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Top Searches on Google India In 2014 : IRCTC, Sunny Leone, MotoG

Google has released its Year In Review which shows the most searched terms across various categories on the internet.

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Here are the lists of the Top searched keywords in India by category:

Most Searched Queries:

  1. IRCTC
  2. Flipkart
  3. SBI Online
  4. Snapdeal
  5. PNR Status
  6. HDFC Netbanking
  7. Cricbuzz
  8. Google Translate
  9. Times Of India
  10. Amazon

Most Trended Searches:

  1. Elections 2014
  2. FIFA 2014
  3. iPhone 6
  4. GATE 2015
  5. Narendra Modi
  6. IPL 2014
  7. Ragini MMS 2
  8. Kick
  9. Jai Ho
  10. Happy New Year

Most Searched People:

  1. Sunny Leone
  2. Narendra Modi
  3. Salman Khan
  4. Katrina Kaif
  5. Deepika Padukone
  6. Alia Bhatt
  7. Priyanka Chopra
  8. Shah Rukh Khan
  9. Poonam Pandey
  10. Virat Kohli

Most Trended Movies:

  1. Ragini MMS 2
  2. Kick
  3. Jai Ho
  4. Happy New Year
  5. Bang Bang
  6. Heropanti
  7. Main Tera Hero
  8. 2 States
  9. Ek Villain
  10. Singham Returns

Most Searched Bollywood Actor (Male):

  1. Salman Khan
  2. Shah Rukh Khan
  3. Akshay Kumar
  4. Ranbir Kapoor
  5. Shahid Kapoor
  6. Amitabh Bachchan
  7. Varun Dhawan
  8. Ranveer Singh
  9. Fawad Khan
  10. Emraan Hashmi

Most Searched Bollywood Actor (Female):

  1. Katrina Kaif
  2. Deepika Padukone
  3. Alia Bhatt
  4. Priyanka Chopra
  5. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
  6. Kareena Kapoor Khan
  7. Anushka Sharma
  8. Shradha Kapoor
  9. Sonakshi Sinha
  10. Sonam Kapoor

Most Searched Tech Devices:

  1. Moto G
  2. iPhone 6
  3. Samsung Galaxy S5
  4. Moto E
  5. Nokia X
  6. Nokia XL
  7. Xiaomi Mi3
  8. Samsung Galaxy Grand
  9. Moto X
  10. iPhone 5S

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In A New Low, Government Wants Matrimonial Websites To Use Aadhar Card Authentication

How do you stop crime in the country? Take control of stalkers. How do you do that? Ask matrimonial sites to authenticate using aadhar card!

That’s the new new logic by Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi.

“The minister has suggested using Aadhaar card details to authenticate profiles and by early next year all matrimonial sites will have to comply. She has also asked them to crack down on fake profiles. “

What’s next? Dating sites too would be asked to use aadhar card ? Ofcourse, aadhar has its own benefits and is a great fit for utility services, but how is an intent (of rape etc) related to an authentication tool?

Where is governance? Is governance all about blocking new tools?

#MakeInIndia – but #DONOTSELLININDIA, that’s what the government wants the entrepreneurs to do.

Read : Dear Government : Before #MakeInIndia, We Need #SellingInIndia Reforms!

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Hindi Fonts : Open Sourced By Google

After Open-sourcing Hindi Fonts, Google Launches Hindi Ads On Its Display Network

A lot has been talked about the lack of local language growth in India. While companies tried solving this with transliteration etc initiatives, Google India has pushed the envelope with the launch of Hindi ads on its Google display network.

Hindi Fonts : Open Sourced By Google
Hindi Fonts : Open Sourced By Google

This move is to target the 500 million Hindi speaking audiences in India enabling AdWords advertisers can now build campaigns reaching Hindi language sites on the Google Display Network using text, image, rich media, and video display ad formats.

Google’s language targeting helps users to target their ads to run only for people who speak that particular language. However, Google has also mentioned that targeting all languages helps to get more potential customers, but needs separate language campaigns for different languages.


Google launches 15 open sourced Hindi fonts


Google had been stressing on the local languages for quite sometime now. The company launched the  Indian Language Internet alliance to cater better to the Hindi speaking audience.Google had also launched the hindiweb.com, a portal that aggregates Hindi content and has partners like Amar Ujala, Dainik Bhaskar, Jagran etc.

