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Greetings Sites Reap the Benefits of Christmas Season to Top Chart

Magazine article Marketing

Greetings Sites Reap the Benefits of Christmas Season to Top Chart

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December 2000 saw Bluemountain.com and Egreetings.com jostle for position in the Jupiter MMXI internet audience rankings, as more and more people went online to send their Christmas cards over the festive season.

Both sites increased their reach of the UK at-home internet audience and the amount of unique visitors visiting their sites. The sites allow visitors to tailor novelty e-mails and send seasonal greetings to friends.

The biggest winner in December was Bluemountain.com, which more than doubled the number of unique visitors to its site on the previous month and shot up the service sector rankings from ninth in November to second in December. Over the same period, Egreetings.com saw its unique visitor numbers climb from 281,000 to 500,000.

This week's analysis also looks at the hotly contested area of search/navigation sites in the UK.

The search and navigation category is less prone to seasonal change. Nevertheless, google.com is making its presence felt. In the three months to December 2000, google.com has seen growth of over 100,000 unique visitors, and its increase in popularity has broken Ask Jeeves' stronghold at the top of the category.

The .co.uk and .com sites from AskJeeves had occupied the number one and number two spots respectively since March 2000.

Dominick Addison is marketing manager of Jupiter MMXI Europe

                         The weekly analysis of UK
                          at-home internet usage
                        Top search, navigation and
                       service sites, December 2000
                               Unique visitors (000) Digital media reach (%)
Top ten search/navigation
sites in the UK, December 2000
Search/navigation site
1  AskJeeves.co.uk                              1654                    13.1
2  Google.com                                   1165                     9.2
3  Askleeves.com                                1127                     8.9
4  Altavista.com                                1036                     8.2
5  Goto.com                                      552                     4.4
6  Altavista.co.uk                               394                     3.1
7  Gohip.com                                     237                     1.9
8  Looksmart.com                                 212                     1.7
9  Clickheretofind.com                           209                     1. … 
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