Inside Digital Intelligence | Trends | Social networking | Digital marketing audits | Mobile | Advertising | Digital regulatory compliance | Ecommerce | Digital skills assessment | Broadcasting | Companies
Digital Intelligence
Your monthly review of new research and trends in digital marketing
July 2011

---------------------------------------------------------------------
Digital Strategy Consulting


With online sales now 10% of retail here in the UK and 1.5m jobs linked to this within a few years, July has been a month of ecommerce innovation. Contrast that to over 10 years back, when we started the Digital Intelligence newswire, and online retail was barely 0.1% of retail spend. This month the whole retail supply chain is innovating fast.

Online retailer Tescos is piloting Wi-Fi access in-store that could unlock a cheaper and easier blended ecommerce with the product acting as a trigger to website downloads without consumers paying for mobile data. And also shows they're CIO is clearly not frightened about price comparison.
Google debuted 'AdWords Express' and shook up small business marketing - yep, they made the simple even simpler and in doing so make a strong pitch to go client-direct rather than through agencies.
The digital strategies of the retail giant Asos (for marketing), Groupon (for auto sales), Google (for product dev) and Facebook (online gaming revenues and sales partnerships) also caught our attention. Full stories at the end of the clicks, along with the archives.


Best from all @ Digital



Danny Meadows-Klue
Founder and Chief Executive
Digital Strategy Consulting

 

Trends
www.DigitalStrategyConsulting.com/intelligence

Overview of European internet usage by country
Germany had the largest Internet audience (age 15+) with 49.7 million unique visitors. Visitors coming from the Netherlands exhibited the highest engagement, spending 34.4 hours on average online in March.

Digital Strategy - Overview of European internet usage by country

Online video in selected European countries
Germany ranks as the leader in online video viewing, with 45 million unique viewers watching an average of 187 videos for 19.6 hours per viewer in April.

Digital Strategy - Online video in selected European countries

High street retailers move to Wi-Fi: Tesco tests a new approach
Is it a small activity in 4 stores, or a pilot for a new service all smart retailers will offer? We think the latest news from retail giant Tesco is the pilot of a new approach. Free wi-fi is being rolled out in 4 UK stores. This lets consumers browse while they shop - or in the in-store cafes. It makes the retailer a more comfortable place to spend more time, and also shows that Tesco isn't frightened of consumers finding the same thing cheaper online elsewhere. In today's world of blended retailing (where online research fuels offline purchases), brands need to investigate smartly. Chief information officer Mike McNamara is bullish: "You can stand... and pretend nothing is happening - or you can say it's happening, and I am going to help it happen". Here's how it will work...
Keep reading...
27/07/2011

Most UK firms 'to appoint social media managers this year'
Over two-thirds (69%) of UK businesses have appointed or plan to appoint a social media or community manager in next 12 months, according to new research. The EPiServer study, which reveals the opinions of 250 UK marketing decision makers, finds that with almost three quarters (73%) of businesses now running online communities, or looking to do so in the next twelve months, there is a greater need for specialist knowledge and expertise.
Keep reading...
27/07/2011

Hacking scandal: Survey reveals what News of The World subscribers will read now
As the Sunday newspaper world is turned upside down, The British Population Survey (BPS) has been looking at the profile of the NoTW readership and where they are likely to go next for their Sunday reading. With a radical sea-change in the supply of Sunday Newspapers this weekend, the BPS looked at the 'orphan readership': who they are, what they might turn to for the foreseeable future, and whether they are worth pursuing by either Other Title Publishers, or Advertisers / Media Buyers?
Keep reading...
19/07/2011

New adult web domain .XXX extends brand registration period due to high demand
ICM Registry, the company behind the upcoming .XXX web domain, is extending its Sunrise period due to the volume of prelaunch interest in the domain, after "900,000 expressions of interest". The new sponsored top-level domain (sTLD) going live later this year, has been created to clearly signpost adult entertainment on the Internet and to meet the needs of the adult entertainment industry.
Keep reading...
19/07/2011

Top 10 video sites in Australia
Australian YouTube viewers watched an average of 70 videos per viewer in May, while the Australian Broadcasting Corp. attracted the most videos viewed among news sites, according to new research. The report, from comScore, showed that more than 10.7 million Australian Internet users watched online video in May, with viewers averaging more than 10 hours of total viewing time during the month.
Keep reading...
18/07/2011