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Twitter Year In Review 2014 : NaMo 2nd Most Followed on Twitter, Sachin’s Tribute To Phil Hughes Most ReTweeted In Sports

With over 33 million users in India and 140 characters to express themselves, twitter has been a real-time news keeper to everything that happened in India.

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Here is a look at the biggest news makers of 2014.

Politics and News Moments:

Narendra Modi, the second most followed person on Twitter with 8.5 million followers, made few of the most re-tweeted tweets in 2014. Here are the most watched out political moments on twitter:

1 22 April 2014 PM candidate Narendra Modi refrains his supporters from making irresponsible statements during the election campaign
2 3 May 2014 Narendra Modi gives an interview for a Hindi News channel leading to a big debate on Freedom of Press
3 23 April 2014 Kejriwal files nomination papers from Varanasi as Shazia Ilmi stokes controversy over communal comment
4 21 May 2014 Arvind Kejriwal arrested for protesting on the streets of Delhi
5 11 April 2014 SP leader Abu Azmi’s rakes up controversy by claiming there should be punishment involved women in rape cases

 

Top 5 mentioned Indian Leaders are:

RANK TWITTER HANDLE NAME
1. @narendramodi Narendra Modi
2. @arvindkejriwal Arvind Kejriwal
3. @swamy39 Subramanian Swamy
4. @thekiranbedi Kiran Bedi
5. @amitshahoffice Amit Shah

 

Most mentioned government organizations:

RANK TWITTER HANDLE NAME
1. @bjp4india BJP
2. @aamaadmiparty Aam Aadmi Party
3. @incindia INC India
4. @minit_telangana Ministry of IT, Telangana

 

Top followed Indians:

RANK NAME TWITTER HANDLE FOLLOWERS
1 Narendra Modi @narendramodi 8,501,699
2 PMO India @pmoindia 3,872,917
3 Kiran Bedi @thekiranbedi 3,329,625
4 Arvind Kejriwal @arvindkejriwal 2,956,580
5 Shashi Tharoor @shashitharoor 2,579,363
6 Sushma Swaraj @sushmaswaraj 1,921,550
7 Arun Jaitley @arunjaitley 1,268,749
8 Smriti Z Irani @smritiirani 1,075,543
9 Subramanian Swamy @swamy39 998,316
10 Rajnath Singh @bjprajnathsingh 927,263

 

Top political hastags:

RANK HASHTAG DESCRIPTION
1. #MufflerMan #MufflerMan refers to a campaign by Aam Aadmi Party supporters
2. #QuitAAP Public outrage against Aam Adami Party
3. #Results2014 Information on the Lok Sabha elections results
4. #AAP News and conversations revolving around Aam Adami Party
5. #ThankYouDrManMohanSingh Gratitude expressed to the outgoing Prime Minister Mr Manmohan Singh
6. #ThankYouKiranBedi Response to  Kiran Bedi joining the Bhartiya Janta Party
7. #MyVoteForModi Conversations and updates on users on voting for Narendra Modi
8. #CongratsNaMo Congratulatory messages to Prime Minister Modi
9. #WeWantModi Hashtag expressing support for the election of Narendra Modi
10. #ChaloVaranasi Hashtag in support of Modi  who stood from Varanasi in the elections

 

Top News hashtags:

RANK HASHTAG DESCRIPTION
1. #MH370 Conversations around the missing Malaysian Airlines aircraft
2. #KashmirFloods Updates on JK flood relief operation
3. #RahulSpeaksToArnab #RahulSpeaksToArnab refers to an interview that Mr Rahul Gandhi did with Arnab Goswami on a TV show on Times Now news channel
4. #Kashmir Information on the happenings in Kashmir
5. #Mangalyaan Conversations around the Mars Orbiter, India’s first Mars mission
6. #MH17 Conversations around the Malaysian Airlines aircraft which crashed
7. #ModiAtMadison Update and conversations around Modi’s address to NRIs at Madison Square Garden
8. #Budget2014 Conversations about the 2014 Budget
9. #RailBudget Conversations around Railway Budget
10. #MakeInIndia Marketing campaign by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attract  businesses from around the world to invest and manufacture in India

