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Livestream Commerce Needs a CX Upgrade

| David Fletcher

Livestream commerce became more popular during the pandemic lockdowns, and there are new reasons why it’s seeing some pickup. Some high-profile shakiness in the U.S. (see Facebook, TikTok) means brands need to understand what their audiences want and need, instead of trying to apply here what worked in other markets.

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Search Isn’t Sexy, But It Sells

| Will Blesener

Are there any instances where it’s not advisable to spend in search? Sure, if you’re a brand-new product with no organic ranking, and it’s going to cost you $10 per click to get to the first page of the keyword to sell a $4 product, you might be better off moving those dollars elsewhere. But spend wisely and don’t go entirely dark. 

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TikTok Ad Spend Exploding As Facebook Slows

| Mike O'Brien

A study sampling 5,000 DTC sellers in Q2 found ad spend on TikTok was up 53% from the previous quarter, as brands flock there based on lower costs relative to Facebook and Instagram, as well as the short-form video platform’s younger audience being their lifeblood for the future.

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Marketplaces: Avoiding the Ad Death Spiral

| Andrew Yates

For marketplaces that rely on ad revenues, it’s all about conversions. And if you can’t optimize search, listings, ads and promotions on your site, you don’t get conversions. This leads to desperate blasting and promotions that just drives drives users away and kills revenue. Here are 5 steps to help you avoid this dreaded ad death spiral.

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The Best Marketers Experiment Every Day

| Nikita Bykadarov

How do marketers stand out, when so many dollars are chasing the same consumers? There’s still too much uncertainty about what channels work for which messages. To get the most out of each channel, experiment. Constantly test different messages, landing pages and designs to learn what works to inform your tactics.

Google Facing Adtech Breakup Heat from DC

| Mike O'Brien

Google parent Alphabet is reportedly considering splitting up parts of its business that handle digital advertising into a separate unit, to avoid antitrust litigation from the U.S. Justice Dept. as part of an ongoing investigation, according to the WSJ. It’s not clear whether anything short of an asset sale would satisfy federal regulators.

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Google Rolls Out Fleet/Route Optimization Toolset

| Mike O'Brien

Given the vast amount of data streaming into its ubiquitous search engine every day, its various technology platforms and the ecommerce explosion, it’s only logical that Google is offering what it sees as a better mousetrap to solve the thorny problem of route optimization in last-mile deliveries.

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Facebook aka Meta Looks to Open Physical Stores

| Mike O'Brien

A week after a name change to Meta, reflecting its aspirations for the so-called metaverse virtual world, the company formerly known as Facebook is looking to open physical stores to sell gadgets associated with its new vision, according to a report in the New York Times.

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Beans.ai Raises $17M to Help Optimize the Final Foot

| Mike O'Brien

Beans.ai, a routing optimization provider that enables FedEx Ground and others to direct drivers to exact locations like apartment units, and provides other details like parking locations and delivery rules, has come out of stealth mode with a $17 million investment.