Top 10 holiday sites for search visibility: Brits seek 'cheap holidays' online
Thomson is the most visible holiday site on natural search in the Uk, while Icelooly has the most reach on paid search, according to new research. According to the latest quarterly research by independent search and social marketing firm, Greenlight, consumers in the UK looked to book their holidays well in advance of summer. Its latest quarterly report, 'Holidays February 2011' reveals 3.1 million holiday-related searches were conducted on Google in February compared to 1.2 million in the previous quarter.
Keep reading...
14/07/2011

China: Number of websites 'halves in 1 year'
The number of websites in China almost halved last year, as increasing online censorship laws take their toll, according to new research. The report from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), a government think tank, found that there were 1.91 million websites at the end of last year, a 41% drop. The findings mark the first time that the number of websites in China has decreased, with some commentators linking the statistic to recent censorship laws coming into force.
Keep reading...
14/07/2011

Top 5 UK search engines- Google has 'best month of 2011'
June was Google's best month of 2011, as the search giant accounted for over 92% of all searches conducted by UK Internet users during the month, according to new research. The data, from Hitwise, found top competitors Bing and Yahoo! both lost market share during June, leaving Google in its most dominant position this year.
Keep reading...
13/07/2011

News of the World scandal: New media to benefit as consumers switch to digital?
Emerging new media brands look set to benefit from a growing consumer backlash against 'traditional' media outlets in the wake of the NOTW hacking scandal and subsequent closure of the publication, according to research released by online publisher, Populis. Populis interviewed 2,025 UK consumers via pollsters Opinium and found that 44% said their trust in traditional media in general had been 'significantly undermined' by the continuing scandal 35% said they were more likely to explore newer publishers as a result of the scandal.
Keep reading...
11/07/2011

top
Social networking
www.digitaltrainingacademy.com/socialmedia
Boys 'more interactive than girls on Facebook'
There are key gender differences in how today's digital natives interact online according to a new study. The findings come from marketing and technology company Amaze's 'Generation study', which looks at how 10 -15 year olds' behaviour is evolving, particularly regarding their use of Facebook. Surprisingly, whilst almost three quarters of the Amaze Generation currently uses Facebook, twice as many boys are using the platform than girls. The boys also use it more regularly, with 70% of the boys using the social network every day, compared to only 40% of the girls.
Keep reading...
27/07/2011

Facebook's facial recognition Consumer survey reveals mixed views
The majority of people in the US don't like or don't mind the Facebook's new facial recognition feature, but less than one in five are positive about the new tool, according to a new survey. Market research surveys carried out by Valued Opinions show the new Facebook feature, called 'Tag Suggestions' has proved a controversial topic.
Keep reading...
26/07/2011

Facebook revenue bonus from Farmville; online gaming giant Zynga disclosure
Regulatory filings may not be the most exciting read, but buried in the papers of social gaming giant Zynga (Farmville's creators) there's a giant 30% commission to Facebook for the virtual goods sold. That's $83m in the first quarter of 2011. Here's why it matters to investors and social media stakeholders...
Keep reading...
22/07/2011

ASOS 'gets twice as many social media users than other retailers'
Pure play retailer ASOS has attracted over double the amount of new followers in the last three months across Twitter and Facebook than any other retailer according to the latest Social Media Benchmark results.
Keep reading...
22/07/2011

Google+ attracts nearly 20m users in just 3 weeks
Google's new social network, Google+ already has nearly 20 million users, just three weeks after its launch. Paul Allen, a statistician behind Ancestry.com revealed on his Google+ profile that the social network would hit the milestone of 18 million people some time yesterday.
Keep reading...
22/07/2011

Top 10 UK companies for Facebook and Twitter followers
The UK's corporate giants are finally signing up to Twitter and Facebook after years of wariness, according to the latest findings of The Social Media Leaders tracking study by The Group. The last six months have seen a rapid increase in the number of FTSE 100 companies signing up to Facebook and to Twitter signalling that the need to communicate with audiences flexibly and in real time is increasingly accepted in the Square Mile.
Keep reading...
20/07/2011

Women's World Cup breaks Twitter records
The Women's World Cup final sparked a record breaking number of tweets per second on Twitter, it has been revealed. Twitterers were furiously tweeting score updates, player stats and live updates during both the Women's World Cup Final between Japan and the USA and the previous Paraguay-Brazil match. Users used hash tags such as #WWC and #worldcupfinal, alongside players' names to the top of Twitter's most talked about topics list.
Keep reading...
19/07/2011

