Guest Post There are over 2,000 startups on AngelList that are categorized as “social commerce.” That’s equivalent to every Stanford MBA over the last 5 years starting a brand new social commerce company.
Instagram is the best platform for brands, according to a new study that reviewed all brands on social with over 25 fans on each of four major social platforms: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
Retailers are giving thanks today as not only were Thanksgiving sales up more than 10 percent yesterday but Black Friday sales are also up at least 7 percent today.
In between chowing down on turkey, slurping up cranberry sauce, and sucking down a cold beverage or two with friends and family, we’ve been busy shopping.
60 percent of social shopping starts on Facebook. 15 percent starts on Pinterest, and a little five percent wedge begins on Twitter. But there’s one network you’ve probably never heard of that drives more than Pinterest and four times more social shopping traffic than Twitter.
As if our Facebook news feeds weren’t already polluted enough.
Editor's Pick In its run-up to IPO, Twitter has built ad tools for geotargeting and retargeting as well as ad products for the music industry and the TV industry. It’s built an Ads API for partners, and even bought an ad exchange to broaden access to its massive 500 million tweets per day inventory.
Peter and Karl Koch spent their childhood being dragged from trade show to trade show with their parents, so they founded Balluun to put that process online.
“Most of what happens in social commerce is that the larger companies are looking at social opportunities through the prism of the past,” Steve Case explains. “They have the view that it’s ancillary, a curiosity, an extra.”
Call it the unicorn problem: beautiful, alluring, magical, and totally non-existent. Social commerce, according to the latest Monetate e-commerce report, is almost as elusive.
China’s take on Twitter, Weibo, sold an 18 percent stake of itself to major e-commerce site Alibaba today. The two hope to make hundreds of millions of dollars for the social media company while building out a mobile and social commerce mode for Alibaba.
Social commerce platform Moontoast is shifting its focus to emphasize the growing social advertising movement, the company tells VentureBeat.
48 percent of the most popular pins on Pinterest lead to expired pages on top retailers brands, according to a new study by Curalate, the social curation company.
With the addition of iTunes credit, Facebook is filling out its Gifts portfolio in a big way.
Social commerce startup Moontoast has signed a new deal with Universal Music Group (UMG) that will bring its social analytics platform to all of its artists and musical groups.
Fab is making the holidays a bit easier with faster shopping and more elegant gifts.
Here’s a sneak peek at the new iOS app lineup for Fab.com. The startup’s previous lineup was so last year.
You know that feeling when you’re in the fitting room, you try on that perfect item, and your friends jaws just drop? Boutine wants to capture that feeling, and bring it online.
A.J. Steigman is the chief executive of Soletron, a social e-commerce platform. Peter Thiel is a legendary venture capitalist and co-founder of PayPal. Both are internationally ranked “life master” chess players.
Zaarly, the online marketplace where users find and hire talented local builders and artisans, is announcing a new “Zaarly Anywhere” initiative that allows any site to enable offline commerce from online content.
Guest Post With Facebook’s IPO less than 24 hours away, I remain very bullish about the company. (Disclosure: I have entered my indication of interest with my broker for an IPO allocation. I expect that, like most people who ask for shares, I will get none.)
Moontoast, a startup that specializes in turning social media influence into revenue, has closed a new $6 million round of funding, the company tells VentureBeat.
For musicians, celebrities and other entities with a strong following on social networks, it’s difficult to determine the value of a million Facebook fans, or two million Twitter followers.
EBay is starting to think social. Today, the online auction company announced integration with Facebook’s open graph for its developer arm, X.commerce. It also unveiled PayPal access, a Facebook Connect-like way of checking out.
Daily deal site BuyWithMe is getting a big shot in the arm in the New York City area today with its acquisition of Scoop St., a social commerce site based in the city.
Guest Post Although many are heralding the advent of “social commerce”, the biggest e-commerce wave of the last couple of years has in fact used the most basic Internet technology. Enormously successful deals companies such as Groupon, LivingSocial, and Gilt Groupe send simple e-mails. Users click through those emails to a single landing page whose only goal is to get users to hit “Buy”.
The No. 2 executive at daily-deals purveyor Groupon, Rob Solomon, has taken advantage of the company’s unlimited-paid-days-off policy — for good.
ModCloth, the hot e-commerce startup backed by Accel Partners, First Round Capital, and the Floodgate Fund, laid off just over a dozen of its 248 employees today, the company told VentureBeat.
One Kings Lane chief executive Doug Mack took to the DEMO stage to try to explain the social commerce boom.
A new wave of e-commerce is coming, backed by tends of millions of dollars from Silicon Valley’s savviest investors, that’s reinventing more than just how consumers shop online.
As speculation mounts about an imminent buyout of daily-deals company Groupon by Google for a rumored price tag of $6 billion, one salient fact is being ignored: The two companies are already in bed with each other.
I just bought a dog sweater from a stranger who lives across the country from me. And I totally blame Yardsellr, a year-old startup backed by a team of eBay veterans who may well be inventing the future of social commerce.