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Portals remain ‘valuable lead generators’, says housebuilders

first_imgWith more househunters than ever now searching for their next home typically looking online on one of the major property portals, it is not just crucial that estate agent maintain an online presence that goes beyond simply listing properties on their own website. Senior housebuilders have concluded that they should be listing homes on the portals too.A recent gathering of senior professionals from the UK new home building industry raised a healthy debate about the future of portals and online content accessibility for new homes available to consumers.Thirteen senior figures, representing 80 per cent of new homes currently being developed or in the pipeline in the UK and with an estimated portfolio value of £1 billion, concluded that portals are still valuable lead generators. It was agreed that portals serve as a critical central resource of whole market offerings in one place for consumers who are not necessarily brand loyal when it comes to a new home purchase.The London Lunch was hosted at The Ivy by New Home Finder and facilitated by Dave Bexon (left), Group Sales and Marketing Director of Redrow Homes. It was attended by Redrow Homes, Bovis, Taylor Wimpey, Persimmon, Linden, Kier Living, Miller and Strata with representation also from residential agent Carter Jonas and media firms Space and Time and Amplifi.Bexon commented, “I enjoyed the debate enormously and in particular the opportunity to exchange ideas with old friends and peers across the industry.  Portals are old school now but do have a place. The future will undoubtedly be about creating and sharing in addition to seeking and finding and New Home Finder should be applauded in opening the debate and our minds to the possibilities.”Martin Hoyle, CEO of New Home Finder, said, “The discussion gave us an extremely valuable insight into the thoughts and visions of highly accomplished marketeers in the new housebuilding industry. New Home Finder has been borne out of demand for a dedicated new homes portal that can deliver tangible results for both the developer and consumer and, as we roll out the proposition to a national platform, we must take heed of what the industry experts are predicting.”When it comes to listing new homes online, Zoopla is currently the number one portal in the UK for national consumer brand awareness, according to a new study by Harris Interactive, on behalf of the Zoopla Property Group (ZPG).The research, conducted in mid-October by questioning thousands of  consumers across the UK, revealed that Zoopla’s national spontaneous brand awareness amongst all adults stood at 38 per cent versus 35 per cent for Rightmove and 2 per cent for OnTheMarket.“The levels of national awareness of the leading portals as household brands known by over three quarters of all UK adults is the result of many years and hundreds of millions of pounds of marketing investment,” said Lawrence Hall of ZPG (right).housebuilders Spanish housebuilding industry New Home Finder new homes online content accessibility portals property portals the future of portals 2015-11-11The Negotiator Related articles “Millions have been thrown against the top portals for years with no effect”30th April 2021 Rightmove property listing lands estate agency in NIMBY hot water29th April 2021 OTM or Boomin? Agents won’t pay for four portals, warns industry leader28th April 2021What’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Home » News » Marketing » Portals remain ‘valuable lead generators’, says housebuilders Portals remain ‘valuable lead generators’, says housebuilders11th November 20150564 Viewslast_img read more

“Absolute shambles”: students prepared to take Ruskin College to court

first_imgStudents are prepared to take Ruskin College court over thedifficulties many faced in trying to obtain their degree results.   At the time, the UCU said in a press release: “UCU iscalling for the immediate reinstatement of Dr Lee Humber and for the boguscharges against Lee to be dropped.” The latest in a series of controversies facing the college, studentsfrom almost every course suffered months of uncertainty after completing theirfinal exams. Speaking to the Oxford Mail, 22-year-old Aaron Miles saidthe college told BA Social and Political Studies students that their resultswould be delayed for “a small amount of time” in July. A rally was organised in April following the suspension ofDr Lee Humber, the UCU’s representative at Ruskin College. A controversial year, Ruskin College faced accusations of“victimisation” following several disciplinary and redundancy threats directedat members of the University and College Union (UCU) earlier this year. A statement from Ruskin College said a “small number ofstudents” final results had been delayed after the resignation of the externalexaminers appointed by the Open University. “New examiners have now beenappointed and final results will be available shortly.” “As it turns out, the results in question have never arrivedand we fear they never will. This is the same for most of the students who leftin 2019.” “We have not been made aware of any students whose places onmasters courses have been affected by delays to marks; in this circumstance wewould expect to be contacted by the relevant institution whereby this mattercould easily be resolved.” Last month, the entire social work department of the collegealso resigned after four tutors were made redundant. “Our students are our primary concern and we have been inregular contact with them over the summer. We will continue to support themmoving forward.”last_img read more

