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Christmas helps web shopping leap to new heights

The online shopping frenzy reached new heights with the first weekend of December the biggest days for online retail in Western Europe. Around 20m UK users were online that weekend looking for Christmas presents. Ecommerce sites nicknamed the first Monday 'Mega Monday' Full story...

02/12/2007

1/8 of US households only have mobiles

Another small moment in the conversion to the digital networked society as data from the US federal government reveals 14% of US households do not have a landline. This is more than a statistic about mobile use; it reflects a much wider Full story...

11/12/2007

Mega-minute: £750,000 a minute in e-retail

UK online shoppers broke records on December 10th when they clocked up more than £750,000 in a single minute, according to new data according to payment processing giant Retail Decisions. At 1.09pm on 10 December 2007, shoppers an average of 128 people Full story...

12/12/2007

Brits more social than other Europeans

A new report from Ofcom shows that British internet users spend more time on social networking websites than other Europeans, writes Brand Republic. One in four British adults claim to use such sites, and users spend on average 5.3 hours/month using them Full story...

12/12/2007

Bebo makes itself compatible with Facebook

Bebo has launched its open application platform allowing developers to create applications and widgets which also work on Facebook, writes Brand Republic. Bebo has signed up over 40 different digital partners for the launch, including Flixster, Gaia Online, Pocketbook, Wallop and YouthNoise. Full story...

13/12/2007

New York Times abandons subscriptions

The New York Times has stopped charging users for content on its NYTimes.com website, writes Netimperative. The paper launched its paid service two years ago and charged $7.95/month (£4) or $49.95/year (£20) for access to its news and columns online. Senior vice-president Full story...

13/12/2007

Microsoft buys Multimap

Microsoft has purchased British online map firm Multimap in a deal reported to be worth $50m (£24.4m), writes The Times. Multimap attracted over 4m unique users during November 2007 according to figures from Nielsen NetRatings, second to Google Maps with 11m. Profits Full story...

14/12/2007

Online retail site visits: up more than 10%

The switch from high street to web continues apace with visits to online stores up 11% year on year according to ComScore. Back in October UK online shoppers numbered 29m, and European online shoppers topped 160m visits (up 5% year on year). Full story...

14/12/2007

Peter Cowie, Managing partner at FitchLive

December 2007 Peter’s background includes JWT and WPP, but on the day he set up Oystercatchers we asked him about how the marketing and advertising industry is likely to evolve over the next few years with the growth of digital. He’s clear Full story...

15/12/2007

Paramount releases latest Jackass movie for free online

Paramount is releasing "Jackass 2.5" for free online in the US, writes Brand Republic. The film will be available through a special website created in conjunction with Blockbuster. Viewers have to download Microsoft's Silverlight media player in order to view the film. Full story...

15/12/2007

15 hours online shopping per person

UK consumers are spending more time shopping online that almost anyone, recording an average of 15 hours per person this Christmas. New research from Core metrics shows this matches the time they spend on the highstreet, suggesting another of the 'crossing points' Full story...

15/12/2007

European broadband penetration to reach 71% by 2013

A new study from Forrester Research predicts that residential broadband access in Western Europe will grow by 48m households from 44% penetration in 2007 to 71% by the end of 2013, writes Netimperative. Dial-up services are expected to account for only 2% Full story...

18/12/2007

Freeview sales reach 2.4m during Q3

Sales of Freeview digital television receivers reached 2.4m units during Q3, writes The Guardian. The figures from Ofcom found that sales for the quarter were up 70% year-on-year. Sales comprised 1.17m set top boxes and 1.19m Freeview-ready integrated TV sets. 85.1% of Full story...

20/12/2007

Google to bring Print Ads to UK

Google is planning to launch its Print Ads service in the UK, writes The Sunday Times. The service launched last year in the US and lets advertisers bid on print inventory in the same way as Google AdWords. Google Print Ads now Full story...

30/12/2007

Digital Intelligence December 2007

Your final news download as we wind down and wish you the best for the holidays. The mince pies and mulled wine are waiting, we're almost finished for the year, but I did want to send you the final newswire to Full story...

31/12/2007

Radio facing 2% fall in revenues in US

Radio advertising could fall up to 2% this year as the local advertising sector slows, writes Mediaweek. Revenues could drop below $20bn for the first time since 2002 as the industry faces its eighth year of slow-to-no-growth. Radio is said to be Full story...

31/12/2007

Microsoft launches new web analytics service

Microsoft has launched its beta for Project Gatineau its free web analytics service, writes New Media Age. The trial has currently gone live in the US. Unlike other free offerings the service provides demographic data in addition to age and gender segmentation Full story...

01/11/2007

MySpace and Bebo sign-up to Google's OpenSocial initiative

Social network sites MySpace and Bebo have joined LinkedIn, Plaxo, Friendster, Xing and Google's own Orkut in signing up to Google's OpenSocial project, writes Brand Republic. OpenSocial provides a common set of APIs for web developers allowing plug-in applications, tools and widgets Full story...

02/11/2007

Amazon launches Prime service in UK

Amazon UK has followed its US and Japanese equivalents with the launch of its Prime service, writes New Media Age. The service costs £49 per year and provides unlimited free one-day delivery with no minimum order. In addition customers in London and Full story...

07/11/2007

AOL buys Quigo for $340m

Time Warner-owned AOL is to buy Israeli online advertising firm Quigo for $340m, writes Brand Republic. Quigo specialises in contextual ads and sponsored links and has about 10% of the contextual ad market. Clients using its AdSonar platform include Time Inc, ESPN.com Full story...

