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Segundamano signs TV star as spokeswoman

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Building Audience, Mobile, Spain | Comments Off

Segundamano.es, Spain’s second-largest general classifieds site, just signed its first brand ambassador: Spanish TV presenter Pilar Rubio. Rubio promotes Segundamano, which is owned by Schibsted Classified Media, as an opportunity for “intelligent, responsible, sustainable” shopping, and encourages people to buy and sell goods second-hand in order to reduce consumption and waste. Schibsted Spain’s CEO Frode Nordseth articulated this brand value to the AIM Group earlier in 2014, highlighting the economic and...

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EBay to spin PayPal to separate, publicly traded company

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Strategy | Comments Off

EBay said today that it will spin off its payment system PayPal into its own separate, publicly traded company, probably by mid-2015. The spinoff will be subject to regulatory approvals. The company also said that CEO John Donahoe  will become head of EBay’s Marketplaces business while Devin Wenig, the current head of Marketplaces, will become the CEO of the “new” EBay after the split. Dan Schulman, who joined the company from American Express earlier this year, will because CEO of Paypal. Donahoe said in a statement that...

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Clearance of Milanuncios deal drags on

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Articles, Marketplace, Strategy | Comments Off

On Febr. 13, 2014 Schibsted announced the acquisition of Milanuncios.com in Spain. For some reason, Schibsted waited until Apr. 24 to file the deal with the Spanish Competition Authority for its approval. Today Schibsted announced yet one more time that the deal has not been cleared yet. It’s been a long wait for Schibsted, but it said it was confident the acquisition will be cleared by the authority. Today Schibsted didn’t give a target date for when the deal should be cleared. Here is Schibsted’s letter to investors...

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News Corp is buying Move Inc.

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Articles, Marketplace, Real estate | Comments Off

Media giant News Corp, which owns nearly 62 percent of REA Group, publisher of RealEstate.com.au in Australia, is moving into the U.S. real estate world with the acquisition of Move, Inc., publisher of Realtor.com. In the all-cash transaction News Corp will acquire all the outstanding shares of Move for $21 per share, or approximately $950 million. This acquisition, at the same time that Zillow is finalizing its acquisition of Trulia, is bound to heat about the U.S. real estate listing competition. We sent  an email alert to our clients...

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New network FresHires wants to connect graduates to jobs

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Articles, Social | Comments Off

Many college and university students and recent-graduates with little job experience struggle to land “big internships”, or first jobs that will launch them properly on their future career paths. On the new network FresHires.com users set up accounts and then build their own brands by posting, videos, pictures and documents of group and personal projects. They can also showcase field work, articles, assignments, studio work, seminars, presentations, journals, conferences on their online portfolios, to lift them out from the crowd...

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Beyond.com job matching gets smarter

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Articles, Recruitment, Search | Comments Off

Job network Beyond.com has just introduced SmartMatch, an algorithm which learns from a job seeker’s online habits. Here’s the announcement: Beyond.com Launches SmartMatch Technology to Improve Job Search Experience The Career Network introduces an algorithm that learns from the user and offers more relevant job openings based on engagement “You can have the perfect resume and be the best candidate for the job, but those things don’t matter if you can’t find the position.” – Rich Milgram, CEO of...

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Scout24 publishes long-awaited financial results

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Articles, Financial results | Comments Off

On Sept. 23 Germany’s Scout24 Group took a big step in the direction of a listing, when it published an impressive set of financials for its “core operation” and “non-core operation” separately. The “core operation” includes Immobilienscout24, Autoscout24 and Corporate services; the “non-core” the rest. Financial results will be published in this way in future, the company said. Most interesting: the financial results of Immobilienscout24 and Autoscout24 were also released separately. The headline numbers for the financial...

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Axel Springer buys Hungary’s top job board Profession.hu

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Clients Only, Daily Deals, Marketplace, Recruitment | Comments Off

Ringier Axel Springer has signed an agreement to buy Profession.hu from a Central Media Group, a financial investor that recently acquired Sanoma Media in Hungary, along with the entire portfolio that included Profession.hu. .. This content is available to Classified Intelligence Report clients. Want to know more about becoming a...

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Kijiji now charging for some job ads

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Marketplace, Recruitment | Comments Off

Canada’s leading free classified marketplace Kijiji is slowly becoming not quite as free. The company has long charged automotive dealers a small fee of $14.95 per listing, and in 2013 began charging landlords and property managers a similar fee for posting more than three active units from the same email address. Add to that now job postings. Kijiji’s job ad policy is for all who “self-identify as a professional company, job agency or recruiter,” as well as those “who have listed three or more ads from their household at a...

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Cars.com: shoppers don’t trust ads

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Articles, Automotive, Strategy | Comments Off

One of the prominent conclusions of the recent C+R Research study, commissioned by Cars.com, is that advertising is not considered by car shoppers to be trustworthy or helpful. In The Digital Influence: How Online Research Puts Auto Shoppers in Control, more than 1,000 shoppers or recent purchasers of vehicles shared their thoughts on what influenced them to buy vehicles. Conclusions included: 49 percent were primarily influenced by third-party listing sites, mostly because of side-by-side comparison of dealerships and vehicles, and consumer...

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