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Motor disconnect

28 August 2015 in transport

You can soup up the connected car with loads of cool tech, but you can’t always make drivers connect. In fact, some 20% of new car owners fail to engage with half of the technology features in their vehicles within three months of purchasing them, according to the 2015 Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience (DrIVE) report from JD Power. And the most underused piece of kit? That would be the concierge system — one able to recommend nearby restaurants or service stations — which remain unused by 43% of survey respondents.

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Perils of pop-up

28 August 2015 in Research

Pop-up retailThe UK pop-up retail sector has generated over £2.3 billion in revenues over the past 12 months, up from the £2.1 billion in the year to June 2014.And while the value of pop-up retail sales spiked 12.2% over the past year, the value of total UK retail sales rose just 1.1%. This implies that the pop-up retail sector is growing at a considerably faster rate than the overall retail category, according to the Britain’s Pop-Up Retail Economy 2015 report form EE and the Centre for Economics and Business Research.

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C4 tunes in to social

27 August 2015 in

Channel 4 has the fastest average response rate among UK broadcasters for tweets at a mere 2.9 minutes, ahead of BBC Two on 8.5 minutes. BBC One responds in an average of 22.8 minutes, though it does receive the highest number of average daily mentions at 1,620. Channel 5 has a 62.7 minute average response time, while ITV lags way behind on 415 minutes, according to Brandwatch.

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Tweeted out

26 August 2015 in

Twitter is “a mess, and both investors and management are constantly looking for a scapegoat/excuse to explain why Twitter isn’t experiencing the same levels of growth as Facebook, rather than acknowledging that Twitter just does not have anywhere near as much user applications as Facebook,” says Zenith Investments.

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What’s in a view?

26 August 2015 in

What does ‘view’ mean? Sounds like a simple question, but if you’re a media buyer looking at the multiplicity of different emerging online advertising formats, particularly within the video space, getting to the bottom of this presents a massive challenge, says Lawrence Horne*. The fact is, one media owner’s interpretation of view can be completely different to another’s, highlighted by the emergence and growth of ‘completed views’.

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Tesla goes Airbnb

25 August 2015 in transport

Airbnb TeslaAirbnb and Tesla are joining forces to slot charging stations into select Airbnb-registered homes around the world, with the California coastal region first up for deployments. “Together, we’re building a world with no limits to how far you can travel and how you get there,” the two companies say. “From remote deserts to lush forests, we’re unlocking highways, backroads, adventures and unique homes.”

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Socialising news

25 August 2015 in Publishing

Facebook will play an ever-growing role in finding, discussing and sharing news, with the social network’s Instagram and Whatsapp platforms already petrforming that job among younger groups, according to the Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2015, research based on based on a survey of more than 20,000 people in 12 countries.

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Building Uber

24 August 2015 in transport

Uber booking revenues are set to rise close to threefold this year to total $10.8 billion and to hit $26.1 billion in 2016, according to Reuters. However, the app-based cab service, which keeps 20% of all revenues in the 50-plus markets in which it operates, is believed to be running at a loss as it spends incentive cash to build up market share in what is now classic Silicon Valley start-up style.

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Latest News

Cash without contact

28 August 2015 in Finance

Friday metric: Contactless spending has spiked dramatically in the UK over the past year, according to data released by Barclaycard and Mastercard.

Brds on Rdio

27 August 2015 in Music

Music streamer Rdio has launched it ‘Promoted Music Experiences’ native advertising solution, with Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos the first brand onboard the initiative.

Bar à la BrewDog

27 August 2015 in -e.showcase

Spiky Scots brewer BrewDog is pushing deeper into Scandinavia with the opening of its third Swedish location, BrewDog Södermalm.

YouTube ad revenues to spike

26 August 2015 in

Wednesday metric: YouTube’s gross global advertising revenues worldwide will hit $9.5 billion this year, a spike of 25% on 2014, according to eMarketer estimates.

Keeping it private

25 August 2015 in

Three-quarters of online Arabs say they concerned that their personal information is no longer private, according to JWT’s 10 Trends for MENA 2015 report.

Corbyn tweets ahead

24 August 2015 in

Jeremy Corbyn has racked up a 34% share of Labour Party leadership candidates’ Twitter following, ahead of Andy Burnham with 29%, according to EMR.

Penguins on track

21 August 2015 in Publishing

Penguin has teamed up with Transport for London to offer Tube customers a daily choice of free stories and interviews to read or listen to during their journeys.

On the wall

20 August 2015 in -e.showcase

Cool creative: The Long Beach Museum of Art has let street artists loose on its interior to paint murals as part of its Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape exhibition.

Deezer looks for cash

20 August 2015 in Music

Music outfit Deezer is looking to up its game in the face of increased streaming competition from Apple Music.

Dialling Drake

19 August 2015 in Music

Into Drake? Then tune in to Drake 92.7, the radio station known until recently as WQNC, for around-the-clock rap from the eponymous artist.