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Agents happy with OTM

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Agents happy with OTM previous nextMarketingAgents happy with OTMZoopla claims that OnTheMarket’s traffic levels are falling, but agents insist they are happy to continue listing properties with the recently launched portal.PROPERTYdrum1st May 20150560 Views Three months on from the launch of OnTheMarket (OTM) it has been claimed that the property portal is struggling to prove a hit with consumers, but estate agents listing properties on the website insist that they remain happy with OTM.Citing the latest data from Hitwise, the Zoopla Property Group (ZPG) claim that OTM’s website traffic has been in decline for the last few weeks, after peaking in mid-March, and that those agents that list their properties on the website are not receiving good value for money.Lawrence Hall  (left) of ZPG commented, “At the end of the day, OTM is simply a marketing channel like any other and will need to ensure that its audience levels justify its fees. This is even more the case for OTM given that it has required its members to give up a huge audience. It is hard to see how agents can justify paying anything meaningful for marketing on OTM at these current traffic levels.”Ian Springett (right), Chief Executive of, insisted that claims by ZPG that traffic to OTM is falling are “simply inaccurate both in terms of absolute numbers and trends”.“As flattering as it is to receive so much attention from Zoopla Property Group, we would like to correct their misinformation,” he said.“Far from declining throughout March, our traffic levels grew, with more than 1.5 million unique visitors coming to and we have experienced a further uplift in April,” Springett added.ZPG, which has seen a fall in the number of estate agents advertising on its website due to competition from OTM, has issued a number of press releases in recent weeks questioning the volume of people who are actually visiting OTM, as part of a wider anti-OTM campaign. But ZPG’s decision to adopt this marketing approach has surprised some agents.William Wells (left), Residential Sales Director at Mullucks Wells, which is now using OTM and Rightmove to market properties online, but no longer Zoopla, commented, “We are surprised over the tactics employed by other sites which are contacting our clients directly as if they were their clients suggesting that our switch was going to disadvantage them. Zoopla has stated it doesn’t think is a threat to them – but they are talking the talk and their actions suggest otherwise when they have written to our clients. So we would presume they think the site will pose a significant threat in the long-term.”Well insisted that his agency’s decision to drop Zoopla and list properties on OTM was the “right decision” and that the company “wouldn’t want to reverse it”.He added, “We now have more control over promoting our client’s properties because the site is agent led. The site is simple, without paid advertising cluttering it and no distractions for people viewing such as comparison data collection. We’re pleased with the level of national marketing [by OTM].”Another estate agency happy with their decision to switch to OTM, at the expense of Zoopla, is Barton Wyatt.James Wyatt, a Partner at the company, believes that OTM is a long term project that needs time to mature.He commented, “It seems that a lot of people expect instant results from OTM. That is not going to happen. Both Rightmove and Zoopla struggled in their early days – remember that?“Barton Wyatt dropped Zoopla, because the leads we received were poor. In other parts of the country, agents report excellent leads from Zoopla – so this isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ situation.“I certainly wouldn’t go backwards. We believe that OTM will be a success given time. In fact, many of us agents who are backing OTM are looking forward to the day when it will be the only property portal we use.”Hitwise property portals website traffic May 1, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

USS Wasp Visits Mayport

first_img Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Wasp Visits Mayport March 14, 2012 View post tag: visits View post tag: Naval USS Wasp Visits Mayport View post tag: Mayport View post tag: Navy Nearly 1,000 Sailors from amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD 1) pulled into Mayport, Fla., March 13.Wasp left her homeport of Norfolk March 2 to conduct routine operations in the waters of the Southern Caribbean, and use the degaussing range in Mayport.“With the [degaussing] range in Norfolk under repairs, we needed to make use of the Mayport range to achieve our annual certification,” said Capt. Gary M. Boardman. “While in Mayport, Wasp will conduct some minor maintenance and provide a portion of the crew some well-deserved liberty.”Wasp Sailors not on duty will take advantage of the numerous offerings of the southeastern naval port including several Morale, Welfare and Recreation-sponsored trips to Disney World and Universal Studios. Many crew members will also take advantage of the in port opportunity to meet up with family and/or friends who call northern Florida home. “I’m going home to visit my parents who live nearby in Lake City, Florida,” said Fire Controlman (SW) Crystal Ditro, a member of Wasp’s Material, Maintenance Management (3M) division. “We’re going to relax, build a bonfire and enjoy the time together while I’m down here.”Wasp will remain in Mayport through March 16 when she will return to sea and head back to her homeport of Norfolk.With the War of 1812 as the theme, Wasp is slated to participate in several high profile fleet week events in New Orleans, La.; Port Everglades, Fla.; and New York, N.Y. in the coming months. Wasp is using the Mayport visit to rehearse several aspects of this upcoming assignment.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , March 14, 2012; View post tag: News by topic View post tag: USS View post tag: Wasp Share this articlelast_img read more

