OTM growth ‘concerns’ Zoopla, says Ian Springett

first_imgHome » News » OTM growth ‘concerns’ Zoopla, says Ian Springett previous nextProducts & ServicesOTM growth ‘concerns’ Zoopla, says Ian SpringettThe head of OTM remains confident his firm’s website will become the number two portal by January 2016 as the website passes the 5,000 offices milestone.PROPERTYdrum31st March 20150539 Views OnTheMarket (OTM) Chief Executive Ian Springett (left) insists that web traffic to the OTM website has proved “buoyant” in March, despite accusations to the contrary, thanks largely to a multi-million pound advertising campaign that has provided “outstanding results.”Responding to claims by competitor portal Zoopla that web traffic to OTM last week, based on Hitwise data, fell by 25 per cent compared to the previous week, Springett insisted that the data is “inaccurate” and that OTM “stand by every figure we have previously quoted.”“Zoopla’s concerns about the growth of OTM at their expense are apparently increasing,” he said. “On March 6th and 7th, we passed the two million mark of unique users. Contrary to Zoopla’s claims, the traffic levels have remained buoyant throughout March. The results of our multi-million pound marketing campaign are continuing to emerge and the property-seeking public are appreciating the faster, cleaner, fresher search experience which OTM offers.”Lawrence Hall of Zoopla (right) insists that over the past couple of weeks “things have gone from bad to worse for OTM” with traffic falling “notably from an already low base and very low engagement levels per visit”, but Springett remains confident OTM will become the UK’s number two property portal by the start of next year.He continued, “Ultimately, the property-seeking public and the agents themselves will decide over time which portals deliver the most value. We remain confident in becoming the number two portal by January 2016.”Meanwhile, OTM, which was launched on 26 January, announced this week that its membership has now grown to more than 5,000 contracted estate and letting agent offices, with some agents opting to advertise their new-to-market properties exclusively on OTM at least 48 hours in advance of displaying them on any other property portal.Mr Springett added, “Our membership base is continuing to grow along with our momentum as agents realise that OTM is the best place to market their clients’ properties with its slick and fast search and results pages which are free from intrusive third party advertising and unhelpful data. What’s more, agents recognise the benefits of a mutual organisation which is working to reduce portal fees for its members over time.“We are producing quality leads for estate and letting agents and we have also been told by many members that having removed their properties from their less effective portal, it has become obvious just how many leads were previously duplicated and leaving Zoopla has had no impact on their business.”portal OnTheMarket web traffic Zoopla March 31, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’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.Related articles 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicensed rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021last_img read more

Oxford students in court over defaced Canadian flag

first_imgProtesters deface the Canadian flag on 15th of December. Two Oxford students were due in Westminster Magistrate’s Court today charged with causing criminal damage against the Canadian High Commission in London.  Jake Colman, from St Peter’s College, and Daniel Whitely, from University College along with another Oxford resident on 15th of December cut loose the Canadian flag from the Canadian High Commission. It was then defaced with crude oil while unfurling a banner reading “Shut Down the Tar Sands”. The protesters stated that the action was in response to the actions of the Canadian government at the Copenhagen International Climate Summit. They accused Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper of acting in an obstructive manner in order to protect Canada’s Tar 
Sands Industry. Tar Sands in Alberta, Canada is criticised by protesters for high levels of pollution. One protester stated after the action, “This is just the beginning of a UK-based direct action campaign to stop Canadian Tar Sands.”last_img read more

