Thu, 05 Dec 20
- BBC Children in Need uses OpenMarket Mobile Engagement Platform for fundraising via Premium SMS
- BBC Children in Need is the latest charity to choose OpenMarket for mobile donations
LONDON, UK - December 5th 2013 - BBC Children in Need, who supports disadvantaged children and young people across the UK, is using mobile engagement company OpenMarket to drive mobile donations for its 2013 fundraising appeal. OpenMarket's Mobile Engagement Platform is powering BBC Children in Need's mobile donation channel, which began on October 7 2013 and will be open for donations until Midnight on January 31 2014.
The BBC Children in Need Appeal 2013 is the first time that OpenMarket has provided the full mobile donation solution for the charity. OpenMarket already has several years of experience working with leading organisations in the UK's third sector such as the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) and fundraising agency Open Fundraising, to deliver mobile fundraising for high-profile nationwide campaigns and appeals.
For this year's BBC Children in Need Appeal, OpenMarket has set up three charity donation SMS short codes so that donors have the choice of donating £1, £5 or £10 via text. Each short code can be used to donate to the many different fundraising projects that are taking place for the charity. Donors are charged the amount of their donation, plus the standard network message charge. For donors with text messages included in their mobile phone plans, the message charge is simply deducted from their allowance.
As well as providing a way to donate via mobile for each project, OpenMarket has also advised BBC Children in Need on best practice for end user experience for mobile donations made via text message.
"The flexibility, scalability and reliable performance of the OpenMarket Mobile Engagement Platform makes it the perfect fit for BBC Children in Need's mobile donation needs ," said Anna Bennett, Director of Finance and Operations at BBC Children in Need. "We've been impressed by the OpenMarket team's excellent customer service and the speed with which they set up and put in place a robust, secure solution that fulfilled our requirements."
UK mobile operators 3, O2, EE, Virgin, and Vodafone have all waived their charges in order to allow Children in Need to receive the full amount donated by people using the OpenMarket-powered service. HM Treasury has also confirmed that UK operators should not charge VAT on these text-based donations.
"OpenMarket has an impressive pedigree working with leading third sector organisations, and BBC Children in Need chose us based on this experience plus our expertise in delivering large-scale mobile engagement projects quickly and effectively," said Adrian Sarosi, Director of Marketing and Business Development at OpenMarket EMEA. "At times, the OpenMarket platform processed sustained bursts of over 400 donations a second - which shows the power of the mobile channel as well as the stability of our platform. We are delighted that we helped BBC Children in Need raise such a massive amount of money for such a great cause. "
UK donors have so far given over £4M via the mobile channel to BBC Children in Need in this record-breaking year. Any UK donor can continue to support the cause and donate £10 via SMS on their mobile by texting DONATE to 70710 until Midnight on January 31 2014. Terms and conditions apply. Texts cost £10 plus the standard network charges and donors must be 16 or over and have the bill payers' permission.
For further information please go to www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey or call the BBC Children in Need Helpdesk on 0345 609 0015 (Monday to Friday 9:00 - 17:00). Standard geographic charges from landlines and mobiles will apply.
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About BBC Children in Need
The BBC Children in Need Appeal is a charity registered in England and Wales (802052) and Scotland (SC039557) whose aim is to make a positive change to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.
BBC Children in Need's vision is that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential. We will realise this vision by supporting, promoting and publicising work that addresses the challenges that children and young people face and work that builds their skills and resilience.
We are currently supporting c.2,700 projects that are working with children facing a range of disadvantages for example, poverty and deprivation; children who have been the victims of abuse or neglect or disabled young people.
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Thu, 05 Dec 20
Eight customers shortlisted in twelve different awards categories
London, UK and Oslo, Norway and New York, US: 5th December 2013: Confirmit, the leading global solutions provider for Market Research, Customer Experience, and Employee Engagement, is delighted to congratulate eight of its Market Research (MR) customers for being shortlisted in this year's MRS Awards.
The MRS Awards celebrate the research industry's ability to drive innovation, inspire change and deliver results. Evidence matters to all businesses, large and small, and the MRS Awards are proof positive of the power of research. The winners will be announced at the MRS Awards Dinner on 9 December at the Park Plaza Hotel at Westminster Bridge, London.
