No more geoblocking, shop online anywhere within the EU

Ever experienced the problem of geoblocking when ordering from abroad? Those days are over!

From Monday, December 3, geoblocking within the EU is strictly prohibited, so the online shopping experience of European citizens changes substantially.

Geoblocking, the unduly blocking of those not residing in the country of the seller or using a foreign bank card, is now a thing of the past.

Discouraged by the practice to exploit one country’s greater purchasing power over the other, only 19% of European consumers shopped online on the sites of another member country - but this is about to change soon.

No more trying to make your purchase from France on a British website, and being blocked or sent back to a French portal. No more trying to make an order and having to give up because there is no delivery where you live.

According to a survey by the European Commission, 63% of the portals within the EU provided for limitations that in one way or another dissuaded the user from buying in a country other than their own, which is about to change now.

“We want a Europe without barriers, and this also means eliminating obstacles to online purchases”, the press release by EU points out. This step is a fast reaction to the ever-growing e-commerce market.

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E-commerce breaks loose - 15%+ and counting

Even fresh groceries are catching up when it comes to e-commerce

According to the latest Nielsen Connected Commerce Report - looking at the global consumers’ online purchasing habits - published in November 2018, 95% of those who have access to the internet have made a purchase online, up 1% vs 2017 and up 2% from 2016.

Seems like the entry-category for the first time online shoppers is travel, fashion and books, and if their familiarization, comfort and trust levels increase, their category repertoire expands into areas like beauty, personal care, and baby products. However, if they turn into experienced online shoppers, they tend to move on to packaged and fresh grocery categories, which obviously requires a high trust-level.

The report also revealed 26% of digital consumers purchased fresh groceries online, an increase of 15% between 2016 and 2018, which is contributing to overall fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) e-commerce growth, which Nielsen estimates increased by around US$70 billion globally in the past two years.

And what would encourage even more customers to make their purchases online? Almost half (49%) of them said that a money back guarantee for products not matching what was ordered would encourage them to buy online. A further 45% of consumers are enticed by same day product replacement service for products not available, while 44% are looking for free delivery services for purchases above a minimum spend.

Right now fashion, travel and book account for the largest proportion of online transactions (61%, 59% and 49% of consumers, respectively, purchased within the category), but restaurant deliveries (33%), packaged groceries (up 3 points to 30%) and fresh groceries (up 2 points to 26%) are catching up soon.

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What choices do women make when shopping online?

More women shop online than men - photo:

Now that the Christmas-shopping season is right around the corner it is time to talk about online shopping. Specifically about how do we get shopping done, and what about women when it comes to virtual solutions? Knowing that as a part of the (often invisible) emotional labor, it’s usually women who get to the majority of the holiday shopping done.

Women are more keen on online shopping than men

We tend to believe that women are more into shopping in bigger malls, while men prefer to linger over their PC - perhaps the mobile - to get stuff done as soon as possible. According to a recent survey by market research company Nielsen, 72 percent of women admitted to having shopped online within the last 30 days, compared with 68 percent of men. What is more, women tend to be more interested in e-mail marketing, too: 14 percent has made a purchase via a link found in an email, while only 8 percent of the male population has done the same.


They are fond of special offers and bargains

We are not particularly surprised if a mom of four hunts for all the greatest bargains and take a tour around town to find them, but it seems like all women - regardless of educational background, social class or financial situation - adore special offers: 71 percent of them admitted that their latest purchase was a special offer-buy. Female products are therefore particularly attractive if paired with a special offer - and that is true even if the can shop it online.

Yes, they gladly buy tech-items, too

Even though the average British woman spends around three times as much money on clothes over the course of their lifetime than men, the stereotype about women piling up shoes is probably false: male British shoppers are taking the lead nowadays on the purchase of shoes. Women, on the other hand are top tech-customers: 88 percent of them have purchased some kind of tech-related item during the past one year. Mostly it’s a mobile or a tablet, actually.


They love apps

Talking about the mobile, it’s important to add that women are downloading 40 percent more mobile applications than men. Nevertheless, men are at the forefront when it comes to in-app spending and mobile games. It might come as a surprise for many that men are the major installers of shopping apps by various retail stores (18 vs. 14 percent),  even though the difference is getting smaller and smaller every year.

Women are more active on Facebook and Instagram

Reddit, Google+ and LinkedIn are mainly the playground of men (they are not only present in greatest numbers but also tend to be more active), whereas Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook are dominated by women (the latter has 52 percent of female and 48 percent of male users, at least according to a survey by Statista from January 2018). Seems like women believe that interaction with the brand is particularly important on social media: 55 percent of them prefer to buy a brand they have been in personal touch with on Facebook or elsewhere, Nielsen says.   


