Daily Archives: November 19, 2008

Mint.com balance serviceAs consumers watch what they spend more closely in these credit-squeezed times, services such as Mint.com’s personal finance site could come into their own.

As a Mint user, I can see bar graphs of my monthly spending in particular categories. I can also compare my spending to that of other users in San Francisco, in California or the US as a whole. Read more

Cocoa PuffsTed McConnell’s 30 years within Procter & Gamble include three as a company futurist, so when the company’s general manager for interactive marketing and innovation questions Facebook’s merits for marketers, it is hard to dismiss as Luddite carping, writes Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson.

In a speech to a digital media conference in P&G’s home town of Cincinnati, McConnell said it was “predatory” and “arrogant” to “hijack” conversations on social networks. Read more

These days, €40m ($51m) is a big funding round for any company whose revenues are based entirely on advertising. Blyk provides free mobile calls to 200,000 British 16- to 24-year-olds in exchange for them receiving advertising messages, a membership it reached much faster than expected. Its response rates of 25 per cent have attracted 180 advertisers – but is even that enough to maintain revenues, with advertisers pulling budgets from even the most tried and tested of media?

Blyk’s fundraising – its third, coming from existing investors, who include Goldman Sachs and Sofinnova Partners – was accompanied by a “new media partnership strategy”. Blyk currently operates using a mobile virtual network, airtime bought wholesale from Orange in the UK and Vodafone in the Netherlands. But for further international expansion, Blyk’s co-founder and chief executive (and a former Nokia president), Pekka Ala-Pietila, says: “We don’t need to work purely on our own.” Read more