• UK Online Shoppers Spent 10% More In February Internet Retailer

    Although e-retail sales were up by double digits over February 2011, they were the slowest growth rate since January 2011, reports Interactive Media in Retail Group and consultancy Capgemini. UK shoppers spend GBP5.4 billion. February was the second consecutive month that web-only retailers outpaced those multichannel retailers. By category, Beer, wines and spirits were up 9%; Clothing, footwear and accessories, 9%; Consumer electronics, 3%; Gifts, 22%; Health and beauty, 32%.

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  • Finland To Get 'Angry Birds' Park In April The Telegraph

    Looking to provide children a fun way to exercise, the creators of the popular mobile and web game are opening an activity park at the Sarkanniemi Amusement Park that will feature animal spring riders, swings, sandpits and climbing towers with slides. Users will be able to get new features in the mobile game as well. The concept will be rolled out across adventure playgrounds, shopping centres and other recreational spaces in the UK later this year.

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  • Regional Publisher Adopts 'Digital First' Plan Marketing Week

    Speaking on Wednesday at the Guardian Changing Media Summit in London, Johnston Press CEO Ashley Highfield says the UK's largest regional newspaper publisher hopes to get 25% of its revenues from digital within the next three years, up from the current 5%. To that end, the new strategy looks to bring new readers to the local press and halt declining print revenues.

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  • Sky Announces Now TV, First Internet TV Offering Computer Business Review

    It will let users access its movies and sport through any broadband Internet-capable device and compete with the likes of Google TV, Apple TV, LoveFilm and Netflix. Major pay-TV players have struggled to compete with VoD the latter offer full packages at GBP5-7 per month. Some customers find that more appealing than paying Sky TV GBP30+. This may plug that marketing hole.

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  • Beta Roll-out Of BBC's Mobile Homepage Begins The Drum

    On Wednesday, the Corporation launched a new version for the testing public, with one in seven visiting the homepage via a mobile device. The beta version will appear alongside the current page for a month. Features such as podcasts, travel news and things to do are set to be added over the coming months.

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  • In-Bev Puts 'Friends First' At Top Of Its Media Plan New Media Age

    At the ISBA Annual Conference on Wednesday, Anheuser Busch In-Bev CMO Chris Burgraeve said the makers of such brands as Stella Artois and Budweiser "have no digital or media strategy; we just have a connections strategy called 'friends first'. He defended the decision by saying that it was working to segment its social media audience via traditional means, working out where fans or Likes fit into each part of the sales and advocacy funnels.

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  • London Olympics May Slow Internet Speeds BBC

    The Internet Service Providers' Association is warning of a "massive hit on the infrastructure" this summer as many are forecasting a deluge of data as events get under way. If businesses allow employees to watch the games at work, they could struggle with bandwidth, it said. The events are already being hailed the "Twitter Games."

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