Screenist and women

Considering that Screenist enables impulse buying by instantly linking the product with a webshop, we need to talk about an entirely new aspect of the consumer attitude. When it comes to women’s shopping during the Christmas-season, impulse buying does not mean (at least not in the first place) that they just obtain anything and everything they can get their hands on, but it’s more about a long list running on a subconscious level with all the names of their loved ones, which activates when they see certain products: “yeah, this is the scarf my brother needs” or “my son would just adore this console”.  Female consumers do not only play a significant role in e-commerce throughout the holiday season though, but it’s important to build a conscious strategy on their preferences and needs throughout the entire year.

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Important connections for Screenist at the Dubai Blockchain Summit

Daniel Falus (CEO of XWRTH) and Jason King, Screenist partner

Blockchain Summit Dubai, a one-day conference and exhibition connecting over 350 industry leaders, business decision makers, tech innovators, and investors, took place on 27th September. As we mentioned before, Screenist was there too and made some powerful business connections throughout the day. Here are some of the best pictures…

Dubai in the evening
Experts and startuppers from all over the world
Jason King, partner of Screenist
The summit was a success
Over 350 attendees, 60 speakers and 20 exhibitors at the event

Screenist partner Jason King at the Blockchain Summit in Dubai


Screenist employs blockchain technology in its unique offering. This means it's only natural that we are at the Blockchain Summit. Screenist is taking the most out of its stay in Dubai, at the Global Blockchain Summit which is region’s leading blockchain-for-business event with a comprehensive program of ‘how-to’ case studies, interactive discussions and debates from tech visionaries.


The event is organized in close partnership with some of the leading names in tech, among them Screenist’s partner Jason King, Co-Creator of Flashcoin. Jason is a serial cryptocurrency & blockchain technology investor, currently helping take Screenist to the next level. He’s in the opinion that the conference is really interesting and useful, and is glad to see the genuine interest in Screenist. Screenist is considered to be a special project even within the tech scene because the product is not only viable within the crypto world but also in general.

The summit has over 350 attendees, 60 speakers and 20 exhibitors, and Screenist is pleased to be a part of the event.

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Screenist: we're in Dubai now!

Shortly after the Budapest Blockchain summit, the team of Screenist is just getting ready for a blockchain summit in Dubai so that we can meet those involved in the crypto hedge fund business here. So far, a good number of crypto investors expressed their interest in Screenist, precisely because the product is not only viable within the crypto world but also in general.

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Why does product placement work?

Product placement is a booming business for a reason: it works, even though many times we are perfectly aware of the fact that we are being manipulated. According to a survey by PQ Media, 70 percent of Americans know what it’s all about, and 80 percent of them are even influenced by it one way or the other. But what makes this type of advertisement  - thanks to Screenist, now not the privilege of big brands anymore - so efficient?

It reaches the subconscious in a particular way

How does product placement communicate with the human subconscious? It stirs up our subconscious in ways we may not even realize. Some psychologists even believe it is considered to be a subliminal message: many times we don’t even consciously process the information, yet it still affects our behavior, in this case, the consumer attitude.


But even if it does occur to us that the main hero of a movie is drinking that particular soda and driving that particular car for a reason (and it even pisses us off a bit), subconsciously - psychology says: in an implicit way - we tend to associate with the positive character by transferring our positive feelings to the product they are using. We feel that we can identify with them - or the values and messages they communicate - by drinking the exact same soda and driving the exact same car. It’s perfectly normal: people with a healthy psyché are longing for positive self- identification. That is how product placement hijacks your brain.

The really striking thing about the way product placement works is that we don’t even need a positive character to identify with. Let’s just think about one of the most famous bad guys of the history of TV-shows, J.R. Ewing. Even though his attitude is clearly disturbing for most, whenever he is smiling while sipping his favorite whiskey, we are longing to be the same strong, powerful and rich he is.

But can product placement have a negative effect even if it affects us?  The way product placement works is even more complex than this: even if we have very strong negative feelings for the character and the attitude they represent (namely: we do not intend to be strong, powerful and rich “if it costs that much”), this feeling is not really transferred to the product, at least not the way positive feelings are. Based on a 2013 survey, the whiskey J.R. drank remains just a brand we happily recognize with the soothing feeling of familiarity in a store, pub or webshop later  (Zimmerman, 2013).

Whatever is familiar, we tend to like it more: even the dynamics of attraction says that we are always attracted to the potential partner who is perceived as being similar, and if we meet often enough (even before the dating phase begins), we may be even more attracted to them (Halberstadt és Pecher, 2013). The same thing applies to products, too: if we see them on a regular basis, they become familiar and we grow to like them more, meaning that we would prefer them to other, similar products. Considering that we are banner-blind and leave the room whenever an ad comes up, product placement is the best way to reach this awesome sense of familiarity. So even if we disregard the implicit process of self-identification, familiarity definitely has an effect on us, meaning that product placement comes with a dual wield in terms of efficiency.

