US E-Commerce Brands Continue Successful European Push
March 07 2012 6:54 PM EST
US companies accounted for 25% of 2011 sales for the Top 400 online retailers in Europe, up from 23.4% a year earlier. This suggests US companies are gaining more than just a foothold on the industry in Europe; they are thriving and not turning back, trying to gain as much market share as possible going forward.
With iPad 3 Release, Activists Call On Apple For Foreign Worker Rights
March 07 2012 8:35 AM EST
With the iPad 3 likely to be announced tomorrow, new calls from activists are being made for Apple to step up their role in making Foxconn, one of their manufacturing suppliers, more of an equitable place of employment for their workers. The situation proves to be a lesson for businesses expanding internationally.
Top Chinese American Travel Companies 2012
March 05 2012 5:10 PM EST
As China rises in the global tourism arena from sixth place in 2008 to second over the next two years, a rising demand for travel is being observed in the country. Here are five Chinese American Travel Companies that offer tourism services: E-World Travel & Tours Inc., Joy Holiday, L & L Travel Enterprises, Inc. and Ritz Tours, Inc.
Top Business Phone Systems 2012
March 05 2012 4:30 PM EST
Here are five companies that offer business phone systems that you can choose from: Nextiva, RingCentral, Inc., Vonage, Phonebooth.com and Phone.com.
With 50% US Smartphone Adoption, Mobile Marketing Has Greater Impact
March 05 2012 1:37 PM EST
As more smartphones are put into use, the user behaviors that marketers can gain a greater understanding of become that much more important to analyze given the increase in user volume. Any trending behaviors when adoption was much lower, say 1 year ago, carried less importance than now as the sheer number of people performing the behaviors in question are far greater. Marketers can then make more informed decisions about how they engage consumers on their phones.
Foursquare and VH1 Collaboration Illustrate Potential for Social Impact
March 02 2012 10:54 AM EST
Social media has invariably allowed us to do more, and now Foursquare and VH1 are pushing what we can do with social media even further. The platforms themselves have done an excellent job of enabling web users to connect with each other and share information in the form of messages, tweets, notes, photos, posts, tags, comments, and others. It has also presented businesses across the globe with unique opportunities to grow and interact with their customer-base. Businesses typically will establis...
Apple Still Navigating Chinese iPad Litigation
March 01 2012 10:30 PM EST
Apple has continued its court battle with Proview International, the Chinese company claiming ownership of the trademark rights over the iPad name in China. I wrote an article on the subject last week and as the story has progressed, this piece serves to add additional detail and update the developing story. According to The Washington Post, Lawyers representing both companies gave their arguments in the Higher People's Court of Guangdong before the hearing was adjourned with both sets of re...
New Purchasing Data Shows Mobile Behaviors Across International Markets
March 01 2012 7:47 AM EST
Research out from Google this week gives us the latest understanding of mobile search behavior. The research included respondents from 6 regions/countries around the world: France, Germany, Japan, the UK, and the US. In addition to finding that smartphone owners used their phones to search the web at least once a week across all countries at a minimum rate of 70%, the data also addressed how smartphones aide consumers in purchasing decisions both on and off-line.
Users Working Out Exactly How to Use & What to do With Google+
February 28 2012 1:04 PM EST
I just recently wrote about the importance of Google Places and Google+ for businesses competing internationally. Since writing this, interesting research has come out bringing to light the realities of user activity on Google+, as in there isn't much to speak of, not yet at least. According to new data from comScore Inc., there is little motion from Google+ users once they sign up on the platform. Looking at comScore's numbers, visitors from computers were on Google+ an average of 3 minut...
Apple & Chomp; New Marriage Brings Spotlight to Platform-Specific Searching
February 28 2012 7:52 AM EST
It's no secret that web searching has become a major industry, if not the biggest online industry considering searching's place as potentially the most essential online function. With so much time and energy spent on searching the web though, one would expect there to be a number of search engines presenting viable competition with each other to deliver the end-user with the best results. This was the case 10-15 years ago, and may still be again, but Google is undoubtedly the dominate sear...
Sponsored Video: BT Shares the Effectiveness of Flexible Working
February 28 2012 6:52 AM EST
Though some may frown upon the concept of ‘working remotely,’ it is actually better than being physically present at an office desk. Why? Read below to find out studies about this industry phenomenon.
Leveraging Google to Stay Competitive Internationally
February 24 2012 5:25 PM EST
Google's reach extends far across the various products they have and now across industries with their pending acquisition of Motorola Mobility. Starting with search and then advertising with AdWords, to their Gmail, Documents, and of course YouTube and Maps, among other features, there is a reason Google is the dominant force online. However, in relation to growing business in international markets, there are no features, outside of organic SEO and paid search, more important than Google Plus...
Apple's iPad Sales See Disruptions, OK in Shanghai for Now
February 24 2012 3:17 PM EST
Apple currently finds itself in the middle of a legal push by Proview International, a Chinese company, and its parent company to disrupt sales of the iPad claiming trademark ownership of the product name. This situation clearly illustrates how companies become more vulnerable when they operate in new locations.
Google's Get Your Business Online Presents Domestic and International SEO Opportunities
February 22 2012 9:23 PM EST
Google's Get Your Business Online is an initiative that Google began rolling out last year and now has a presence throughout the US and in several countries internationally. Offering beginner website assistance, hosting, and training, this initiative is valuable and opens the door to domestic and International SEO opportunities to assist participating businesses in optimizing their web presence.
Top Tools for Checking Your Credit
February 22 2012 3:53 PM EST
Nowadays a credit score has become one of the most important components of a consumer's financial profile, especially in the developed countries. A credit score is a number based on a statistical analysis of a person's credit files and therefore is supposed to represent the creditworthiness of the person.
Pressure on Chinese Electronics Factories Forces Policy Reform
February 21 2012 3:04 PM EST
With the steady growth in smartphone use around the world, it is clear that mobile is increasingly important. This potential touches many sectors, most notably mobile commerce, mobile search, and mobile social networking. The largest manufacturer of electronics in China recently improved their employee policies representing a potential shift in the Chinese economy.
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February 20 2012 7:57 AM EST
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February 20 2012 6:22 AM EST
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First Time Twitter Lawsuit Highlights Rep. Management, Country-Specific Regulations
February 17 2012 1:27 PM EST
Social media giant Twitter is being sued for defamation for the first time in Australia due to accusations TV personality Marieke Hardy promoted on the platform. The situation brings to light issues of operating a tech company in international markets where laws an regulations are different and can leave companies vulnerable to suit damages.
Multilingual SEO Firms Hold Significant Advantage
February 17 2012 8:18 AM EST
The more quality services that businesses can provide for their clientele, the more value they bring. This is true in SEO, especially in the case of multilingual SEO services where firms that have such capability are positioned in the industry with a valuable advantage.