 

The Golden Tweet of 2014

Detailed list of VITs who joined Twitter in 2014:

NAME TWITTER HANDLE FIELD OF WORK FOLLOWERS AS ON 09.12
President of India @RashtrapatiBhvn Politics 3,06,473
ISRO’s Mars Orbiter @MarsOrbiter Science/Astronomy 2,13,717
Ministry of Railways @RailMinIndia Government 1,44,159
Kirron Kher @KirronKherBJP Entertainment / Politics 54,033
Kailash Satyarthi @k_satyarthi Government 50,969
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare @MoHFW_INDIA Government 32,002
Ministry of Textiles @TexMinIndia Government

 

Top Sports Moments on Twitter:

RANK DATE MOMENT
1. 13 Nov 2014 Rohit Sharma scores 264 runs vs Sri Lanka. He claimed the record for the world’s highest ever ODI score by an individual
2. 2 May 2014 The 2014 season of the Pepsi IPL returns to India
3. 2 July 2014 Outrage over tennis star Maria Sharapova claiming she does not know who is cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar

 

Cricket:

RANK HASHTAG DESCRIPTION
1. #IndvsEng #IndvsEng refers to India vs England cricket match played
2. #IPL7 #IPL 7 refers to the “ Indian Premier League” 7th season
3. #NZvsInd #NZvsInd refers to New Zealand vs India cricket match played
4. #wt20 World Twenty20 are the world finals in the Twenty20 cricket format
5. #MCCvsROW Marylebone Cricket Club beat Rest of the World XI cricket match
6. #IPLAuction Information and conversations around the  IPL players auction
7. #MIVsRR Mumbai Indians Vs Rajasthan Royals game in the IPL
8. #CLT20 #CLT20 refers to Champions League T20
9. #IndVSL #IndVSL refers to India vs Sri Lanka cricket series
10. #RCBVKKR Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders game in the IPL

 

Other Sports:

RANK HASHTAG DESCRIPTION
1. #WorldCup2014 Conversation around Football World Cup 2014 held in Brazil
2. #MUFC Football fans following  Manchester United Football Club
3. #AusOpen Conversations around 2014 Australian Open
4. #BRAvsCOL Brazil Vs Colombia World Cup Football game
5. #Wimbledon2014 Conversations around 2014 Wimbledon
6. #UCL Happenings around the Champions League football played by top European Clubs
7. #BRAvsCHI Brazil vs Chile World Cup Football game
8. #WorldCupFinal Conversations around the 2014 World Cup football final
9. #CFC Football fans following Chelsea Football Club
10. #spainvsnetherlands Spain vs Netherlands World Cup Football game

 

Top most followed Indian Sports personality:

RANK NAME TWITTER HANDLE FOLLOWERS
1 Sachin Tendulkar @sachin_rt 4,797,453
2 Virat Kohli @imvkohli 4,624,003
3 MS Dhoni @msdhoni 3,264,924
4 Virender Sehwag @virendersehwag 3,112,141
5 Yuvraj Singh @yuvstrong12 2,669,268
6 Suresh Raina @imraina 2,522,705
7 Sania Mirza @mirzasania 2,156,741
8 Zaheer Khan @imzaheer 1,694,894
9 Gautam Gambhir @gautamgambhir 1,624,827
10 Rohit Sharma @imro45 1,522,241

 

RANK Date TWITTER HANDLE NAME Moment
1. 24 April 2014 @sachin_rt Sachin Tendulkar Sachin Tendulkar’s Birthday
2. 7 July 2014 @msdhoni Mahendra Singh Dhoni MS Dhoni’s Birthday
3. 30 May 2014 @virendersehwag Virendra Sehwag Virender Sehwag scored 122 Of 58 balls Vs Chennai Super Kings in the IPL
4. 6 April 2014 @yuvstrong12 Yuvraj Singh Yuvraj Singh’s knock of 11 runs from 21 balls in the WorldT20, 2014 finals against Sri Lanka

 

NAME TWITTER HANDLE FIELD OF WORK FOLLOWERS AS ON 09.12
VVS Laxman @VVSLaxman281 Cricket 1,22,348
Anil Kumble @anilkumble1074 Cricket 56,806

