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FEATURED ARTICLE — December 9th, 2016

12 Social Tools for Increased Holiday Sales

“Sellers who’ve embraced social media are creating new opportunities that totally bypass traditional sales channels… It’s about good selling – using all the tools that are available to you today.”

– Jill Konrath, sales keynote speaker

Social media is a beast when it comes to making sales. As it currently stands, Pinterest has more than 10 million items up for grabs on its site. In September, Instagram declared that one out of three of its 500 million users purchased an item of clothing that was found searching the platform. But despite these astronomical numbers, 85 percent of all social media orders are placed on Facebook.

We know the masses love social media, and folks equally appreciate the ease of shopping from home. When these two forces meet,
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Oculus Unveils Touch Controllers

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Facebook Testing Customized Frames for Photos, Video

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Alphabet Self-Driving Car Unit to Become Own Company

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Google and Slack Team Up to Take on Microsoft

Google and Slack on Wednesday announced an enhanced partnership that will bring a “suite of deep integrations” to Google Drive as the tech firms look to take on Microsoft’s chat-based Teams app. Like Microsoft Teams, Slack and Google’s… Read More
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Take a Tour of New York Christmas Window Displays Courtesy of Google

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Pebble Confirms Acquisition by Fitbit

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Is Mobile Indexing a Possible Game Changer?

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Google Killed My SEO Business — But Article Marketing Kept My Websites Thriving

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$26B Microsoft-LinkedIn Deal Closes

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Japanese Technology Tycoon Pledges $50B Investment in U.S.

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LinkedIn Introduces Messaging Conversation Starters

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Website Reports the 25 Worst Companies to Call in 2016

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