US Navy Hires GE Aviation for Aircraft Maintenance

first_img View post tag: GE Aviation January 8, 2015 Authorities US Navy Hires GE Aviation for Aircraft Maintenance View post tag: Aircraft View post tag: News by topic View post tag: hires View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Hires GE Aviation for Aircraft Maintenance View post tag: US Navy GE Aviation has been awarded a three-year (2015-2017), $460 million Performance Based Logistics (PBL) contract from the U.S. Navy covering the repair, replacement and program support for F414 engine components for the F/A-18 E/F and EA-18G Growler aircraft.This multi-year procurement arrangement is an availability-based contract providing operational readiness requirements for the F414 fleet through the Navy’s Fleet Readiness Centers West (Lemoore, CA) and Southeast (Jacksonville, FL.).This contract builds on the success of a series of previous F414 PBL contracts dating back to 2002.In addition to the Lynn plant, GE Supply Chain facilities in Hooksett, NH; Rutland, VT.; Wilmington, NC; and Madisonville, KY will provide parts for this PBL contract.Twin F414 engines power F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers. The F414 engine for the F/A-18E/F and EA-18G is rated at 22,000 pounds (98 kN) thrust and is in the 9:1 thrust-to-weight ratio class. The U.S. Navy has taken delivery of over 1,000 F414 engines with more than 1.5 million engine flight-hours accumulated to date.The F414 has also been selected as the powerplant for growth versions of the Saab Gripen and India’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), and is a candidate for other combat aircraft under development.Press release, Image: US Navy View post tag: maintenance View post tag: Navy View post tag: americas Share this articlelast_img read more

Going bananas for Fairtrade

first_imgA national Fairtrade Fortnight initiative has prompted debate in colleges, and several JCRs are now working towards ‘Fairtrade status’.

While Oxford Brookes became the world’s first university to attain Fairtrade status in October 2003, and Oxford itself has held Fairtrade City status for over five years, Oxford University has not yet achieved Fairtrade status. The University would need over two thirds of colleges to conform to Fairtrade Foundation rules to qualify. 

Alastair Marsh, OUSU Environment and Ethics Officer, said, “Oxford as a whole is a sizeable Fairtrade consumer.

“OUSU has a Fairtrade policy, and we believe that using more Fairtrade products wherever possible in Common Rooms and Colleges/PPHs is a good practice.”

Commenting on the use of Fairtrade products, Marsh said, “Of course, we all know the world is a very complicated place, and there are certain features about the Fairtrade system that are less than ideal.

“However Fairtrade is a good place for us to start: all it requires is reading a label and making a conscious choice.” read more