07/11/2007

Facebook ad platform signs up 100,000 branded pages in first 24 hours

Facebook have launched their new ad system, allowing firms to set up branded profile pages, writes Brand Republic. The site had 100,000 such pages 24 hours after launching the new system including Coca Cola, the New York Times and British Airways. The Full story...

07/11/2007

BBC goes live with ads on BBC.com

Following approval from the BBC Trust the BBC has begun the placement of ads on its BBC.com website, writes Brand Republic. The adverts can only be seen by users outside the UK and are expected to bring in £70m/year in advertising revenues. Full story...

08/11/2007

Londoners most social Brits

Over half of Londoners are now using social networks, according to new research by YouGov, writes Brand Republic. The study, commissioned by Garlik, also found that over 4m British internet users also now go online to write or contribute to blogs. With Full story...

08/11/2007

Matthew Mayes, Executive Creative Director at MRM Worldwide

November 2007 Talking about the changes in the advertising industry, Matthew Mayes is clear that this “calls for a different form of advertising to populate this new space. People choosing to spend lots more time in this landscape.” On the changes in Full story...

15/11/2007

Digital Intelligence November 2007

Another massive month for product development at the search engines, as the migration to the mobile web quickens. Strong financial results from indicator stocks are giving investors greater confidence in the online media sector, and retailers are looking forward to a Full story...

20/11/2007

90% of UK web connections now broadband services

New data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) shows that nearly 90% of all UK web users now use broadband services, writes New Media Age. 88.4% of all UK connections were via broadband in September, from 86.2% in June. Connections were Full story...

22/11/2007

Matt Brittin

Country director for advertiser sales, Google UKNovember 2007 It’s been another amazing month or two for the folks at Google as it emerged in the UK they had topped ITV1 in revenues, as well as plucking the prize for world’s most recognised Full story...

25/11/2007

BBC, ITV and Channel 4 join forces for on-demand service

BBC Worldwide, ITV and Channel 4 have come together to form a new commercial joint venture which will contain on-demand TV content from all three broadcasters, writes Brand Republic. The service (dubbed "Kangaroo") will feature over 10,000 hours of content including catch-up Full story...

27/11/2007

Global mobile subscriptions reach 3.3bn

According to Informa Telecoms there are now 3.3bn mobile phone subscriptions around the world, writes Telecoms.com. The figure represents 50% of the world's population though it does not take into account users with multiple mobile phone subscriptions. Informa estimate that 59 countries Full story...

30/11/2007

Charlatans release music for free through Xfm

The Charlatans are to release their next album for free through the Xfm website, writes Brand Republic. The album should be ready in early 2008, though in the interim the band are releasing their new single "You Cross My Path" through the Full story...

02/10/2007

UK online ad spend: biggest leap yet

Today's new figures confirm the switch to online continues to accelerate in Europe's lead media market. The internet's share of all advertising swelled to almost 15% in the first half of 2007, with further record-setting leaps in real growth. Boosted in particular Full story...

02/10/2007

FT.com opens up content for free

The Financial Times's FT.com website is to start letting users access stories for free, writes Netimperative. Under the new charging model users will be able to access 30 free article per month before being asked to subscribe. The new system will make Full story...

02/10/2007

Alison Wheeler, UK CEO, Wikimedia

UK CEO, WikimediaOctober 2007 Digital Thought Leaders | By Danny Meadows-Klue The Wikipedia model has revolutionised knowledge classification and the linkages between content. Google pretty much anything and chances are that a wiki listing will be bubbling up on the results page. Full story...

03/10/2007

Radiohead let fans decide cost of new album

Radiohead have released their latest album directly through their website and are letting fans decide how much they want to pay for it, writes Brand Republic. Technically fans can pay nothing for the 10-song album "In Rainbows" though they are still required Full story...

03/10/2007

US online adspend: new records set as net breaks $5bn a quarter

The latest numbers for the US from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and the IAB confirm that the world's largest online ad market is still enjoying the largest annual growth in real terms. Spend surged ahead by 25.4%, crossing the $5bn (£2.46bn) mark in a Full story...

05/10/2007

Digital Intelligence October 2007

Another cracking month for the internet sector and we held back this round-up of September research to include the two new records set for online adspend in the UK and the US. Online is taking almost 15% of the adspend cake Full story...

08/10/2007

Bellwether Report finds 6% of UK adspend going online

Online has grabbed its biggest ever share of the UK's total adspend according to the latest quarterly Bellwether Report from the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising, writes Brand Republic. Figures for Q3 show internet marketing accounting for 6% of all UK adspend, Full story...

15/10/2007

Bellwether Report finds 6% of UK adspend going online

Online has grabbed its biggest ever share of the UK's total adspend according to the latest quarterly Bellwether Report from the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising, writes Brand Republic. Figures for Q3 show internet marketing accounting for 6% of all UK adspend, Full story...

16/10/2007

Emma Barnes, Snowbooks CEO

Smart digital marketing by reaching customers onlineOctober 2007 Over the last few weeks we’ve been preparing a new edition of the Digital Viral Marketing Academy; one focussed on the entertainment sector and in particular the challenges facing book publishers. Along the way Full story...

17/10/2007

Q3 revenues up 57% at Google

Google's latest results show that Q3 revenues at the online giant have risen 57% year-on-year to reach $4.23bn, writes Brand Republic. Revenues were also up 9% on Q2's revenues of $3.87bn. Revenues from Google-owned sites grew 68% from Q3 2006, reaching $2.73bn Full story...

19/10/2007

Mexico 2007: Reflecting on a booming market

Two years on from helping launch the internet marketing trade association in Mexico, Danny Meadows-Klue returns to for the largest internet marketing conference in Central America. Behind the scenes he has been helping nurture and develop the market throughout, and here Full story...

