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StackCommerce’s Own Josh Payne Named Semifinalist for EY 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year

StackCommerce’s Own Josh Payne Named Semifinalist for EY 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year

Update: Josh Payne has been named a finalist in the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Greater Los Angeles Awards program! Stay tuned for more updates on Twitter @stackcommerce.

Six years ago, Stack’s CEO and Founder Josh Payne put everything on the line to launch what’s now known as StackCommerce — and from his living room nonetheless. He inspires the StackCommerce team with his infectious entrepreneurial spirit every day, which is why we’re so pleased to announce that he was selected as a semifinalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 Greater Los Angeles Region Award! Josh was a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Greater Los Angeles Region Award, making this his second consecutive semi-finalist nomination.

“I’m incredibly honored to be in the company of such inspiring entrepreneurs from across Los Angeles. There’s no shortage of awards to strive for, but celebrating and encouraging entrepreneurship is something I value to no end. My name may be on the nomination, but this is truly a reflection of the hard work of the entire StackCommerce team.”Josh Payne

As the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs, Entrepreneur Of The Year has been at the forefront of identifying game‑changing entrepreneurs for more than three decades. The program has honored the leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, John Mackey of Whole Foods Market Inc., Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc., Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn Corporation and Mindy Grossman of HSN, Inc.

Learn more about the Entrepreneur Of The Year Greater Los Angeles program here and stay up-to-date on Josh’s journey on Twitter by following @StackCommerce and @jnpayne.

About Josh Payne:

Josh Payne is an entrepreneur, investor and startup advisor. He is currently the Founder & CEO of StackCommerce, the leading native commerce platform helping online publishers to monetize and engage audiences through the integration of content + commerce. Prior to founding StackCommerce, Josh managed business development for several leading technology companies including Yahoo!, Meebo (acquired by Google), and Intel. Previously, Josh was an investor in early stage technology companies as a venture capital associate at Aurora Funds. Josh earned his MBA from Duke and his bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Indiana University. He is a member of Young President’s Organization (YPO) Bel-Air Chapter and was named a 2017 Finalist for EY Entrepreneur of the Year for Greater Los Angeles. Josh is a startup mentor for venture firms Amplify.LA & 500Startups. Josh also currently serves on the board of Trubrain.com, a venture-backed biohacking startup. He is a husband, father of two daughters, triathlete, and avid-explorer having traveled to over 40 countries worldwide.

 

Want to Land a Job You Love? We’re Hiring!

Want to Land a Job You Love? We’re Hiring!

Fresh off our seventh company-wide Hack Day (pictured above), the team here at StackCommerce has never been hungrier for what’s to come. We played hooky from our normal tasks and spent the day indulging in company-sponsored meals — well that and thinking up out-of-the-box ideas to push StackCommerce to the next level. From a content showcase website for our in-house brand studio (the winning project!) to Slack hacks for coffee-making instructions, the day was a bona fide success.

Now is the time to get in the native commerce game — with virtually every online publisher and media company working commerce into their revenue strategy. In fact, Digiday recently reported that commerce programs account for a third or more of total revenue for some of the world’s largest publishers.

If you’re ready to dive in and help brands and publishers monetize via amazing products and content — take a look at our job openings below. From sales to creative to engineering, there’s a wide range of opportunity and we can’t wait to hear from you. Check out a recent piece on the StackCommerce story — and read more about our job openings on Built in LA or on the StackCommerce career site.

Business Development

Director of Publisher Development

Manager of Publisher Development

Creative

Jr. Copywriter

Engineering

Head of Engineering

Finance

Staff Accountant

Product

Sr. UI Designer

Sales

VP of Merchant Sales

 

StackCommerce Acquires Joyus, Makes Bold Move Into Women’s Vertical

StackCommerce Acquires Joyus, Makes Bold Move Into Women’s Vertical

We’re thrilled to publicly announce our acquisition of Joyus, the first premium online video product discovery and shopping experience for women. We couldn’t be more excited to bring our native commerce solution to publishers in the women’s vertical, and the addition of Joyus will play a significant role in these efforts.

