Purplebricks’ growing dominance revealed by Google search analysis

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Purplebricks’ growing dominance revealed by Google search analysis previous nextAgencies & PeoplePurplebricks’ growing dominance revealed by Google search analysisNumber of people tracking down the hybrid agency online has risen by 18% over the past year, research has revealed.Nigel Lewis3rd January 201903,157 Views Google searches for Purplebricks have increased by 18% over the past year, a survey of the UK’s digital marketing world has revealed, helping make it the third most popular brand online after Rightmove and Zoopla.Completed by consultancy MediaVision, the research  also reveals that online searches for Emoov increased by 47% year-on-year, an impressive result albeit too late to save the business from administration.The MediaVision report also reveals the most popular estate agency brands within the property industry among those completing Google searches.The top ten are, in order of popularity; Savills, Dexters, Knight Frank, Foxtons, Strutt & Parker, Haart, Winkworth, London estate agency James Anderson, Chancellors and Hamptons International.PortalsAlso, the marketing efforts and advertising spend of portal OnTheMarket has also been bearing fruit, the research shows.Although it’s still the fourth most popular portal online, the number of Google searches for ‘OnTheMarket’ have increased by a third over the past year.But one type of brand obvious by its absence are online agents. Apart from Purplebricks and eMoov, none of their better-known competitors are searched for much by house hunters, the research suggests, including Yopa, Doorsteps, Settled, EasyProperty, HouseSimple or House Network.“Due to ongoing uncertainty caused by Brexit, we’re seeing a lot of demand exit the market,” says Louis Venter, CEO of MediaVision (pictured, left).“Searches for office space and residential property are down year on year, which is a sign of a tough landscape. Brand search is no different and predominantly, there’s a reduction in demand for the biggest property brands across the board.”haart knight frank james anderson Purplebricks louis venter mediavision Strutt & Parker Savills Chancellors and Hamptons International Dexters winkworth Foxtons January 3, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

£35m quad for St John’s

first_imgSt John’s students, fellows and alumni celebrated the official opening of the college’s new £35 million quadrangle on Saturday.Kendrew Quadrangle is named after the Noble Prize winner and former St John’s President, Sir John Kendrew. The quad will provide seventy student rooms, a law library, a gym, café, archives, music practice areas and an events room. It is one of the largest building developments undertaken by an Oxford college in recent years.Taking nearly a decade of planning by the college, the new quad’s design has been praised for its cutting edge approach to energy consumption and sensitivity to local surroundings.Its innovative technology makes it one of the University’s most environmentally friendly projects to date. Geothermal heat pumps and a wood chip burner mean it has just half the carbon footprint of a conventional design.Matthew Thomlinson, a second year St John’s student, said, “The law library looks like a really great working atmosphere, it will really help with my learning. I like that its green and eco-friendly.”A spokesperson for St John’s said, “Kendrew Quadrangle is a first-rate building in a modern idiom that responds sensitively to the unique context of the college and the city. These top class facilities will help us to continue to attract the most able students and academics.”Current third years at St John’s will be the first ever residents of the quadrangle. Its thirty undergraduate rooms were, according to the college JCR, “snatched up by Finalists” in the annual room ballot. The extra accommodation space will allow St John’s postgraduates and academics to live in college for the first time. The new building forms part of a larger project which involved the restoration of older college buildings, including a seventeenth century barn which was converted into a new exhibition and performance space. MJP Architects, who designed the quad, also created St John’s garden quadrangle, completed in 1994, and the 2004 extension of the Senior Common Room.last_img read more

Navy Planes Likely Caused Tremors Felt in Ocean City

first_img“Aircraft from Naval Test Wing Atlantic were conducting routine flight testing in the Atlantic Test Ranges this afternoon that included activities which may have resulted in sonic booms. The test wing is critical to the safe test and evaluation of all types of Navy and Marine Corps aircraft in service and in development and is primarily based out of Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Other military aircraft, including both Navy and Air Force, also frequently use the ranges for testing and training.” People throughout Ocean City were alarmed Thursday by what they described as shaking and rumbling like an earthquake. The first incident occurred at about 1:30 p.m. but the same tremors happened again three or four more times over the next 45 minutes.The U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Hazards Program reported that the tremors were not caused by an earthquake, but instead by a sonic boom. See report.The U.S. Navy later released the following statement:last_img read more

