Digital Marketing Blog
Former Skype VP of marketing and Video Island founder Saul Klein has joined Index Ventures to help the VC firm’s hunt for new web investments.
The London-based company has just announced the closure of a EU350m fund – its fourth - to focus on European firms in IT, life sciences and clean tech.
Klein, who will be based in Index’s London office, will help spend the new cashpile as well as working on Index’s existing portfolio, which includes the likes of Betfair, Netvibes and Last.fm.
Pheedo, an RSS ad network, has announced the launch of its FeedPowered ad platform, which enables marketers to use text and video RSS content within ad widgets.
FeedPowered ads are on-site advertisements which can present updated text, video or audio from any RSS feed.
Online gambling firm 888 Holdings Plc has posted a 7% rise in profits for 2006, despite the loss of business which resulted from the recent US ban on online gambling.
888 Holdings lost just over half its sales and was forced to cut 25% of its workforce after shutting down its US operations when Congress banned internet gambling.
Banks are planning to issue their customers with handheld credit card readers under a new pilot scheme to combat online fraud.
The project is being pioneered by APACS, the UK payments association, to give customers greater protection when shopping on the internet or the phone.
ValueClick Europe is entering into partnership with mobile software provider Picsel to produce a mobile version of Pricerunner's website.
Customers can download the application free from pricerunner.co.uk, and will see a full colour mini version of the site with full functionality.
WordTracker has launched a UK version of its keyword search tool, allowing marketers access to UK-specific research in order to adjust their keywords to the market.
Wordtracker's UK specific keyword search has been incorporated into the company's subscription service, which is priced at between £4.20 for a day's access to £140 for a year, and is used by many search marketing professionals.
Ragy Thomas is the president and CTO of interactive services at email marketing company
, which is ramping up its presence in the UK and Europe.
We spoke to Ragy and Ted Wham (SVP and GM of EMEA at Epsilon International) about the firm's recent $435m purchase of mail order company Abacus, plans to become a multi-channel agency, making the giant step across the Atlantic, and increasing demands from clients in the email marketing space.
Vodafone is to partner with Google to provide a version of Google Maps for users of its mobile phones.
Vodafone said it will, in conjunction with Google Maps, provide easy-to-use maps and local listings, as well as local search and navigation capabilities.
Virgin chairman Richard Branson yesterday announced plans for an iTunes style service for downloading PC games, to be introduced later this year.
The service, which will be called A World of My Own (AWOMO), is a joint project between Virgin Games and Game Domain International.
Thomas Cook has bought package holiday firm MyTravel, creating the second largest package holiday firm in Europe, with combined annual revenues of £8bn.
The travel group, which will be based in the UK, will be 52% owned by KarstadtQuelle, the German retailer that owns Thomas Cook, and will trade under that name.