 

Most Retweeted tweet by a sports personality is by Sachin Tendulkar paying tribute to Phillip Hughes

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2014 General Elections Most Talked About, India Gate Most Checked-In Place : Facebook Year In Review

2014 is about to end and what better way to find people’s interests online other than the social network that has the most people around the world hooked on to it. So Facebook has released its 2014 Year In Review and here are the top trends from around the world:

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  1. 2014 World Cup, Brazil
  2. Ebola Virus Outbreak
  3. Elections in Brazil
  4. Death of Robin Williams
  5. Ice Bucket Challenge
  6. Conflict in Gaza
  7. Missing Malaysian Airlines Flights
  8. Super Bowl
  9. Michael Brown / Ferguson incident
  10. Sochi Olympics

As far as India is concerned, here are the top 10 searches:

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  1. 2014 India General elections
  2. Indian Premiere League
  3. World Cup 2014
  4. Mars Orbiter Mission
  5. Kashmir Floods
  6. Xiaomi Phones
  7. Alia Bhatt
  8. Mary Kom
  9. Missing Malaysian Airlines Flights
  10. Conflict in Gaza

The most checked-in places in India are:

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  1. India Gate
  2. Taj Mahal
  3. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
  4. Nandi Hills
  5. Marine Drive
  6. Marina Beach
  7. Ramoji Film City
  8. Lulu Mall
  9. Hauz Khas Village
  10. Coorg

The Year in Review lists were compiled by Facebook with data measured by how frequently a topic was mentioned in Facebook posts made between January and December 2014.

Youtube : Now Watch Videos Offline!

Breaking : Youtube Goes Offline In India; Watch Videos Offline Upto 48 Hours!

Youtube goes offline in India, enabline people take videos offline to watch later during short periods of low or no internet connectivity.

Youtube : Now Watch Videos Offline!
Youtube : Now Watch Videos Offline!

For videos where this feature is available, people can choose to add the video for offline viewing by tapping on the offline icon that sits under the video frame.

Once taken offline, videos can be played back without an Internet connection for 48 hours, allowing people to enjoy YouTube videos without worrying about slow connections.
Launch partners include videos from T-Series, Saregama and Yashraj Films.
Total disruption, this is ?
Note : works only with Android devices, as expected.
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Flipkart To Raise Another Round Of Billion Dollar Funding?

flipkart-logoAfter its billion dollar funding earlier in July, Flipkart is now in talks to raise another round of funding estimated to be anywhere between 700 million to 1 billion dollars. The firm is currently valued at $6 billion and is expected to reach $11-$12 billion after the fresh round of funding.

The funds will help Flipkart expand its aggressive moves to capture market share. While the earlier round of funding was led majorly by Tiger Global and Naspers among other investors, the investors in the latest round are undisclosed as of now. But at least three investors are expected to be a part of it. The deal is expected to close in another 45 days.

Other than Tiger Global and Naspers, the existing investors in Flipkart include Government of Singapore Investment Corp., DST Global, Accel Partners, Dragoneer Investment Group, Iconiq Capital and Vulcan Capital. There are speculations that The Qatar Investment authority would be one of the major investors in Flipkart’s latest round of funding although there has been no confirmation on the same.[source]

GOSF 2014

GOSF Day 1 Data : Etailers Recorded More Than 4X Revenue Jump.

GOSF this year is receiving a mixed response – there are some good deals on lifestyle/apparels/real estate categories, but very few on electronics/phones.

At GOSF, Google launched Chromecast and even Nexus 6 phones. Partner sites have recived great traction (read : Why Google conducts GOSF) and here is a summary of day one of GOSF:

Tata Value Homes: Over 10,000 registrations have come in for their homes across 5 projects in Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, Ahmedabad and Boisar Near Mumbai. These apartments on GOSF 2014 can be booked online by paying Rs 20k only.

Trendin & Van Heusen witnessed 7-10X increase in traffic and transactions on their site.

Jabong has reported 4X revenue over a normal day and 6X over last GOSF (revenue has increased 4 times compared to their sales on any regular day).  There has been a rise in revenue from mobile at least by 6 times as compared to the last GOSF.  Even the traffic from GOSF on the website  has significantly risen by 8 times  as compared to the last year:

Homeshop18 recorded a 3x increase in sales and 40% more traffic via the app.