The eight Confirmit customers that have been shortlisted in different categories are:
- 2CV: for New Consumer Insights
- BDRC Group: for Best Agency (with a turnover of more than £20 million), Advertising and Media Research, Public Policy/Social Research and Data Collection
- GfK UK: for Best Agency (with a turnover of more than £20 million)
- ICM Research: for Innovation in Research Methodology, Applications of Research and the MRS Silver Medal
- Incite Marketing Planning: for Best Agency (turnover below £20million)
- InSites Consulting: for Healthcare Research
- Marketing Sciences: for Best Place to Work
- Watermelon Research: for Best New Agency
Wale Omiyale, SVP Market Research, at Confirmit explained: "We are very excited to be partnering with some of the key movers and shakers in the MR world and would like to extend our congratulations to the eight companies for being shortlisted for these prestigious awards. We wish them all the best of luck for the finals on the 9th December.
"Confirmit has always been committed to providing the leading-edge capabilities that MR agencies need to be successful. We have a long history of heavy investment in research and development, working with our customers to deliver the innovative solutions that they need to meet the constantly evolving demands of the MR industry and that's something that we are extremely proud of," he said.
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The Market Research Society (MRS) is the world's leading research association for all those who need, use, generate or interpret the evidence essential to making good decisions for commercial and public policy. Research evidence helps business leaders and policy makers make better decisions, more profitable decisions and more informed decisions. The quality, standards, suitability and sustainability of this evidence is extremely important therefore the MRS is dedicated to the support, promotion and enrichment of the research and business world.
With members in more than 60 countries, the MRS is the world's largest research association serving all those with professional equity in the provision or use of market, social and opinion research, and in business intelligence, market analysis, customer insight and consultancy.
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Thu, 05 Dec 20
Social media monitoring and management platform now available at discounted rate via Technology Trust's tt-exchange programme
London, 5th December 2013 - Technology Trust today announced that uberVU is now accessible via its tt-exchange platform (formerly CTXchange). The online marketing tool allows multiple social media channels to be monitored, managed and reported on in real-time from one central location. A one year subscription to the software is available to eligible charities, not-for-profits and public libraries throughout the UK for the discounted rate of £149 +VAT.
The software helps users to build deeper relationships with their followers and social media audiences. uberVU's real-time dashboard makes it easy to find out what topics are trending and which are the most influential worldwide. All social metrics, such as likes and retweets, as well as words used in conversations, can be measured and analysed to help charities build their marketing strategies.
uberVU can support charities and not-for-profits by increasing their social media reach and enabling them to interact with their members and communities more regularly to strengthen their brands. This extended reach will also help them to engage with more influential followers and donors for fundraising efforts.
"Social media is vital for any organisation and it can be a very useful tool for communicating with audiences and communities, but managing it can be very time consuming," said Richard Craig, CEO of Technology Trust. "Both Technology Trust and uberVU are committed to helping charities make the most of their social media engagements, without draining their already stretched resources. By offering uberVU's software through tt-exchange, more organisations will have access to technology to help them do this."
Eligible charities, not-for-profits and libraries may request one year-long subscription to uberVU per organisation per fiscal year. This subscription is for one user with up to five data streams (individual social media accounts) and 10,000 mentions (keywords, phrases, or hashtags to be monitored) per day per data stream.
About Technology Trust
Technology Trust (formerly CTT) has bridged the gap between the charity sector and its technology partners since 2001, offering friendly advice along the way. The organisation lends a helping hand to the third sector, advising on how the right technology can further charitable causes by supporting their missions.
Technology Trust works with over 17,000 charities in the UK, its tt-exchange programme has saved charities over £100 million to date. It enables eligible charities to receive hardware and software products, donated by leading brands, to improve the efficiency of their operations. Technology Trust is the only UK registered charity devoted to improving the operational efficiency of charities through the use of information technology. www.technology-trust.org | www.twitter.com/TechnologyTrust Technology Trust - a good friend in a digital world.
Technology Trust's tt-exchange (formerly CTXchange) programme enables eligible charities and charitable housing associations to receive hardware and software products, donated by leading brands, to improve the efficiency of their operations. It is part of a global partnership operated by Techsoup, headquartered in the USA. The programme has helped donate hardware and software to over 12,000 charities.
uberVU Eligibility Criteria
- This donation is available to organisations with operating budgets of any size.
- This donation is available to UK registered charities.
- Religious organisations without a secular community designation are not eligible to participate in this programme. A secular designation is defined as an organisation separate from the church or religious organisation that provides services to people regardless of their religious beliefs and does not propagate a belief in a specific faith.
- Recipient organisations must agree to the uberVU terms of service.
- Recipient organisations must be willing and able to provide information to uberVU for the purposes of creating a case study or testimonial on this programme.
- Organisations that advocate, support, or practice discrimination based on age, ethnicity, gender, national origin, disability, race, size, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic background are not eligible to participate in this programme. Organisations must be willing and able to attest that they do not discriminate on any of these grounds in order to receive donations.
