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Yahoo Dives Back In to E-Commerce with Revamped Yahoo Stores Platform

Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 18, 2014 02:03 PM

With e-commerce projected to account for 11 percent of US retail sales, totaling $414 billion by 2018, Yahoo is re-launching Yahoo Stores so it can grab a bigger piece of the growing online merchant market.

Initially launched in 1998, the updated platform enables merchants to build and transact on sites hosted by Yahoo for up to $9 per month, complete with tools for creation, marketing, analytics, custom templates and domain names. The platform is already used by more than 1.5 million small businesses as more sellers take to the Web to sell their wares.

"We’ve taken care of some of the stumbling points that small businesses face in setting up online stores," said Amit Kumar, head of Yahoo Small Business, according to the Wall Street Journal.

But Yahoo is a late re-entrant into an increasingly crowded field, with steep competition from Amazon, eBay, Shopify and Etsy, many of which offer customized online storefronts for small businesses.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Apple, Crocs, Time Warner and more

Posted by Dale Buss on July 22, 2014 09:07 AM

TOP STORIES

Apple is gearing up for bigger iPhones (and iPhone sales).

Crocs plans layoffs and store closures in major restructuring move.

Facebook introduces "Save" feature.

Herbalife faces Enron-like fraud claim.

Time Warner moves to thwart bid by Murdoch.

MORE BRAND NEWS

Aldi cofounder dies at 94.

AT&T commits to supporting STEM and chants up the New York Yankees.

Allergan cuts 13 percent of workforce and drug research. 

Campbell Soup Co. focuses on Millennial moms as it introduces organic items.

Chipotle keeps booming as it rides increased prices.

Dick's celebrates the everyday athlete in new emotional spot

Express CEO hands reins to company’s president.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Time Warner, Comcast, Samsung and more

Posted by Dale Buss on July 16, 2014 08:53 AM

TOP STORIES

Airbnb prepares brand refresh and woos New York.

Samsung concludes 10-month World Cup soccer campaign with finale to "The Match" (above).

Tech "odd couple" Apple and IBM team up for enterprise mobility.

Time Warner shares soar after reportedly rejecting $80 billion Murdoch bid.

Comcast apologizes for customer service call embarrassment.

MORE BRAND NEWS:

AOL patents web-like response ads for TV.

Archie comics kills off namesake character as Marvel makes Thor a her.

Facebook brand stories perform better than traditional ads.

GE tests Snapchat marketing.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Big Tobacco Gets Bigger, Alibaba Gets Mad Men and more

Posted by Dale Buss on July 15, 2014 09:24 AM

TOP STORIES

Reynolds American buys rival Lorillard to create new tobacco giant in $25 billion deal.

Crumbs Bake Shop files for bankruptcy as investor group makes plans.

PepsiCo brands take spotlight at Tuesday's All-Star Game, as Nike's Jordan Brand spot honors Derek Jeter.

Alibaba, pre-IPO valued at $130 billion, makes entertainment push with Lions Gate streaming TV deal bringing Mad Men to China.

Metallica stars in ESPN's latest SportsCenter ad.

MORE BRAND NEWS

ANA takes aim at bot fraud with help from advertisers.

Apple denied Touch ID trademark by USPTO.

BMW shares battery technology with rivals.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Moshi Monsters Network, Apple Gears Up for iWatch and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on July 4, 2014 10:48 AM

TOP STORIES

BBC veteran family entertainer Rolf Harris jailed for sexually abusing minors as News Corp. sees former News of the World editor sentenced in phone hacking trial.

Apple poaches Tag Heuer sales exec ahead of iWatch launch.

Moshi Monsters launches walled garden social network for kids called Popjam.

YouTube does U-turn over blocking independent music labels.

US privacy watchdog files FTC complaint over Facebook psychological research.

MORE BRAND NEWS:

Amazon gets caught up in EU tax crackdown.

Berkeley, CA, readies America’s first soda tax

Bitcoin faces backlash as EU tells banks to steer clear.

Bonobos lands $55 million in backing to open brick and mortar stores.

Canada’s CRTC receives deluge of complaints following anti-spam law.Continue reading...

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PepsiCo CEO: Don't Cry Over Milk (or Work-Life Balance)

Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 2, 2014 05:20 PM

As women finally move up the corporate ladder in significant numbers, their personal philosophy and style are a study in contrast. Take it from one of the few female CEOs on the Fortune 500. “I don't think women can have it all. I just don't think so. We pretend we have it all. We pretend we can have it all,” stated Indra K. Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo, in an interview at the Aspen Ideas Festival this week.

It's a different message from the Lean In female empowerment movement founded by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, whose go-for-it challenge to young women is, “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”

Another female CEO, General Motors head Mary Barra, was asked in a recent (and controversial) interview with Matt Lauer if she can be a good mother and run GM. "I think I can. I have a great team," Barra responded, "and I have a wonderful family and a supportive husband, and I'm pretty proud of my kids the way they're supporting me in this." The social tide quickly turned to question whether Lauer would ask the same of a male CEO, but to wonder why Barra didn't refute the blatantly gender-biased question.

As for the CEO of Yahoo, “The press may be in a world of its own making when it comes to reports on Marissa Mayer,” notes Forbes. “Instead of appearing like a leader who’s reviving what was a failing digital media company at a time when it’s on the cusp of monetizing billions of dollars to improve the company further, she’s a lady who falls asleep before a meeting.”Continue reading...

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Brand News: GM, L'Oreal, Bayer and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on July 1, 2014 09:29 AM

TOP STORIES

GM hopes to turn the key as automaker recalls 8.4 million vehicles and announces victim compensation plan.

Jeep tops most patriotic brands list as brand boosts Chrysler’s June sales.    

L’Oreal settles with FTC over anti-aging ad claims.

Bayer broadens healthcare line by keeping Merck's Dr. Scholl's and Coppertone brands.

Wendy’s taps Boyz II Men for pretzel burger campaign kicking off on Facebook.  

MORE BRAND NEWS

Aereo rivals aim to take advantage of US Supreme Court setback for brand.  

AirAsia and Rakuten team up for budget Japanese airline.  

AT&T sells America Movil stake.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Adidas, GM, Yahoo and more

Posted by Dale Buss on June 27, 2014 09:03 AM

TOP STORIES

Adidas pulls teeth-baring ads featuring Suarez after World Cup biting incident.

GM now faces federal grand jury probe in recalls, as company finally recalls 29,000 Chevrolet Cruze models that were part of sales “stop order.”

Nike sales fueled by World Cup and social marketing.

Yahoo seeks to buy YouTube content partner Fullscreen.

Google starts scrubbing Europe search results under “right to be forgotten.”

MORE BRAND NEWS

Audi introduces understated first plug-in hybrid as brand beams World Cup results over New York's East River using headlights.

Buick puts on running shoes with MyMapFitness.

Cracker Jack launches "Surprise Inside Project" gifting campaign. 

McDonald’s tests mobile ordering app.

Mercedes-Benz packs its GLA crossover in new social campaign.Continue reading...

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