22/10/2007

Brits to spend £13.6bn online this Christmas

New data from Forrester Research predicts that the British will spend up to 40% more this Christmas than in 2006, with total spend expected to reach £13.6bn, writes Revolution. Total European online spend is expected to grow 38.5%, The British spend more Full story...

24/10/2007

Over 50m people will shop via mobile by 2011

New data from Juniper Research predicts that over 50m people worldwide will shop using their mobile phone by 2011, writes ENN. The mobile payments market is expected to be worth $11.5bn in the same year. The market is expected to grow as Full story...

31/10/2007

Digital Intelligence September 2007

Online retail took a major leap this summer, breaking the £4bn threshold for July alone. That’s a staggering 80% growth year-on-year, and well above seasonal expectations (we’re thinking the British ‘Summer’ had something to do with this one). In the social Full story...

03/09/2007

24/7 Real Media launch customer re-targeting tool

24/7 Real Media have launched a new tool which allows advertisers to target potential customers with personalised display ads, writes Netimperative. The new Search Re-Targeting service serves users who click on search engine text ads with customised display advertising on any website Full story...

14/09/2007

Mobile ad spending to grow 120% during the next year

The latest Jack Myers Media Business Report forecasts that global mobile advertising will grow 120% during 2008 to reach $1.1bn (from $500m - £246m), writes ClickZ. The report expects similar growth during 2009 making the mobile ad market worth $2.4bn (£1.18bn) - Full story...

18/09/2007

Google launches mobile ad platform

Google has added another string to its bow with the launch of AdSense for Mobile, writes Telecoms.com. The platform places targeted text adverts on publishers' mobile websites. Google is increasingly looking at the mobile space: the firm's CEO Eric Schmidt said last Full story...

18/09/2007

Alex Burmaster, European Internet Analyst at Nielsen Online

Making sense of the ad opportunity todaySeptember 2007 The recent press and debate about what and how we measure in the online landscape have been particularly welcoming to me. The recent furore around the ‘death of the page view’ certainly seems to Full story...

19/09/2007

Mobile ad spending to grow 120% during the next year

The latest Jack Myers Media Business Report forecasts that global mobile advertising will grow 120% during 2008 to reach $1.1bn (from $500m - £246m), writes ClickZ. The report expects similar growth during 2009 making the mobile ad market worth $2.4bn (£1.18bn) - Full story...

19/09/2007

Murdoch plans to make Wall Street Journal free

Rupert Murdoch has declared he is interested in removing the $99 (£49) subscription charge from the Wall Street Journal's wsj.com website, writes Brand Republic. "It would be an expensive thing to do in the short term. In the long term, it may Full story...

20/09/2007

Most engaging social networks, UK August 2007

Source: Nielsen/NetRatings Nielsen/NetRatings: http://www.nielsen-netratings.com Full story...

21/09/2007

Most engaging social networks, UK August 2007

Source: Nielsen/NetRatings Nielsen/NetRatings: http://www.nielsen-netratings.com Full story...

22/09/2007

Fastest growing social networks in the UK

Source: Nielsen/NetRatings Nielsen/NetRatings: http://www.nielsen-netratings.com Full story...

23/09/2007

History of social networking: UK top 10

Source: Nielsen/NetRatings Nielsen/NetRatings: http://www.nielsen-netratings.com Full story...

24/09/2007

Blyk offers free calls in exchange for advertising

Ad-funded mobile network Blyk has launched in the UK, writes Netimperative. The network is an invitation-online mobile virtual network operator aimed at 16-24 year olds. Users are profiled during registration and by ongoing SMS polling to help brands target more effectively. Users Full story...

25/09/2007

Facebook overtakes MySpace to become UK's most popular social network

According to new data from Nielsen//NetRatings Facebook overtook MySpace in August 2007 in terms of unique visitors, writes Brand Republic. Facebook received 6.5m visitors during the month against 6.4m for MySpace. Facebook's audience has increased by 541% since December 2006 compared to Full story...

25/09/2007

Brits continue to spend more time online

New data from Point Topic shows that the British are staying online for longer, writes ENN. 86.6% of home internet users now spend at least 6 hours online each week, up from 83% at the end of last year (and 50% at Full story...

28/09/2007

Global online population to reach 1.5bn by 2011

JupiterResearch's latest Worldwide Online Population Forecast predicts that the worldwide online population will reach 1.5bn by 2011 (from 1.1bn in 2006), writes eMarketer. According to the forecast 22% of the world’s population will be online, with most growth coming from Brazil, Russia, Full story...

02/08/2007

Global mobile phone sales rise 11%

258m mobile phones we were shipped worldwide in Q2 according to Strategy Analytics, writes ENN. The figure represents an 11% year-on-year increase and a 4% increase on Q1 2007 (247m units shipped). Total shipments for the first half of 2007 exceeded half Full story...

03/08/2007

US online adspend to overtake newspaper advertising by 2011

According to the annual media sector study from Veronis Suhler Stevenson (VSS) online advertising will surpass newspaper adspend by 2011, writes The Financial Times. VSS expect online to grow over 21% per year to reach $62bn (£30.63bn) in 2011 against a predicted Full story...

08/08/2007

US marketers set to spend £445m on social networks

eMarketer projects that US marketers will spend $900m (£445m) on social networks this year. The study follows the latest annual figures from News Corp which show that MySpace parent Fox Interactive Media (FIM) made its first profit on revenues of $550m (£272). Full story...

14/08/2007

Microsoft to launch new business unit following aQuantive acquisition

Microsoft has completed its biggest ever purchase with the $6.5bn (£3.2bn) acquisition of aQuantive, writes Netimperative. The deal was first announced in May and will now see Microsoft creating a new business group based around aQuantive’s operations. The Advertiser and Publisher Solutions Full story...