Press release: Mobile and Broadband Boost for UK Consumers

first_img World-class digital infrastructure: Building world-class digital infrastructure for the UK, reflecting the conclusions of the Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review Furthering the interests of telecoms consumers: Safeguarding the interests of telecoms consumers, including the vulnerable and less engaged, by ensuring they are better informed and protected Secure and resilient telecoms infrastructure: Ensuring the UK’s telecoms networks and services are secure and resilient Postal services: Protecting a universal postal service and making sure industry and Ofcom to work together to secure the long-term sustainability of the sector Ofcom’s planned 700 MHz spectrum auction to materially improve mobile coverage across the UK, particularly in rural areas and on the UK’s major roads Tackling the “loyalty penalty” which sees loyal customers who do not shop around typically pay higher prices than more savvy consumers. The combined effect of the loyalty penalty incurred by customers of broadband and mobile is £1.3 billion per year. Ofcom should address this, and Government will consider new legislation if the regulator believes it does not have sufficient powers. Examining the costs and benefits of options to introduce mobile roaming in rural areas in a bid to improve consumer choice and tackle partial not-spots (areas where at least one operator is present, but all four are not) Ensuring that regulation supports investment in reliable, gigabit-capable broadband networks across the country The measures will be instrumental in helping to deliver the Government’s commitment to nationwide full fibre broadband coverage by 2033 and increasing geographic mobile coverage to 95% of the UK by 2022.Consumers rely more than ever on fixed and mobile connectivity in their everyday lives. However, concerns around mobile coverage, availability of high speed, reliable broadband, and unfair business practices in some areas, has led to lower customer satisfaction than in other sectors.In a consultation being published today, Government has set out its strategic priorities for Ofcom which will improve digital infrastructure and customer satisfaction, including: The Government has set out clear, ambitious targets for the availability of new digital networks in the UK. Those targets include: Making gigabit-capable networks available to 15 million premises by 2025, with nationwide coverage by 2033; increasing geographic mobile coverage to 95% of the UK by 2022 to address ‘not-spots’ and improving the connectivity on the UK’s main roads and railways; and becoming a world leader in the next generation of 5G mobile technology, with deployment to the majority of the country by 2027. The Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review (FTIR) set out the changes that need to be made to the UK telecoms market and policy framework to help secure world-class digital infrastructure. The review’s conclusions support the UK Digital Strategy’s ambition for this country to be the world’s best place to start and grow a digital business. They also underpin the UK’s modern Industrial Strategy, which set out four Grand Challenges in areas where the UK can lead the global technological revolution. The FTIR’s recommendations form the basis of this Statement of Strategic Priorities (SSP) for telecommunications and the management of radio spectrum. The SSP also sets out the Government’s strategic priorities and outcomes in relation to safeguarding the interests of telecoms consumers, the security and resilience of telecoms networks, and postal services. In relation to consumers, the Government is determined to work with Ofcom, industry and other stakeholders to improve the quality of consumer experience in the sector. The power for the Government to designate an SSP for telecommunications, spectrum and post was introduced in the Digital Economy Act 2017. This is the first time the Government is exercising this power. Ofcom must have regard to the statement when exercising its regulatory functions. The introduction of this power brings the legislative framework for Ofcom into line with other sectors such as energy and water, where the Government also has the power to designate a Statement of Strategic Priorities. If Ofcom is unable to consider regulatory options that would contribute to achieving the strategic priorities set out in this SSP due to the existing statutory framework, the Government will consider legislation to allow it to do so. The consultation closes on Wednesday 27 March 2019.NOTES TO EDITORScenter_img As the UK’s telecoms regulator, Ofcom has a critical role in realising our shared connectivity aspirations for the UK. As well as ensuring the necessary improvements to broadband and mobile services, consumers must also be protected. I urge Ofcom to tackle harmful business practices and remove barriers to switching. DCMS Secretary of State, Jeremy Wright, said: As set out in the Digital Economy Act in 2017, Ofcom will be required to take account of the Government’s new Statement of Strategic Priorities (SSP) when carrying out its regulatory duties. This will bring the legislative framework for Ofcom into line with other sectors such as energy and water for the first time.The SSP follows the publication of the Government’s Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review (FTIR) in July 2018 and reflects the conclusions of that review. The FTIR set out a national, long-term strategy for digital infrastructure in the UK, with the aim of securing world-class connectivity that is gigabit-capable, reliable, secure and widely available.The SSP sets out Government priorities in four areas that Ofcom will now have to take into account in their work going forward:last_img read more