Shopclues : In 3 hours (of GOSF), ShopClues did sales for nearly 3 regular days on the site and 30% of the traffic on ShopClues has come from first time visitors.

299 corner received 33% traffic.

GOSF Trends [Via Cashkaro]
GOSF Trends [Via Cashkaro]

GOSF AD SPENDS : Data

1. Around 150% increase in the ad spend on desktops
2. Around 80% increase in the ad spend on mobile
3. Major traction through mobile devices
4. Buyers responded positively to ads that had both the discounted price and percentage when compared to ads with just the discount percentage.This was evident through higher CTRs and 1 Day eCPA, compared to other banners.
5. Day one witnessed around 33% increase in new visitors (data from Vizury).
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Top Searches In Yahoo India : Narendra Modi, Dhoni, Sunny Leone Top The Chart

Yahoo India has released its 2014 Year In Review (YIR) report based on users’ daily search habits and an editorial selection of what they read, recommended and shared most on Yahoo in India.

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Here are details from the report:

Top searched political leaders:
Narendra Modi (Prime Minister of India)
Amit Shah (President of the Bharatiya Janata Party)
Arun Jaitley (Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information and Broadcasting of India)
Sonia Gandhi (Chairperson of the National Advisory Council)
Sharad Pawar (Member of Rajya Sabha)

Most searched sport:
Cricket

Most Searched Sportsperson:
MS Dhoni (current captain of the Indian national cricket team)
Virat Kohli (Indian cricketer)
Sachin Tendulkar (former Indian cricketer)
Mary Kom (Indian Boxer)
Sarita Devi (Indian Boxer)

Most searched Celebrity:
Sunny Leone (Indian Actress)
Deepika Padukone (Indian Actress)
Alia Bhatt (Indian Actress)
Hrithik Roshan (Indian Film actor)
John Abraham (Indian film actor)
Jennifer Lawrence (International Film Actress)

Biggest Financial Decisions:
MakeInIndia
Diesel/Petrol price regulations
Investigative team on Black Money stashed abroad
Supreme Court ruling on Coal Block allocations between 1993-2010 as illegal
Syndicate Bank Bribe-for-Loan scam
Airfare Wars
AliBaba IPO
BigBillion Day

Financial Newsmakers:
Mukesh Ambani (Chairman, Managing Director and largest shareholder of Reliance Industries Limited)
Tim Cook ( CEO of Apple Inc.)
Satya Nadella (Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft)
Vishal Sikka ( CEO and MD of Infosys)
The Bansals (Sachin Bansal, Binny Bansal, Rohit Bansal)
Christophe de Margerie (among noted deaths: served as the Chairman and CEO of Total S.A.)
Karl Slym (among noted deaths: English businessman and the managing director of Tata Motors)

Most Influential People:
Mukesh Ambani (Chairman, Managing Director and largest shareholder of Reliance Industries Limited)
Cyrus Mystri (chairman of Tata Group)
Gautam Adani ( Chairman and founder of Adani Group)

Style Trends of 2014:
Modi’s dressing (Modi kurta and variation of the Nehru achkan coat)
Sheer Palazzo pants
Bright floral leggings/jeggings
Full Grown Beards

Tech Gear:
iPhone6
iPhone6 Plus
iWatch
Samsung Galaxy

Automobiles:
Maruti
Audi
Mercedes
Hyundai
Mahindra

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Food Ordering Startup TinyOwl Raises $3mn Led By Sequoia And Nexus

Mumbai’s location based food ordering platform, TinyOwl has raised $3 million led by Sequoia and Nexus Venture Partners. The company will use these funds to deepen its presence in Mumbai and expand into other metros.

Founded in March 2014 by five IIT Bombay alumni, the TinyOwl app is available on Android and iOS platforms and allows users to order food from restaurants and have it delivered at their doorstep.

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As of now, you can’t club orders from different restaurants, which is a bummer of sorts (Bangalore based competition Delyver recently raised funding).

The TinyOwl funding was actually done 6 months back and TinyOwl claims to have more than 3500 delivery restaurants in Mumbai (<50,000 installs on Play store).

