Telegraaf revenues down 5% on lower advertising, higher sales costs

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Financial results, The Netherlands | Comments Off

The Dutch publishing house Telegraaf Media Groep saw a revenue decline of 5 percent in the first half of 2014, at €253.5 million ($339.6 million U.S.), compared to €268 million ($359 million U.S.) seen during the same period last year, the Group said in its semiannual report. The Groups’ advertising revenues saw a 12.1-percent decline in the first half of 2014, at €87.4 million. The decline was particularly pronounced for national media, and less so for local and regional media. Along with that, digital advertising revenues rose by...

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Social-media car shopping rises

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Articles, Automotive, Social | Comments Off

A recent Dealer Authority study found that 1.4 percent of social network visitors who have expressed interest in buying a vehicle, will click off the network to the dealer’s website. Here’s the announcement: Report: Car Buyers Will Shop for Vehicles on Social Media Dealer Authority releases a study that shows more car buyers are using social media to find dealerships. ‘When someone wants to buy a car and they see an ad on their news feed, they realize that they should probably be completing the task of searching for a...

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IS24 cooperates with building lot site Wunschgrundstück

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Articles, Real estate | Comments Off (IS24) agreed to market the listings of building lots site Wunschgrundstü on its platform, the company announced this week. The new listings pushed the number of building lots listed on IS24 to 33,000, and made it Germany’s biggest online marketer of building lots. Financial detail of the cooperation was not divulged. Very low interest rates for builders of new homes, and steadily rising real estate prices are pushing up demand for building plots and building activity in Germany. So, it’s easy to understand why...

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Organizational changes at Schibsted in Spain

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Automotive, Insiders, Real estate, Spain | Comments Off

Schibsted Classified Media Spain announced an organizational change to go into effect immediately. Pedro Thormodsen, general manager of, Spain’s second largest real estate site, will now also manage SCM Spain’s motor-related sites, namely (Spain’s leading auto site), (marketer of motor bikes, ATVs), and marine classified site This puts Thormodsen, who has a background in information technology and worked as product director of general classifieds site from Oct. 2010...

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Ringier reports robust growth in Africa

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Strategy | Comments Off

The African continent has been on the digital business map of Swiss media company Ringier since 2011. Until now, Ringier preferred not to provide detail of the progress made by its businesses in Africa. Now, a few weeks after Ringier family member Robin Lingg was appointed CEO of Ringier Africa and Asia, Ringier announced a jump in sales in the first six months of the year, in the four African countries – Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Senegal – the company operates in. Ringier announced that sales quadrupled in the first half of...

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Dice income cut in half, OpenWeb in Europe

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Articles, Financial results, Marketplace, Recruitment | Comments Off

The second quarter 2014 revenue of Dice Holdings (NYSE: DHX), parent of, increased 28 percent year-over-year (YOY.) Its $7.2 million Q2 net income was a mere 48 percent of this time last year, however, and revenue was down 3 percent YOY. For especially, there are signs of recovery, according to Dice CFO John Roberts. “Within the Dice recruitment package customer base, there were minimal shifts quarter-over-quarter between shorter-term and annual customers, with more than 90 percent or 7,400 of our...

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Finally, Yelp in the black

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Articles, Financial results, Marketplace, Mobile, Services, Social | Comments Off

The second quarter 2014 Yelp (NYSE: YELP) news is good, with a first-ever profit, more than 138 million unique visitors  (49 percent of which are mobile) and $88.8 million revenue for the quarter.  That’s a 61 percent year-over-year revenue boost. Yelp business advertisers grew 8 percent year-over-year.  The review giant now has approximately 61 million consumer reviews – a 44 percent YOY increase that is presumably the result of Yelp’s mobile enabling of review posting almost a year ago.    Yelp also just added...

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Trulia reports bigger loss, best revenue

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Articles, Financial results, Marketplace, Mobile, Real estate | Comments Off

U.S. real estate listing site Trulia (NYSE: TRLA) reported a net loss of $17.9 million for the second quarter of  2014. A huge chunk of that was its $15 million quarterly advertising spend. To take a glass-half-full look at the figure, the expenditure drove excellent results: record revenue of $64.1 million, another 7,000 paying agent subscribers who are spending more dollars on more Trulia products, and record site traffic of 57 million unique monthly visitors in July. While many questions on the earnings call centered around the...

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KBB debuts ReadyCam Studio videos

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in Articles, Automotive, Video | Comments Off

Kelley Blue Book auto experts can now be seen and heard around the world quickly and easily, thanks to the new KBB video-link ReadyCam Studio. Here’s the announcement: Immediate Access to Kelley Blue Book Experts Now Available to TV Networks Globally New In-House VideoLink ReadyCam® Studio Provides Media Easy Access to Analysts, Executives, Editors Offering Valuable Auto Industry Insights IRVINE, Calif., July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Kelley Blue Book, the only vehicle valuation and information source trusted...

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Dot-Realtor exclusive domain now live

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in Articles, Real estate, Strategy | Comments Off

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) just announced the new dot-Realtor top-level domain (TLD). Its , the TLD’s administrative portal, is now live. Realtors in the U.S. and members of the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) are the only folks who will be able to create Web sites with a dot-Realtor exchange.  The first 500,000 members to register for the new TLD will get a free year of registration, though prices start at $23.95. Inman News has...

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