Nirvana’s MTV “Unplugged” Special Aired On This Day In 1993 [Watch]

first_imgMTV Unplugged will go down in music history as one of the best live performance shows of its generation. Over the course of its run, there were so many incredible performances from a myriad of musical acts. The high point of the shows run was definitely between 1991-1997, which included sets from 10,000 Maniacs, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, Stone Temple Pilots, Eric Clapton, and one of Alice In Chains‘ final performances as a band.One of the most memorable airings of Unplugged series, without a doubt, was when Kurt Cobain and his Nirvana bandmates took to the stage on November 18th, 1993 to record a performance for the ages, which aired just one month later on December 16th. The days leading up to the performance didn’t go without their fair share of issues, with Cobain being beyond tense and nervous to perform a completely acoustic show (he demanded the use of effects pedals), as well arguing with MTV personnel as to the overall direction of the show and the band’s choice on having members of the Meat Puppets join them on stage.Despite the issues, and Cobain’s clearly fragile state of mind during that time period (remember, this was roughly six months before his untimely death), the one-take, no frills performance was one of the most stripped down performances in the history of Unplugged, while also being one of its most impressive airings as well. The group opened up with “About A Girl”, the only number performed from the band’s 1989 debut album Bleach and chose a setlist that strayed from their more commercial hits, outside of “Come As You Are” from 1991’s Nevermind.Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Grohl were joined by guest including future Foo Fighter Pat Smear (acoustic guitar), Lori Goldston (cello), and both Chris and Kirk Curtwood of The Meat Puppets on acoustic bass and guitar, respectively; the latter of which performed three of their own tracks, including “Plateau,” “Oh, Me,” and “Lake Of Fire.”The rest of the performance includes a gritty, yet beautiful take on David Bowie‘s “The Man Who Sold The World,” and the originals “Polly,” “Dumb,” and “All Apologies,” among others. Take a listen to the full airing below:Setlist: Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged SpecialAbout a GirlCome as You AreJesus Doesn’t Want Me for a Sunbeam (Eugene Kelly, Frances McKee)The Man Who Sold the World (David Bowie)Pennyroyal TeaDumbPollyOn a PlainSomething in the WayPlateau (Curt Kirkwood)Oh, Me (Kirkwood)Lake of Fire (Kirkwood)All ApologiesWhere Did You Sleep Last Night (Traditional; arranged by Lead Belly)last_img read more

Sunset Boulevard Star Michael Xavier Is Broadway.com’s Next Vlogger

first_img Sunset Boulevard Are you ready for your close-up? Broadway.com’s next vlog is bringing you right into Norma Desmond’s mansion. Mark your calendars for Let’s Have Lunch: Backstage at Sunset Boulevard with Michael Xavier, which starts on January 19.The vlog begins as Xavier and his co-stars, including Tony winner Glenn Close, approach their first performance at the Palace Theatre on February 2. Expect him to capture some backstage hijinks, the glitz and glam of opening night and all the fancy headwear.Two-time Olivier nominee Xavier reprises his performance as struggling screenwriter Joe Gillis from last year’s production with the English National Opera. His additional U.K. stage credits include Assassins, The Pajama Game, Love Story, Into the Woods and The Phantom of the Opera.Let’s Have Lunch will run every Thursday for eight weeks. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 25, 2017center_img View Comments Michael Xavier in ‘Sunset Boulevard'(Photo: Richard Hubert Smith)last_img read more