Dead & Company Announce 2018 Summer Tour

first_imgDead & Company has announced 24 dates for their upcoming summer tour! Following their inaugural Playing In The Sand destination event on February 15-18th, Dead & Company will head to New Orleans on February 24th, Ft. Lauderdale on February 26th, and Orlando on February 27th to make up their rescheduled dates from John Mayer’s emergency appendectomy. The Summer Tour will kick off on Wednesday, May 30th in Mansfield, Massachusetts at the Xfinity Center and returning for two-night stands at iconic venues such as Citi Field in New York; Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin; Shoreline Amphitheatre in San Francisco, California; and Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado, while also adding new venues, including Los Angeles’ historic Dodger Stadium and Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon, to the tour.Tickets go on sale starting Friday, January 26, at 10 AM local time through Ticketmaster, unless otherwise noted.To ensure that real fans get tickets, Verified Fan Registration will be available for all tour dates beginning today. Supplies are limited, so register today to become a Verified Fan to get access to pre-sale tickets. To register to become a Ticketmaster Verified Fan and get access to pre-sale tickets, click here! Registration closes Friday, January 19 at 6PM ET. Pre-sale opportunities will be available beginning Monday, January 22, at 10 AM local time.Dead & Company has once again partnered with CID Entertainment to offer VIP Experiences & Seamless Packages on tour including a premium concert ticket with early venue entry, a limited edition, screen printed poster and a commemorative concert ticket and case beginning Monday, January 22 at 10 AM local time. For full package details, click here.You can see the dates below, and head to the band’s website for details.Dead & Company 2018 Tour2/15-18/18 – Riviera Maya, Mexico @ Barceló Maya2/24/18 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center2/26/18 – Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center2/27/18 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center5/30/18 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center++6/1/18 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion++6/2/18 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion++6/4/18 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center6/6/18 – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center++6/8/18 – Atlanta, GA @ Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood++6/9/18 – Raleigh, NC @ Coast Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek6/11/18 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center6/13/18 – Hartford, CT @ XFINITY Theatre6/15/18 – New York, NY @ Citi Field**6/16/18 – New York, NY @ Citi Field**6/19/18 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center6/20/18 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center6/22/18 – East Troy, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre6/23/18 – East Troy, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre6/29/18 – Quincy, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre6/30/18 – Eugene, OR @ Autzen Stadium7/2/18 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre++7/3/18 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre++7/6/18 – Chula Vista, CA @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre++7/7/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Dodger Stadium7/11/18 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater++7/13/18 – Boulder, CO @ Folsom Field**^7/14/18 – Boulder, CO @ Folsom Field**^All dates, otherwise noted, on sale Friday, January 26 at 10AM local time**Tickets are not available through Ticketmaster for these concerts++Tickets go on sale Saturday, January 27 at 10AM local time^Verified Fan Presale not available for Boulder, CO performanceslast_img read more

Record Store Day Reveals 2019 Releases: Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band, Bob Dylan, More

first_imgRecord Store Day has revealed the list of exclusive releases for their 2019 celebration, set to go down on Saturday, April 13th at independent record stores nationwide.The Grateful Dead has two scheduled releases, as the band will issue their previously announced Sage and Spirit compilation as well as The Warfield, San Francisco, CA 10/9/80 & 10/10/80 in both 2-CD and 2-LP formats. Jerry Garcia also has two separate Record Store Day releases on deck, including Jerry Garcia Band’s Electric On the Eel and a live collaboration from 1975 featuring Garcia, David Nelson, Frank Wakefield, Brantley Kearns, and Pat Campbell.Other highly anticipated releases include The Allman Brothers Band‘s Bear’s Sonic Journals: Fillmore East. Feburary 1970; Bob Dylan‘s original test recording of Blood On The Tracks; Janis Joplin‘s Woodstock Sunday August 17, 1969 celebrating her Woodstock performance; Tedeschi Trucks Band‘s High & Mighty; Jeff Tweedy‘s Warmer; Pearl Jam’s Live At Easy Street and many more.Head here to see the full list of Record Store Day’s 2019 list of exclusive releases.last_img read more

In New York, drop in commuters helped lead to a drop in COVID-19

first_imgAreas of New York City that experienced a drop in work-related commuting during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic had a lower prevalence of infections when compared with areas that did not have as significant a reduction in work-related commuting, according to new research led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.The prevalence of COVID-19 in New York City varied substantially among the city’s five boroughs between March and May. Using data from COVID-19 tests from 1,746 women as well as data from the Facebook Data for Good initiative, the researchers found that the estimated prevalence in Manhattan was substantially lower than in Queens and the Bronx.The researchers wrote that prevalence of COVID-19 was lowest in boroughs with the greatest reductions in morning movements out of and evening movements into the borough and that the findings underscore the need for widespread testing in order to better under disparities in COVID-19 exposures and assess the risk of future outbreaks.The study was published in Nature Communications on Sept. 16, 2020.Harvard Chan School authors include Stephen Kissler, Nishant Kishore, Caroline Buckee, and Yonatan Grad. Read Full Storylast_img read more