- uberVU products may not be transferred or resold
- Donated product will be distributed under this programme to qualifying organisations only, not to individuals.
- Organisations may request one uberVU donation within a fiscal year (July 1st to June 30th). The subscription may be renewed through tt-exchange each year.
Thu, 05 Dec 20
New Features Improve Usability for Consumers and Empower Innovation for Product Developers
Kirkland, Washington - December 05, 2013 - The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) today announced the adoption of updates to the Bluetooth Core Specification. Bluetooth 4.1 is an important evolutionary update to the wireless specification, which experienced a revolutionary update in July 2010 with Bluetooth Smart, the intelligent, low-energy technology enabling the Internet of Things (IoT). The updates will improve consumer usability with increased co-existence support for LTE, bulk data exchange rates, and aid developer innovation by allowing devices to support multiple roles simultaneously. The new release also lays the groundwork for IP-based connections, extending Bluetooth technology's role as the essential wireless link for the IoT.
"Bluetooth Smart technology put us on a rocket ship of growth, with Bluetooth annual product shipment projections skyrocketing to more than 4.5 billion in the next five years," said Suke Jawanda, Bluetooth SIG CMO. "We updated the Bluetooth specification to address this projected growth, making changes to give developers more control in assigning a role to their product, limiting interference with other wireless technologies, and allowing Bluetooth Smart products to exchange data faster and maintain connections with less manual intervention. These updates reflect the demand we see in the market. We will continue to sculpt Bluetooth wireless technology to extend its critical role in enabling the Internet of Things and ensure it is the very best solution for OEMs, developers and, ultimately, consumers."
Bluetooth 4.1 extends the Bluetooth brand promise to provide consumers with a simple experience that "just works." Major usability updates come in three areas:
- Coexistence — engineered to work seamlessly and cooperatively with the latest generation cellular technologies like LTE. Bluetooth and LTE radios can communicate in order to ensure transmissions are coordinated and therefore reduce the possibility of near-band interference. The coordination between the two technologies happens automatically, while the consumer experiences the high quality they expect.
- Better Connections — provides manufacturers with more control over creating and maintaining Bluetooth connections by making the reconnection time interval flexible and variable. This improves the consumer experience by allowing devices to reconnect automatically when they are in proximity of one another. The consumer can leave the room and upon returning, two recently used devices reconnect without user intervention.
- Improved Data Transfer — Bluetooth Smart technology provides bulk data transfer. For example, through this new capability, sensors, which gathered data during a run, bike ride or swim, transfer that data more efficiently when the consumer returns home.
Empowering Developer Innovation
Bluetooth 4.1 extends the Bluetooth Smart development environment by providing product and application developers with even more flexibility to create products that can take on multiple roles. With this new capability, a single device acts as both a Bluetooth Smart peripheral and a Bluetooth Smart Ready hub at the same time. For example, a smart watch acts as a hub gathering information from a Bluetooth Smart heart rate monitor while simultaneously acting as a peripheral to a smartphone — displaying new message notifications from the phone. As the Bluetooth Smart ecosystem grows, the Bluetooth SIG expects more solutions to play both a hub and peripheral role. Bluetooth 4.1 delivers this type of flexibility to Bluetooth Smart devices and application developers.
Enabling the Internet of Things
By adding a standard means to create a dedicated channel, which could be used for IPv6 communications in the Core Specification, the groundwork is laid for future protocols providing IP connectivity. With the rapid market adoption of Bluetooth Smart and the coming addition of IP connectivity, all signs point to Bluetooth as a fundamental wireless link in the Internet of Things. These updates make it possible for Bluetooth Smart sensors to also use IPv6, giving developers and OEMs the flexibility they need to ensure connectivity and compatibility.
For the latest Bluetooth 4.1 technical details, tools and other information including an FAQ, brand guide and more, visit: https://www.bluetooth.org/en-us/specification/adopted-specifications
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Bluetooth wireless technology is the global wireless standard enabling simple, secure connectivity for an expanding range of devices and serves as the backbone of the connected world. Bluetooth Smart technology, through an updatable platform and low power consumption, creates new application opportunities for the mobile phone, consumer electronics, PC, automotive, health & fitness and smart home industries. With over two billion devices shipping annually, Bluetooth is the wireless technology of choice for developers, product manufacturers, and consumers worldwide. Backed by industry leading companies, the Bluetooth SIG empowers over 20,000 member companies to collaborate, innovate and guide Bluetooth wireless technology. For more information, please visit www.bluetooth.com.
