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Twitter Roles Out In-Tweet purchases “Buy Button”

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Twitter announced today that it will begin to role out a test aimed at a select group of subscribers who will begin receiving options to buy from a few dozen brands, recording artists, and nonprofits. Pilot brands and personalities include Brad Paisley, Burberry, Demi Lovato, Home Depot, and Panic at the Disco.

Tarun Jain shared the announcement on the Twitter blog describing the test as an early step toward turning Twitter into a functional commerce platform. Tweets from brands will present both Android and iOS users with exclusive offers. Once they tap on an initial buy button, they’re taken to another screen with larger product presentation and pricing information (see below). Pressing a second buy button on this page sends the buyer to a confirm screen and the transaction submitted to the merchant.

Individuals’ payment and shipping information will be encrypted and stored in Twitter’s database for use in subsequent transactions. Twitter will not note purchases on subscribers’ timelines or profiles. At this point, Twitter says that personally identifiable information obtained from purchasers will be shared only with the merchants filling their requests. You can read more about their security and privacy policies here.

“This is targeted right at direct-response advertisers and brands as we head into the all-important Q4,” says Dayna Moon, senior director of  social at 3Q Digital. “With this release, I think you can expect to see a slight shift in budgets — especially if the handful of test users show good results.”

Twitter’s move into Internet retail has been widely expected since the company named ex-Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard its head of commerce last August.

About Harrison Blum

HDB cirHarrison is the owner and Chief Executive Officer at Z interactive. Harrison is a seasoned marketing professional and got his start working in entertainment helping venues leverage forward-thinking internet strategies to pack stadiums and concert halls across the Central Southwestern United States. Follow Harrison Blum on Twitter for great marketing, technology, and craft beer content!

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September 8, 2014 at 10:54 pm Leave a comment

Top 10 Best Places to Find Free Images

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If you are like me then you’ll know it’s not only time intensive but a rather daunting task to find great stock images. That’s why it’s imperative to have a go-to resource where you can quickly and easily find great images for free! Not only that but it’s also nice to visit a stock website where the legal terms are clear, easy to understand and easily assessable. That’s why I’ve organized the best of the best sources for finding great free stock images  for all your creative needs.

A project of Viktor Hanacek, designer, who understands the importance of high quality images in a designer’s life. New photos are uploaded daily. Fantastic work, and completely free. There is a paid membership for $6/month if you want even more from Viktor. Image restrictions: None
A personal project of Ryan McGuire of Bells Design. Very beautiful high-resolution images added weekly, completely free of copyright. Image restrictions: None
A collection of images that are personally uploaded by contributors underCreative Commons Public Domain. The site functions beautifully and has great navigation, sorting, and searching functions. Image restrictions: None
This is a database of completely free images that you can use however you want. A very large selection that’s rather simple to search, but can be time-consuming due to lack of sorting features. For a long time, this was my go-to site for free images. Image restrictions: Various
Compfight allows you to search through Flickr’s Creative Commons listed photos. It’s pretty simple to use and will automatically generate the html code to insert photo credit. It can be a bit buggy sometimes though, so you may be better off going straight to Flickr.com and doing an advance search for Creative Commonsphotos. Image restrictions: Various
Much like Compfight, Photopin allows you to search Flickr Creative Commons photos. Image restrictions: Various
Similar to Stock Xchng, this is a big searchable database of free images. It also has some great filtering options to really find the photos you’re looking for. Image restrictions: None
Built on tumblr, a minimal one-column site that releases ten new high-resolution images every ten days. You can subscribe via email and the images will be delivered to your inbox, or you can just visit the site every ten days to see what’s new. They’re always amazing photos and definitely worth bookmarking and subscribing to. Image restrictions: None
Very minimal, single column site with beautiful free imagery just like Unsplash. It also features an email subscription which will deliver seven new images (as opposed to Unsplash’s ten) every seven days. So essentially they’re doing the same exact thing as Unsplash, just more frequently. Image restrictions: None
Very minimal, single column site with beautiful free imagery just like Unsplash. It also features an email subscription which will deliver seven new images (as opposed to Unsplash’s ten) every seven days. So essentially they’re doing the same exact thing as Unsplash, just more frequently. Image restrictions: None

 

About Harrison Blum

HDB cirHarrison is the owner and Chief Executive Officer at Z Interactive. Harrison is a seasoned marketing professional and got his start working in entertainment helping venues leverage forward-thinking internet strategies to pack stadiums and concert halls across the Central Southwestern United States. Follow Harrison Blum on Twitter for great marketing, technology, and craft beer content!

September 7, 2014 at 1:49 am Leave a comment


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