent is Baidu's low-cost high-feature phone about to make in China and should others (cough—Apple—cough) be worried?Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on April 18, 2012 12:31 PM
Above, watch Ingrid Vanderveldt's interview with Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh at the recent SXSWi confab in Austin, which Dell just released on its YouTube channel. Watch the video and read Ingrid's takeaways below.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on March 8, 2012 11:15 AM
American Express announced an innovative social media integration with Twitter this week, enabling US cardmembers to turn customized Twitter hashtags into savings via sync.americanexpress.com. Promoted with the tagline “Sync. Tweet. Save.” the social marketing promotion is the most direct use of Twitter to date by a brand that creates a real utility for customers: couponless savings loaded directly to their synced cards and automatically delivered in a credit statement.
“With Twitter, we’ve really hit the trifecta. We have a great platform in Twitter,” said Ed Gilligan, Vice Chairman, American Express. “We know our cardmembers are engaged in Twitter. We’ve been working with them to think about how can we help them move from conversations to commerce. To turn a tweet into a transaction.”
Brands trying out Amex Sync include Best Buy, McDonald’s, Whole Foods Market, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Century 21, The Cheesecake Factory, Dell, FedEx Office, FTD, Gulf, H&M, Seamless.com, Sports Authority, Ticketmaster, Virgin America and Zappos. They'll be closely watching the analytics on this test, with the Amex Synch API offering also supplying reports to merchants about customer spending, online and offline.
And if they're in Austin for SXSW on March 12th, they can celebrate at a concert featuring Jay-Z.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on December 16, 2011 08:55 AM
Zynga prices IPO at $10/share (which CEO Mark Pincus played early). Its $7 billion valuation could lift all social gaming.
BlackBerry crisis mounts as troubled RIM co-CEOs announce they're deferring smartphone relaunch until late 2012.
Amazon reports selling more than 1 million Kindles a week.
Apple struggles to take a bigger bite of China.
Covidien to spin off pharmaceutical unit.
Dell abandons netbooks.
eBay counters Amazon's shopper incentive.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on December 8, 2011 06:32 PM
Remember "New Twitter"? Get ready for the "New New Twitter," as the 140-character driven social platform prepares to unveil a redesign. While the video touting the redesigned Twitter makes it sound like it's a great way to hook up with friends, the redesign is featured in a microsite that touts a consistent mobile experience, new user icons (Home, Connect, Discover, Me and Tweet) and a rearranging of the furniture.Continue reading...
social media watch
Posted by Sheila Shayon on December 7, 2011 03:06 PM
Socialbakers, the most cited source for global Facebook data with over 5 million Facebook pages and places indexed, has just released a study highlighting social media effectiveness, coinciding with LeWeb’11, Europe’s premiere tech conference in Paris (taking place December 7-9).
Since its 2008 launch, Socialbakers has become the “most widely visited site for Facebook statistics and brand metrics,” and is now adding to its portfolio YouTube analytics and monitoring for Google+ brand page.
Findings showcase the companies with the largest social media presence across the major social networks. Topline observations include:
- Google on Facebook has a 2X higher engagement rate than Facebook itself.
- Facebook, Best Buy, Google, Nokia and Intel have the highest engagement rates in social and digital media.
- Foursquare made the top 15 but has an unexpected low user engagement against its competitors.
- Intel, Dell, Nokia, Foursquare, Facebook and Google are with engagement and adoption of Google+.
“From the findings, we see that companies need to think more about engagement and Google+. Little steps like posting once a day to Facebook will give optimal engagement. Companies need help understanding the data, what works and how they can improve,” said Jan Rezab, CEO of Socialbakers in a release.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on November 15, 2011 05:29 PM
Apple warms up to business markets, as Disney CEO Bob Iger joins board and Steve Jobs' position as chairman is filled.
Chrysler Ram named official truck of Detroit Red Wings.
Conde Nast debuts private ad exchange.
Crocs revamps retail store design.
Dell sales disappoint.
Dunkin' Donuts promotes single-serve holiday campaign on Facebook.
Foursquare adds features to enhance city guides.
H&M's next guest designer may be Tom Ford.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 14, 2011 08:56 AM
Best Buy faces investor skepticism of its big-box strategy amid stiffening online competition.
BP may avoid gross negligence conviction in Gulf Oil spill.
CBS drops What's Trending web TV series after Steve Jobs flub.
Cisco sets more conservative growth target.
ConocoPhillips tries to fuel more natural-gas use.
Dell sets $5-billion share buyback.
Dreamworks masters YouTube and Zynga marketing.
Facebook chases Google+ with "smart lists" feature.Continue reading...