Facebook cost-per-click ads up 22%
Demand for Facebook's cost-per-click (CPC) ad format increased by 22 percent in the second quarter of 2011, according to new research.
Keep reading...
14/07/2011

Top 10 UK social networks: Facebook bounces back after decline
Facebook still dominates the UK social network sector, with nearly 54% of the market share, but YouTube remains the fastest growing, according to new research from Hitwise. After three consecutive months of declining share of visits within the UK social networking market, Facebook picked up again in June, with a 0.11% growth in market share of visits between May and June 2011, Hitwise found. YouTube was the fastest growing social network for the fourth consecutive month, with more than twice as much growth as Facebook during June.
Keep reading...
13/07/2011

Twitter debuts developer community site
Twitter has selected a Drupal-based community solution for its new Twitter developer website at dev.twitter.com. The site, which was developed with support and guidance from Acquia, launched this week. The site provides information, tools, assistance, and support for the 750,000 developers across the Twitter ecosystem. It includes access to documents, APIs, tips, tutorials, a blog, and forums designed to connect developers to the Twitter team and each other.
Keep reading...
13/07/2011

Top 10 financial trading brands for search and social media
LondonStockExchange is the most visible site in natural search, while CityIndex most visible advertiser in paid search, according to new research. This is according to the latest quarterly research 'Trading January 2011', by leading search and social marketing firm, Greenlight, which also found that SaxoBank remained the most followed trading brand in social media.
Keep reading...
11/07/2011

Facebook ties with Skype for video chat
Facebook has integrated Skype video calls into its system, as the social network looks to expand its reach across new platforms. The new service gives users a new option to message a friend on Facebook Chat with Skype video, provided their Facebook Chat status is set to 'online'. The tool requires an app installation, which is available for free. Users can also pull info from their News Feed, comment and Like within the Facebook/Skype interface.
Keep reading...
08/07/2011

Google halts Realtime search as Twitter deal ends
Google has suspended its 'Realtime' search tools after its two-year deal with Twitter ended this weekend. Google said that it will now aim to replace Twitter-supplied news with that from its new Google+ social network, as well as, "...realtime data from a variety of sources." In addition to tweets, Realtime provided Facebook fan page updates, as well as results from Quora, Gowalla and other sites.
Keep reading...
05/07/2011

MySpace sold for $35m to Specific Media (and Justin Timberlake)
US ad firm Specific Media and singer-turned-actor Justin Timberlake have teamed up to buy News Corp's Myspace for a reported $35 (22m). The sale figure, reported by the Wall Street Journal, is much less than the $100m Rupert Murdoch's was seeking for the once market-leading social network.
Keep reading...
01/07/2011/

top
Digital marketing audits
www.DigitalStrategyConsulting.com/digitalmarketingaudits
Getting the best ROI from your websites, emails and online ads? Sure? Our digital marketing audits review your current and planned campaigns to find ways of cutting budgets without cutting impacts. Ask for more: TheTeam@digitalstrategyconsulting.com.
top

Mobile
www.DigitalTrainingAcademy.com/mobilemarketing

$150 'economy smartphones' to drive mobile sales
Economy Smartphones, with a retail price of $150 or lower, will account for nearly one-third of shipments in five years, helping to drive shipments to 1 billion annually, according to new research. The report published by analyst firm Juniper Research forecasts that the number of global smartphone shipments will reach one billion per annum in 2016, up from 302 million in 2010. Smartphones - traditionally high-end handsets - will make-up the majority of shipments in five years' time, as this type of device becomes available at lower price points.
Keep reading...
25/07/2011

TV vs. Smartphone Mobile proves strong competition for TV
During 'prime time' hours, smartphone owners browse the internet on their mobiles and watch TV at an equally high rate of usage, according to new research. An analysis of madvertise's 1.4 billion monthly page impressions (which make it one of the farthest-reaching mobile networks in Europe) found that more and more users are surfing the internet with smartphones. In particular, the analysis concluded that smartphone users are watching television at the same time as surfing the internet on their mobile devices.
Keep reading...
25/07/2011

