xtrayahoo vs msn.co.nz rounds 3+4

nz.yahoo.com (why call it yahooxtra when that’s the site url) is now up, and substantially better than the msn offering. Meanwhile msn.co.nz fails to deliver the main news photo in Safari, and much of the content does not work. Firefox shows a much better site for msn.co.nz. Round 3 to Yahoo! but wait – the …

msn.co.nz – round 2

so the seek search links don’t work, the weather search (for wellington) doesn’t work, the advertising link isn’t a link…. well – maybe I’ll just let msn.co.nz keep working on things and have another look tomorrow. Meanwhile it’s is pretty pathetic. so round 2 to yahooXtra – they at least have not launched something that …

msn.co.nz launch – the players…

Telecom has ditched Microsoft for Yahoo. What do Microsoft do? Launch msn.co.nz of course. (and note, YES, there was no redundant ‘www’ in the press release) Without even seeing the site Telecom should be afraid – very afraid. As should Fairfax and APN. Microsoft are linking up with PBL – that’s Packer Broadcasting Limited, who …

Ferrit as a price comparison engine – not good

Adam points out the Ferrit serves a purpose as a price comparison site, and Peter Wogan chimes in and agrees in the comments. Unfortunately Hitwise numbers (which I am the first to admit are not the most reliable) show that Ferrit is ‘far behind’ price comparison leaders Pricespy and Smilecity. Those sites are both, as …

Ban incandescent bulbs – not a no brainer..

No Right Turn suggests we follow Australia’s lead and ban incandescent bulbs. While I think this is a clear case of Government intervention helping consumers reduce total cost of ownership it is not a total ‘no brainer’. While the short term increase in spend will eventually be matched by reduced electricity bills, this will be …

Ferrit – $36m flushed….

I missed the money quote… “Mr Brayham says Telecom expects to spend about $12 million on Ferrit in the next financial year, matching its contribution for the past two years.” That’s $24m dropped on a site that delivered $12,500 in revenue in the busiest shopping month of the year. Alternatively that $24m dropped on 2,700 …

Ferrit – It’s worse than I thought

Some interesting Ferrit stats from this article (thanks Q). Firstly only 1.2% of the visitors in December bought anything, secondly Ferrit makes “between 4% and 8%” of each sale. (Let’s be nice and say an average of 6%).  Thirdly the average order size was “more than $100”. Let’s call it $110. So in December 2,700 …

Online retail: Ferrit sinks

Let’s see how the online retail market is going…. After a dip over Christmas/New Year Trade Me is back on track, while all of the other players are still not making any impression…. Ferrit’s pre-Christmas promotion gave a leap in traffic (this page impressions chart has two scales), but January and February to date are …

The Vibe of Vista and Apple…

Interesting wandering around the electronic shops in London today – several had Vista promotions going on, with laptops loaded with a demo. I ran it and while the graphics were slick it was really un-interactive, and had a annoying voice-over. Suffice to say there was not a lot of excitement generated by the Vista launch …

Wishbone

Great little success story from Wishbone. $10m turnover, 100 employees,  13 stores, great supermarket distribution and, most importantly, a great product. (Terrible, out of date, single page website though) Their business model is interesting – they manufacture yummy ready to cook food, and sell it through 3 channels – supermarkets, takeaway stores (either ready to …

More leaks than a…

So much for confidentiality – Most if not all of the Yellow Pages bidders have been identified by three(!) insiders. At least 9 companies are bidding, apparently, and KKR, CCMP Capital Asia, Pacific Equity Partners, Carlyle, Bain Capital, Providence Equity Partners, CVC Capital and TPG are eight Private Equity firms interested along with Sensis – …