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Marketers salivating over smartphone potential

Marketers salivating over smartphone potential By Jon Swartz, USA TODAY Oct. 23, 2009   SAN FRANCISCO — Jeff Smith is a diligent social-networking user, but he doesn’t own a PC. "I prefer a cellphone and a service for a cellphone," says Smith, 40, a postal worker in Detroit who served as an Army Ranger... »

Are you addicted to Apple iPhone’s ubiquitous apps?

Are you addicted to Apple iPhone’s ubiquitous apps?

Are you addicted to Apple iPhone’s ubiquitous apps? By Mary Brophy Marcus, USA TODAY Oct. 2009 Most people start their day with a cup of coffee, a shower, a good stretch. Beth Akins rolls over, grabs her iPhone and fires up Shake & Spell, her favorite iPhone app game. Beth Akins, 54, of Louisville... »

How the Old, the Young and Everyone in Between Uses Social Networks

How the Old, the Young and Everyone in Between Uses Social Networks

How the Old, the Young and Everyone in Between Uses Social Networks eMarketer JULY 30, 2009 Social networkers utilize popular Websites such as MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn in different ways depending on their age. According to Anderson Analytics, Generation Z (13-to-14-year-old) social network users were more likely to use MySpace than Facebook. Only... »

Twitter has millions tweeting in public communication service

Twitter has millions tweeting in public communication service

Twitter has millions tweeting in public communication service By Jon Swartz, USA TODAY 2009 May 25 SAN FRANCISCO — It’s tea time at Twitter. While that may evoke images of courtly discussion over Earl Grey and finger sandwiches, it’s quite another thing at Silicon Valley’s new "it" company. Twitter’s founders, from left, Jack Dorsey,... »

Coupon Web Sites: Never Pay Full Price Again?

Coupon Web Sites: Never Pay Full Price Again? by Melissa Korn Tuesday, February 3, 2009 provided by Wall Street Journal These days, it seems there’s no sense buying something unless you can get at a steep discount. That goes for big-ticket items like houses and cars, down to such smaller purchases as vacation packages,... »

Loyalty program offer helps drive repeat customers to Geeks.com

Loyalty program offer helps drive repeat customers to Geeks.com May 11, 2009 With more than half of its business from repeat customers, one way that computer products and consumer electronics retailer Geeks.com keeps shoppers coming back is by offering a $10 gift certificate to try a third-party loyalty rewards program, vice president of business... »

Site helps entrepreneurs make a love connection

Site helps entrepreneurs make a love connection By SHERYL JEAN / The Dallas Morning News 12:00 AM CDT on Sunday, May 10, 2009 There’s hope for the single entrepreneur. Californian Connie Kelly just launched MatchmakingInc.com to help business owners too busy to meet people in typical social settings. The Web site will connect Type-A... »

Twitter co-founder Evan Williams

Twitter co-founder Evan Williams

Twitter co-founder Evan Williams: All ‘normal people’ will use Twitter in 5 years Twitter co-founder Evan Williams said that he predicts that Twitter will be something “that normal people do” within five years.   Speaking to Charlie Rose, he compared Twitter to the early days of blogging. When blogging started, he said, most people... »

If You Don’t Have Customers’ Trust, You Won’t Get Their Money

If You Don’t Have Customers’ Trust, You Won’t Get Their Money By Marc Williams / E-Commerce Times / Part of the ECT News Network 12/21/08 4:00 AM PT Customers are watching their money more closely in this economy, and one thing they pay attention to is whether an online retailer is trustworthy, writes Marc... »

Mobile-Payments Startup Paymo Aims at Tough Micropayments Market

Mobile-Payments Startup Paymo Aims at Tough Micropayments Market

Mobile-Payments Startup Paymo Aims at Tough Micropayments Market (December 18, 2008) A mobile-payments startup called Paymo Inc., which launched this week with service in 39 countries, hopes to succeed in what has turned out to be a tough market: micropayments for digital content. The San Francisco-based company has more than 300 merchants approved to... »

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