Consumers want mobiles to connect to TVs and cars- survey
People are demanding more quality and connectivity from their mobile phones and other devices... and are ready to pay for it, according to new research. Amdocs, a provider of customer experience systems, has announced the results of a global study that provides unprecedented insights into consumer behavior and attitudes as we move into the connected world, particularly that consumers are prepared to pay a premium for increased connectivity and quality of service.
Keep reading...
18/07/2011

iPhone ads 'get double the click rate of Android'
Mobile ads deliver a significantly higher Click Through Rate, as compared to browser banners (approx ten times better CTR), with iPhone and iPads the top devices for ad engagement, according to new research. The study, from MediaMind Technologies, titled 'Tiny Screen, Huge Results', shows that the iPhone leads the mobile advertising revolution delivering higher Click Through Rates than devices with other operating systems.
Keep reading...
06/07/2011

iPad 'now the sixth most popular mobile device in Europe'
Apple is now the largest mobile handset maker in Europe in terms of ad impressions, with the iPad tablet now the sixth most used device, according to new research. The data, from mobile ad network InMobi, shares the firm's monthly network data insights, based on data from InMobi's network, which serves over 5.7 billion monthly mobile advertising impressions across the globe including 3.8 billion in Europe.
Keep reading...
06/07/2011

top

Advertising
www.DigitalStrategyConsulting.com/intelligence

Web ad watchdog IASH to expand role in UK
The Internet Advertising Sales House (IASH) is to extend its role of policing online ad networks to cover more of the industry, including ad exchanges. The move will see IASH agree a new structure with defined roles for UK trade bodies IAB and ABC.
Keep reading...
19/07/2011

Online ad effectiveness research - Best practice tips on methodology
It was 1996 when the first online ad effectiveness study crept onto the web. Since then there have been more than 100,000, but the methodologies have had a battering from the different supplier agencies as well as from outside online ad land where traditional media were quick to find flaws. Now there are some new tips on best practice methodology for online ad effectiveness research...
Keep reading...
15/07/2011

Mobile ad wars: Apple to slash iAd prices by 70%?
Apple has reportedly cut the price of the iAd rate card by 70% since its launch, as the company makes a second mark-down of its mobile ad format this year to attract advertisers. According to a report from Bloomberg, unnamed sources told the news agency that this price drop indicates that Apple is "struggling to parlay its technology leadership into success in the ad industry."
Keep reading...
13/07/2011

Microsoft and Yell offer online ad service to small businesses
Microsoft and Yell have partnered to offer a set of online advertising and business tool to assist small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) reach and engage consumers. Following the Yahoo! and Microsoft search alliance, Yell will join forces to offer search, mobile and local advertising solutions to small and medium businesses and to make the most of emerging business models delivered through the cloud.
Keep reading...
13/07/2011

Digital 'to account for 17% of global advertising this year'
Group M has forecast digital advertising to account for at least 17% of the total global market in 2011, up 1% from its December forecast. The firm also predicted that online spend is set to top $100bn in 2012 on 15%-16% annual growth. However, Group M has dropped its overall forecast for global advertising spend in 2011 from 5.8% to 4.8%, with digital expected to top $100bn next year.
Keep reading...
12/07/2011

top
Digital regulatory compliance - get it right, right now
www.DigitalStrategyConsulting.com
Regulation of web content, advertising and personal data is now stronger than ever. Is your firm compliant? And are you truly sure? Have our consultants join your team to troubleshoot and give you the real picture. Email our team for more information: TheTeam@DigitalStrategyConsulting.com.
top

Ecommerce
www.DigitalStrategyConsulting.com/intelligence

Online sales now account for 10% of all UK retail revenue
Sales online made up 9.9% of all UK retail sales in June, up from 6.8% a year earlier, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The agency estimated e-commerce sales at 376.3m in June 2010. One year later, web sales had increased significantly - by 49% to 560.5m. In the same period, all retail sales in June recovered from May's slump: volumes rose 0.7% last month, which surpassed market expectations but only recovered half the previous month's 1.3% drop.
Keep reading...
27/07/2011

1.5m UK jobs in online retail by 2015- IMRG
An estimated 1.5 million UK staff will work within the e-commerce industry within the next four years according to new research from IMRG and eDigitalResearch. The second annual IMRG e-Jobs Index shows that 63% of online businesses increased staff levels over the past year alone, with an estimated 730,000 now working in, or in support of, the e-commerce industry as revenues continue to grow.
Keep reading...
14/07/2011

top
Accelerating Digital Brands: Could we help your team achieve more?
www.DigitalTrainingAcademy.com/skillsassessment
It's never mattered more. The web, search, email and social media have become the critical tools every firm has to get right. Yet most digital strategies deliver less than half their potential. Why?