It depends on the goal we have in mind

A survey from 2007 (Yang and Roskos-Ewoldsen) took a look at the way young people are influenced by product placement. College students had been asked to choose their favorite products, and the majority of them tended to come up with the product they just saw on the screen a few hours before. In this context, the way the product was presented didn’t matter: it was enough to see it be recognized as a favorite item.

The survey also proved that product placement may have a different effect on us based on the actual marketing goal in mind. Product placement in movies works in a different way based on what product we are planning to introduce. If we want to make a fresh brand familiar, it’s useful to give it a role in the movie, to integrate it into the storyline. However, if work with a well-known brand and want to make the preferences stronger, there is no need to dig that deep: it’s enough to show the brand in the movie, even in the background.

Not only this type of sophisticated strategy with brand integration, but product placement as a whole used to be the privilege of giant brands previously, as they were the only ones who possessed the necessary background for it in terms of synergy, budget and professional know-how. With the help of Screenist, now anyone - even small companies - has the chance to enjoy the advantages of product placement. The application helps them with a bidding system based on the perfect transparency of the blockchain technology, sending the product you see on the screen to the webshop offering the best bid.

Product placement does work: what is more, it does in a lot more sophisticated, complex way than we used to think. Screenist is there to help anyone utilize this advantage while offering the gift of impulse buying for the consumer at the same time.

Online shopping is huge: e-commerce and m-commerce in numbers

Online shopping: How big can it still get?
Online shopping: How big can it still get? photo:

The e-commerce market is huge, and there still is a lot of potential in it. Seems like the growth of smartphones and internet penetration drive the expansion of the m-commerce market, as well. But how big is it right now, and how much bigger can it still get?

According to business intelligence portal Statista, e-commerce sales worldwide amounted to 2.3 trillion US dollars in 2017, and e-retail revenues are expected to grow to 4.88 trillion US dollars by 2021. It’s hard to even picture it, but the top 3 online stores' revenue amounted to almost 100 billion US dollars in 2017, meaning that online shopping - with impulse purchases on the rise - is one of the most popular online activities in the world.

Good old PCs are still the most popular device for making your orders, but mobile devices, especially smartphones, are quickly catching up. According to New York-based market research company Mordor Intelligence, the global m-commerce market is expected to reach a 24.41 percent growth within the next five years. However, the market is huge already: worldwide mobile commerce revenues amounted to 96.34 billion U.S. dollars in 2015 and are set to surpass 693 billion U.S. dollars in 2019, a survey by Statista points out.

It’s obvious that each business needs to have an online store to reach its full potential these days: why rely on a small market when the entire world can turn into your webshop? With its smart bidding system, Screenist helps even small businesses reach as many potential customers as they have never dreamed of, and it doesn’t even cost a fortune.

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Incredibly bold marketing strategy for Avengers 4? We’ll see!

Product placement in Avengers
picture: YouTubes screenshot

Even though the new Avengers movies release date is 6 months away, Disney, Marvel Studios and the Russo Brothers do everything to keep all the secrets of the film. Will they really come up with a brand new form of cinematic marketing?

So far, not even the craziest fans have an idea of the title for Avengers 4, there is no trailer, no advertising, no marketing of any kind. This is about to change pretty soon though, as Hashtag Show’s Charles Murphy has sent out a tweet about the bold and unusual marketing strategy the Marvel Cinematic Universe is planning to come up with. He pointed out that it’s going to be “very different”, and will “stir up a LOT of conversation”.

Some say that the new, unique marketing would be about unusual flashmobs and controversial charity acts, while others are in the opinion that no marketing is the boldest kind of marketing. After all, the new Avengers movie definitely does not need much advertising to be a major blockbuster in May 2019, so we wouldn’t be surprised to be left without a title reveal or a trailer at all.

Well, instead of a trailer, let’s just put up with some of the most memorable product placements of the Avengers-world for now. Can you imagine just holding your phone or tablet, binge-watching the movies, and catching even more products with the help of the Screenist application? Well, that’s what future is about.

Why 97 percent of YouTubers need to have a day job?


Millions of people are dreaming of making a career on YouTube. At the moment, only 3 percent of them are getting a decent amount of money, the rest need to find a living elsewhere. For them, Screenist might just be the right option.

Did you know that roughly 300 hours of videos get uploaded to YouTube every minute? Almost 5 billion videos are viewed every single day, which means that YouTube gets over 30 million daily visitors. Those are seemingly huge numbers, but can YouTubers can make a career out of it?

However, it's not at all easy to turn success into banknotes. According to a survey by Information is Beautiful, content creators only made $1,472 after 2.2 million video views in 2017. It’s not getting much better this year either: the video streaming platform paid a paltry $0.00074 per stream in 2018, Trichnordist noted.

More than 97 percent of content creators need to rely on the small amount of cash from clicks while missing all the revenue opportunities the big ones enjoy. Thanks to Screenist, millions of additional players could appear on the product placement market, generating profit on the widest scale. So, YouTubers get a brand new revenue model, meaning that being self-employed can truly be an option for social media influencers.