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Linking Data is the Biggest Challenge for Global Marketers

Annual global research identifies linkage, technology and organizational structure as the three key challenges in digital marketing Digital marketers are facing an on-going battle getting to grips with the huge amounts of data they have to work with. The biggest hurdles and key priorities for marketers this year are dependent on having accurate, enriched data, linked together in a central location ... Read More »

Rakuten to Accept Bitcoin on Global Marketplaces

Bitnet payment processing provides enhanced security, privacy, and convenience – Rakuten, Inc. announced that it plans to enable customers to choose bitcoin as a payment option by integrating Bitnet’s payment processing platform on a number of its marketplaces. The Internet services giant will begin accepting the new payment method first on Rakuten.com in the US, to be followed by Rakuten.de ... Read More »

Nielsen and INTAGE Form Joint Venture in Japan

Nielsen and Japanese researcher INTAGE are forming a joint venture company called Nielsen-INTAGE DigtalMetrics, to develop cross-platform ad effectiveness solutions.  The new firm will be officially launched on 1st April. The new venture will combine the Nielsen Online Campaign Ratings solution and INTAGE’s i-ssp consumer panel data. Users in Japan will be able to analyze consumers by segments such as brand ... Read More »

Salesforce ExactTarget Marketing Cloud Announces Partnership with LINE

The ExactTarget Marketing Cloud, from salesforce.com announced a partnership to create new mobile marketing solutions with LINE, the free call and messaging app, empowering marketers to connect with customers in new ways through mobile messaging. LINE’s global registered users recently hit the 400 million mark, and mobile messaging services have  added more than one billion users in five years . Mobile messaging platforms are ... Read More »

Japan Risk Climate: Widening Regional Gaps in Performance Recovery

Teikoku Databank (TDB) issued the results of the first-ever survey on corporate earnings that focuses on the three quake-ravaged prefectures.  Teikoku Databank (TDB) extracted from its corporate profile database “COSMOS2” (containing data on 1.44 million companies) and analyzed 52,002 companies that are headquartered in one of the three affected prefectures (Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima) and have publically announced their earnings ... Read More »

Reed Launches New Shows Across Asia

Reed Exhibitions recently announced a series of new show launches across Asia involving its subsidiaries Reed Exhibitions Japan and Reed Panorama Exhibitions (RPE). Reed Exhibitions Japan will launch a new trade show focusing on consumer IT products as part of its annual Japan IT Week. The inaugural Consumer Products Expo (C-PEX) will take place at the Tokyo Big Sight running ... Read More »

Ownership Change at Callcredit Information Group Ltd.

Callcredit Information Group Ltd. announces an ownership change whereby GTCR, a leading Chicago-based private equity firm, has partnered with management to acquire the company.   GTCR and Callcredit’s management team, led by CEO John McAndrew, are investing behind the company’s strong growth trajectory, innovative product offering, and service-oriented culture. GTCR is acquiring an ownership position from Vitruvian Partners, a middle market private ... Read More »

Country Risk Climate Japan: TDB Issues Economic Forecast

Teikoku Databank Japan felt the pulse of Japanese companies about their perspectives of 2013 and prospects for 2014: The real GDP growth rate (revised figure) for the July-September period, as released on December 9, 2013, shows that it has experienced a 0.3% increase from the previous period (April to June) and saw an annualized growth rate of 1.1%.  Thus, there ... Read More »

CallCredit Enters China

Callcredit Information Group has further strengthened its presence in the international market by establishing an office in Shanghai, China. The company’s retail location planning consultancy, GMAP, has made the decision to establish a permanent presence in the country in direct response to retailer demand. The accelerated urbanisation of the country has resulted in the growth of a number of cities ... Read More »

Country Risk Climate: Coface Downgrades Corporates in Europe, Ivory Coast, Japan and South Africa

Coface, the credit insurer has warned that with the ongoing malaise in the European economy, companies heavily exposed to Europe continue to be a relatively risky investment.   To that end, Coface has downgraded its risk assessment of corporates in Italy, Spain, Czech Republic, Poland and Slovenia. Political tension has led to a downgrade of corporates in Ivory Coast, while ... Read More »

Japan Risk Climate: Printing Industry in Japan is Struggling!

According to Teikoku Databank, In the first half of 2012, 68 bankruptcies were filed, which is 6.3% higher than same term last year, and the highest since 2009 with 92 bankruptcies.  However, the total debt from bankruptcies occurred was about 6.5 billion yen which is 72.1% lower than same time last year. Source:  Teikoku Databank a Member of BIIA BIIA ... Read More »

Baidu Q1 Revenue Up 75% – Closes JV with Rakuten

Baidu announced its first quarter results for 2012.  Revenues were US$677 million, up 75% over the same period in 2011. Net income attributable to the company was US$299 million, a jump of 76% over the first quarter last year. Diluted earnings per share in the period were RMB 5.38 (US$0.85). The number of active online marketing customers increased 17% to ... Read More »

Alibaba in New Talks with Yahoo?

The leadership change at Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO) looks to be prompting a fresh wave of friendly overtures toward partners Alibaba and SoftBank Capital. The Hong Kong-based Alibaba and Japan’s SoftBank have been making efforts to buy back shares from Yahoo. The California company owns 40 percent of Alibaba and 35 percent of Yahoo Japan, of which Softbank is the largest owner. ... Read More »

Experian Acquires Altovision Inc. Japan

Experian announces that it has acquired Altovision Inc., an email marketing company in Japan. Founded in 2000, Altovision provides email distribution, marketing consulting (including business-to-business marketing), creative design and technical support to over 200 medium and large-sized clients in segments such as telecommunications, financial services, retail and healthcare. This acquisition further strengthens Experian’s market position in Japan and further extends ... Read More »

Data Theft: The Sony Corporation Debacle Widens

Sony Corporation and Sony Computer Entertainment announced on May 3rd  that their ongoing investigation of illegal intrusions into Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) systems revealed on May 2  that hackers may have stolen SOE customer information on April 16th and 17th, 2011 (PDT). SOE is based in San Diego, California, U.S.A. This information, which was discovered by engineers and security ... Read More »

Data Security in Peril: Sony Online Gaming Network Data Breach

Sony announced that customer data of 70 million of its gaming network had been stolen.  Data elements affected are names, passwords, and e-mail addresses.  It appears to be the largest privacy breach of its kind.  Sony notified its gaming network customer only 6 days after it had closed its PlayStation Network.  It disclosed last week that it had shut the ... Read More »