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.
A study commissioned by PayPal shows consumers are shopping on smartphones more than ever but remain concerned about mobile commerce security. The global study across age groups found 80% of consumers have shopped via smartphone, but only 63% of ecommerce businesses are optimized to accept mobile payments.
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, 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.
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.
The holiday season is the most competitive time of year for ecommerce companies and retailers to target consumers and drive sales. For marketers looking to expand content to multiple platforms and find success this holiday season, here are some tips for social ads on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.