Pecan Pie with a plus

first_imgAs is often the case, the creation of a new recipe is a twist on an old favourite or an ’accidental’ slip with ingredients. This decadent chocolate pecan pie is our attempt to add something to an already established product. It can be eaten cold, but is better slightly warm. A light dusting of icing sugar can be added to good effect.Chocolate PastryIngredientsAmountPlain flour175gCocoa powder25gMargarine or butter125gCaster sugar50gEgg yolks2Water30gMethodSieve flour and cocoa powder together. Rub in the fat, dissolve the sugar in the egg and water and make up into paste. Refrigerate for at least 10 minutes. Block into foils or hand line tins. We use 10cm tin foil with a fluted crimp.Chocolate Pecan FillingCaster sugar350gMaple or golden syrup300gButter100gVanilla 8gCocoa powder85gEggs6Pecan nuts, chopped400gPlus pecan halves for decoration (3 halves for each)Method1. Warm and dissolve, sugar, syrup and butter. 2. Add cocoa powder, egg and vanilla, (A) then stir in the chopped pecans. Deposit the filling into the prepared pastry cases (C) 70g in a 12cm tart case.3. Decorate the top with three half nuts. Bake at 190°C for 20 minutes When cool, use an apricot glaze to seal the tart.Note: The filling can be made in a larger quantity, then stored in a sealed pail in the fridge for up to two weeks. Fresh tarts can be baked each day from this mix, but stir well before use, as the mix tends to separate with standing.last_img read more

Press release: Pensions Ombudsman reappointed

first_imgRead more about The Pensions Ombudsman. I am pleased to confirm that Anthony Arter will continue as Pensions Ombudsman and Pension Protection Fund Ombudsman. Anthony has brought a wealth of knowledge and experience of pensions to this vital role and has displayed great leadership and judgement. I look forward to Anthony and his team continuing to provide a high-quality service. Mr Arter, who took up the role in May 2015, will continue in post until 31 July 2021. He is a solicitor and former Head of Pensions and London Senior Partner at Eversheds LLP.The Pensions Ombudsman and Pension Protection Fund Ombudsman are public appointments made by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. The appointments follow an open competition regulated by the Office for the Commissioner of Public Appointments. Twitter – www.twitter.com/dwppressoffice Facebook – www.facebook.com/dwp LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/dwp YouTube – www.youtube.com/dwp Press Office Out-of-hours (journalists only) 07623 928 975 Caxton HouseTothill StreetLondonSW1H 9NA London Press Office (national media and London area enquiries only – not questions about personal claims) 020 3267 5144 The Pensions Ombudsman is independent and impartial. He has legal powers to make binding decisions enforceable by the courts.The service is free and funded by grant-in-aid from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).More particularly, the Ombudsman investigates complaints and disputes about personal and occupational pension schemes; reviewable matters and complaints about the Pension Protection Fund and appeals about the Financial Assistance Scheme.Guy Opperman, Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion, said: England and Wales (local media enquiries) 029 20 586 then 097 or 098 or 099 Contact Press Office Scotland (local media enquiries) 0131 310 1122 Follow DWP on:last_img read more

The Real Bread Campaign rewards caterers

first_imgThe Real Bread Campaign is rewarding schools, hospitals and other caterers for serving Real Bread.Those who do so can now earn points towards silver and gold Food for Life Catering Mark certification from The Soil Association.Real Bread is defined by the Campaign as bread produced without processing aids or artificial additives. Caterers who serve the bread at least once a week will gain 10 points towards the Catering Mark.Real Bread Campaign coordinator Chris Young said: “We’re delighted that caterers will receive recognition from the Food for Life Partnership for getting real. It’s even better news for their customers who’ll be able to choose and enjoy delicious Real Bread.”According to the Campaign, its definition of Real Bread rules out up to 97% of the loaves sold in the UK, although it added that more communities are finding and sharing different ways to help to make Britain’s bread better for us, better for our communities and better for the planet.Young added: “We hope to see thousands of Food for Life Catering Mark holders going further than once a week by serving Real Bread with every meal and making improvements beyond simply kicking the additive habit.”Mike Bond, Catering Mark manager, said: “The Food for Life Catering Mark rewards caterers who serve fresh, healthy and sustainable food. We recognise that Real Bread fits with the principles of the scheme, so we are delighted that caterers who are making or serving Real Bread can now achieve 10 points towards the silver and gold Catering Mark.”last_img read more

Greed: A Musical for Our Times Begins Performances at New World Stages

first_imgWhat happens when you put Jamie Dimon, Lance Armstrong, Pope Francis and Bernie Madoff all on the same stage? No, not the worst ever cast of The View. You get Greed: A Musical for Our Times, beginning performances March 19 at New World Stages—Stage 2. The cast features Tony Award nominee Stephanie D’Abruzzo, as well as Julia Burrows, James Donegan and Neal Mayer. Greed officially opens April 3. Greed, written by Michael Roberts and directed by Christopher Scott, explores the sin we can’t seem to get away from. The show tackles everything from Ponzi schemes to the not-so-subtle sales pitches of retirement planners and mortgage bundlers. With numbers such as “A Little Juice” and “I’ll Cheat On My Taxes,” Greed takes aim at the obvious, and not so obvious, targets.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Treasury outlines the crucial components of an OFAC compliance program

first_img continue reading » Recently the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced the publication of A Framework for OFAC Compliance Commitments. The underlying intent of the framework is to help institutions better understand and comply with sanctions requirements.According to OFAC, a successful OFAC compliance program should utilize a risk-based approach to sanctions compliance by developing, implementing and routinely updating a sanctions compliance program (SCP).  Every risk-based SCP will vary depending on an institution’s size and sophistication, products and services, customers and counterparties, and geographic location.  However, each program should incorporate at least five essential compliance components: 1) management commitment; 2) risk assessment; 3) internal controls; 4) testing and auditing; and 5) training.  The framework further breaks down the specific features to each component in creating a strong OFAC compliance program.As an example, the framework indicates that senior management’s commitment and support of the SCP is one of the most important and critical factors in determining its success.  Support is key in ensuring the SCP obtains adequate resources and is fully-integrated into an institution’s daily operations.  This helps legitimize the program, empower personnel and foster a culture of compliance. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