French utility EDF to close Le Havre coal plant in 2021

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:State-controlled French utility EDF will shut down its 580 megawatt (MW) Le Havre 4 coal-fired power plant in the spring of 2021, grid operator RTE said on Friday.The move is in line with a government decision to phase out France’s remaining coal-fired power plants to curb carbon emissions while boosting generation from renewables.“In line with the orientation of the French Multiannual Energy Plan, EDF is getting prepared to decommission Le Havre coal power plant in spring 2021,” RTE said on its website.Late on Thursday the moderate CFDT trade union said that EDF had informed workers of the shutdown and that it is against the proposal, adding that the closure will come a year ahead of the government’s plan to close all coal-fired power plants by 2022.CFDT said management had told the union that EDF’s other coal power plant, the 580 MW Cordemais 5, will continue operating and would be converted to burn biomass under the Ecocombust project from 2022 until 2026.France’s two other coal-fired plants are the Emile Huchet 6 and Provence 5, with combined installed capacity of 1,200 MW, operated by German utility Uniper.More: France’s EDF to close Le Havre coal-fired power plant in spring 2021 French utility EDF to close Le Havre coal plant in 2021last_img read more

Leadership Matters: Proven benefits of structured management

first_img continue reading » One of the most underappreciated traits of the best leaders is surprising: They also tend to be great managers.“Management” is typically seen as a lower form of leadership. But in my estimation, it’s just as important. While leadership is about influencing what you can’t control (how inspired and engaged your employees are, how invested they are in the credit union’s vision), management is all about managing what you can control (who to hire, what targets to aim for, how to allocate resources, and how to adjust when problems or opportunities arise).Both sides of that coin are vital, no matter where in the corporate hierarchy you stand.A new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research supports the idea that successful executives exhibit effective management and foster it throughout their organizations. Analyzing U.S. Census Bureau data from 32,000 manufacturing firms, researchers from Stanford, MIT, and elsewhere found a strong correlation between “structured management practices” and a firm’s growth, profitability, workforce productivity and innovation. 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

10 qualities of a great boss

first_img continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Many times, the qualities and leadership abilities of a boss can make a person a loyal employee or can quickly send them running out the door. What are these qualities that cause an employee to not only stick around, but to perform at a high level?After years of research by Google, the company has identified 10 common behaviors found in high-performing managers. Justin Bariso, founder of Insight, lists these behaviors along with some tips on how to develop them. According to Google research, a great manager:Is a good coach.Empowers the team and does not micromanage.last_img

