TikTok Testing Addition of Social Commerce URLs

| Douglas P. Clement

Short-form mobile video app TikTok is expanding its ecommerce footprint by testing a new feature allowing users to add a shoppable URL to their bios or videos, creating an online store where consumers can shop in the app. TikTok is also reportedly talking with Sony and Warner about licensing deals for a new streaming music service.

Amazon Drives 115% Rise in Ecommerce Ad Spend During Q3

| Douglas P. Clement

Spending on ecommerce ads rose 115% in the third quarter compared to last year, and was up 51% over Q2, driven largely by Amazon, a seasonal surge for Prime Day and a strong back-to-school season. A new Q3 report from Marin Software also showed that mobile continues its dominance.

FTC Steps Up Investigation of Amazon Over Anti-Competitive Charges

| Mike O'Brien

Investigators from the FTC have begun interviewing merchants selling on Amazon’s third-party marketplace in an attempt to ascertain if the ecommerce giant is using anti-competitive practices, according to a report in Bloomberg. They’re asking merchants how much business they do on Amazon.com vs. other major marketplaces.

Fanbank Lets Stores Sell Items on Facebook through Credit System

| Mike O'Brien

Fanbank, a Santa Monica, CA-based startup, aims to give small business owners a greater opportunity to reach online buyers by creating digital credits that can be redeemed in brick-and-mortar stores through Facebook ad campaigns. The ads show up in shoppers’ newsfeeds, and soon will be publishable on a merchant’s Facebook page.

Over 70% of U.S. Consumers Favor National Data Privacy Law

| MCM Staff

Nearly three-quarters of U.S. consumers favor a national data privacy law that applies to all 50 states equally, according to a new survey. Adults are most comfortable handing over their email address and birth date, and least comfortable handing giving up their address and phone number, the survey found.