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Net Briefs - November 2015

Posted on 11.01.2015

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Product Searches Start on Amazon (Usually)

A whopping 44 percent of U.S. consumers go straight to Amazon when beginning their search for products online, bypassing both top search engines and retailers in their path to purchase according to a recent study from Survata and BloomReach. Comparatively, the data shows that 34 percent of consumers begin their online shopping journey on search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo, while just 21 percent start with a specific retailer.

Google Attacks Hacked Sites

Google unveiled a series of algorithmic changes that will reduce hacked spam in its search results. According to Google, the changes will end up impacting roughly 5 percent of queries (depending on the language). Users may temporarily notice that for certain queries, the number of results shown is reduced.

YouTube Makes Videos Shoppable

YouTube is making videos shoppable with a new ad unit called Shopping ads, which present consumers watching videos on the site with an info icon in the upper right corner. Once clicked, related Cards will be revealed - including product ads. Clicking on one of these ads then directs the consumer to the merchant's website. It is important to note that Shopping ads will use an auction model similar to Google's search ads. Targeting based on context and audience will also be available.


$110 Million

LogMeIN acquired single-sign-on and password management service LastPass for $110 million in cash, with up to an additional $15 million in cash in contingent payments.


@WalmartLabs, the technology power behind Walmart Global eCommerce, has made its 15th acquisition in the last four years with its purchase of PunchTab. While terms of the deal were not disclosed, @WalmartLabs did note it will be using the PunchTab technology to enhance its existing customer relationship management (CRM) tools.

$450 Million

Pandora has entered into an agreement to acquire live events technology company Ticketfly. The transaction is valued at approximately $450 million, with a nearly equal balance of cash and stock.


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Web Design Mistakes that Kill Rankings

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7 Reasons Why Astute Internet Marketers are in Love with Pinterest

With more than 70 million users, Pinterest has quickly become a social powerhouse. The Web's most perceptive marketers not only realize this, but are also using it to their advantage.

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Employee's Choice: Perks or Pay Raise?

New data from Glassdoor is shedding light on employee preferences when it comes to job compensation. Find out if traditional pay raises outweigh perks like insurance, bonuses, vacation time and pensions.

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On-the-Go Marketing Tips

Google is delivering marketing tips straight to mobile users' fingertips with its Primer app for Android and iOS devices. The app helps users learn new digital marketing skills with quick, five-minute lessons. New lessons are added every week and cover the topics of advertising, content, measurement and strategy.

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