QLD’s power streets revealed: where the state’s high flyers live

first_imgHedges Ave, Mermaid Beach, is regarded as one of Queensland’s ‘power’ streets.WELCOME to the Sunshine State’s power streets.These are the streets where some of Queensland’s wealthiest CEOs, celebrities and sporting legends own multi-million dollar mansions.From Olympians and billionaire business owners to property tycoons and former politicians. you know you’ve made it if you own a home in one of these exclusive addresses. Clive Palmer owns this beachfront home in Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach.When it comes to power streets, the Gold Coast’s self-proclaimed ‘millionaire’s row’ Hedges Avenue needs no introduction — just deep pockets. The exclusive beachfront strip at Mermaid Beach is home to the likes of Clive Palmer, who paid $12 million for a five-bedroom mansion at 9 Hedges Ave in 2018 and Harvey Norman executive Steve Cavalier, who bought 213 Hedges Ave for a whopping $19 million in 2006. More recently, oil mogul Peter Mitchell sold an 810 sqm double block at 67 & 69 Hedges Ave to Village Roadshow CEO Clark Kirby and his former television presenter wife, Sara, for $10.3 million. Clive Palmer photographed on the Gold Coast. Photographer: Russell Shakespeare.Other high profile residents include Gold Coast businessman Jack Ray and his TV personality wife, Natalie Gruzlewski; former Tourism Queensland chairman Terry Jackman; and members of the Tristram family who founded the Tristram’s soft-drinks business.Mermaid Beach has a median house price of $1.585 million and is one of the most in-demand suburbs among potential home buyers, according to Realestate.com.au.Cohen Handler Queensland managing director and buyer’s agent Jordan Navybox said his clients wanted to live as close as possible to the “hotspot” of Mermaid Beach. Television presenter Natalie Gruzlewski and her husband, Jack Ray, own a house on Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach. Image supplied.“Everyone wants to be in Hedges Ave — even if they can’t get into it,” Mr Navybox said.The equivalent power street on the Sunshine Coast would have to be Seaview Terrace in sought-after Sunshine Beach. A high-profile couple paid $17 million for a mediterranean style mansion in May this year, while breakfast TV host Karl Stefanovic and his wife, Jasmine, bought in the street for $3.6 million in January. Karl Stefanovic and his wife Jasmine have bought this house on Seaview Tce.Television and film producer Jude Bailey and Russian hemp trader Evgeny Skigin also own homes in Seaview Terrace, Sunshine Beach, which has a median house price of $1.54 million.Adrian Reed, director of Reed & Co Estate Agents, said it was no surprise that buyers loved Sunshine Beach — especially Seaview Terrace. “The elevation from the beach offers privacy and a sense of seclusion, and one of the most spectacular beach and coral sea views on the eastern seaboard,” Mr Reed said. Karl Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough own a house in Seaview Tce, Sunshine Beach. Photo: Scott Ehler.In Brisbane, Aaron Avenue in Hawthorne is a magnet for the well-heeled, with mining magnate Gina Rinehart the owner of $18.5 million worth of house and land.Finance wizard Noel Whittaker also holds prime real estate in the street adn Goodlife Health Clubs co-founder Leon McNiece did until recently. Properties are also owned by a property developer, a lawyer and business identities. Gina Rinehart owns property in Aaron Ave, Hawthorne. Picture supplied.Also on the river, King Arthur Terrace in Tennyson made headlines late last year when Brisbane Broncos CEO Karl Morris sold his property in the street to Canstuct International CEO Rory Murphy for $17.6 million.The street is also home to the son of Super Amart founder John Van Lieshout. Place Estate Agents managing director Sarah Hackett is marketing a 10 bedroom, eight-bathroom Great Gatsby-style mansion at 121 King Arthur Tce owned by Mark Brodie, the former owner of Queensland takeaway-chicken chain, Brodie’s. Broncos chairman Karl Morris sold his home in King Arthur Tce, Tennyson, for $17.6m. Picture: Peter Wallis.Mrs Hackett said she had recently received an offer of more than $10 million for the luxurious riverfront estate, which had attracted interest from a number of successful “under-the-radar” business owners.“(King Arthur Tce) is a north facing street, it’s elevated and looks over the golf course,” Mrs Hackett said.“You could be anywhere in Queensland with that view, it’s just magical. This property at 121 King Arthur Tce, Tennyson, is owned by the founder of the Brodie’s takeaway chain, Mark Brodie.“People do pick streets just because usually they’re attracted to the similar type of homes there and the feel of it.