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Wed, 04 Dec 20
Turnkey joint solution provides extensive scalability and reliable end-to-end network visibility
NAPERVILLE, IL− Dec 4, 2013− Velocent Systems and Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA) announced a partnership that will bring together the companies' technologies to help customers accurately monitor mobile networks of any size. The combined technologies from Velocent Systems, the pioneer of Customer Experience Assurance (CEA) for Mobile Data and Voice over LTE (VoLTE), and Ixia, a leading provider of network assessment and optimization solutions for enterprises and service providers, capture and analyze network traffic in a scalable solution.
"Through this strategic partnership with Ixia, our customers will have access to utmost scalability and accuracy, features that are becoming ever more critical in today's fast-growing market," said Jagadeesh Dantuluri, Vice President of Marketing and PLM, Velocent Systems. "The Ixia Net Tool Optimizer (NTO) and GTP Session Controller (GSC) will provide complete network access for OneVu, offering scalability up to 320 Gigabits per second (Gbps)."
The Ixia NTO will passively direct out-of-band network traffic from multiple access points (SPAN ports or TAPs) in the network to Velocent CEA LexaVu monitoring systems for analysis. Traffic will be aggregated from all needed access points in the network to provide comprehensive visibility. In addition, the Ixia GSC correlates all GTP sessions enabling monitoring solutions to scale more efficiently by offloading the aggregation and correlation of subscriber data from monitoring systems.
The joint solution also offers the following features:
Full network visibility - Provides operators with unique visibility into data traffic across an increasingly complex environment in which voice evolves onto data and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications continue to proliferate.
Simplified deployment - Provides a simplified methodology for addressing the complexity of end-to-end network monitoring, as well as management of visibility systems through a central architecture and advanced traffic aggregation and filtering capabilities.
Easy, affordable scalability - Delivers a cost effective solution to scale network visibility as data, voice and video bandwidths continue to rise.
"Ixia's network visibility solutions complement Velocent's OneVu CEA by extending access to all needed mobile network traffic. The joint solution provides complete visibility into network traffic in a highly scalable, easy-to-deploy system," said Roark Pollock, Vice President of Network Visibility Solutions Marketing, Ixia.
"As the capacities of individual Mobile Core Gateway nodes are increasing into hundreds of Gbps, network operators can depend on Velocent's CEA solution to help with customer experience management (CEM), Big Data and VoLTE, scaling from hundreds of Gbps on the low-end up to Terabits per second (Tbps)," said Dantuluri.
The joint Ixia-Velocent solution is immediately available to mobile operators.
Velocent Systems is pioneering Customer Experience Assurance (CEA) for Mobile Data and Voice over LTE (VoLTE). Established in Naperville, Illinois by the key packet core engineers from Bell Labs / Lucent and including an experienced management team from blue-chip vendors and successful start-ups, Velocent is helping CSPs manage and monetize the customer experience through the use of real-time actionable analytics (Smarter Data) and Visualizations (Reports/Alerts) distilled from the tsunami of live subscriber, service and network data. Learn more at www.velocent.com or @Velocent.
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Wed, 04 Dec 20
Festive Pinterest boards on display from UK retailers
London, 4th December, 2013 - Online fashion retailer, ASOS, is the most popular UK online retail site when it comes to having web content shared on Pinterest, the pin-board style social network, in the run up to Christmas 2013. In a study of ten top UK retail sites, images and pages from asos.com are being shared most frequently on Pinterest, with Amazon UK and John Lewis taking second and third positions respectively.
Content from asos.com currently generates the highest number of average pins (shares) per week (1,728) on Pinterest, followed by amazon.co.uk (1,233) with johnlewis.com (791) taking third place. The findings come from a study by digital marketing software and services specialist, Searchmetrics.
In total 160,958 links to content on asos.com were found to have been pinned (shared) by Pinterest users at the time of the study (w/e 22 November, 2013). Amazon.co.uk had received a total of 90,375 pins, closely followed by debenhams.com with a total of 89,577 pins identified.
Pinterest, the three year old social network, which is reported to have 70 million users, lets users collect pictures, articles and other primarily visual, online information on virtual pin boards which they can share with their friends and followers on the site. It can act as a virtual shop window for retailers, enabling people to share images and videos of products they like. This creates multiple advantages which work together to positively impact retail sales: Pinterest introduces consumers to retail products they may not be aware of; pinned content acts as a powerful recommendation from people's connections on the site; and the site drives traffic back to specific product pages on retailers sites (because each pin links back to the original web page where the content can be found).
To make it easier for people to share their online content, all of the ten retailers in the study were found to have set up their own official Pinterest pages although the Amazon.co.uk page currently appears to be inactive with no content actually uploaded to the virtual 'boards' that have been created. Asos.com's Pinterest page had achieved over 48,000 Pinterest followers, which is over five times greater than the nearest other retailer which was next.co.uk with just over 9,000 followers.
