Saturday, April 30, 2005
Of web users, those who actually buy online has gone from 63% to 71% of the total. Most popular purchases are books, tickets for cinema, theatre and sporting events, then clothes, CD's, computer software and games. One of the strongest growth areas has been digital cameras, followed by entertainment electronics, and care accessories.
The study was carried out jointly with TNS Infratest of Munich and 1,035 German internet users were interviewed.
Friday, April 29, 2005
Thursday, April 28, 2005
Google's US project encompasses over 15 million works from the libraries of Stanford, Harvard, Michigan, Oxford and New York.
They're trying to take a leaf out of Google's book by thinking ahead - this engine will focus on video and images - not text. Known as "Quaero", a web site already exists promoting the project (built in Flash naturally).
Some heavyweight names will be backing the development including Thomson, Exelead, L'INA, France Télécom and Deutsche Telekom.
L' Expansion Article
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
This means online spend is doubling year on year - according to research for the French Interactive Advertising Bureau - IAB France.
Le Journal du Net IAB France Web Certain Europe - France
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
The Economist Intelligence Unit regularly publishes its e-readiness rankings which are a measure of the country's e-business including such factors as broadband availability and mobile penetration. The latest report has also taken more account of public-access wireless 'hotspots'.
European nations do well in the 65 nation study taking many of the top spots. The full list is available at the Economist Intelligence Unit - here is a list of the European nations in order of rank:
- Denmark 1st
- Sweden 3rd
- Switzerland 4th
- UK 5th
- Finland 6th
- Netherlands 8th
- Norway 9th
- Germany 12th
- Austria 14th
- Ireland 15th
- Belgium 17th
- France 19th
- Spain 23rd
- Italy 24th
- Portugal 25th
- Estonia 26th
- Slovenia 27th
- Greece 28th
- Czech republic 29th
- Hungary 30th
- Poland 32nd
- Slovakia 34th
- Latvia 37th
- Lithuania 40th
- Bulgaria 42nd
- Turkey 43rd
- Romania 47th
- Russia 52nd
- Ukraine 57th
Monday, April 25, 2005
Zoeken.nl was created a year ago to bring a new concept of 'clustering' meaning that related themes are shown in a list on the left of the page to facilitate the user's search. It has only come out of beta this month.
Their latest report shows that the 24 members of ACSEL saw an increase of 54.8% in turnover to 671.2 million Euros in the first quarter of 2005 - compared with a year ago. The same quarter clocked up 7.3 million online transactions an increase of 57.8% over last year.
Friday, April 22, 2005
Le Journal du Net examined 25 different scenarios - 15 simple and 10 complex - and then scored the results presented against a defined set of criteria.
The conclusions were that overall, Google remains in the lead, but Yahoo has narrowed the gap by several points in certain categories - particuarly related to commercial searches where JDN actually put Yahoo ahead. On pure information queries, Google remains in control but the study also noted that from the 4th result onwards the quality of the result has declined from the previous study a year ago.
Perhaps the most intriguing comment is that Yahoo's results feature less circular results - in other words pages that give the same information duplicated or lead indirectly back to the same information.
Google wins when it comes to the elimination of 'cloaking' or spam pages - an area in which MSN in particular needs to improve.
Googles sponsored links are also classed as more relevant than the competition's and the best integrated with the natural results.
It faces stiff competition. Local outfit Allegro, together with several smaller auction sites in the country have a strong position. Reuters UK
Friday, April 15, 2005
A major factor in driving this trend seems to be the availability of broadband as the majority of gambling takes place on a fast connection.
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Volker Gläser, search director for Yahoo Deutschland, says that local search is more significant in Germany than the UK or France sometimes reaching levels as high as 30% of all searches. He puts this down largely to the division of the country into "Länder".
In February, Yahoo launched in beta a local search facility across Germany in partnership with local directory 'Das Örliche' to provide locally oriented searches using two search boxes - one for the query, one for the location.
The system is needed to integrate with pay per click provider Overture's local advertising system which already represents 15% of Overture's turnover in the US, according to Isabell Wagner of Overture in Germany.
The Overture local advertising system is due to go live some time during 2005, said Frau Wagner at the search engine strategies conference in Munich. It had been expected earlier.
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Europe's baby search engine. Seekport from Germany, which already operates in the UK, France and Germany, is to launch Italian, Spanish and Scandinavian operations by this summer. This is rapid progress for a search engine which launched only a year ago with an entirely new index. In other words, it is unusual in that it does not rely on US search engines to provide the database from which to draw its results.
Seekport claims that it will offer better quality to users than the American competitors simply because they are based locally and understand the market place. They claim their results will be of a high quality because they are automatically able to identify poor quality content - with human editors making the final decisioin.
This may be believable for a German or French language search engine with its relatively small index - but in English every attempt to do this has subsequently been quietly withdrawn - including big name players such as MSN and Ask Jeeves. Why don't European search engines leave English to the big players and focus on European languages where they may well be able to offer a better alternative?
As yet unborn search engine Neomo.de is also preparing to launch in Germany - probably during the summer - which means that Europe's largest nation will have two home grown search engines with their own indexes as Neomo is following the example set by Seekport. Neomo has, so far, only suggested that it will be available in German.
Both will draw their pay per click results from existing services - in the case of Seekport this is Espotting, now owned by Find-what. Neomo has not publicly announced who its ppc partner will be.
Infospace - a search engine which presents the results of others mixed depending on the type of phrase searched for - has seen a 41% increase in unique visitors in its last financial year 2004 and a growth in turnover of 89%.
Friday, April 08, 2005
The Wanadoo site claims to have gained more than 100,000 visitors during the month of February 2005.
Wednesday, April 06, 2005
Most impressive are the figures for France (19%) and Italy (15%) where web users have significantly increased their dependence on the www.
The greatest number of hours spent online is in Japan at 14 hours 50 minutes - but second is France with 14 hours 25 minutes - the greatest number of hours of any European country!
Tuesday, April 05, 2005
68% of the fast access users are online for more than 10 hours per week.
Friday, April 01, 2005
This makes Italy once of the hotter locations in the battle for the top slots with Yahoo not making an appearance until 8th position.