June 1, 2012

Something is wrong on Wall Street.

The whole financial community is aflutter over Facebook shares, which stumbled out of the blocks as a publicly traded company last month.

But that’s not the problem. The problem is that the company’s market capitalization is completely out of whack with acceptable notions of corporate significance and meaningful contributions to society. The value of Facebook shares multiplied by the number of those shares is — at last tally — an amazing $87.33 billion.

April 12, 2012

Social media marketers are learning a few new tricks now that Facebook is rolling out a new interface design called “Timeline."

They have to. Consider the following Facebook posting from Milton, Wis.-based Dave’s Ace Hardware about the new Timeline format offered by the social media network:

February 7, 2012

E-commerce sales continue to grow, proving that more and more consumers are choosing to shop online in addition to or instead of shopping at brick-and-mortar stores. Measurement firm comScore reported that online retail spending (excluding auctions, autos and large corporate purchases) for the fourth quarter reached $49.7 billion, up 14% versus year ago. This growth rate represented the ninth consecutive quarter of positive year-over-year growth and the fifth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth rates. For the entire 2011 year, U.S.

January 23, 2012

A friendly "cash mob" took turns spending $20 at Chagrin Hardware thanks to a groundswell of support for the local business via Facebook.

According to an article at WKYC.com, the Do it Best store in downtown Chagrin Falls, benefited from an idea by a local resident to support his local hardware store. His plan: send a simple e-mail to his friends inviting them to spend $20 at the store on Jan. 21. 

November 11, 2011

York, Pa.-based WOLF, the supplier of kitchen cabinets and building products, is giving away a cabinet and vanity top package through a Facebook-only sweepstakes.

Visitors to WOLF’s Facebook page who are over the age of 18 may enter the contest by completing a simple form. The sweepstakes ends on Dec. 9.

October 18, 2011

A former Lowe’s delivery manager in Wilkesboro, N.C., has been accused of selling store merchandise on eBay and using the company’s shipping system to send the items to buyers. 

August 22, 2011

The Coalition for Energy Star Water Heaters has joined Facebook, in an effort described as a way to share current information about higher-efficiency water heating.

Contractors, plumbers and homeowners can now access the most up-to-date information about the national awareness and education campaign at facebook.com/ESWaterHeaters. 

August 4, 2011

DiggersList.com is taking a new approach to engaging shoppers and sellers, reminiscent both of business sites and social networking sites. In June, the online home improvement classified introduced a new program, offering a combination of features, which it says are similar to those found on Facebook, Twitter and Groupon.

August 2, 2011

DiggersList.com — the online classifieds described as a Craigslist for home improvement — is borrowing from the playbook of popular social networking sites. In June, the site introduced a new program, offering features that it said are similar to those found on Facebook, Twitter and Groupon. 

July 17, 2011

Reaching into the realm of social media marketing, True Value Co. is rolling out a a DIY True Stories contest on Facebook. 

Through Aug. 15, DIYers will have the chance to submit details regarding their wildest home improvement endeavor. 

May 3, 2011

There’s nothing like “free paint” to catch consumers’ attention, as Valspar learned during its recent “Power in Color” campaign. According to an article in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal, the manufacturer handed out 100,000 free paint-sample kits during the first 100 days of 2011, or 1,000 kits per day.

March 30, 2011

Huntington Beach, Calif.-based appliance brand Thermador rolled out a new-and-improved social media strategy that includes a well-known food blogger.

Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen will contribute recipes and posts for Thermador's blog.

March 1, 2011

The Scottsdale Police Department, working with fraud investigators from eBay, Home Depot, Walmart and federal authorities, arrested 36 suspects involved in a major retail theft syndicate that returned stolen merchandise to retailers and then auctioned the gift cards on eBay, according to a Feb. 25 news release from the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. The case has uncovered more than $1.2 million in proceeds from the crime, authorities said. 

February 26, 2011

Hampshire, Ill.-based building materials manufacturer W.R. Meadows launched a new website -- wrmeadows.com.

Among the new changes are more project photos, a product spotlight for new products and new social media features. These features include a live Twitter feed, so users can follow tweets as they happen, and links to their Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube pages. 

September 28, 2010

Towson, Md.- based Black & Decker announced Monday that it has re-launched its website blackanddecker.com...

September 21, 2010

Benton Harbor, Mich.-based Whirlpool has announced the appointment of Joseph Liotine as VP and general...

September 13, 2010

Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-based home builder Pulte Group announced it has selected Whirlpool as its exclusive...

December 18, 2008

Marc Bitzer will have leadership accountability for the brand, product, channel, supply chain and manufacturing...

December 10, 2008

Program allows users to upload photos and send photos via e-mail, social media sites and...

July 16, 2008

The company will close a cooktop and oven manufacturing facility in Oxford, Miss., moving about...

December 17, 2007

As of Dec. 12, the consumer-produced YouTube videos had collectively been watched 80,000 times....

July 15, 2007

Home channel retailers have room for online improvement, according to the results of a consumer...