Many retailers have set up festive Pinterest boards and promotions to generate interest in their products in the Christmas run up. Asos.com, has set up a board for the holidays which includes pins of festive content from other sites, including seasonal images such as stills from classic Christmas movies, as well as promoting stock from its own site.
"ASOS seems to really 'get' Pinterest and social networking. It's not just about pushing your own content but being social and trying to share content that your followers on Pinterest might find useful or entertaining - even if it doesn't produce a sale for you. Perhaps that's one of the reasons why ASOS is doing so well on Pinterest," explained Marcus Tober, CTO and founder of Searchmetrics, which collects weekly data including an analysis of links shared on Pinterest and other social networks as part of its search and social analytics software.
Debenhams has a number of festive Pinterest boards including festive food gifts, gifts for kids and gifts for him and her boards while John Lewis features a The Bear and The Hare board featuring stills and products themed around its bear and hare Christmas TV advert. For the second year running Argos is promoting its Argos Toy Exchange board to help raise money for Children's charity Barnardo's.
Tesco has uploaded a number of festive 'how to' youtube videos on its How To Guides pinterest board, including video guides demonstrating 'How to dress the perfect Christmas tree' and 'How to disguise a gift's shape'.
"We're seeing retailers starting to get creative by running festive themed Pinterest boards and promotions linking their Pinterest with their other promotional activity such as ads and charity sponsorships as well co-ordinating with their other social channels." added Tober.
Top UK Retailers on Pinterest this Christmas shopping season
1. asos.com, (http://pinterest.com/asos/), 1,728 pins per week, 160,958 total pins, 48,043 followers
2. amazon.co.uk, (http://www.pinterest.com/amazonuk/), 1,233 pins per week, 90,375 total pins, 81 followers
3. johnlewis.com, (http://www.pinterest.com/johnlewisretail/), 791 pins per week, 88,858 total pins, 3,937 followers
4. newlook.com, (http://www.pinterest.com/newlookfashion/), 602 pins per week, 48,188 total pins, 5,447 followers
5. next.co.uk, (http://pinterest.com/nextofficial/), 525 pins per week, 41,452 total pins, 6,406 followers
6. debenhams.com, (http://pinterest.com/debenhams/), 333 pins per week, 89,577 total pins, 2,632 followers
7. marksandspencer.com, (http://pinterest.com/marksandspencer/), 267 pins per week, 16,063 total pins, 8,909 followers
8. argos.co.uk, (http://www.pinterest.com/argosonline/), 256 pins per week, 10,481 total pins, 1,628 followers
9. tesco.com, (http://www.pinterest.com/tesco/), 206 pins per week, 7,931 total pins, 2,187 followers
10.diy.com(B&Q), (http://www.pinterest.com/bandq/), 4 pins per week, 782 total pins, 2,233 followers
The single most pinned piece of content of all the sites in the study was a purple bed linen set from the Kylie Minogue at Home collection on the Debenhams web site, which had amassed 82,357 pins. Other highly pinned content included a Road Trip fashion look which was uploaded to the looks pages (where shoppers can upload their favourite looks and trends) on the asos.com web site (51,588 pins) and a guide to men's tailoring infographic on next.co.uk (17,493 pins). Tesco's top pinned pages tended to be recipes such as this Beef Wellington Recipe
"When we looked at the most pinned content from the retail sites, we found that they often have one or two pieces of content which seem to have 'gone viral' and been pinned and repinned over and over as more Pinterest users have discovered them - sometimes over many months. But this is the exception. In general most of the content from most retailers' sites is pinned fewer than a hundred times," added Tober.
 Source: The list of the ten UK retail sites included in the study is based on the top ranking sites in The IMRG-Experian Hitwise Hot Shops List of the top 50 UK e-retailers (http://www.imrg.org/index.php?catalog=190). The study excluded the amazon.com and apple.com sites (which both ranked highly in the Hot Shops list) because it was assumed that they are global sites with the majority of traffic and sales coming from outside the UK. Ticketing and TV and Film streaming sites were also excluded in favour of analysing a list of like for like product retailers.
 The average weekly pins per week is based on pins per shared over the previous four weeks.
The pins (or shares) of web page URLs analysed in Searchmetrics' study are those pins that users of Pinterest share on their own Pinterest boards. They are not the same as - and do not rely on - the pins being shared by retailers themselves on their own Pinterest boards (if they have them).