15/08/2007

Bebo becomes the UK's most popular social networking site

Figures for July from ComScore show that Bebo has grown 63% since the start of the year attracting 10.7m unique visitors during the month and putting it ahead of both MySpace (10.1m) and Facebook (7.6m), writes Brand Republic. Overall Bebo now reaches Full story...

15/08/2007

Hitwise launches desktop widget

Online research firm Hitwise have released a new widget detailing online usage trend data taken from from Hitwise To Go, writes Netimperative. The widget will feature data on online usage behaviour in the US, UK and Asia Pacific markets. Currently the tool Full story...

17/08/2007

comScore overhauls web measurement tools

Online research firm comScore is launching its new qSearch 2.0 interface which incorporates search results from sites beyond the major search engines, writes Netimperative. Currently comScore’s traditional measurement tools provide data from the five main US search engines (Google; Yahoo!; Microsoft; Ask Full story...

22/08/2007

YouTube places first ads

Google-owned video site YouTube has placed its first ads on the site, writes ENN. The ads will only run on the most popular content provided by YouTube partners, with revenues being split between them. The ads themselves take the form of semi-transparent Full story...

22/08/2007

Mobile advertising to reach £1.71bn in Western Europe by 2011

New estimates from eMarketer predict that mobile ad spend in Western Europe will grow to $3.46bn (£1.71bn) in 2011 from $382m (£189m) in 2006. Data from the European Information Technology Observatory (EITO) forecasts that the European mobile subscriber market will total 850m Full story...

23/08/2007

YouTube places first ads

Google-owned video site YouTube has placed its first ads on the site, writes ENN. The ads will only run on the most popular content provided by YouTube partners, with revenues being split between them. The ads themselves take the form of semi-transparent Full story...

23/08/2007

Joseph Jaffe

Author and President of CrayonAugust 2007 Joseph Jaffe is a passionate digital marketing thinker who puts massive energy into transforming traditional and new businesses. He feels that the whole marketing process needs a rebuild to capture the changes in consumer attitudes and Full story...

24/08/2007

Ofcom predicts surge in mobile internet usage

Ofcom’s annual Communications Market Report argues that widespread use of mobile internet services in the UK is just around the corner, writes Brand Republic. The report identified four main developments necessary for greater usage: 3G usage has become more commonplace as connections Full story...

24/08/2007

Online spending up 80% as British consumers shun the rain

The IMRG (Interactive Media in Retail Group) index shows that UK online shopping in July grew 80% year-on-year to reach a new high of £4.2bn, writes Brand Republic. Average growth for the 12 months prior to July was 36%. Electrical goods sales Full story...

26/08/2007

61% of British households are online

The latest quarterly figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that 61% of UK households (15m households) now have internet access. Access has risen by 7% since 2006 (equivalent to just over 1m households) and by 36% (4m households) since Full story...

29/08/2007

Professor Joel de Rosnay

CEO Biotics InternationalJuly 2007 Joel de Rosnay is the rare visionary who uncloaks the future with the richest of insights. He describes the internet as a relationship technology and is fascinated by the new structures of relationships that are emerging. His books Full story...

17/07/2007

Mexico hits the internet Tipping Point

Insight & Analysis | By Danny Meadows-Klue | This article was written for IDM Coming back to Mexico, I’m coming to a new country. The billboards from the airport are shouting out web addresses, WiFi internet access seems to be just about Full story...

18/07/2007

Google buys FeedBurner

Google has gone shopping again this month, this time purchasing RSS distribution firm FeedBurner, writes ClickZ. The purchase will enable Google to expand its AdSense network by placing ads on FeedBurner's database of over 430,000 feeds. Terms have not been disclosed although Full story...

01/06/2007

Top 3 Properties based on Monthly Unique Visitors

Source: comScore World Metrix comScore: http://www.comscore.com Full story...

02/06/2007

Pan-European and US Breakdown of Online Audiences, age 15+* April 2007 (Home and Work Locations)

Unique People, Age 15+ Worldwide Audience - Home and Work Locations* Source: comScore World Metrix comScore http://www.comscore.com Full story...

03/06/2007

UK has most active online population in Europe

New figures for April from comScore show that UK internet users spend the most time per month online, averaging 34.4 hours per user, writes Brand Republic. comScore's study tracked 16 countries across Europe and also found that the UK had the highest Full story...

04/06/2007

Microsoft comes top of online advertising league

New figures from Nielsen//NetRatings show that Microsoft is the UK's leading online advertiser so far this year, writes Brand Republic. Out of 16,300 campaigns Microsoft ran 104, followed by Hewlett Packard (75 campaigns) and O2 (67 campaigns). In total the top 20 Full story...

05/06/2007

Online adspend growth accelerates in the US, nearing $5bn in the first quarter of 2007

The industry continues to set new records as revenues leap 26% year-on-year. The latest figures from the US Interactive Advertising Bureau and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP show how the world's largest online advertising market continues to grow at a rapid pace, reaching a new Full story...

07/06/2007

Geographical Location of Second Life Residents Who Logged-in During January and March 2007

Unique People, Age 15+ Worldwide Audience - Home and Work Locations* * Excludes traffic from public computers such as Internet cafes or access from mobile phones or PDAs. ** Sum of components may equal more than total due to rounding *** N/A Full story...

13/06/2007

IBM launches virtual Wimbledon in Second Life

IBM is recreating a virtual Wimbledon tennis tournament in Second Life, writes Computing.co.uk. Users will be able to watch matches played out by avatars using real data from the championships. IBM is only the latest in a long line of firms who Full story...

