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Global Online Population To Hit 2.2 Billion By 2013 July 28, 2009

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The number of people online around the world will grow more than 45 percent to 2.2 billion users over the next five years, according to a new report by Forrester Research, Inc.z

Asia remains the biggest global Internet growth engine: 43 percent of the world’s online population will reside in Asia by 2013, with 17 percent of the global online population in China.

Growth rates in the US, Western Europe, and the major industrialized nations in Asia Pacific such as Australia, Japan, and South Korea will slow to between 1 percent and 3 percent.

Online penetration in the US is set to rise from 73 percent to 82 percent over the next five years, representing about a 3 percent annual growth rate.

Europe. Europe’s Internet growth will be fueled by the continent’s emerging markets.

Internet usage in Russia and Turkey will grow by almost 8 percent annually, while growth in Spain’s online population will increase by an average of more than 5 percent each year.

Other Asian countries with substantial online growth rates include India, Indonesia, Pakistan, and the Philippines.

Countries With The Most Internet Users: 2008

1. China
3. Japan
4. Brazil
5. China
2. India
4. Japan
5. Brazil

Countries With The Most Internet Users: 2013

1. China
2. US
3. India
4. Japan
5. Brazil

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Get It in Writing–GigPay Launches Online Contracts Tool July 28, 2009

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GigPay, the event payments start-up, has developed an online tool with the ability to generate and manage live performance contracts for it’s users.

The service, operated from GigPay.com, allows a musician or anyone hiring them, to draw up a customised professional live performance contract, by providing information relevant to their event or gig. The result is a contract that is tailored to the user’s specification. Users can also manage and track the status of any contract drawn up by the system.

After agreement the contract is indefinitely available online, allowing both parties the benefit of an unchanged, centrally stored contract.

In addition, GigPay’s contract has an easy to read format that displays a contract’s key facts and then the detail following that. GigPay are offering the service for a per-contract fee of $1.80/£0.80 or a soon to be determined annual fee (allowing unlimited use of the system for no extra cost).

GigPay is a UK payment processing company for the live events industry. Somewhat like PayPal for live events.

For more information:
http://www.gigpay.com/

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Digital Promo Pack Helps Retailers Harness Power of Internet & Digital Entertainment to Boost Sales July 28, 2009

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Online promotions are soaring and are expected to triple in the next five years. The reason. They work?

To help retailers drive traffic and boost sales this fall shopping season, Digital Promotions and e-Marketing Firm RC Strategies Group has launched Digital Promo Pack™, a suite of customizable, turnkey digital incentives that offers something for every demographic.

Digital Promo Pack™, which includes digital promotions ranging from music downloads and audiobooks, to personalized cell phone and laptop covers, provides both online and brick and mortar retailers with powerful, easy-to-implement promotions that harness the power of the Internet and the universal appeal of digital entertainment to incent customers and motivate them to act.

“In today’s tough economy, engaging customers in a personalized way and rewarding them for their business is key to any successful sales strategy,” notes Ingrid Ricks, Principal of RC Strategies Group. “With our Digital Promo Pack™, retailers can select the digital incentive that best targets their unique customer base and we do the rest – from issuing promo codes, to branding and card printing, to fulfillment and support.”

About RC Strategies Group
Since 2003, RC Strategies Group has helped businesses increase sales and build customer relationships through digital promotions and e-marketing strategies. RC Strategies Group, a digital promotions and e-marketing firm headquartered in Seattle, combines digital promotions, online marketing, public relations and social media strategies to provide clients with the complete solution they need to drive the results they want. Contact:
Ingrid Ricks, Principal
Call: 425-281-0415
Email: ingrid@rcstrategiesgroup.com
Visit: http://www.rcstrategiesgroup.com

Broadband Connection: Are You Getting What You Have Paid For? July 28, 2009

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When downloading music, video, pages and other material from the internet, do your downloads slow to a crawl? Do you think that with the internet connection you are suppose to have your downloads would be faster?

If your broadband speed is not what you thought you were paying for, this is more than simply a perception.

Broadband customers receive only half the speed they pay for when downloading music, pages, films and other material from the internet, Ofcom discloses in a definitive survey which confirms suspicions that services are far slower than advertised.

While most customers in the UK subscribe to packages offering “up to 8 Mbit/s” (mega bits per second) nine major broadband companies delivered only 4.1 Mbit/s, 57 per cent of the “headline rate”. No customers achieved the top speed; the maximum was 7.1 Mbit/s.

Ofcom found significant differences between internet service providers (ISPs). Tiscali 8 Mbit/s customers received on average 3.2 to 3.7, while AOL and BT struggled to deliver much more than 4 Mbit/s. By contrast, Virgin Media’s “up to 10 Mbit/s” cable package delivered 8.1 Mbit/s, far superior to the other packages.

The report UK Broadband Speeds 2009 said the major factor determining speed was distance between homes and broadband exchanges; homes more than 2km away were much slower.
To check current speeds, Ofcom commissioned the specialist company SamKnows to check the rates delivered by the nine biggest providers – AOL; BT; O2; Orange; Plusnet; Sky; TalkTalk; Tiscali; and Virgin Media, which account for 90 per cent of all broadband connections. Ofcom found that speeds were significantly lower in the evening; average speeds between 8pm and 10pm were 3.7 Mbit/s. Rural homes received significantly slower speeds (3.3Mbit/s), than city homes (4.6Mbit/s).

Ofcom said 83 per cent of customers were satisfied with their broadband service, but of the 9 per cent that were dissatisfied, speed was their biggest complaint.

It said advertising was a matter for the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Steve Weller, marketing director at price comparison service uSwitch.com, said the report was “damning” of the broadband companies.

“They obviously get away with misleading customers with their ‘up to 8 meg’ – customers either never receive 8 meg and most customers get much lower than the advertised speeds,” he said.

People in rural areas in particular are being treated like second-rate customers.”

America Unwired: Americans Flocking To Internet with Wireless Devices July 28, 2009

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According to a recently conducted survey done by the Pew Research Institute, the use of mobile handsets for accessing the Web has increased 73% since late 2007.

More particularly mobile handsets are on the rise as a means for accessing the Internet, the report noted.

On a typical day in April 2009, 19% of Americans used their cell phones or smartphones to go online, a 73% increase over December 2007.

According to the report, 32% of Americans have used a mobile device for e-mailing, instant messaging, or seeking information, compared to 24% at the end of 2007.

According to Pew’s John Horrigan, the author of the report, “Mobile access strengthens the three pillars of online engagement: connecting with others, satisfying information queries, and sharing content with others.

“With access in their pockets, many Americans are ‘on the fly’ consumers and producers of digital information.”

The most active users of the mobile Internet, according to the report, were African Americans; 29% go online with a handheld device on an average day, compared to 17% of white Americans.

The report found that African Americans are 70% more likely than white Americans to have accessed the Internet from a handheld device.

“The notion of a digital divide for African Americans has some resonance when thinking about the wireline Internet,” said Horrigan. “But when you introduce the mobile Internet, the picture changes and African Americans are the pace setters.”

Non-voice data activities are also becoming popular lures for accessing the Internet with mobile devices. These non-voice activities include checking e-mail, sending or receiving text messages, taking pictures, playing games, accessing the Web, recording videos, instant messaging, watching videos, getting maps or directions. or playing music,

The report is based on an April 2009 survey of 2,253 Americans.

For more information:
http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1287/wireless-internet-use-mobile-access