France

Professional network Viadeo conducts an IPO

Viadeo, number one professional social network in France and China, and second worldwide after LinkedIn announced it plans to start trading its shares on regulated market of Euronext Paris. The introduction in early July was not considered successful as the share price dropped during the first several days of trading way below that of competitors LinkedIn and Xing, from the introductory level of...

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Vivastreet Job partners with French national service Pôle Emploi

p5rn7vb Vivastreet entered into a partnership with the French national, state-run job-finding service Pôle Emploi, in order to boost the exposure of its job postings. The specifics of the French e-recruitment market is that the majority of the French prefer Pôle Emploi to private portals, and it remains the largest player on the market albeit challenged by recent innovations by private portals...

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Logic-Immo still very popular, says Spir

The vertical real estate remained one of Spir Communication’s best performing businesses in Q1, according to the results report released this week (available in French here). The online real estate business had a turnover of €18.5 million in Q1 FY2014, which was 4.5 percent higher than in Q1 FY2013. While the revenue of the print section continued to drop (5 percent in Q1), the digital...

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Classifieds save the day at Spir Communication

If it wasn’t for online classifieds, French media group Spir Communication would have been in deep trouble today. That much was clear from the financial results for FY2013 released this week. Revenue of it’s printing, distribution and printed publications divisions all dropped year-on-year. Only its classifieds businesses increased their revenue, to avert a minor financial disaster...

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Acheter-Louer; strategic switch to digital pays off

Back in 2011 Acheter-Louer announced a new strategy of favouring internet development over its traditional background in printed property classifieds.  It’s a move that now seems to be bearing fruit with the company back in profit after five years of losses and the latest figures showing a seven per cent increase in turnover to 1.75 million euros despite a difficult national market. The...

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Particulier à Particulier goes all-digital

It’s the season for resolutions and leading French property weekly Particulier à Particulier (PAP) has kicked off 2014 with a major rethink – the paper is no longer to be found on newsstands as it has gone purely digital. PAP could once be seen clutched every Thursday by flustered students in phone boxes desperately trying to be first to call for coveted flats in Paris.  Couples...

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