Strategy

Slamby and Schibsted to cooperate in Hungary

Slamby, a Hungarian software company that helps businesses with data analysis, joined forces with Schibsted Classified Media to handle automatic categorization of listings for Schibsted’s Jofogas.hu, the country’s leading general classifieds site. Slamby uses a semantics technology that learns, remembers and uses acquired knowledge to resolve tasks such as sorting, text analysis or...

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Trinity Mirror to cut costs “dramatically” to hit targets

Halfway through Fy2015 Trinity Mirror PLC said it will only meet full-year profit expectations with dramatic cost cuts of £20 million ($31.2 million U.S.), which cuts were announced in its pre-close trading update. The adjusted profit dropped by 2.5 percent to £47 million ($73.4 million U.S.) from H1 of FY2014 to H1 of FY2015. The company wrote £17.4 million down, of which £16 million was...

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More precise listings, focus on lead quality: French property market trends

Growing importance of niche portals, focus on quality rather than quantity of leads, expanding mobile audience and growing precision of information contained in listings will be the major themes of the French real estate market going forward, Antoine Krier, founder of Ubiflow, a key vendor of the country’s property portals, said at a recent presentation (full text available here in...

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Avito to expand its real estate operations in St. Petersburg

Avito.ru, Russia’s leading general classifieds platform, is looking to make inroads in the real estate sector of St. Petersburg, Russia’s second largest city. According to local media outlet Delovoy Peterburg, the company is hiring content moderators and call center operators in the city. Avito tends to develop local offices of operations in regions it sees as vital, with both Moscow...

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Zoopla, Plentific brings home services to real estate sites

In the U.K. real estate platforms Zoopla and Plentific.com partnered to launch a new service, called Find a Pro, which gives users access to thousands of local tradesmen for home and property services. The Find a Pro service is already available on Plentific (here), and will be available soon on Zoopla and PrimeLocation websites. PrimeLocation.com is a site of the Zoopla Property Group...

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Auto Trader pinpoints the “pain points” of auto buying

Auto Trader, the U.K.’s largest digital automotive marketplace, conducted research to learn how it can improve the auto-buying journey for its customers. According to a Car Dealer magazine report, the Auto Trader survey canvassed more than 1,000 auto buyers for their views. As part of the research, respondents were asked to select any number of aspects from a wishlist of things that they felt...

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