About the Searchmetrics study
The data for the study was collated in w/e 22nd November 2013. It included an analysis of Pinterest activity for the 10 UK retailer web sites using data from the global social media database which Searchmetrics operates to power its online software tools. This is a regularly updated store of data points related to web sites and their visibility on social networks. The average pins per week data is based on data for the preceding four weeks. The study also included an analysis of the Pinterest pages of retailers. The list of retailers analysed in the study was based on the latest available ExperianHitwise figures (http://www.imrg.org/index.php?catalog=190).
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The company's flagship Searchmetrics Suite™ platform helps customers to define their individual business goals - such as increased ROI - and achieve them by delivering customized insights, forecasts, and recommendations. It provides detailed analysis and data in SEO, social media and mobile to create a solid foundation for cross-channel digital marketing campaigns. The Searchmetrics Suite™ allows users to shape the own online visibility and differentiate themselves from, potential competitors. Through individually scalable traffic and revenue forecasts and simulations, customers can identify how and where they need to develop their online presence, take appropriate action and track their performance against their goals.
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Wed, 04 Dec 20
Leap™ Billing enables Indonesian operator to introduce innovative new mobile broadband services
London, UK | December 4, 2013: FTS, a global provider of billing, customer care and policy control solutions, today announced that Indonesian mobile operator PT Sampoerna Telecom (STI) has signed a multi-year extension for FTS' convergent charging and billing solution. The agreement supports STI's objective to provide innovative mobile data services to its customers across Indonesia.
STI, which operates under the Ceria brand and specialises in providing mobile broadband services to rural markets and urban centres, has been using FTS' Leap Billing for the past six years. Leap Billing enables STI to introduce innovative new offerings in real time to its entire customer base, whether prepaid, postpaid or hybrid. Moreover, Leap Billing facilitates the operator in charging its customers correctly, enforcing their usage and QoS rules and securing optimal use of network resources. Ultimately, this ensures an enhanced subscriber experience and leads to long-standing user satisfaction.
"The flexibility of FTS' convergent charging and billing solution has enabled us to provide a richer offering to our customers through the rapid implementation of new services," said Marlo Budiman, STI's Chief Financial Officer. "As STI continues to launch personalised mobile broadband services and introduce attractive new service plans, we are confident that the Leap Billing platform will assist us in responding to our growing customer needs."
"STI's extension of Leap Billing affirms FTS' expertise and capability to provide the broad support that operators need as market dynamics evolve," commented Nir Asulin, CEO of FTS. "Operators today require flexible and configurable convergent billing and charging solutions which are subscriber-centric in nature, powerful, flexible and easy-to-use. We are proud that we have once again been selected by STI, providing its back office teams with the flexibility to innovate by acting at the speed of marketing and resulting in a much lower total cost of ownership."
About Sampoerna Telecom Indonesia (STI)
PT Sampoerna Telekomunikasi Indonesia (STI) is a CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) mobile cellular network provider with a national coverage operating at frequency band of 450.00-457.50 MHz and 460.00-467.50 MHz. STI provides voice and non-voice services and provides access to multimedia services in partnership with a multimedia provider. PT Sampoerna Telekomunikasi Indonesia is a member of Sampoerna Strategic Group.
PT Sampoerna Telekomunikasi Indonesia's brand Ceria has been available in Indonesia since the beginning of 2006, providing affordable, high-quality telecommunication services and products to communities of all sizes from small rural to large urban centres. For more information see http://www.ceriatelekomunikasi.com/.
FTS works with telecommunications, content and payment service providers globally to help them manage complex transactions and relationships with greater flexibility and greater independence. Analysing every transaction from a business standpoint, FTS offers end-to-end and add-on telecom billing, charging, policy control and payments solutions to customers in over 40 countries, and can service both growing and major providers. FTS implements solutions, including convergent billing platform installations, in mobile, wireline, broadband, MVNO/E, payments, e-commerce, M2M, mobile money, cable, cloud and content markets. FTS' solutions dramatically lower the total cost of ownership (TCO) for telecoms and content service providers. Further information is available at http://www.fts-soft.com/.
Wed, 04 Dec 20
Smaato Enhances Ad Inventory with Audience Segment Data from Factual's Geopulse Audience Solution
Los Angeles, San Francisco, London - December 4, 2013 - Factual Inc., the leading location data platform, and Smaato, the leading global mobile Real-Time Bidding ad exchange (SMX) and Supply Side Platform, today announced a strategic partnership. Smaato will leverage Factual's Geopulse Audience solution in order to enhance mobile ad inventory in its RTB exchange, enabling advertisers to better reach their desired audience.
Advertisers can now target mobile campaigns against defined audience segments similar to those used in offline and traditional online advertising. Over 40 segments will be made available at launch with more being added over time. Example demographic data offered includes household income, gender, and age, as well as geographic information like zip code, and behavioral information such as business traveler, in-market auto buyer, and quick service restaurant diner.
