How the Internet is helping to sell cars through social collaboration.
It's kind of like a bridal registry for cars and car parts – and it's not just for car enthusiasts, but a growing business tool and social media device that helps would-be drivers into a new set of wheels.
The New York Times has a lengthy report on the rise of a new line of Internet shopping tools where mostly younger car buyers – along with their friends and family – can work together online, in real-time, to make a down payment, choose car details and make other decisions that ultimately end up with them picking up their new ride at a car dealership.
The report highlights a new venture by Toyota (TM) and Google (GOOG), called the Toyota Collaborator. Using the Google+ Hangout feature, the Collaborator lets people get together to not only help customers customize their vehicles, but also take it out on a virtual test drive.
Not looking to take part in a strip-mall stampede? Stay out of the fray and try the world's largest online retailer for bargains.
No one dives deeper into Black Friday than Amazon (AMZN).
The online retail giant is currently hosting a massive Black Friday Deals Week, a period when the company promises to add new deals as frequently as every 10 minutes.
There are so many ways to save that one consumer is unlikely to cash in on every sale. This is why the retailer has a "Missed Deals" section on its Black Friday page -- to show consumers all the ways they failed to save.
As of this writing, Amazon is offering a plethora of older PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games at 30 percent (or more) off.
The retailer is offering timed sales of HDTVs, video game consoles and gadgets. But you may have to shop on Thanksgiving Day for the best bargains.
The second sale "event" begins at 8:00 p.m., followed by another event at 8:00 a.m. the next morning (Black Friday, Nov. 29).
With three big sales, when should consumers head to the store? Should they skip Thanksgiving dinner and get in line immediately? Or sit back, relax and enjoy the feast at home?
Read on to find out.
Smartphone users check their devices over a hundred times a day, making those home screens the most valuable digital real estate in the world for advertisers.
By Jim Probasco
How would you like a free mobile phone with free calls, texts and data thrown in for good measure? In exchange, would you be willing to put up with advertising?
In a recent AdExchanger column, Russell Glass, CEO of Bizo, said with 1.4 billion smartphones in use by the end of 2013, the most valuable digital real estate on the planet is the home screen of those devices.
It's only a matter of time, Glass said, before someone develops and offers a "completely advertising-and content-supported phone." And that time, he believes, is coming soon -- as early as the end of next year.
The retailer is testing new Apple-based technology which alerts customers to nearby bargains as they shop -- and possibly more.
By Gary Krakow
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- It won't be long before retailers will be able to send special sale information directly to your smartphone as you walk through the store. Macy's (M) is currently testing a Bluetooth-based system that alerts Apple (AAPL) iPhone and iPad users of nearby sale items as they stroll down the aisles.
The wireless notification system is called "shopBeacon" from a privately-owned firm named Shopkick. It's based on Apple's iBeacon -- a low-power, Bluetooth micro-location-sensitive technology which is standard in iOS 7 devices. Unlike other indoor location-sensing technologies, Apple's system doesn't rely on in-store GPS signals to track customer movements.
The system is capable of greeting shoppers as they enter the store as well as offering discounts and recommendations as they shop. There is also an at-home component which allows customers to "like" an item in their home and then have their iPhones remind them when they approach the item when they're in the store shopping.
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