Oxford’s ‘JoyMeter’ app captures impact of lockdown on energy consumption

first_imgParticipants will be sent an electricity recorder via post which can be clipped under any electric meter. They can then record their activities for one day, before returning the parcel in a free pre-paid envelope. Then, participants will receive a personal energy use profile in addition to helping research on important energy questions.  “While those oil tankers are aimlessly drifting around the oceans with their unwanted cargo on board, many societies have shown what change they are capable of – especially with far-sighted political leadership. That should give us great hope.” Dr Grunewald told Cherwell.  Nathan Lawson, President of the Oxford Climate Society and producer of the Climate Breakdown Podcast, told Cherwell: “JoyMeter provides a brilliant opportunity for consumers to keep track of their consumption habits and importantly reveals how they change during the lockdown.” The research project, backed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, has been designed to gather information on household energy consumption. The ‘JoyMeter’ app, developed by the University’s Environmental Change Institute, asks participants to record 25 activities over the course of one day, such as drinking a cup of tea or using the shower. “Flexibility can become a crucial asset when increasingly relying on renewables and storage. Our current mass experiment can reveal which activities change and if a new normal can be established after the lockdown. However, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, it now aims to capture the impact of social distancing by comparing new data to records of the past three years.center_img Dr Philipp Grunewald, Deputy Director of Energy Research at the Environmental Change institute explained the urgency of the research project, pointing out that “we have bimbled towards a climate catastrophe for decades”. He emphasised that the idea of large-scale societal change having to take a substantial amount of time has been proven “entirely wrong” by the COVID-19 crisis.  On April 22nd, internationally recognised as World Earth Day, a team of researchers from the University of Oxford have released a survey app dedicated to gathering data on UK households’ energy usage during the COVID-19 crisis.  The University of Oxford has been contacted for comment. To encourage participation, one participant will receive a year’s free electricity, to a maximum of £1000. The app is available for iOS and Android devices. Dr Grunewald asks: “Can we learn from the response to COVID-19 for our response to climate change? Both exhibit a runaway effect – not acting now means much tougher action later. Both rely on a recognition of the common good – my own (‘insignificant’) actions will affect many others (significantly!). And both could make us focus on what really matters.” He emphasises that “the current lockdown is a unique opportunity to learn how we cope with change.”last_img read more

Anglesey farmer to open artisan mill

first_imgAn Anglesey farmer is to open an artisan flour mill in the autumn, which will supply local craft bakers with wheat and barley flour.Huw Owen, of Bodelwa Farm, Ty Croes, is investing £80,000 in a small Austrian-made stone mill, with funding support from the island’s regeneration agency Menter Môn, which will be used to make flour from crops grown on his farm. A small oil press for making rapeseed oil will also be included at the facility.Traditionally, Owen has grown feed-quality grain for sale to local cattle farmers, but this year he has drilled additional mill varieties. Of the 250 acres of arable, 15 acres have been put down to oil seed rape, 18 acres to mill wheat, five acres to naked barley (without hulls) and three acres to linseed.Bethesda bakery Popty Cae Groes already makes a popular barley bread and is keen to work with Bodelwa in the future, with other local bakeries also interested in sourcing locally-produced flour. Anglesey was known as ‘the bread basket of Wales’ before the Second World War, due to its large arable farms and windmills, but the post-war arrival of subsidies saw a dramatic switch from crops to livestock.Owen hopes to revive the island’s former glories with the new business, while receiving a better return for his crops. He said: “Selling on the commodity markets is a bit of a rollercoaster. One year you can get £180/tonne for barley and the next the price has dropped to £80, which hardly covers your costs. So this project is an attempt to stabilise the business and take greater control.”last_img read more

Press release: Legislation introduced to help businesses affected by unfair ‘staircase tax’

first_imgCommunities Secretary Sajid Javid will today (28 March 2018) introduce legislation that will reverse the impact of a ‘staircase tax’, which has unfairly affected up to a thousand businesses.A Supreme Court judgment saw hundreds of businesses that operate in adjoining units or rooms, but are accessed from a common corridor or staircase, receiving separate rate bills for each unit.The ruling also saw businesses facing higher rate bills, with some paying more due to the loss of small business rate relief.The introduction of the Bill means these firms will be able to choose to have their rates recalculated under the old single bill system and any savings due backdated.Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said: Subject to Parliamentary approval of the Bill, those businesses who have been directly impacted by the Supreme Court judgement can ask the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) to recalculate valuations based on previous practice.It can then have its bill recalculated if it chooses, and backdated. This includes those firms who lost small business rate relief.Further informationThe introduction of the legislation follows a decision in the Supreme Court (Woolway v Mazars) which brought about a change the practice of the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) in assessing rateable values for businesses.Following this ruling, businesses who occupied more than one property in a shared building received a separate rates bill for each unit. This was widely known as the ‘staircase tax’ and meant businesses in adjoining units who had previously received one rates bill, were now being subject to several bills. Some businesses were paying more overall due to the loss of small business rate relief – a discount applied to the bills of certain businesses with a lower rateable value.This ruling overturned an established and widely understood practice where businesses occupying 2 adjoining floors or 2 rooms separated by a wall only received a single bill. Media enquiries Email [email protected] 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF For years firms in adjoining units or rooms rightly received one rates bill, but this court ruling meant they faced multiple bills for operating in an office linked by a communal lift or stairs. This was a completely unreasonable burden on businesses which this legislation will put a stop to. We’re giving those businesses affected the option of getting their rates bills recalculated and any savings due backdated. General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. Social media – MHCLG Office address and general enquiries Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 Contact form https://forms.communit… Twitter – – – read more