Founded in 2011, San Francisco-based Joyus created the first video-based shopping network serving consumers, publishers and brands across the fashion, beauty, home and health verticals. For years, we’ve been big fans of Joyus and its many achievements: over 500 brands featured on its platform, a reach of over 100m monthly users, and a patented shoppable video technology, to name a few.

The acquisition of Joyus allows us to immediately deliver curated and content rich shopping experiences tailored specifically to women—and we can’t wait to get started. Look out for the relaunch of Joyus in the coming weeks!

Find out more about the acquisition in a recent article from TechCrunch, or read the full press release here.

StackCommerce Company Update September 2017

StackCommerce Company Update September 2017

Summer is disappearing faster than we’d like here at Stack HQ (and the enormous beach-going Venice crowds along with it). While we’ve definitely found moments to step out and breathe the ocean air, the team’s been busy breaking company records, innovating new ways to serve our publishers and merchants—and preparing for what looks to be an unforgettable Q4.

Here’s a taste of what we’ve been up to:

1. We hosted the 4th annual Stack Olympics, and it was epic.

The in-house team celebrated the fourth annual Stack Olympics on June 23rd and, as always, it was a raucous, competitive affair.

This year’s theme comprised Hollywood classics, with teams based off of The Sandlot, Space Jam, Star Wars, and more ‘80s – early ‘90s classics. The day consisted of a variety of challenges, testing Stackers’ mettle in a range of disciplines. When the games were completed, and the “work” day came to an end, teams retired to the office for drinks and pizza and, once again, were friends, coworkers, and allies. Another rousing success in the books, it’s safe to say Stack Olympics is one annual tradition here to stay.

2. Our publisher family grew by 42, and MediaPost wrote about it.

We would love to brag about our successful first half of 2017, but luckily, MediaPost did the heavy lifting for us. We were thrilled to be featured in their PublishersDaily section, and share some of our latest wins with the community, including: onboarding 42 new publishers, reporting an impressive 20% average gross margin for publisher partners (for comparison’s sake, affiliate networks generally offer 4-8%), and jumpstarting an amazing partnership with Mashable, who saw over 18,500 transactions in the first 60 days alone.

Check out the full post here.

3. We gathered (and got ridiculously inspired) as a team for our annual off-site.

Our annual off-site is one of the team’s favorite events of the year—and 2017 was no exception. This year we welcomed Jason Jaggard and Jon Roberts of Novus , who dished some inspiring wisdom to help us grow and develop as individuals in our careers and lives. We returned to the office motivated, ready to blow our goals out of the water, and (some of us) even a little tan from a day at the pool.

4. We welcomed our new VP of Sales, Paula Campbell—and she’s awesome.

We were thrilled to welcome a new member of them team to sunny Venice Beach, Paula Campbell! Paula brings years of experience leading sales teams at an impressive list of companies, including: Touch of Modern, LivingSocial, and Verizon Information Services. We can’t wait to watch Paula take our Sales Team and product catalogue to new heights—just in time for the holiday season.

5. We made one more big, exciting company change that we can’t wait to tell you about….

I’ll say no more. Updates to come soon!

Introducing Brand Studio: Native Commerce Content Creation at Scale

Introducing Brand Studio: Native Commerce Content Creation at Scale

We’re proud to announce the launch of our in-house Brand Studio, the only fully-outsourced commerce content creation service on the market! We’ve worked with hundreds of publishers and media companies over the years, and found one universal challenge across the board: lack of editorial resources.

Yes, great writers and editors don’t grow on trees (and aren’t free). And while more and more publishers are finding groundbreaking success with native commerce, they continue to struggle when it comes to devoting editorial resources to commerce-related content creation. That’s where Brand Studio comes in.

Scalability Meets Versatility

Established to create quality editorial and video content at scale, Brand Studio delivers an average 5x return and has already helped publisher partners double their number of revenue generating commerce posts per week.

