Some dealers phished; threat resolved

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in Articles, Automotive, Fraud, Scams and Abuse | Comments Off

On one online automotive community, a dealer posted this notice: “ATTENTION CARS.COM CUSTOMERS: If you received an email asking you to update your account credentials it has all the marks of a “phishing” scam. (For you neophytes that is when a fake site is published that looks real but is only there to steal your logins and passwords.) I would avoid logging into any dealer portal sites without checking with support first. It will ultimately be less of a headache than having your dealer account temporarily...

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Dress up Craigslist ads via Classify? Nah..

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in Articles, Craigslist, Marketplace, Mobile | Comments Off

Classify Advertising is a bit of a weird, pretty-up-your-Craigslist-ads ad-agency duck that we’re not sure will ever catch on. This content is available to Classified Intelligence Report clients. Want to know more about becoming a client? Click...

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Monster, CareerBuilder, Dice challenged to ice-bucket drop for ALS Association

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in Articles, Building Audience, Insiders, Real estate, Recruitment, Uncategorized | Comments Off

The ALS ice-bucket challenge has spread to the recruitment-site industry, in a most unusual way., a recruitment site based in Orlando and owned by Softrock, a software and educational-referral company, has challenged Monster Worldwide, CareerBuilder and to dump ice-water on the heads of CEOs Sal Iannuzzi, Matt Ferguson and Mike Durney (respectively) or to donate $100 per employee to the ALS Association to help fund research into a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Several hundred of...

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Redfin adds free-to-agent 3-D views

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Starting with Seattle, technology-focused brokerage Redfin is rolling out 3-D interior views of properties for sale, by way of 3-D vendor Matterport. The product provides a high-resolution, interactive view from every angle inside a home.  All the shopper need do is click on whatever part of the home she wants to view in three dimensions.  Redfin has an example. In contrast to competitor Floored, whose staff generally come to clients and take the video,  Matterport sells its cameras, too, for about $4,500 each.  Then the cloud plans run...

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CareerXRoads: Sources of hire meshing

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Articles, Recruitment, Search, Social | Comments Off

CareerXRoads’ 2013 Source of Hire report begins by telling us to take some of its revelations with a grain of salt. That’s because the employer hire-source processes typically demand that human resource folks choose one single source of hire; yet there are often several, such as social media, referrals and recruitment sites, that intermingle. In a video interview hosted by SourceCon, ERE’s John Zappe interviewed CareerXRoads co-founder Gerry Crispin about the report’s results. Zappe inquired about indicators that as a...

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Referral platform Zao acquired by Amris

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Articles, Recruitment | Comments Off

Zao, one of the employee referral platforms we just showcased in Classified Intelligence Report, has just announced that it was acquired by London, England-based Internet Corporation Limited, owner of applicant tracking system (ATS) Amris ERecruitment.  (For details on the Zao platform, see CIR 15.15. Aug 14) Here’s the blog announcement: Amris eRecruitment Acquires Zao         London, UK: 21st August 2014. The Internet Corporation Limited, owner of Amris (, today announced the details of the...

read more launches in Saudi Arabia

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Articles, Automotive, Middle East | Comments Off

Saudi Arabia’s auto market is huge, with annual growth in demand of 30 percent, according to a study conducted by the Council of Saudi Trade Chambers. The market (including new autos, used autos, spare parts, accessories, trucks, maintenance workshops and after-sales service) is valued at about $2.4 billion U.S. per year. Saudi Arabia is one of the largest automotive markets in the GCC region, where there are about 4.5 million cars. As a country with a population of 27 million (with 13 million of them using the Internet), entrepreneurs...

read more Q2 results better than expected

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in China, Marketplace | Comments Off Inc., China’s largest online marketplace serving local merchants and consumers, has announced better-than-expected financial results for the second quarter of 2014. However, revenue estimates for the third quarter are on the weak side. Total revenue was US$64.6 million, an 83.9 percent increase from the same period last year, exceeding the company’s forecast of between $61 million and $63 million. The company’s membership revenue rose by 70 percent over the second quarter of 2013 to $35.1 million, and the total number of members...

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TrueCar heads to war, enables incentives

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Articles, Automotive, Strategy | Comments Off

Vehicle-valuation marketplace TrueCar poses a real threat to automotive listing platforms such as  TrueCar seems to realize that, should Gannett take full reins at, the former Classified Ventures-owned listing giant would step up its game. (See CIR 15.15, Aug 14) In response, TrueCar clearly is readying itself for a digital war for dealer members and consumer audience. Its key executives made that very clear at a recent technology conference, announcing intent to grow TrueCar dealer membership from its current one of...

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Social gig site Thumbtack gets $100 mil

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Articles, Financial results, Marketplace, Recruitment, Social | Comments Off

Thumbtack is a social bidding platform for entrepreneurs and the folks who need some (mostly) temporary, project-based help.  By way of its blog, the nearly-five-year-old firm just announced funding of $100 million from Google Capital and a number of venture capitalists that had invested previously. “Despite being five years in and now helping millions of customers a year accomplish their personal projects, we still consider ourselves to be at day 1 of this journey,” wrote Thumbtack co-founder and CEO Marco Zappacosta, on the...

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