The shopping experience, both online and offline, has been transformed by social media. The voice of the customer heard through online networks influences their purchase decisions, and new technologies are redesigning in-store shopping. But will social commerce really be a $30 billion global opportunity by 2015?
With less than half of Canadian small- and medium-sized businesses online, and more than 90% of purchases still taking place in bricks-and-mortar stores, is it really necessary to leverage the social graph at this time? Are social networks like Facebook and Pinterest the next wave for e-commerce? Where should marketers and retailers focus their efforts? What role do startups play in the social commerce ecosystem?