“Quality neighbours are important too. With so many high-end sales in a street, you’re not going to overcapitalise if you invest there.” Sutherland Ave in the affluent suburb of Ascot has always been regarded as one of Brisbane’s most prestigious addresses. This house at 14 Sutherland Ave, Ascot, sold for more than $13m recently. Image: CoreLogic.With only 16 houses in the street, property records show some of the homes have been held by the same owners for more than 40 years.High profile residents include renowned fashion designer Keri Craig, Sentinel Property Group managing director Andrew Beaumont and Swissport vice president Glenn Rutherford who bought the former home of Domino’s Pizza boss Don Meij.The record sale price for the suburb was broken earlier this year when ‘Windermere’ at 14 Sutherland Avenue fetched $13.14 million. Coronis executive Craig Gillies is selling this house at 41 Sutherland Ave, Ascot.Down the road in blue-chip Hamilton, Dickson Terrace is the ultimate address.The street is famous for the extravagant mansion built by disgraced businessman Christopher Skase, which was bought by hotelier Steven Shoobridge for $10.13 million in 2018.The owners of uniform manufacturer, Weareco, fourth generation jeweller Margot McKinney and property developer, Anthony Barakat, also own mansions in the street. An aerial image of 36 Dickson Tce, Hamilton, which is the former home of Christopher Skase and now owned by hotelier Steven Shoobridge.In the same suburb, Harbour Road is home to fitness empire queen Lorna Jane Clarkson.An eight-bedroom, nine-bathroom masterpiece built for developer Don O’Rorke of Consolidated Properties at 33B Harbour Road is for sale. The statement residence, which is called Balaam, sits on a 1609 sqm block with 48m of river frontage and is for sale for offers over $6 million with Ray White New Farm principal Matt Lancashire. Fitness queen and entrepreneur Lorna Jane Clarkson lives in Dickson Tce, Hamilton. Image supplied.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours agoMr Lancashire is also marketing a home in the tightly-held Oxlade Drive in New Farm, which he regards as a definite ‘power street’, occupied by CEOs and old money families. The property for sale at 36A Oxlade Drive is one of just nine riverfront homes on the strip, with direct access to the boardwalk.“The last house that sold along there was in 2013,” Mr Lancashire said. This mansion at 33b Harbour Rd, Hamilton, is for sale.“It’s very prestigious… with generally larger blocks with direct river frontage and pontoons. It’s just unbelievable territory.“As soon as something comes up there, it is the talk of the town because it just doesn’t happen.“The prices along that strip could challenge Brisbane’s (house price) record.”Property records show the cheapest residential sale along Oxlade Drive was $5.6 million. Mr Lancashire said Teneriffe Drive in the neighbouring suburb of Teneriffe was also streets ahead of the competition.“It has some of Brisbane’s most exclusive homes, with city views, and only 1km from the CBD,” he said. This property at 36a Oxlade Dr, New Farm, is for sale. Oxlade Drive is sought-after street, with multi-million dollar properties.Mr Lancashire said demand for prestige property in Brisbane was stronger than ever, despite the impact of COVID-19.“The wealth at the moment is outrageous,” he said.“I’ve got seven active buyers looking to spend over $10 million. I’m talking to them every couple of days.“The stock in the top end of town is really tight. “I was nervous when COVID started, but now we’re having a party in the top end.” 4. Aaron Avenue, Hawthorne 6. Sutherland Avenue, Ascot 1. Seaview Terrace, Sunshine Beach 9. Oxlade Drive, New Farm 10. Teneriffe Drive, Teneriffe 5. Brisbane Corso, Yeronga center_img 8. Dickson Terrace, Hamilton QUEENSLAND’S 10 POWER STREETS 7. King Arthur Terrace, Tennyson 2. Hedges Avenue, Mermaid Beach 3. Harbour Road, Hamilton last_img read more

Confusion Reigns in the Ranks

first_imgNZ Herald 26 March 2015U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has gotten pushback from senior military leaders on whether the Pentagon should lift its ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces, according to officials familiar with the discussions.Carter initially told troops in Afghanistan that he was open-minded when asked if the Defense Department was planning to remove one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service. But defense officials said members of his top brass told Carter that they had serious reservations.The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.Military officials are reluctant to publicly discuss their opposition, but much of it centers on questions about where transgender troops would be housed, what berthing they would have on ships, which bathrooms they would use, and whether their presence would affect the ability of small units to work well together.There also are questions about whether the military would conduct or pay for the medical treatment and costs associated with any gender transition, as well as which physical training standards they would be required to meet.The military has dealt with many similar questions as it integrated the ranks by race, gender and sexual orientation. And in many cases they raised comparable worries about what effect the change would have on the force, including whether it would hinder small units that often have to work together in remote, confined locations for long periods of time.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11422969last_img read more