19/06/2007

Digital Intelligence June 2007

At Digital we continue to try sifting the research and news that matters most for executives in the digital industry, and in this month's edition we're tracking how European and US adspend data revealed major leaps forward, as consumer and business Full story...

19/06/2007

Top 10 popular websites in the UK, May 2007

This list features the most popular websites based on UK Internet usage for May 2007, ranked by market share of visits across all Hitwise industries. Source: Hitwise Datacentre, May 2007, based on market share of visits Hitwise: http://www.hitwise.co.uk/datacenter Full story...

09/05/2007

Monthly top ten French parent companies for May 2007

Source: Nielsen/NetRatings Home/Work Panel monthly statistics Nielsen/NetRatings: http://www.nielsen-netratings.com Full story...

10/05/2007

Monthly internet usage statistics for France, May 2007

Source: Nielsen/NetRatings Home/Work Panel monthly statistics Nielsen/NetRatings: http://www.nielsen-netratings.com Full story...

11/05/2007

Leading US Mobile Web Sites*

Unique Visitors, Age 15+ January 2007 U.S. Audience * Does not include operator landing sites ** Mobile to PC Reach Index for a brand is defined as the brand’s reach among mobile Web users divided by its reach among PC-based internet users. Full story...

12/05/2007

Leading UK Mobile Web Sites*

Unique Visitors, Age 15+ January 2007 U.K. Audience * Does not include operator landing sites such as O2 Active ** Mobile to PC Reach Index for a brand is defined as the brand’s reach among Mobile Web users divided by its reach Full story...

13/05/2007

Demographic Breakdown of Internet Users January 2007

Unique Visitors, Age 15+ U.K. & U.S. Audiences * Mobile to PC User Index is defined as the percentage of Mobile Web users in each age bracket divided by the percentage of PC-based Internet users in the same age bracket. Differences in Full story...

14/05/2007

UK mobile internet audience now one-fifth of computer audience

According to a new study from Telephia and comScore, 5.7m UK internet users went online using their mobiles in January, writes Netimperative. 30m people went online using their computers during the same period, making the British mobile internet market 19% of its Full story...

15/05/2007

AOL snaps up ADTECH

AOL has bought a controlling interest in German ad-serving firm ADTECH, writes Brand Republic. The firm will operate as an independent and majority-controlled subsidiary of AOL's Advertising.com division. ADTECH's ad-serving platform provides a number of ad management tools which help web publishers Full story...

16/05/2007

WPP buys 24/7 Real Media

24/7 Real Media has agreed to be bought by WPP Group for $649m (£328m) in a deal set to close in Q3, writes Netimperative. The move follows similar recent acquisitions in the industry including Google's purchase of DoubleClick and Yahoo's purchase of Full story...

18/05/2007

Yahoo! angling to buy Bebo

Yahoo! Is said to be working on a $1bn (£500m) takeover deal to buy social networking site Bebo, writes The Sunday Telegraph. Bebo, founded in 2005 by Michael Birch and his wife Xochi, is said to have turned down an offer from Full story...

21/05/2007

IPA and ISBA join forces to launch online campaign best practice guidelines

The IPA and ISBA have teamed up to launch their inaugural best practice guide for online campaigns, writes Brand Republic. The '10 Easy Steps to Best Practice in Online Campaign Development' guide is designed to help agencies and clients work better together Full story...

24/05/2007

Facebook is UK's fastest growing site in April

comScore World Metrix figures show that Facebook was the UK's fastest growing site in April, writes New Media Age. Traffic to the site grew 38% to reach 3.7m (up 90% for March and April combined). Other social networking and sharing sites also Full story...

29/05/2007

Fox hunts Photobucket and Flektor

Fox Interactive Media (FIM) has acquired both Photobucket and Flektor, writes Netimperative. FIM (a division of News Corporation and MySpace owner) was reported to have offered $250m (£151m) for Photobucket at the beginning of May. Photobucket provides picture, slideshow and video sharing Full story...

30/05/2007

Last.fm bought by CBS for £140m

CBS Corporation has bought UK-based social-networking music website Last.fm for $280m (£140m), writes Netimperative. Last.fm currently has over 15m active users and helps users to find and connect with other people with similar tastes in music. Users can also build custom-made "radio Full story...

30/05/2007

eBay buys StumbleUpon for £35m

eBay has bought StumbleUpon for $75m (£38m) in cash, writes Netimperative. StumbleUpon recommends content, websites and other online information to its members based on votes from other users with similar interests. StumbleUpon currently has 2.3m registered users and receives 5m new recommendations Full story...

31/05/2007

ZenithOptimedia predicts worldwide online adspend will overtake radio by 2008

A new study from ZenithOptimedia predicts that global online adspend will grow six times faster than traditional media spend between 2006 and 2009, with its share of the market growing from 5.8% to 8.7% during the same period (with revenues rising from Full story...

03/04/2007

Half of UK's adults use broadband at home

New figures from Ofcom show that over 50% of British adults now have broadband access at home (from 39% in 2006), writes Netimperative. Over 13m UK homes and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) now have broadband services, up from 9.9m in 2006 Full story...

04/04/2007

Major brands join forces for UK's biggest in-game advertising trial

Ford, Nike, Unilever and Samsung are all taking part in the UK's biggest ever in-game advertising trial, writes Mad.co.uk. The three-month trial will include games for the Nintendo Wii, Sony PlayStation, Microsoft Xbox 360 Live and PC platforms. Ford is promoting its Full story...

05/04/2007

Study shows 60% of firms planning to spend more on search engine marketing

A survey of 700 internet marketers has found that 60% of British firms intend to increase their search engine marketing in the next 12 months, writes Netimperative. The UK Search Engine Marketing Report 2007 from E-consultancy and Neutralize also found that 62% Full story...