Lawyer gives up kidney so a friend’s dad can live

first_img‘It shows to the community the kind of lawyers we have in The Florida Bar’ Jan Pudlow Senior Editor St. Louis Cardinals short-stop David Eckstein is a clutch hitter who often keeps his team in the running.And his dad, 60-year-old Whitey Eckstein is back in the game of life after a Florida lawyer gave him her kidney.That Florida lawyer is 32-year-old Lori Vaughan, senior counsel in Foley & Lardner’s Tampa office, specializing in business reorganization.When she learned she would be a compatible kidney donor for Eckstein, and went through the six months of extensive tests, Vaughan’s generous donation has totally reorganized Whitey Eckstein’s life.Before, his painful routine involved three or four hours of hemodialysis three times a week. Too much fluid in his body caused congestive heart failure more than once, including a month before the August 19 surgery.Now Whitey Eckstein, of Sanford, is living life fully — cheering on son David from the stands.He calls Vaughan the hero who gave him back his life.“Every time I see him, he gives me a big hug,” said Vaughan, who became friends with Whitey’s other children, Ken and Christine Eckstein, while they were all in law school at the University of Florida.“I got a call from Patricia, his wife, telling me, ‘Lori, I have to thank you. He is out living his life.”Kidney transplants are nothing new in the Eckstein family. Ken, Christine, and another sister, Susan, all had kidney transplants. Susan’s donor was her mother. Christine and Ken received kidneys from cadavers, and Ken jokes he was a 21-year-old with a 50-year-old’s kidney when his wait for a kidney ended 14 years ago.“It’s a senior citizen now. If I can get benefits, I’m all for it,” Ken jokes.But his father’s desperate need for a kidney was no laughing matter. Without a new kidney, he was going to die.“I became extremely close to Whitey and Patricia. They treat me like one of their own children, and they are like a second family to me,” Vaughan said. “I always knew Ken and his two sisters had to have transplants. I knew what the family had gone through.”Everyone who had volunteered to donate a kidney to Whitey was unable to donate for one reason or another. So Vaughn told Ken and Christine she was the same blood type as their father and she would be willing to go through the six-month screening and testing process.“After I found out I was compatible, you think to yourself, ‘If it’s a go, will I go through with it?’ It wasn’t a difficult decision. Surgery is the worst part. Afterwards your remaining kidney compensates for the other kidney. You can lead a normal life. I thought to myself, ‘It’s very little discomfort for me to go through to help Whitey live,’” Vaughan said.It helped to have an understanding boss, Foley & Lardner partner Mark Wolfson, who is chair of The Florida Bar’s Business Law Section.“Lori is such a quality person, and I don’t say that about everybody,” Wolfson said. “It shows to the community the kind of lawyers we have in The Florida Bar.. . . You want to do everything you can in your power to make her life easier and make her situation better. It was the most unselfish act you could do, to donate an organ to someone who is not even in your family.”What Wolfson agreed to do to make Vaughan’s life easier was subtract on an annualized basis the billable hours requirement and allow her to work from home until she got her strength back.“Lori is so good at what she does, she will make it up quickly and probably won’t even need some of that time because of her work ethic,” Wolfson said.Vaughan feels great now and wants to share her story to encourage others to sign an organ donation form and realize the great gifts you can give, even after your death.And there’s another message tucked in her story.“When you hear the lawyer jokes, most people are kidding. But there is sometimes this attitude that lawyers don’t have a heart,” Vaughan said. “Yes, we are humans just like everyone else. We are not perfect, but we try our best.” Lawyer gives up kidney so a friend’s dad can live Lawyer gives up kidney so a friend’s dad can livecenter_img November 15, 2005 Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Firestorm on Facebook creates a nightmare for credit union

first_imgAn ugly situation with an Alabama credit union illustrates why having a social media policy signed by all employees is absolutely essential.An employee of MAX Credit Union is accused of publishing Facebook posts that expose private banking dirt about one of the institution’s members.Around March 12, posts allegedly written by the employee reportedly surfaced on a Facebook group called “Prattville-Millbrook Montgomery Black List” (no record of this group can be verified by The Financial Brand). The posts apparently reveal privileged and private financial information about a MAX Credit Union member, namely that the member had a negative balance and was incurring overdrafts. The posts, which had an air of vindictiveness, were signed with hashtags #perksofmynewjob and #iknoweveryonesdirt.From media reports covering the story, it does not appear that ultra-sensitive information such as account numbers or social security numbers were divulged.On Friday, March 13, a post on the MAX Facebook page accused one of the credit union’s employees of the alleged privacy breach, stating she had seen screenshots as evidence. It took a few days for the story to gain steam, but it caught fire with fuel from a local TV station. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

4 ways to make your members love you

first_imgBe thankfulA credit union wouldn’t be successful without its members. Always keep this at the front of your mind. Whenever a new account is opened or a loan is approved, send a thank-you note or small gift to make that person feel appreciated. Acts like this will produce loyal members.ListenNo one knows what your members need better than your members. Listen to their needs, their wants, and their dreams, so you can provide them with the products and services they need to live a happy and successful life.Surprise themEveryone loves surprises. It feels good to be acknowledged, even more so when you’re not expecting it. Pick at random or reward a member for a milestone they’re not aware of, either way it’ll surely be a surprise they’ll be excited about.Always come throughThings don’t always go as planned. People aren’t perfect so things will go awry from time to time. The best way to handle these situations is to make sure you always make things right in the end. Members don’t expect perfection, but they’ll be happy to know you’ve always got their back. 89SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