To develop the audience segments, Geopulse Audience applies Factual's extensive location data along with its deep data engineering and machine learning expertise to the vast amount of location data running through Smaato's RTB exchange (SMX). Factual's location data includes its Global Places data, covering over 65 million local businesses and points of interest across 50 countries and additional contextual data about geographic areas. By combining Smaato's data with Factual's data, Geopulse Audience can better understand mobile user behavior and use this understanding to develop audience segments.
"Mobile ad targeting has traditionally been a challenge, but by collaborating with Factual, we are giving advertisers an easier, more intuitive way to reach their target audience," said Ragnar Kruse, Smaato CEO. "Factual's Geopulse Audience solution, with its huge depository of data and deep understanding of user demographics, makes them an ideal partner to help advertisers improve engagement and boost campaign results."
"Location is inextricably intertwined with mobile, and a proper understanding of location can be incredibly powerful if used to deliver personalized content to mobile users," said Gil Elbaz, founder and CEO of Factual. "Smaato has established itself as a mobile leader with a strong history of innovation, and we're excited to help them use location to create more value for their publishers, DSPs, and advertisers."
Publishers running ad inventory through Smaato will benefit both from the increase in the value of their ad inventory driven by the audience segments as well as from the increase in relevance of the ads seen by their users. Demand Side Platforms (DSPs) and Ad Networks connected to Smaato will benefit by being able to offer their advertisers enhanced targeting capabilities. Advertisers will benefit by increasing the effectiveness of their ad spend by being able to better reach their desired audience.
Factual is a location platform that enables personalized and contextually relevant mobile experiences by enriching mobile location signals with definitive global data. Factual's real-time data stack builds and maintains data on a global scale, with Factual's core Global Places data covering over 65 million local businesses and points of interest in 50 countries. Factual's platform also provides location based mobile personalization and ad-targeting solutions along with data cleaning and mapping services for business listings and points of interest. Factual is funded by Andreessen Horowitz and Index Ventures. For more information, go to www.factual.com.
Smaato is the leading global mobile RTB ad exchange(SMX) helping mobile app developers and publishers increase ad revenues worldwide. As an industry pioneer and leader, Smaato operates the leading mobile RTB ad exchange and Supply Side Platform across 76,000+ mobile app developers and mobile publishers. On demand side Smaato globally connects 90+ Ad Networks and 100+ DSPs.
Smaato is an initial member of the OpenRTB Mobile subcommittee and an active member of the Mobile Marketing Association, Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF), Singapore Infocomm Industry (SITF), Singapore IT Federation and the German Digital Media Association BVDW. Smaato received a Top 100 Private Company Award by AlwaysOn Media (2013, 2012, 2011, 2009 & 2007), is one of the AlwaysOn Global 250 winners in the Mobile category (2013, 2012 & 2011) and was named a "company to watch in 2010″ by Financial Analyst Company GP Bullhound.
Smaato's global headquarters are in San Francisco, California. The privately held company was founded in 2005 by an experienced International management team. Smaato's European office is in Hamburg, Germany and the APAC office is in Singapore.
Factual Media Contact:
Smaato Media Contact:
Jaime Tero/ Angela Fife
+49 (40) 3480 949 35
Phone +65- 91702470
Wed, 04 Dec 20
Beats 1,000 companies to Top 100 spot
London, UK - 4th December 2013 - MPayMe, the company behind the innovative mobile business platform ZNAP™, is delighted to announce that it has been included in the 2013 Red Herring 100 Global list. The list celebrates innovations and technologies from leading private companies in North America, Europe and Asia.
Red Herring's Top 100 Global list has become a mark of distinction for identifying promising new companies and entrepreneurs. Red Herring editors were among the first to recognise that companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Skype, Salesforce.com, YouTube and eBay would change the way we live and work.
Alessandro Gadotti, Global CEO at MPayMe, said:
"To be among the most exciting technology companies in the world is an honour for us and a testament to the potential of our mobile business platform, ZNAP™. Our aim is to revolutionise commerce by using mobility to provide added value for consumers and merchants alike. I see recognition from Red Herring as not just about where we have come from and where we are now, but about where we will be in the future."
"Choosing the companies with the strongest potential was by no means a small feat," said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring. "After rigorous contemplation and discussion, we narrowed our list down from hundreds of candidates from across the globe to the Top 100 Winners. We believe MPayMe embodies the vision, drive and innovation that define a successful entrepreneurial venture. MPayMe should be proud of its accomplishment, as the competition was the strongest it has ever been."
