its new Altavista Rewards program, a sort of "frequent shopping" club where customers can earn points that they can later use for discounts on products. By participating in Altavista Rewards, customers also make themselves eligible for such prizes as exotic trips and a Mercedes SLK 230 convertible. There was a 142% increase in traffic on www.shopping.altavista.com in the first month after the program's debut.
San Diego, Calif. - Claritas and Nielsen/NetRatings have formed a partnership that will help companies to "better target web consumers." Combining Nielsen's Internet audience data with Claritas' marketing segmentation systems, Prizm and MicroVision, the new venture aims to give companies better information and better tools to strategically plan their marketing efforts on the web.
San Francisco - MobShop, a group buying service provider, has been ranked the second-fastest growing website by PC Data Online for the week ending June 3rd. In a separate report in April, PC Data Online declared MobShop twelfth in conversion rates among the top twenty eCommerce sites, with 10.4 of first-time visitors making a purchase. MobShop organizes individual buyers into large groups in order to take advantage of volume discounts.
Plano, Texas - cyberXpo.com, the nation's largest provider of free broadband public Internet access is reaping the benefits from its recent cyberCenter installation into one of the country's most high-profile buildings, The Shops at Prudential Center.
Located in Boston's Back Bay and commonly referred to as the "Pru," the popular center boasts annual visitors in excess of 18 million, which makes it an ideal venue for the free public Internet provider, whose focus is placement of its kiosks in high-traffic environments. The building's traffic, comprised of office workers, convention people, students, tourists, and locals is a result of being a hub to multiple shopping and convention centers, office towers and hotels. cyberXpo.com's cyberCenter is located in the mall directly in front of the Hynes Convention Centers' entrance and restaurant, Au Bon Pain.
New York - Forbes.com has singled out CapitalThinking, Inc., as the only online commercial mortgage financial services company among "the 200 most promising and competitive B2B web sites" in the magazine's first annual "Best of the Web B2B Guide."
CapitalThinking's site, according to Forbes, "does more than just match lenders and borrowers. There are tools here that let you and your lender, and any intermediaries, see documents about the building, the loan and even things like rent rolls or engineering drawings."
Heather Shively, Co-Founder & CEO of CapitalThinking, Inc., said, "Ordinary B2B solutions will not cut it in commercial real estate. The complexity of the transactions demands a complete processing transformation. We have built a web-enabled deal processing engine that will help rationalize a fragmented, paper-intensive and illiquid marketplace."
The Forbes.com announcement came after CapitalThinking was awarded the Commercial Real Estate Digital Media "Digie" Award for best use of the Internet in commercial lending at RealComm 2000 Conference in Dallas. The "Digie" Awards were based on website design, content, progressiveness, technological performance and search engine results.
Denver - AmeriQuotes.com, the web-based service providing commercial real estate principals with free bundled quotes for a broad range of due diligence services, announced it has entered into a joint marketing partnership with VISTAinfo (Nasdaq: VINF).
VISTAinfo is a leading provider of property-specific information, including a wide array of environmental reports and related information technologies, to the North American real estate industry, including retail.