12/04/2007

Bellwether Report sees 19% of firms increase online marketing budgets during Q1

According to the latest Bellwether Report from the IPA a net total of 7.7% of companies surveyed increased their marketing budgets during Q1 this year, writes Brand Republic. Overall 54% of companies intend to increase their budgets this year, while only 17% Full story...

16/04/2007

Google buys DoubleClick for $3.1bn

Google has agreed to buy DoubleClick for $3.1bn (£1.6bn), out-bidding Microsoft and Yahoo! In the process, writes Netimperative. The deal values Doubleclick at almost three times the $1.1bn (£560m) it fetched in 2005 and will give Google access to DoubleClick's ad serving Full story...

17/04/2007

Freeview overtakes Sky in UK

Freeview is now on the main television set in 8.2m British homes according to new research from GfK, writes Brand Republic. Although BSkyB has 8.4m subscribers this figure also includes viewers in the Republic of Ireland (which Freeview does not serve). In Full story...

19/04/2007

Google's first quarter profits up 69%

Google's Q1 profits rose 69% to $1bn (£499m) (from $592.3m (£299.38m) in 2006), writes ClickZ. Revenues for the period grew 63% to reach $3.66bn (£1.83bn). The UK saw revenues of $578m (£288m), representing 16% of Q1 revenues (up from 15% in Q1 Full story...

19/04/2007

Q1 profits at eBay climb 52%

First quarter profits at eBay rose from $248.3m (£125.5m) in 2006 to $377.2m (£190.66m) this year - an increase of 52%, writes Total Content + Media. Revenues for the period grew 27% to reach $1.77bn (£890m) from $1.39bn (£700m) a year ago Full story...

19/04/2007

Experian buys Hitwise for £120m

Hitwise has been sold to Experian for $240m (£120m), writes The Guardian. The company will be integrated into Experian's Marketing Solutions division. Using data from ISPs Hitwise tracks nearly 1m website every day and reports on the online activities of over 25m Full story...

19/04/2007

The 10 most powerful UK brands of 2007

Source: Millward Brown Millward Brown: hhttp://www.millwardbrown.com Full story...

23/04/2007

The 10 most powerful global brands of 2007 (plus value)

Source: Millward Brown Millward Brown: http://www.millwardbrown.com Full story...

23/04/2007

Google becomes most powerful brand in the world

Google has overtaken Microsoft in Millward Brown's annual "Brandz Top 100" Most Powerful Brands survey, writes ENN. The list combines both brand value and consumer response. Google more than doubled its brand value since the last survey to be valued at $66.4bn Full story...

23/04/2007

Global broadband population grows 26% during 2006

Figures from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) show that the number of subscribers to broadband services worldwide grew 26% in 2006, writes ClickZ. The year-end total reached 197m, from 157m at the end of 2005. Per capita 16.9 subscribers/100 Full story...

25/04/2007

Amazon makes record profits and plans MP3 store

Amazon's first quarter profits more than doubled from $51m (£25.78m) in Q1 2006 to $111m (£56.10m) in Q1 this year writes ENN. Revenues rose 32% during the same period to reach $3.02bn (£1.53bn) . Sales in North America rose 30% (to $1.62bn Full story...

25/04/2007

Profits rise 65% at Microsoft on the back of Vista sales

Q1 profits at Microsoft grew 65% as consumers bought the latest Vista operating system, writes CNET. Net income reached $4.93bn (£2.5bn), from $2.98bn (£1.5bn) in Q1 2006. Revenues increased 32% during the same period to reach $14.4bn (£7.28bn) (from $10.9bn (£5.51bn) in Full story...

26/04/2007

Digital Intelligence April 2007

Online adspend is already topping 10% of the media channel mix in several countries, and ZenithOptimedia are predicting that worldwide it's now on course to top radio by next year. In the UK our own analysis now puts online above direct Full story...

27/04/2007

Monthly internet usage statistics for Germany, March 2007

Source: Nielsen/NetRatings Home/Work Panel monthly statistics Nielsen/NetRatings: ">http://www.nielsen-online.com/ Full story...

29/04/2007

Monthly top ten German parent companies for March 2007

Source: Nielsen/NetRatings Home/Work Panel monthly statistics Nielsen/NetRatings: ">http://www.nielsen-online.com/ Full story...

29/04/2007

Top Global Web Properties by Unique Visitors, February 2007

Total Unique Visitors (000), Age 15+ Total Worldwide - Home and Work Locations Excludes traffic from public computers such as Internet cafes or access from mobile phones or PDAs. Source: comScore World Metrix, February 2007 comScore: http://www.comscore.com Full story...

29/04/2007

IPA publishes list of compliant UK media firms

The IPA has published a list of UK-based media companies who have complied with the industry standard 30Kb creative file size. The list includes key media firms such as Yahoo!, Channel Four, AOL, Haymarket and Orange. The format was agreed last November Full story...

01/03/2007

DoubleClick acquires Tangozebra

Digital ad firm DoubleClick has bought Tangozebra for £15m, writes Netimperitive. Tangozebra's rich media products will be merged with DoubleClick's DART platform to create an integrated management suite able to create, serve and track all digital advertising formats (including rich-media, podcasting and Full story...

01/03/2007

BBC signs YouTube deal

The BBC is to launch three branded video channels on the online video sharing site YouTube, writes Brand Republic. A "public service" BBC channel will have clips of new programs and specially comissioned online-only content designed to tie-in with popular shows like Full story...