The rise of the digital customer

first_imgRetail FI’s have a tremendous opportunity to capture new value and drive their own disruption through digitization.  With the right technology investments, financial institutions can streamline operations and compliance, while offering customers the real-time financial advice and convenience they increasingly expect.  The problem is that most FI’s aren’t ready to invest in the technology needed to support these needs.Imagine a banking experience so compelling that customers simply can’t look away. A financial institution with personalized interactions and advice available anywhere, anytime on mobile devices. Branches that blend video, interactive touch screens, and data-empowered associates for a new dimension in convenience and service.Digitization is not an option for the banking industry, rather it is inevitable because every industry is being digitized and the banking sector is no exception.Some of the top benefits of digitization are:Productivity will be increased as technology reduces human error.Convenience will result in an increased number of customers.The rural and urban gap will be bridged.Increased analytics will provide FI’s with the information needed to improve and respond to their process.Using digital technology to build a boundary-less FI’s will require strategic partnerships. A customers’ need to spend, transfer, and money in a secure environment remains unchanged; however, their behaviors are changing radically. Customers are looking for their interactions with their FI to be effortless.   They are increasingly comfortable using the internet to seek advice and gather product and service information before stepping foot in a branch. They expect to be able to choose the channel most convenient for them—whether that’s a branch office, browsing the FI’s website or using a video-enhanced call center—and they will insist that all channels work together harmoniously. They expect all of the companies they do business with (including their FIs’) to know them as individuals, anticipate their needs and actively involve them in coming up with tailored solutions.Unless a digital strategy becomes a top priority that is pushed by a FI’s senior management, it will easily lose momentum. To build a roadmap for digitization, you need a clear sense of the potential value of specific investments that create digital business capabilities.  Incumbents only have a short period to adjust to new technology or they risk becoming obsolete. 91SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Christina Camacho Christina Camacho is the Founder and CEO of Ivy Lender. Christina spent her banking career working with SME businesses as well as Fortune 500 companies at the top Financial Institutions … Web: www.ivylender.com Detailslast_img read more

Airline fares cut to boost sales amid COVID-19 scare

first_img“The government is very concerned about this matter. [It will] issue important policies to save the tourism industry, which can benefit locals who work in the industry,” Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio said in a press statement on Tuesday.Airfare discounts make up part of the Rp 298.5 billion (US$21 million) in government incentives, announced on Tuesday, allotted to airlines and travel agents to attract foreign tourists to Indonesia. The incentives will run from March to May.The government hopes to buoy the sinking tourist industry as would-be visitors cancel their vacation plans in the country over fears of the deadly COVID-19 outbreak. The Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) has reported 40,000 room and 20,000 visitor cancellations in Bali since the outbreak in early January.The incentive is expected to attract about 736,000 tourists from foreign markets who have a high average spending level on vacation, Wishnutama said. One of the markets highlighted was Australia, whose tourists spend an average of US$1,800 per arrival in Indonesia. Another was the Middle East, whose tourists spent $2,200 on average.The minister added that the expected increase in tourism would contribute about Rp 13 trillion to Indonesia’s economy.Authorities will allocate a separate Rp 443.39 billion in discounts for domestic tourists to the 10 tourist destinations outlined in the program.“In the future, the government will prepare other incentives that will follow the development of the coronavirus and its impacts on the economy in early or late April,” said Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto after a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.Topics : The general public is expected to see a drastic drop in airline ticket prices in March as the government prepares incentives to encourage tourism to and within the country amid the COVID-19 outbreak caused by the novel coronavirus.A document issued by the Transportation Ministry and obtained by The Jakarta Post on Tuesday shows that airfares will fall by 40 to 50 percent on routes to 10 destinations deemed most affected by the outbreak.The 10 destinations will include Yogyakarta; Malang, East Java; Manado, North Sulawesi; Bali; Mandalika, West Nusa Tenggara; Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara; Bangka Belitung province; Batam and Bintan of the Riau Islands; and all regencies around North Sumatra’s Lake Toba.last_img read more