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Bob Angus | 11 Feb 2009 | 0 comments

Valentine's Day represents one of the big shopping periods of the year. Even though the current economy is trying to block Cupid's arrow, online shoppers are still expressing their love this week. The National Retail Federation estimates that $14.7 billion will be spent on Valentine's gifts and merchandise in 2009, which is down 1% from last year. That still translates to approximately $102 per consumer... not a complete heartbreaker.

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Here at VeriSign, we also see that online retailers are taking steps to...

Bob Angus | 12 Dec 2008 | 0 comments

This week's edition of Prime Angus Cuts is dedicated to my favorite micro-blogging, social networking site, Twitter. If you personally have not joined the conversation on Twitter, you should. If you have not thought about how that conversation can help your brand and drive more sales, you must.

Of course, it would be fantastic is you would follow me @bobangus to see what I have to say in 140 characters or less.

Here are a several great articles that you can help you get the most out of Twitter.

Your Customers are Tweeting About You

The classic argument for not using Twitter is "I don't use it because it's not for me. I don't get why someone would care what I am doing." There is a common misconception that Twitter is the same as livestreaming, or basically telling the world what you are doing every 10 minutes. Here is a post from Get...

Bob Angus | 11 Nov 2008 | 2 comments

Last week I posted Mary Meeker's optimistic long-term view for online retail. At a macro level, several mega, $500+ billion consumer product categories are virtually neglected in ecommerce. Two categories jumped out at me in particular - OTC medicine/personal care with 6% sales online and groceries with just 1%. Well today, Alice.com has unveiled their initial plans to help consumers more conveniently purchase some of these household goods online.

Mr Whipple Squeezes Charmin.jpgAlice.com does not plan to take on inventory (remember Webvan?). They...

Bob Angus | 07 Nov 2008 | 0 comments

Mary Meeker, famed Internet analyst for Morgan Stanley, delivered a powerful presentation on Technology/Internet Trends at this week's Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. While she kicked off with a vivid depiction of just how brutal the economy is right now, Mary detailed several key trends that should provide accelerated success once the world breaks out of its recessionary doldrums. Good news for you in ecommerce. She sees room for growth in online retail and tells us why.

Consumers need value more than ever

The key catalyst for online shopping is of course the consumer. Right now, most everyone is tightening their belts and that certainly pressures the retail sales - online and offline. However, one should look at how the tough times impact purchase behaviors rather than just focus on the shrinking wallet size. There is huge opportunity to provide unique value and to establish...