02/03/2007

Microsoft anticipates shifting majority of adspend online by 2010

A top Microsoft executive has predicted that the majority of the firm's adspend will be spent online by 2010, writes BizReport. Speaking at the AAAA Media Conference Mich Mathews (Senior Vice-President of Microsoft's Central Marketing Group) said: "We're actually pretty confident that Full story...

05/03/2007

Worldwide internet use grew 10% during 2006

747m internet users aged 15+ went online in January 2007, up 10% year-on-year, reports eMarketer. According to the figures from comScore, India, the Russian Federation and China showed the highest growth, with increases of 33%, 21% and 20% respectively. China now has Full story...

07/03/2007

Top 15 Countries by Internet Penetration, January 2006 and 2007

Notes: 1. Unique visitors are aged 15 or older. 2. Data excludes traffic from public computers, such as Internet cafes and access from mobile phones and PDAs. Source: comScore, January 2007 comScore: http://www.comscore.com Full story...

07/03/2007

Top 10 Countries by Average Monthly Hours Online per Unique Visitor Broadband vs. Narrowband

Among Visitors Age 15+* January 2007 Total Worldwide - All Locations * Excludes traffic from public computers such as Internet cafes or access from mobile phones or PDAs. ** Level of narrowband penetration extremely low, therefore an accurate reportable estimate is Full story...

07/03/2007

US online adspend grew 34% from 2005-2006

Figures from the US IAB/PwC study shows that online adspend rose 34% in 2006 to reach $16.8bn (£8.50bn) (from $12.5bn (£6.33bn) in 2005). Based on the IAB/PwC results eMarketer have release their latest market predictions, forecasting that online adspend will reach $36.5bn Full story...

20/03/2007

News Corp and NBC join forces to launch new video website

News Corporation and NBC Universal are to launch a new online video website, writes Brand Republic. The site will include thousands of hours of back catalogue TV programmes, films and clips available for free. The two firms have also signed distribution partnership Full story...

22/03/2007

Majority now use broadband in Ireland

Over half of all Irish internet users are now using broadband services to get online, writes ENN. New figures, published by the Commission for Communication Regulation (ComReg) show that 50.1% of Ireland's 1.036m active internet subscriptions are broadband connections. Broadband subscriptions rose Full story...

27/03/2007

Yahoo! scores better click-through rates

Yahoo!'s new search ranking model has increased the number of click-throughs from sponsored search results according to new data from comScore, writes Netimperitive. Sponsored search click-throughs rose 5% in the first week and 9% in the second week following the launch of Full story...

27/03/2007

UK now top online country in Europe

New research from eMarketer suggests that the UK is now Europe's leading online economy. As competition in the communications sector has pushed prices down, broadband subscriptions and time spent online have risen. The UK now has 12m broadband-enabled households, overtaking both Germany Full story...

28/03/2007

IAB UK/PwC report: UK expenditure breaks the £2bn barrier

The online ad market grew 41.2% in 2006 as advertisers spent £2.016bn on internet advertising, reports IAB UK. According to the latest IAB UK/PwC online adspend study, online marketing now accounts for 11.4% of all advertising (from 7.8% in 2005). The study Full story...

28/03/2007

Europe is world's leading DSL region

A study from the DSL Forum shows that DSL subscriptions grew 30% during 2006 to reach 185m, writes Telecoms.com. Total broadband subscriptions reached over 281m, giving DSL a 65.7% market share. In Europe 17.5m users took out DSL subscriptions during 2006, up Full story...

29/03/2007

Digital Intelligence March 2007

Online adspend broke the £2bn mark here in the UK and closed 2006 with 12.4% of the total advertising cake. Almost exactly in line with our prediction in the Autumn (12.5%), the growth in search continued to fuel web ads (paid Full story...

30/03/2007

Monthly internet usage statistics for France, February 2007

Source: Nielsen/NetRatings Home/Work Panel monthly statistics Nielsen/NetRatings: http://www.nielsen-netratings.com Full story...

31/03/2007

Monthly top ten French parent companies for February 2007

Source: Nielsen/NetRatings Home/Work Panel monthly statistics Nielsen/NetRatings: http://www.nielsen-netratings.com Full story...

31/03/2007

Top 10 popular websites in the UK, February 2007

This list features the most popular websites based on UK Internet usage for February 2007, ranked by market share of visits across all Hitwise industries. Source: Hitwise Datacentre, February 2007, based on market share of visits Hitwise: http://www.hitwise.co.uk/datacenter Full story...

31/03/2007

Worldwide Active Internet Universe, February 2007

Source: Nielsen/NetRatings Home/Work Panel monthly statistics Nielsen/NetRatings: http://www.nielsen-netratings.com Full story...

31/03/2007

The Top 10 Internet Advertisers by Media Value

Methodology: Chart represents the value of display advertising in both standard and non-standard ad formats. Media expenditure estimates do not always take into account special considerations including publisher discounts, barter agreements, co-sponsorship, affiliate relationships, etc. Source: TNS Media Intelligence TNS Media Full story...

31/03/2007

Google profits almost triple to reach $1.03bn

Google's Q4 profits rose from $372m (£189m) to $1.03bn year on year, writes ENN. Net profits after adjustments and charges were $997m (£518m). Revenues for the quarter grew 67% (from $1.92bn (£998m) to $3.21bn (£1.67bn)) compared to Q4 2005 and 19% compared Full story...

01/02/2007

UK online advertising networks form online ad exchange

Ten British online advertising networks have joined forces to form an online ad exchange, writes Netimperitive. Through the exchange created by the AdECN (UK) Consortium, members will be able to buy and sell inventory from a single online destination. The consortium is Full story...

