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Retailers use social media to advertise Black Friday deals

November 27, 2009

Happy day after Thanksgiving from Blue Media! Now that the food and fellowship have subsided, the shopping season is upon us!

Today is Black Friday, which officially kicks off the holiday shopping season. The term ‘Black Friday’ dates back to at least 1966. It originated in Philadelphia in reference to the heavy traffic on that day. More recently, merchants and the media have used it instead to refer to the beginning of the period in which retailers go from being in the red (i.e., posting a loss on the books) to being in the black (i.e., turning a profit).

We loved this AP article about social media being integrated into the Black friday festivities!

Did you use any social media today to find deals or information? Let us know in the Comments secition! 

Retailers use social media to advertise Black Friday deals

By BETSY VERECKEY, Associated Press, Last update: November 12, 2009 – 4:35 PM

NEW YORK – You may want to check Facebook and Twitter before heading to the mall the day after Thanksgiving.

Office supplies chain Staples Inc. this week used social media to advertise price cuts of nearly 50 percent for Nov. 27 on certain laptops, GPS devices and computer monitors, and still other merchants are expected to follow suit.

Dan de Grandpre, editor-in-chief of, said retailers are smart to use social networking sites because shoppers probably will stick around as followers of the company even after the sale.

“Twitter and Facebook are now major ways to disseminate information,” Grandpre said.

One in five shoppers plans to use the sites in their holiday shopping this season, according to Deloitte Research.

Hundreds of Black Friday bargains from retailers such as diverse as OfficeMax and Old Navy already are being leaked on deal sites, even though the big sales blitz is still a couple weeks away.

And the fun won’t end Nov. 27, traditionally seen as the day that the holiday shopping season launches.

After that, an iPhone application from that now tracks Black Friday deals, for instance, will show sales for the following Monday, now known as Cyber Monday because it’s the first weekday after the Thanksgiving weekend and many consumers shop from their desks that day.

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Why is sharing your content so important?

July 20, 2009

How much value does an idea have if it lives only in your head? In today’s world, very little.

Sharing changes everything. It transforms the way you interact with your community. It builds relationships.

“Sharing is much more important than protecting all of your ideas,” says Loic Le Meur, web entrepreneur and Seesmic CEO.

Adam Ostrow at Mashable posted some data today from AddToAny, creators of a popular widget that offers users on content sites an easy way to share stories across multiple social media sites.

“According to AddToAny, Facebook now dominates sharing, with 24 percent of shares from the widget consisting of users posting items to the social network. That handily beats out email (11.1 percent) and Twitter (10.8 percent), making the world’s most popular social network also the most popular service for sharing content. This is undoubtedly welcome news at Facebook, as the site continues to emphasize sharing and readies its own real-time search engine.”

Even more reason to get on the Facebook bandwagon…stop hiding from your high school friends.

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