We've spent ten years helping agencies, brands, business services and governments find the right digital strategy for them. From building new online entertainment sites to finding new ways to connect with customers, we're front-line practitioners who share our knowledge and skills with others. Not only do we help companies get this right we also coach their teams to build their knowledge and intuition. Email the trainers at Admissions@DigitalTrainingAcademy.com
.
top

Broadcasting
www.DigitalStrategyConsulting.com/intelligence

The rise of 'social TV'- 4 digital media trends for 2016
Social Participation TV (S P-TV) will drive interactive behaviour to generate $2.9bn globally by 2016, according to a new report looking into the converging worlds of mobile devices, social media and interactive TV platforms. Mobile and digital technology business Mobile Interactive Group (MIG) today released a major research white paper on the trends and opportunities in participation TV (P-TV) services in particular social channels across global markets.
Keep reading...
21/07/2011

Murdoch drops bid for BSkyB: Will he now target digital?
Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. has withdrawn its bid to take over British satellite broadcaster BSkyB, following pressure from politicians, the media and the public in light of the News of the World phone hacking scandal. The withdrawal of the bid is a setback for Murdoch as he targets digital communications and broadcast over newspapers. News Corp. had been seeking to buy the 60.9% of the BSkyB shares it does not already own. The move would have created the largest media company in Britain.
Keep reading...
13/07/2011

Sony rejects YouView deal for Bravia TVs
The YouView internet TV project has hit another hurdle after Sony revealed they will not have the service on their Bravia range of connected TV sets. The BBC backed internet TV platform has been beset with delays and the loss of Thomson owned, Technicolor set-top box which jumped the YouView ship back in May.
Keep reading...
12/07/2011

top
Companies making the news
www.DigitalStrategyConsulting.com/intelligence

Google debuts 'AdWords Express' for local businesses
Google has launched 'AdWords Express' in the US, an updated version of its paid search designed to get local businesses in the US up and running with online advertising in under five minutes. Google claims the new tool is more streamlined than its standard AdWords setup process.
Keep reading...
27/07/2011

Greetings card site Moonpig sold for 120m
Online greetings card retailer Moonpig.com has been sold to online digital photo service PhotoBox for 120m. The merger will create one of Europe's largest personal publishers, the companies have announced.
Keep reading...
26/07/2011

Blackberry maker to axe 2,000 jobs as profits decline
Research In Motion is to cut about 2,000 jobs, representing 11% of the Blackberry-phone maker's workforce. The Canadian firm also said its chief operating officer Don Morrison is planning to retire and Thorsten Heins is taking on the expanded role of COO, product and sales. The news comes after RIM announced in June that it had missed its lowered profit forecasts and reduced its predictions for the full year. The company's share price has fallen by more than 50% since the start of the year.
Keep reading...
26/07/2011

Apple to buy Hulu?
Apple is mulling an acquisition of US-based online video service Hulu, according to a Bloomberg report. The news agency reported that Apple is in early talks that may lead to an offer for Hulu, quoting 'two people who weren't authorized to speak publicly'.
Keep reading...
25/07/2011

Google closes down Labs to focus on existing products
Google is closing down its iconic Google Labs site- the place for many of the internet giant's experimental products, and the birthplace of popular services such as Gmail and Google Calendar. The move forms part of Google's increasing focus on developing products that have obvious benefits to the company's bottom line.
Keep reading...
22/07/2011

SupersonicAds gets 2.6m funding boost for in-game ads
SupersonicAds, an in-game advertising platform using virtual currency, is announcing its first institutional funding round of $4.2 million (2.6M) led by Greylock Partners. Through integration with the Facebook Platform, SupersonicAds provides both brand engagement campaigns and direct response offers for Facebook Credits. The funding is earmarked to expand the international presence of BrandConnect, the Cost Per Engagement (CPE) solution for brand advertisers utilizing virtual currency monetization in social games.
Keep reading...
21/07/2011

