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Cross-Platform Partnership for Nielsen and GroupM

WPP’s GroupM is working with Nielsen to develop a new cross-platform measurement service, integrating media planning and measurement across television and the Internet. The partners say the move is a response to growing demand by advertisers for cross-platform measurement tools. Nielsen Cross-Platform Campaign Ratings will combine the firm’s Online Campaign Ratings product with its TV audience measurement capabilities to give ... Read More »

Adobe Adds Cross-Visit Analytics

US Software giant Adobe has announced enhancements to its analytics and segmentation tool ‘Adobe Discover’, which is part of its Digital Marketing Suite. The new features include cross-visit analytics. The new analytics allow the user to trace the customer journey over multiple visits on an individual brand’s or product’s sites, giving the marketer a more complete view of the overall ... Read More »

CoreLogic To Expand Board

CoreLogic on Monday announced yet another attempt to appease activist shareholder Highfields Capital, only to have Highfields once again reject the steps.   It’s unhappy major shareholder Highfields has argued for a board shakeup, but said Monday that adding two members to a seven member board are only “cosmetic changes.” CoreLogic had decided last month after a strategic review not to ... Read More »

D&B Corporation Temporarily Suspends Operation of D&B Roadway China Pending Outcome of Investigation of Privacy Violations

Dun & Bradstreet Corp. reported late Sunday that it has temporarily suspended operations at its Chinese Roadway marketing division pending the outcome of an investigation into alleged privacy violations. The business information provider said late Sunday that the allegations assert that data collection practices at Shanghai Roadway D&B Marketing Services Co Ltd. may violate local Chinese consumer data privacy laws. ... Read More »

Experian UK Launches Rental Exchange

The new Rental Exchange is designed to help millions of private tenants to get credit where it’s due. The Rental Exchange will offer a secure and compliant way to include a tenant’s payment history in credit reports, with their permission, strengthening their credit history and helping them qualify for more and lower-cost credit deals.  This enhanced view of people’s repayment ... Read More »

Trends in Credit Management: Bringing Finance & Sales Together

Building an effective credit risk management function in a company often puts credit risk management in conflict with the sales department.  For a company to maintain profitable growth and be liquid it is essential that both departments work hand in hand. Marcel Wiedenbrugge, founder and principal of WCMConsult discusses the aspects of bringing Finance and Sales together.  To read this ... Read More »

Country Risk Climate: Trends to Keep an Eye On

Argentina – still more import controls, now against the UK; Australia – Gillard won a battle, but still has to fight the war; Belarus – ever more isolated; Brazil – battling the real’s buoyancy; Somalia – a turning point for a failed state? South Sudan – no end in sight to the conflict over oil; Venezuela – new concerns about ... Read More »

Alibaba Group Proposes Privatization of Alibaba.com – Makes Offer to Minority Shareholders

Alibaba Group (the Offeror) and Alibaba.com are taking Alibaba.com private and have made an offer to minority shareholders of HK$13.50 per share in cash, which implies a premium of 60.4 percent over the 60-day average closing price of Alibaba.com shares, and a premium of 55.3 percent over the 10-day average closing price. A major factor driving Alibaba Group’s decision to ... Read More »

Information Technology Industry Sector Germany: Survey Indicates Positive Development of Employment in the First Quarter of 2012

According to the latest survey by the Verband der Vereine Creditreform Germany and the ZEW (Zentrum fuer Europaeische Wirtschaftsforschung GmBH) the employment situation in Germany’s information technology sector indicates a positive development for the first three months of 2012.   About two-thirds of respondents reported no change in employment, 24% of respondents will increase their workforce and approximately 10% of respondents ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate: SMALL BUSINESS FAILURES UP 48 PER CENT

The number of small businesses going bankrupt jumped by 48 per cent over the last 12 months, while small business start-ups fell by 95 per cent over the same period. Analysis by Dun & Bradstreet Australia of business start-ups and failures for the December quarter 2011 found that across the economy, business failures were down 10 per cent on the ... Read More »

Regulatory Overreach: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Proposes to Examine Books of Collection Agencies and Consumer Credit Reporting Companies

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed a regulation that would let it examine the books of debt collectors and consumer reporting businesses as part of its program to supervise non-bank financial companies. The regulation, which must be finalized by July 21, would bring credit bureaus such as Experian Plc (EXPN), Equifax Inc. (EFX)and TransUnion (TRUN). under federal supervision for the first ... Read More »

LexisNexis Answers Customer Requests for on the Move Access via iPad and iPhone

LexisNexis UK (www.lexisnexis.co.uk), a leading provider of content and technology solutions, today announced the release of its first U.K. legal applications. Combining the trusted content of LexisNexis and the ease of use and seamless design of mobile applications, LexisNexis is proud to be the first major content provider to create apps for its U.K. subscribers: Legal Terms and On the ... Read More »

The Global 5000 Database Emerges from Obscurity

According to its website The Global 5000 Database is a researched and compiled database of the 5000 largest companies in the world.   Based on revenue/sales generated, the database contains both public and private companies, covering all industries in all countries. We go beyond existing lists and rankings of products like the Fortune 1000 or Forbes private rankings. The company was ... Read More »

Stress in the US Mortgage Market

TransUnion’s National Mortgage Loan Delinquencies Rate Increases for Second Time Since 2009 The national mortgage delinquency rate (the rate of borrowers 60 or more days past due) increased for only the second time since the end of 2009, edging upward to 6.01% at the end of the fourth quarter in 2011. This information is reported by TransUnion and is part ... Read More »

Dow Jones Introduces News Analytics

Dow Jones has introduced News Analytics, a series of product solutions to help traders, quantitative analysts and risk managers build better, more predictable trading models based on news sentiment.  News sentiment analytics quantify the impact of market-moving news, in real time or coupled with historical news models. News Analytics combines Dow Jones’ world-class business news content with key technology partners ... Read More »

New Credit Ratings Database Launched by the EU Watchdog

The European Union’s markets watchdog launched a free online database for investors and the general public to compare credit ratings from rival agencies as part of wider efforts to increase transparency and competition. The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) supervises the 15 ratings agencies authorised to operate in the EU, a sector dominated by a so-called “Big Three” — ... Read More »

Thomson Reuters Acquires Media Intelligence Provider RedEgg

Thomson Reuters today announced that it has acquired the business and operations of RedEgg, a leading provider of media intelligence solutions for public relations and marketing professionals. The acquisition builds on an existing relationship with RedEgg whose MyMediaInfo media contact database and MyNewsBrief service are already available to Thomson ONE Public Relations and Thomson Reuters InPublic customers. RedEgg’s MyMediaInfo solutions ... Read More »