A #FoodTech meets Hyperlocal story – which is the new trend among investors. What’s interesting is that Sequoia has also invested in Zomato which plans to enter into payment space.

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Saavn Introduces Tweet-Powered Radio

saavn radioMusic streaming website Saavn has tied up with Twitter to launch a tweet based radio station.

Users can request songs with the @SaavnRadio twitter handle and the songs will be added to the radio playlist.

The new feature which responds to specific request creates a lot of user engagement and also plays music that is shared by its users from its platform on to twitter.

The radio mode was launched a year ago but Saavn has begun accepting request only now.

Once the request for a song is made using Saavn’s twitter handle, the songs are lined up and refreshed every few minutes. Once the song is confirmed, users get a twitter alert when the request is played. Also the songs need to be spelt right to make a request.

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Earlier this year, Saavn had tied up with T-Series adding over 1.3 lakh sings to its database. Saavn had also recently roped in Ranbir Kapoor as creative collaborator.

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Sapna Book House Acquires Ishita Tech And Its 3 brands [Bookadda, Koolskool, Acadzone]

Sapna Books’ digital arm, SapnaOnline has acquired Ishita Technologies and its three brands Bookadda. com, Acadzone.com and Koolskool.com. sapna-books

While the deal price isn’t disclosed, Ishita techologies was valued at $13mn in 2012 (during Series A round). This is a move by Sapna Books to enter new categories (like test prep material/school supplies).

– Bookadda is an online books retailer.
– Koolskool uses multi-channel retailing and is focused on school supplies
-Acadzone is an online etailer of academic books /test prep materials.

Post this acquisition, Ishita’s 2 warehouses in Delhi and Bengaluru will become part of Sapna (SapnaOnline operates around 11 warehouses in the South).

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Housing – Are They Brokers Or A Real Estate Portal? [A Broker’s Take On New New Thing]

[Editorial Notes : Can Housing.com disrupt brokers? Here is a broker’s take on Housing’s model. As a platform, we belive that it is important for new new startups to engage with existing food chain for a meaningful dialogue.]

I am really not sure where to begin with when it comes to Housing.com. It originally began with an innovative design (at least where the Indian Market is concerned) for a web portal based on real estate. The concept was simple – list your properties to prospective buyers and renters in a brilliantly designed website. They made the website attractive and easy to work with.housing 2

The user interface was attractive, easy to load and came with map search. The property pictures were clicked professionally by their designated staff. This ensured that what you see is what you get. Each listing was verified by their employee.

I heard about how brilliant it was from my own clients especially the young ones. The students and the bachelors who were savvy with their purchase. To attract this crowd, I spent a reasonable amount of money on Housing.com on advertisement. It was the IT thing. The results on advertising not so good. There were way too many bargain hunters looking for something that simply did not exist in the market. They allowed listing directly by owners, which is OK.

However, the owners also gave properties to real estate agents and brokers. These same brokers have paid top dollars to advertise on the same platform as the owners. The policy that Housing.com has apparently is advertise the owners property and keep the brokers in the back end. So the same property is not listed.

Collect money for advertising from the real estate consultants, agents, brokers but display the owner’s listing directly. Now that’s a shady picture.

OK so let’s leave that point aside, and move on to the other point of contention. It is a well known fact in Mumbai’s real estate industry that owners are not loyal to one real estate broker. They prefer to work with several brokers. For some apparent reason, owners believe the Myth that their property will get sold or leased quicker that way. Anyways, lovely Housing.com has a first come first serve basis.

The first person to list their property is the ONLY one who can share the benefit. So the others who have paid subscription fees get diddly squat. No rotational listings, no multiple listings, just ONE. OK acceptable to me but then am I supposed to put only 3-4 properties where the owner has some sort of exclusivity clause with me. Good luck trying to get that in this market.

OK, now let’s leave the disloyalty of owners aside. I accept that this is the world we live in! There was great hullabaloo about how the photographers of Housing.com were trading property information among other brokers for few hundred bucks, a cup of tea or maybe just for tier friends and buddies.

Real estate brokers who trusted the photographers with their information and took them to the apartments and properties. These photographers then started trading this information to other brokers for short change. Apparently this happened in Powai. Now this is just down right ugly. The story is not far fetched. It is quite possibly happened.

