Saturday, November 21, 2009

How do people search for restaurants

In the UK, the generic restaurant guide seems to be in decline, Michelin is a famous brand and has peaks in autumn, toptable (reviews and booking) has become more prevalent.

In Germany there is a similar picture. The restaurant guide is in decline, Michelin leads before ADAC and Varta, but in contrast to the UK restaurant review/critique hasn’t quite picked up yet.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

pay for news content?

LONDON - The latest survey of consumers' attitudes to paying for online content shows that 48% of people in the UK would pay for news online and on mobile devices.

Boston Consulting Group surveyed 5,000 people in the UK, the US, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Norway and Finland via Research Now's online research service.
The figure is markedly higher than a previous survey by PaidContent UK, in which just 5% of readers said they would pay to continue reading when asked "What would you do if your favourite news site began charging?".
The BCG survey asked "How much per month are you willing to pay to get online news on your PC or mobile?", including zero as one option in the multiple choice answer.
This is a really interesting difference since almost no-one will pay for what they get for free now, whereas half would pay given payment options. Given various payment options, respondents are less likely to chose no payment.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Ransome's Dock

Restaurant in the docks of Battersea. Nice athmosphere and jazz music
in the background. The food could be better. The courgette fritter are
nice though slightly burnt. The fish and chips consisted of mainly
French fries and very little cod. The cod could have been seasoned
better. Nice service. 3/5

Sunday, November 08, 2009

BNP online presence

I am not supporting the BNP in any way.

The Question Time appearance of Nick Griffin has increased traffic to their site massively. In the weeks surrounding the show reach went as high as 0.3% of global traffic (alexa).

Interestingly their reach is higher than that of the three main political parties, even outside the QT period.

The profile from alexa shows that the visitors are mainly middle and retired men with either very low or high education (journalists).

Google Insight reveals that BNP has surpassed Labour as a search term as well. However not as much as the difference in reach - which suggests that many visit the BNP site directly.

Many BNP visitors also visit which is a US White supremacist forum.