Red Herring's editorial staff evaluated the companies on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, technology innovation, management quality, strategy, and market penetration. This assessment of potential is complemented by a review of the track records and standing of startups relative to their peers. This allows Red Herring to see past the "buzz" and make the list a valuable instrument of discovery and advocacy for the most promising new business models from around the world.
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ZNAP™ is an innovative mobile business platform which optimises transactions through the bundling of secure multi-channel mobile payments with value added solutions such as loyalty integration, business intelligence, geo-location in-app consumer communication, offer marketing and much more. The product was developed by MPayMe, an international high-growth business technology company founded in 2010. Headquartered in Hong Kong and with offices in US, Europe, Asia and Japan, ZNAP™ has recently launched in a number of markets around the world with well-known merchants and partners. MPayMe solutions are designed around the needs of merchants and consumers, in order to add value and solve real business problems.
Michael Scanlan/Libby Cutress at CCgroup for MPayMe
Tel: +44 207 535 7204/+44 7880 359 529 - Michael
Tel: +44 207 535 7237 - Libby
Tue, 03 Dec 20
Combination within EPiServer 7.5 Commerce capitalizes on convergence in e-commerce and digital marketing trends to enable selling without selling
London, United Kingdom, December 3, 2013: EPiServer, a global software provider for innovative e-commerce and digital marketing solutions, today announced the release of EPiServer 7.5 Commerce, a .NET e-commerce solution. Building on the success and flexibility of EPiServer 7 CMS, which changed the way marketers interact with mobile channels, allowing them to create and experience what the visitor encounters, the newly available version uniquely combines e-commerce functionality with state of the art customer experience management. The updated platform allows EPiServer clients to capitalize on the convergence of e-commerce and content marketing, enabling improvements in top-line revenue and average order value.
EPiServer 7.5 Commerce combines content and catalog handling to allow the full complement of customer experience tools to deliver value to organizations that recognize the importance of the online sales channel. By creating a combined solution, EPiServer 7.5 Commerce offers a transparent business view, beyond complex side-by-side or e-commerce led integrations that have traditionally created problems for business uses and customers.
"Companies need cohesive digital customer experiences, but marketing and e-commerce groups often operate in silos with differing objectives, which leads them to buy and operate independent solutions for brand content and transactions," according to a Forrester Research, Inc. report written by analysts Stephen Powers and Peter Sheldon (Content And Commerce: The Odd Couple Or The Power Couple?, November 19, 2013). "The end result? A fragmented and poorly integrated digital presence that confuses the customer, is difficult to manage, and, ultimately, leaves revenue on the table."
The new release helps marketers with the challenge of controlling their content layout, design and landing pages through tighter integration of content and commerce. EPiServer 7.5 Commerce enables a 'quick launch campaign' with flexible layout control, and content and catalogue re-use, which allows merchandisers to do their jobs effectively and efficiently. Marketers and merchandisers often find it too hard and too time consuming to manage product content and this latest platform helps them navigate this challenging terrain. EPiServer 7.5 Commerce's capabilities also create a more personalized experience across channels for the consumer, a top-priority for businesses that understand that customer loyalty is driven by great customer experience.
"It's obvious for people that are thinking about the future that content marketing is changing the way digital marketing moves", said Bob Egner, VP of Product Management at EPiServer. "The opportunity to improve experiences for e-commerce and help marketers reach the connected consumer by enabling them to seamlessly interact with customers across channels is tremendous. EPiServer is capitalizing on this new industry trend not just for B2C retail customers, but for other segments as well, such as those in B2B e-commerce who are finding their footing in this exciting new market opportunity."
The latest platform is easily integrated to help IT teams effectively streamline business processes. More information on EPiServer 7.5 Commerce is available: http://www.episerver.com/Products/EPiServer-Commerce/ .
EPiServer connects e-commerce and digital marketing to help business create unique customer experiences which generates business results. EPiServer's platform combines content, e-commerce and multi-channel marketing capabilities to work full-circle for businesses online, from intelligent optimization, lead-generation through to conversion and repeat business.
Sitting at the centre of the digital marketing ecosystem, EPiServer empowers online and IT professionals to create superior customer experience for more than 20,000 websites worldwide. Built on .net, and supported by a pioneering partner network of over 690 partners in over 30 countries, EPiServer's platform gives customers the ability to deliver the right content to the right person in the right format at a time that suits them. This approach means customers can maximize their investment in digital marketing and increase ROI. The company was founded in 1994 and has offices in the United States, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, The Netherlands, South Africa, Australia, Spain, UAE and the United Kingdom. EPiServer is controlled by the IK2007 Fund. IK Investment Partners is a European private equity firm with Nordic roots, managing €5.7 billion in fund commitments.
Ian McKee / Katia Bouznik
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