NFL Shares Full Video Of Tom Petty’s Super Bowl XLII Halftime Performance [Watch]

first_imgIn recent years, Super Bowl halftime shows have gotten increasingly flashy. However, in 2008, the recently deceased rock icon Tom Petty challenged this, putting on a stellar show during Super Bowl XLII, which saw the New York Giants dramatically upset the New England Patriots at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. During his twelve-minute performance, Petty and The Heartbreakers ran through some of his greatest hits, laying out superb renditions of “American Girl,” “I Won’t Back Down,” “Free Fallin’”, and “Runnin’ Down a Dream” and letting the music speak for itself during his fairly stripped-down performance.This 1977 Interview Proves That Tom Petty Was Coolness Personified [Watch] You can watch Tom Petty and The Heartbreaker’s full Super Bowl XLII halftime show below, which the NFL published earlier in the week in remembrance of the late and great rock and roll hero.last_img

Vulfpeck Announces The Joe Dart Bass, Influences New “1612” WeldWerks Beer

first_imgVulfpeck bassist Joe Dart recently collaborated with Ernie Ball Music Man to develop the signature Joe Dart Bass. 50 of the first basses will be made to order by Ernie Ball Music Man, with “First 50” engraved on the backplate. The new instruments will only be on sale through March, with an expected shipping date in August 2019.Joe Dart  has released a new video displaying the bass in action, along with his Vulpeck/Fearless Flyers cohorts Jack Stratton and Nate Smith. The bassist runs through Kool & The Gang‘s “Hollywood Swinging”, Chic‘s “Good Times”, Queen‘s “Another One Bites The Dust”, followed by Vulf originals “It Gets Funkier” and “1612.” Dart moves on to explains all his signatures bass’ functions, highlighted by a funny Jack Stratton pitch, with Nate Smith holding it down on drums.Watch The Joe Dart Bass video:The Joe Dart Bass[Video:Vulf]In other related Vulf news, Greeley, CO-based WeldWerks Brewing Co. has announced their “1612” Vulfpeck-inspired hazy IPA. The 6.4% ABV beer features, “notes of low end, crisp highs and restrained yet perfectly placed instrumentation.”The brewery’s announcement reads,So, we got a guy. A marketing guy. A guy who does marketing things. A man of markets, if you will. We often see him bobbing to the infectious grooves of those funky funksters from Michigan known as Vulfpeck, and we’ll be darned if we haven’t all been charmed by this groovy tune, so we wanted to pay homage with this hazy IPA brewed with El Dorado, Amarillo and Cascade hops.Currently, WeldWerks’ “1612” is on draft at the brewery in Greeley,  and went on sale on Thursday, March 1st at 12 p.m. (MST). A four-pack of cans costs $14,  with a limit of one case to start.last_img read more

Belarusian scholar enrolls at GSAS

first_imgVolha Charnysh, a 2010 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholar, has enrolled at Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The foundation awards graduate scholarships to students who have also received an undergraduate scholarship from the foundation.Charnysh, a native of Belarus, left her home country to attend a small Midwestern community college. The foundation’s Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship enabled her to attend Smith College, where she received her undergraduate degree. Charnysh has dedicated her life to nuclear disarmament and is editor of a publication for Belarusians in the United States.For more on the scholars and the foundation, visit the foundation’s website.last_img