05/02/2007

BT reveals quarterly revenues of £5.1bn

Q3 revenues for BT grew to £5.1bn, up 5% year on year writes The Guardian. Profits grew 13% to £643m (from £568m) as the company attracted more broadband users. BT Retail announced that it had gained 239,000 new broadband customers during the Full story...

08/02/2007

Top Personals Sites in France December 2006

* Excludes traffic from co-branded sites ** Powered by Match.com Total France - Home and Work Locations Excludes traffic from public computers such as Internet cafes or access from mobile phones or PDAs. Source: comScore World Metrix, February 2007 comScore: http://www.comscore.com Full story...

10/02/2007

Top Personals Sites in the UK December 2006

* Excludes traffic from sites powered by Match.com Total UK - Home and Work Locations Excludes traffic from public computers such as Internet cafes or access from mobile phones or PDAs. Source: comScore World Metrix, February 2007 comScore: http://www.comscore.com Full story...

10/02/2007

Yahoo! rolls out mobile adverts in 19 countries

Yahoo! has launched its new mobile ad platform in 19 countries across Europe, Asia and the Americas, writes ClickZ. The ads appear near the top of the Yahoo! Mobile Web homepage and represent the first formal use of graphical adverts on its Full story...

13/02/2007

Top dating sites in the UK, France and the US

comScore has released data for the top five dating sites in the UK, France and the US, writes Netimperitive. Figures for December 2006 show that France had the highest percentage of internet users aged 15+ (22%) followed by the UK (20%) and Full story...

13/02/2007

European online dating use to double by 2011

A new study from JupiterResearch forecasts that use of European online dating sites will double by 2011, writes Netimperitive. Revenues are also expected to double during the same period from £243m (£167) in 2006 to £549m (£376) in 2011. According to the Full story...

13/02/2007

Vodafone inks deals with leading online brands

Vodafone has had a busy time this February announcing major deals with MySpace, YouTube, eBay and Google, writes ENN. The deal with MySpace will allow Vodafone users to use their phones to edit their profiles and post messages, photos and blogs through Full story...

13/02/2007

Tesco flowers shoots to the top of the charts

Tesco Flowers came top of Hitwise's Flower and Gifts category at the beginning of February (from 8th position in January) as consumers went online in the run-up to Valentine's Day, writes ENN. Market share of visits to the site increased over 2.5 Full story...

13/02/2007

Majority move to broadband in US

New research from Park Associates predicts that 55% of all US households will have broadband access by the end of 2007, with services reaching 60m residential users. According to the data the number of US residential broadband subscriptions exceeded 50m during 2006, Full story...

15/02/2007

UK online sales on course to reach £40bn

A new report from uSwitch predicts that online sales will reach £40bn in 2007 (15% of total retail spend), growing to reach £162bn by 2020 (40% of total retail spend), writes Netimperitive. In 2002 online sales only represented 2% of all retail Full story...

16/02/2007

Eight out of ten connect via broadband in UK

New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that 79.2% of all internet connections in December 2006 used broadband services. Year-on-year the number of broadband connections rose 29.7%. Connections were also up 5.9% on the previous quarter. Dial-up connections are Full story...

20/02/2007

BitTorrent offers legal downloads

BitTorrent is launching an online download site which will legally provide film, TV shows, music, games and other media, writes Silicon.com. The new BitTorrent Entertainment Network will launch with 5,000 titles which are guaranteed to be legitimate and free of viruses. New Full story...

26/02/2007

Online ad sales up 30% at the FT

The Financial Times recorded a 30% increase in online advertising sales, reports Spannerworks. Revenues from online ad sales rose 9% with total profits for the paper rising from £9m to £11m. From Spannerworks: http://www.spannerworks.com, 27/02/2007 The Financial Times: http://www.ft.co.uk Full story...

27/02/2007

Monthly internet usage statistics for the UK, September 2006

Source: Nielsen/NetRatings Home/Work Panel monthly statistics Nielsen/NetRatings: http://www.nielsen-netratings.com Full story...

28/02/2007

Monthly top ten UK parent companies for September 2006

Source: Nielsen/NetRatings Home/Work Panel monthly statistics Nielsen/NetRatings: http://www.nielsen-netratings.com Full story...

28/02/2007

Worldwide Active Internet Universe, January 2007

Source: Nielsen/NetRatings Home/Work Panel monthly statistics Nielsen/NetRatings: http://www.nielsen-netratings.com Full story...

28/02/2007

Top Global Web Properties December 2006

Total Unique Visitors (000), Age 15+ Total Worldwide - Home and Work Locations Excludes traffic from public computers such as Internet cafes or access from mobile phones or PDAs. Source: comScore World Metrix, February 2007 comScore: http://www.comscore.com Full story...

28/02/2007

Online adspend grows 62% in Australia

Ad revenues from online marketing increased 62% last year according to new figures from Frost & Sullivan, writes eMarketer. The firm predict that the Australian online ad market will be worth almost $3bn (£1.560bn) by 2010 from $1bn (£520m) in 2006. Revenues Full story...

28/02/2007

Top 20 Online Properties by U.K. Unique Visitors, Age 15+ in December 2006

Excludes traffic from public computers such as Internet cafes or access from mobile phones or PDAs. Source: comScore World Metrix, February 2007 comScore: http://www.comscore.com Full story...

28/02/2007

Digital Intelligence February 2007

In five years 6m of us throughout Europe will go online to find love. In just over ten years nearly half of all purchases will be made online in the UK. Sometimes the predictions can be hard to picture - and Full story...

28/02/2007

Digital Intelligence January 2007

So after the biggest E-Christmas on record, what did we all do at the start of the year? Log back on and start online shopping again! This month's edition of Digital Intelligence shows how 2007 has got off to a flying Full story...

31/01/2007

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