Groupon's first car deal stalls- report
Groupon's first foray into the auto industry has met slow demand, as shoppers proved more wary of snapping up bargains for expensive items, according to a new report. Last week, the group-buying firm offered shoppers a $500 discount at a US car dealership, for just $199.
Keep reading...
19/07/2011

UK accounts for 11% of Google's revenue
The UK accounts for 11% of all of Google's revenue, according to the internet giant's latest results. The US-based company revealed its quarterly earnings last week at its developer conference, Google I/O 2011. Revenue from the UK added up to $976m, representing 11 percent of total global income, the same proportion as a year ago, Google revealed.
Keep reading...
19/07/2011

EA takes on Zynga, buys PopCap Games for $1.3bn
Video game publisher Electronic Arts has bought PopCap Games as the video games publisher looks to expand into the growing casual games market. The deal, worth up to $1.3bn (817m) comes as casual games giant Zynga looks set to float on the stock exchange. EA will pay about $650m in cash and $100m in common stock for the maker of the popular video games "Bejeweled" and "Plants vs. Zombies". It could pay a further $550m if PopCap hit certain performance targets in about two years.
Keep reading...
19/07/2011

Spotify goes live in the US
Spotify has launched in the US, marking the online music streaming service its first expansion outside of Europe. The US version will be an invite-only free ad-supported service, alongside a premium option charged at $4.99 (3.09) per month edition which is free of ads.
Keep reading...
15/07/2011

Yellow Pages book to be phased out in online shake-up
Yell is to switch its core business online, phasing out its iconic 'Yellow Pages' directory within four years. The move will see Yell revamp as an online hub for local businesses, as consumers increasingly look to the web for information. Yell, which employs 2,900 staff in the UK, sees 75% of its business being online within four years, compared with 25% at the moment.
Keep reading...
15/07/2011

Virgin Atlantic overtakes British Airways in travel website usability
As the possibility of industrial strike action looms over its customers this summer, Virgin Atlantic is faring better online, making significant improvements to its website and mobile app to replace its strike-hit competitor, British Airways, at the top of the travel website usability stakes, according to a new study.
Keep reading...
14/07/2011

Google debuts 'What Do You Love' search tool
Google has launched a tool that searches the internet for blogs, pictures, videos, and more based on the answer to the question "What do you love?" The new site, at wdyl.com, features a query box for answers to that question and a blue button icon with a white heart. Searches return a collage of options including finding what you love nearby, exploring it in 3D graphics, calling someone about it, and seeing related patents, trends or news. The tool was built to showcase Google creations for uncovering what the internet has to offer about topics.
Keep reading...
14/07/2011

Apple tries to ban GetJar from using 'AppStore' name
Apple is trying to ban GetJar from using the term 'Appstore', as it continues to battle Amazon and a number of other companies for the sole right to use the term. The company recently suffered a major set back in its lawsuit against Amazon, when the court refused Apple's request get a preliminary injunction against the Amazon Appstore, which offers Android apps.
Keep reading...
12/07/2011

Google runs first TV ads in India
Google is turning to TV advertising as it seeks to drive up awareness and usage of its products in India. The search giant is adapting an idea already used in several other countries, and utilising the tagline "The Web is What You Make of It", specifically for Indian consumers. India constitutes a particularly attractive market for the company, given the size of its population, alongside rising internet penetration and digital literacy levels.
Keep reading...
12/07/2011

Google debuts TV and online planning tools in UK
Google is embarking on a multi-million pound planning tool to help brands understand consumer behaviour across TV and online media platforms. Google is working with research firm Kantar to build the panel, which will measure TV and online media habits. The project is designed to provide the industry with a greater understanding into consumer habits on an ongoing basis.
Keep reading...
11/07/2011

News of the World closure: Has Murdoch bought TheSunOnSunday.co.uk domain?
Shock news that the News of the World is to close on Sunday after the phone hacking scandal has sparked rumours of a swift online and print replacement, as a mystery buyer snaps up the domain name for 'TheSunOnSunday.co.uk'. The registration of the online domain name TheSunOnSunday.co.uk occurred on Tuesday, two days before News of the World's collapse was announced. However, the buyer of the domain remains unknown. It was registered two days ago by a web design company called Mediaspring.
Keep reading...
08/07/2011

Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell and Ricky Gervais blog for Huffington Post UK launch
News blog The Huffington Post has launched a UK version of its site this week, with high profile contributors including Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell, Ricky Gervais and Sarah Brown. The AOL-owned site is based on the same model as its US counterpart: a mix of original reporting, aggregation, blogging and "social engagement".
Keep reading...
07/07/2011

Microsoft partners Baidu for English-language search
Microsoft has struck a deal with Chinese search giant Baiduto offer its English-language search functions to Chinese users. Baidu has struggled to match Google's English search capabilities and is expected to introduce Microsoft Bing by the end of the year. However, the version that will have to adhere to the country's censorship rules. The agreement comes more than a year after Google pulled out of China, largely over disagreements about censorship, and ceded just under half its market share to Baidu.
Keep reading...
06/07/2011

One year on: The Times paywall reaches 100,000 digital subscribers
The number of digital subscribers to The Times and The Sunday Times has exceeded 100,000, one year after News International imposed a paywall on the two news sites. The Times and The Sunday Times has 101,036 current, monthly digital subscribers as of the end of June, up from 79,000 on 28 February 2011, an increase of 28%. This includes subscribers to all digital channels: the websites, the iPad and the Kindle.
Keep reading...
06/07/2011

Amazon buys UK book e-tailer
Amazon has bought The Book Depository, a UK-based online book seller, for an undisclosed sum. On its website, the company sought to reassure its customers that its service and range would improve after the acquisition by Amazon.
Keep reading...
05/07/2011/

top
Forward to a friend Forward to a friend
Share our research with your colleagues, forward this on today.
-------------------------------------

Sign up Sign up
Reading a forwarded copy? Get the research and news directly. Apply for a guest account.
-------------------------------------
Sign up Update your details
Let us know what you're interested in. Update your details.
Digital Training Academy
Boost your team's results with marketing coaching training from our 40 intensive one-day Digital Training Academies.

Digital Training Academy

Digital Training Academy Contact our academy managers

Accelerating digital brands
Insight Reports
We've been helping accelerate digital brands since 2000. How can our team help accelerate your business online?
Join next conference call E-mail our team

Digital Insight Reports
Insight Reports
In times of huge economic and technical change, knowledge becomes your critical success factor. Digital Insight Reports interpret the digital landscape to show you what matters.
Previous publications
Preview Report Web strategies for pharmaceutical brands
Preview Report Unlocking the power of search
Preview Report The restructure of local advertising
Preview Report 10 Golden Rules in Social Media Marketing
Preview Report Internet use in India

Digital Thought Leaders
Hugo Drayton
The managing director of InSkin Media, Hugo Drayton is at the heart of where video meets the web. Read more....
Tom Bowman
The VP of strategy and operations at BBC Advertising Sales talks about the emotional connection we have with mobiles and  the possibilities of a Rwandan tech support team. Read more....
Dave Bedwood
The co-founder of creative agency Lean Mean Fighting Machine explains how technology can never replace creativity. Read more....

About
Digital Intelligence is a research briefing developed and published by Digital Strategy Consulting Ltd. in association with our strategic partners. Every month there's a new edition and you can also read them online.  
View Our privacy policy
View About your data

On the Digital site
How else can we help you?
 
View Digital Training Academy
View Digital Jargon Buster
View Press: latest news
View Digital Intelligence briefings
View Digital Insight Reports
View Thought Leader interviews
View Digital Book Club reviews
View Meeting up? Our diary dates
View Example services
View Blog
View Joining our team

Search Digital's sites
 

Access problems?
If you have problems reading our e-mail please tell us. If it gets flagged as spam because it's a new address then simply add this address to your 'contacts' (though carry on using my personal address the rest of the time).

Our e-mail partner

Visit RedEye

E-mail powered by RedEye E-mail Marketing.

Forward to a friend Forward to a friend
Share our research with your colleagues, forward this on today.
-------------------------------------
Sign up Sign up
Reading a forwarded copy? Get the research and news directly. Apply for a guest account.
-------------------------------------
Sign up Update your details
Let us know what you're interested in. Update your details.
 
Forward to a friend Forward to a friend Share our research with your colleagues, forward this on today. ------------------------------------- Sign up Sign up Reading a forwarded copy? Get the research and news directly. Apply for a guest account. ------------------------------------- Sign up Update your details Let us know what you're interested in. Update your details.

Digital Strategy Consulting Limited: Copyright 2000-2011, all rights reserved.