Amazon Echo and Google Home want to be frictionless… but are they?

Amazon Echo and Google Home want to be frictionless… but are they?

The idea of a ‘smart home’ has been around for some time. Far before any of us had the who-will-turn-off-the-light argument, engineers around the world were making our home lives easier and more convenient with dishwashers, refrigerators and clothes dryers; the forerunners of home automation.  

Yet it was only with the advent of the internet and IoT that the idea of a fully functional ‘smart home’ began to blossom. Suddenly, no one had to get up to turn off the light anymore – you could control as many devices as you wanted from the comfort of your armchair. Convenience was only limited by connectivity, so to speak.

Facebook’s solving all of our online purchasing problems. But do you trust them?

Facebook’s solving all of our online purchasing problems. But do you trust them?

Let’s say that you’re in the market for some new sunglasses. 30 years ago, you might have seen the pair you wanted on a billboard, headed to your local shop, tried on that pair (and 20 others) and then made your decision. Job done. Sure, it might have taken you anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, but hey, it was the ultimate experience, right?

The Instapocalypse… what it is and why you need to sit up and take notice

The Instapocalypse… what it is and why you need to sit up and take notice

An ‘Instapocalypse’ would imply that Instagram basically took over social e-commerce (or even e-commerce, in general) but for that to happen, retailers would need to have no problem in using it. But that’s just it. ‘Shoppable Posts’ are actually a major pain for retailers (at least to begin with), and here’s why.

Why hello again Social Commerce… how you’ve changed.

Why hello again Social Commerce… how you’ve changed.

Nearly a year ago today, we provided you with the latest and greatest about all things social commerce. In case you’ve forgotten, though, a quick recap: social commerce allows users to purchase products directly from their social media platform of choice, whether that be Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest or even Snapchat.

3 Tips to Help E-Tailers Make the Most of Cyber Monday

3 Tips to Help E-Tailers Make the Most of Cyber Monday

Love it or hate it, Black Friday has long been considered the official kick-off to the make or break holiday shopping season. But as more shoppers trade in Black Friday mayhem for computer and smartphone screens, Cyber Monday is taking over as THE shopping event of the season. In fact, more US shoppers are excited to shop on Cyber Monday in 2017 than any other holiday sales day, according to a new report from Euclid.