Category Social

At Least 27 Shopping Bots in the Wild, Germany based chatShopper a User Favorite

Conversational commerce, in text as in voice, remains a (growing but small) niche for now. There is a lot of potential, but also a lot of road to cover still. The Information (paywall) is looking back on a year of bot frenzy and disillusionment. Facebook, Amazon and Google are all lacking on the distribution side […]

How Amazon’s New Human Curation In “Interesting Finds” Compares to Zalando’s Fleek

With the recent redesign of “Interesting Finds”, Amazon is taking a cue from Pinterest and, maybe, from Zalando’s Fleek. “Interesting Finds” started as “Amazon Stream”, a visual feed. It was renamed to “Intersting Finds” early this year and gained a heart as the save function. Now “Interesting Finds” got curated categories. TechCrunch: Tucked away inside […]

How Alibaba’s Taobao Goes Social Shopping

Facebook and Twitter both have tried more than once to bring ecommerce capabilities to their networks. Neither has succeeded yet. Bloomberg is reporting now on how Alibaba is going the opposite direction. The Chinese online retail giant is bringing social and media features to its mobile marketplace Taobao, and, it seems, successfully so: Alibaba’s Taobao […]

Fleek 2.0 start page updates

Fleek 2.0 and The Potential and Challenges of Social Shopping

Fleek 2.0 (app store) brings with it a significant update to the user interface. Taking yet again a clue from Spotify and the successs of its “Discover Weekly” playlists, the feed (the start page of Fleek, sort of) has been replaced with “Updates”: 20 entries consisting of social media updates from brands the user follows, […]

Spring's personal shopping assistant on Messenger

First Bots on Facebook Messenger are Like First “Social Shopping” Pages on Facebook

At the company’s yearly developer conference f8, Facebook announced the new bot platform on top of Messenger, which is now used by 900 million people on a monthly basis. More on the new APIs at Facebooks developer blog: Send/Receive API. This new capability includes the ability to send and receive text, images, and rich bubbles […]

Hurdles For The Social Media ‘Buy Button’

The Washington Post: The rush by tech giants and retailers to join the buy-button arms race would suggest that these businesses see money-making potential. And given how much time people spend on social media — an estimated 1 of every 5 minutes spent on a mobile phone in the United States is on Facebook or […]

Facebook’s Shopping Feed Is a Mess

Facebook’s dedicated shopping feed is available to a small group of users; it is still in an early experimental state. And rightly so. TechCrunch is reporting on the mess that is the current incarnation of the shopping feed at Facebook: Random is the right way to describe Facebook’s attempted invasion of Amazon’s turf. With skimpy […]

Facebook Is Experimenting With A Dedicated Shopping Feed

Facebook is testing a shopping feed with products highlighted by retailers that matches likes and connections of the users. It is not surprising that Facebook is experimenting with breaking out the newsfeed into subcategories. This shopping feed is part of a larger initiative as Facebook is also testing a dedicated video feed. We will have […]

Pinterest’s Buyable Pins unbundle E-Commerce

The popular visual community Pinterest has started to bring “Buyable Pins” to shop systems Bigcommerce, Magento, IBM Commerce Websphere, Shopify and Demandware: In June, we announced Buyable Pins to let people buy things they want right from Pinterest. These made-for-mobile Pins help you drive incremental sales at no extra cost. Now, we’re excited to bring […]