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10 hot web startups changing the face of retail / Macala Wright

by Will Corry on March 2, 2012 in Apps, Businesswoman, Digital Marketing, Ecommerce, Email Marketing, FaceBook, featured item, iPhone, LinkedIn, Media, Metrics, Mobile Marketing, Mobile/Tablet, Nuggets, Online Advertising, Online Video, Pinterest, QR Codes, Retail, Search Marketing

10 Hot Web Startups Changing the Face of Retail

In 2010, branded content was one the largest trends among retailers and brands. In 2011, branded content shifted to branded entertainment. Now, in 2012, we’ll look toward content cultivation and aggregation.

By creatively using Pinterest and Tumblr, brands are becoming enthralled with consumer curation, primarily because these types of curated sites create non-linear paths to purchases.

First, retailers post visually appealing images and ideas that are accessible to the online user/consumer. Then, consumers post those images to curated sites. From there, retailers can build brand awareness by directly linking to product pages and encouraging purchase conversions.

“We’re demonstrating the power of peer-to-peer shopping search,” says Buyosphere’s Tara Hunt. “Algorithms are a long way off from picking up nuances that a person can. And personal taste is full of nuance.”

The future of ecommerce, search and social marketing is now tied to personality-influenced consumer curation. Here are 10 product discovery and sharing sites worth paying attention to.

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