How to avoid digital eye strain while spending more time on screens

first_img“In both of those cases, I found out that they were on their computers for nine hours a day, their prescriptions weren’t accurate,” said Dr. Christensen. Those are some of the symptoms of digital eye strain or computer vision syndrome. “They give a little bit of a boost toward the bottom of our lens which is often where you’re looking through when you’re looking at your phone, tablet, or computer,” said Dr. Christensen. “Sometimes start to feel some uncomfortable symptoms like blurry vision, eyes get dry, burning. In severe cases you can even get headaches, dizziness, shoulder and neck pain,” said associate doctor of optometry at Roberts Eyecare Michael Christensen. “The human eye is at a position of rest looking beyond 20 feet, which is a position of no focus for the human eye for most people,” he said. (WBNG) — While we’re stuck at home, many people are finding themselves filling their time on a screen. Many devices also allow you to change your screen settings. While many offices are only taking in patients in urgent situations, if you’re experiencing any symptoms of digital eye strain, you’re encouraged to call your eye doctor. “Every 20 minutes that you’re on your computer, take 20 seconds and look off into the distance at least 20 feet away,” said Dr. Christensen. Doctor of optometry Andrew Sacco says that’s a good way to give your eyes a break.center_img Whether it’s taking online classes or working from home, playing video games, or scrolling through your phone, your electronic devices aren’t easy on the eyes. “Years ago before all of the small digital electronics, children would play video games, Atari, and not blink their eyes because they don’t want to miss the action. But people on a computer, they don’t blink either,” said Dr. Sacco. “Almost every kind of device nowadays has some kind of feature that you can implement that will cut down on the blue light that’s being emitted. It turns your screens a yellowish, amber kind of color,” said Dr. Christensen. Dr. Christensen says he’s received some calls describing that during this pandemic. You can also purchase anti-fatigue or digital lens glasses, which help filter out the blue light electronic devices emit. And as simple as it sounds, remember to blink to avoid dry eyes. But there are some easy things you can do to avoid strain. First, follow the 20-20-20 rule.last_img read more

Airline alliances call for globally harmonised approach to Covid-19 | News

first_imgOlderAccor signs for three properties in Djibouti Government-imposed travel and entry restrictions continue to significantly impact global travel demand. Meanwhile, Covid-19 testing has emerged as an important part of an end-to-end solution to enable the safe restart of international travel by potentially reducing the reliance on the blunt instrument of blanket quarantines.  “We welcome the publication of the updated CART report which, among other things, calls for the serious consideration of screening and testing as a means for easing travel and border restrictions, and reviving the travel and tourism industry and the global economy,” said Star Alliance chief executive, Jeffrey Goh. – Advertisement – The three major global airline alliances have offered their full support to the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) second-phase council on aviation recovery task force (CART) report.SkyTeam, oneworld and Star Alliance urge governments to implement the report guidelines for passenger testing protocols, as well as the adoption of digital health pass technology, so air travel may safely resume. – Advertisement – “A robust protocol for testing will also provide further evidence to demonstrate that air travel is not a material cause for infections and will pave the way for a framework of trust to be established between countries.” On behalf of their 58 member airlines, representing over 60 per cent of world airline capacity and carrying over 1.87 billion passengers annually prior to the Covid-19 crisis, the three alliances are calling for a harmonised approach to testing that will form the foundation of a trust framework, as recommended by the ICAO guidelines.  SkyTeam chief executive, Kristin Colvile, said: “Testing regimes and trials of digital health passes have identified means to restoring confidence and reopening borders, complementing the layer upon layer of passenger safety measures already implemented by airlines and airports worldwide. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – “Aviation supports millions of jobs around the world and drives international commerce, trade and tourism. Urgent action is needed to adopt testing and technology to mitigate Covid-19 risks and safely and quickly revive international air travel.” The recent digital ‘health pass’ trials, such as Common Pass, are presenting a strong case for using digital technology to deliver harmonised standards in the validation and verification of accredited passenger health data.The alliances support technical solutions that provide a consistent, scalable and affordable way to declare passenger health data that is simple to implement as part of the customer journey, with processes-initiated pre-travel to reduce passenger inconvenience at airports.  oneworld chief executive, Rob Gurney, said: “With extensive travel restrictions creating much uncertainty for customers, testing can play a role in enabling the safe restart of travel. “Any solution used in declaring passenger health data should be consistent, scalable and cost effective – this will provide clarity and confidence to customers, airlines and other stakeholders as international travel resumes.” NewerCelebrity Cruises launches new inclusive pricing modellast_img read more