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Experian launches Hitwise Internet measurement service for France

Experian Hitwise will provide reporting on more than 75,000 sites across 160+ industries and over 1 million search terms
Further expands Experian’s digital marketing capabilities in France
Google.fr is the most visited website in France, accounting for 1 in every 10 Internet visits
Social networking is more popular in France than in the UK, but online shopping less so

London, 9 February 2010 Experian, the global information services company, has further expanded its Marketing Services portfolio in Europe with the launch of Experian Hitwise in France. Experian’s Internet measurement service will help domestic and international marketers operating in France to improve their online marketing, content development, affiliate strategies and search tactics.

Experian Hitwise is reporting on more than 75,000 websites across 160+ industries and over 1 million search terms, based on the Internet activity of 90,000 French Internet users from all over the country.  Experian Hitwise also operates in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Canada and Brazil.

“We are delighted to continue the global expansion of Experian’s Marketing Services products and services with the launch of Hitwise in France,” said Jonathan Hulford-Funnel, Managing Director of Experian Marketing Services in EMEA. “From a digital marketing perspective, France has the second largest broadband population in Europe[1], and Experian Hitwise is now able to provide marketers with specific insights into consumer behaviour as well as competitors’ marketing activities. This data is crucial to improving and measuring online marketing and complements our Experian CheetahMail e-mail marketing service in France."

The Hitwise France service will provide clients with data on website industry and category rankings, Clickstream traffic activity, search behaviour and keyword research. Clients also will have access to additional tools to create custom categories, search term portfolios and customized dashboards.

Visit the Hitwise France web site at:
http://fr.hitwise.com


Google.fr is the most visited website in France, accounting for 1 in every 10 Internet visits

During the week ending 30/01/10, Google France (
www.google.fr) was the most visited website in France, picking up 10.38% of all French Internet visits – equivalent to 1 in every 10. Two other Google-owned properties also appeared in the list of the 10 most visited websites in France during the same week: YouTube (www.youtube.com) at number 4 and Google.com at number 7.


Top 10 websites in France, ranked by market share of French Internet visits, week ending 30/01/10

 

 

 

 

Rank

Websites

Domain

Visits

1

Google France

www.google.fr

10.38%

2

Facebook

www.facebook.com

6.83%

3

Windows Live Mail

mail.live.com

3.20%

4

YouTube

www.youtube.com

2.37%

5

Orange France Webmail

webmail.orange.fr

1.96%

6

Orange France

www.orange.fr

1.88%

7

Google

www.google.com

1.73%

8

Skyrock

www.skyrock.com

1.43%

9

Leboncoin.fr

www.leboncoin.fr

1.26%

10

MSN France

fr.msn.com

1.01%

 

 

 

 

Source: Experian Hitwise

 

 


Facebook is the second most visited website in France, accounting for 6.83% of all French Internet visits during the week ending 30/01/10. The site accounted for just under half of all French visits to social networks over the same period, picking up over twice many visited as second placed YouTube. Skyrock (
www.skyrock.com) is the third most popular social network in France, and the eighth most popular website overall.

Windows Live Mail (mail.live.com, also known as Windows Live Hotmail) is the third most visited website in France and the most popular webmail service. Orange France Webmail (webmail.orange.fr) is the next most popular webmail service and fifth most visited website overall, while Orange France (
www.orange.fr) ranks sixth. The list of the top 10 websites in France is completed by Leboncoin.fr, the most popular retail website at number nine, and MSN France in tenth position.


Social networking is more popular in France than in the UK, but online shopping less so

Search Engines are the most visited category of website in France, accounting for 14.27% of all French Internet visits during the week ending 30/01/10. Social networks and Forums rank second, picking up 12.85% of French Internet visits – more than the 10.61% the industry accounts for in the UK. Shopping and Classifieds websites, on the other hand, account for a higher percentage of Internet visits in the UK (8.74%) than in France (8.44%).

“France and the UK have very similar sized Internet populations, so it is interesting to compare the different ways in which the web is used in the two countries,” commented Robin Goad, European Research Director at Experian Hitwise. “In France, more online time is spent on communication and entertainment than in the UK, with Entertainment websites and Webmail services also picking up a higher proportion of visits. On the other hand, people in the UK are more likely to use the Internet to make transactions and look for information. News and Media, Sports, Travel, and Education websites all account for a higher proportion of Internet visits in the UK than in France.”


Top online industries in France and the UK, ranked by market share of Internet visits within country, week ending 30/01/10

 

 

 

Industry

Share of French Internet visits

Share of UK Internet visits

Search Engines

14.72%

12.16%

Social Networks and Forums

12.85%

10.61%

Entertainment

12.08%

11.80%

Shopping and Classifieds

8.44%

8.74%

Business and Finance

6.60%

6.48%

Webmail services

6.52%

3.63%

News and Media

3.31%

6.20%

Sports

2.32%

3.09%

Travel

2.05%

3.34%

Education

1.84%

2.66%

 

 

 

Source: Experian Hitwise

 

 

ENDS

Contact:
Lindsay O’Gorman
Experian Hitwise
+44 20 7378 4763
press.uk@hitwise.com


About Experian

Experian is the leading global information services company, providing data and analytical tools to clients in more than 65 countries. The company helps businesses to manage credit risk, prevent fraud, target marketing offers and automate decision making. Experian also helps individuals to check their credit report and credit score, and protect against identity theft.

Experian plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN) and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index. Total revenue for the year ended 31 March 2009 was $3.9 billion. Experian employs approximately 15,000 people in 40 countries and has its corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, with operational headquarters in Nottingham, UK; Costa Mesa, California; and São Paulo, Brazil. 

For more information, visit
http://www.experianplc.com.

 

Experian and the marks used herein are service marks or registered trademarks of Experian Information Solutions, Inc. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

 

About Experian Hitwise

Experian Hitwise is the leading online competitive intelligence service. Experian Hitwise gives marketers a competitive advantage by providing daily insights on how 25 million Internet users around the world interact with more than 1 million Web sites. This external view helps companies grow and protect their businesses by identifying threats and opportunities as they develop. Experian Hitwise has more than 1,500 clients across numerous sectors, including financial services, media, travel and retail.

Experian Hitwise (FTS:EXPN), www.experianplc.com, operates in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Canada and Brazil. More information about Experian Hitwise is available at www.hitwise.co.uk.

For up-to-date analysis of online trends, please visit the Experian Hitwise research blog at www.ilovedata.com and the Experian Hitwise Data Centre at
www.hitwise.com/datacentre




[1] Source: OECD Broadband penetration data, June 2009. http://www.oecd.org/document/54/0,3343,en_2649_34225_38690102_1_1_1_1,00.html

 

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