To date, Brand Studio has developed more than 6,000 original pieces of written and video content for over 40 partners including The Next Web, Popular Science and Gothamist. In order to support the growing demand, we’ve added a total of 20 talented writers, editors, and video specialists to the team. This passionate team of content creators has produced a wide array of content ranging from timely, snackable pieces to SEO-friendly evergreen content.

The Continued Rise of Commerce Content

BI Intelligence predicts that native content will be the fastest growing segment of the native ad market over the next 5 years. Yet despite this growth, many publishers lack the in-house resources to develop new native content on a daily basis. We’re thrilled to be able to address this gap by offering quality, engaging and fully-native articles and videos in a cost-efficient manner — and at scale.

We’ve seen first-hand the success of native content, which converts 50% better across our network than other distribution channels. We’ve also seen that partners that post commerce articles five to seven times per week earn on average 2.5x more revenue than those that post only infrequently or not at all. There’s huge opportunity here, and we’re committed to providing our partners with the required resources.

Native Content & Digg

For example, popular news aggregator, Digg, partnered with us for over a year before incorporating native content into their commerce strategy. The addition of engaging, topical commerce content via the Brand Studio resulted in a 40% boost in Digg’s conversion rate without leveraging internal editorial resources for content production.

“StackCommerce provides us with a seamless and scalable solution for producing commerce-focused editorial pieces with its Brand Studio. We’re happy to see Digg’s audience responding positively to the content.” noted Avery Driggers, Content Strategist and Commerce Lead at Digg.

Our own VP of Business Development, Ben Gafni, considers the launch of Brand Studio as a sign of maturation in the rapidly expanding commerce market, serving as a differentiator for StackCommerce moving forward.

“With the development of the Brand Studio, we’ve enabled a never-before tapped source of commerce for our publishers,” said Gafni.  “Our content team is able to creatively tell a brand story in a voice that is unique to each publisher, seamlessly adding value to their unique reader’s experience. While options like Skimlinks and Amazon Affiliates can be time-consuming, we are making commerce easy for publishers.”

Read the full press release here and reach out to your Account Manager for more information.

How to Create Compelling Commerce Content for Mother’s Day (No Matter Your Audience)

How to Create Compelling Commerce Content for Mother’s Day (No Matter Your Audience)

Mother’s Day is around the corner, which means shoppers are scrambling to not disappoint come May 14th. Whether you write commerce content for a tech publication or a female lifestyle blog, you should be using the holiday as an opportunity to cash in with native commerce.

Afterall, tech enthusiasts need to shop for Mother’s Day, too. So why not shop on the sites they read every day? Plus, Mother’s Day is the third largest retail holiday in the US, and also seemingly comes out of nowhere (wasn’t it just Valentine’s Day?). Help your readers out and share some awesome gift deals with these four tips:

Stress the Discount

Prices on everything from flowers to chocolate are notoriously inflated for Mother’s Day, and consumers are not ignorant to this fact. Write about amazing discounts (like this one) and help your readers get through the month without getting ripped off.

Think Out-Of-The-Box

Practically every mother enjoys fresh cut flowers, but that doesn’t mean she wouldn’t enjoy a GoPro or new headphones more. It’s 2017 – let’s not pretend that every mother has the same taste. Help your readers come up with some truly unique gifts that his or her mom will actually enjoy. As they say “it’s the thought that counts, but great gifts count for a whole lot more”. Nobody actually says that, but you get the point.

Target (Or Help Out, Rather) Procrastinators

Mother’s Day tends to sneak up on us, and this leaves many people scouring the grocery store for the last bouquet of flowers. Help your readers out with some great last minute gift options for moms near or far. Ideas likes wine subscription boxes, local flower delivery or a subscription to a service like Audible can be great, last-minute options.

Stay Mindful with Your Commerce Content

Rule number one for creating commerce content for Mother’s Day is remembering that every family is different. Don’t be quick to make assumptions about the reader. Chances are there is a mother, whether it be a wife, sister, friend, etc., in the reader’s life, but it may not be in the traditional sense. Holidays bring up emotions – so be sensitive with your language.