OK! By now I have ignored the fact that I pay subscription fees for my property listings to not be listed. I have ignored the fact that I am competing with the actual property owners to lease or sell the property. I have ignored the fact that I am competing with other brokers for getting my listing before anyone else gets it. I also ignore the fact that their photographers are cheats and steal my property data to other scrupulous brokers.

But now I am dealing with a whole new set of EVIL from Housing.com. This one is a brilliant scheme. Buy your Flat directly from Housing.com. Yes folks – You can buy your Tata Home in Pune, Bangalore and Chennai directly on Housing.com. Check it out for yourself – https://housing.com/tatavaluehomes. So now they are real estate brokers themselves. I think I should just shoot myself in the head.

Now I have a whole new level of IT professionals and IIM graduates who want to become real estate brokers.

Here you have it folks – my one year subscription is not even over yet and Housing.com has found innumerable number of ways to cheat me of my subscription. I think I have learnt my lesson. They are bagging money from one investor to another. Getting fresh financing from every venture capital possible. I wonder how this internal scam works for them. Take more money from the latest one and return to the earlier one with additional bonus. This reminds me of Charles Ponzi.

And at that note I will leave you to make your own decision if you would like to put money in their lovely website which reminds me more and more of a lovely blonde girl friend who wants to be friends with you only till you have money to spend on her! The Rest is All …

[Guest article by RK Realtors]

Popular Search Queries Of 2014 : Narendra Modi, Sourav Ganguly, Sunny Leone Top The List

You may not be using Bing as the primary search engine, but Microsoft has managed to be the first to come up with 2014’s top search query before Google and Yahoo.

Top Search Queries In India For 2014
Top Search Queries In India For 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the most sought-after political leader. Despite retiring, Sourav Ganguly continues his reign at the top as the most popular sportsperson on the Net while Sunny Leone tops the celebrity list, fighting off challenge from Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone.

World peace seems top-of-mind for online audiences, with more Indians actively tracking ISIS online than the 2014 general elections, Mangalgyaan Mars Orbiter Mission, the Pro-Kabaddi League, etc. Sunny Leone starrer Ragini MMS 2, 2014’s top opening weekend grosser, topped the Internet charts.
Take a look:

Movies Music Sports Celebrities Political Leaders News Topics
Holiday Drama Queen Sourav Ganguly Sunny Leone Narendra Modi ISIS
Kick Bang Bang Sachin Tendulkar Katrina Kaif Jayalalitha Elections 2014
Jai Ho Ice cream Mary Kom Deepika Padukone Smriti Irani Asian games
Yaariyan Suno Na Sangemarmar Virat Kohli Priyanka Chopra Jawaharlal Nehru Mangalyaan
Ek Villain Sunny Sunny Saina Nehwal Salman Khan Indira Gandhi Xi Jinping India visit
Highway ABCD Yuvraj Singh Kareena Kapoor Sonia Gandhi Pro Kabaddi League
Gunday Hangover MS Dhoni Preity Zinta Arun Jaitley Indian Super League
Main Tera Hero Caller Tune Leander Paes Alia Bhatt Rajiv Gandhi One Life is Not Enough
Singham Returns Sawan Aaya Hai Sunil Gavaskar Hrithik Roshan Manmohan Singh National Sports Day
Queen Daawat E Ishq Shikhar Dhawan Parineeti Chopra Sushma Swaraj Akash Missile launch

Zomato Introduces Mobile Ads On Its App

wp_ss_20141128_0001Restaurant search and discovery service Zomato has announced the introduction of advertisements on its mobile app. Users will now see in-line ads for restaurants contextual to their search and location, appearing on search result pages.

Zomato claims huge traction through its mobile apps with 50% of its more than 30 million users accessing the app across the globe on mobile phones.

Zomato’s revenue model is based on hyper-local advertising contextual to the user search criteria, where users searching for restaurants in a particular area see ads for other relevant dining establishments in and around that location. This allows restaurant businesses to target customers already searching for dining options in their catchment area. At present, over 4500 restaurant businesses in 15 countries globally advertise on Zomato.  Zomato’s mobile focus is also accompanied by the recently launched Zomato for Business application – an app built exclusively to help business owners engage with customers and drive business.

“We experimented a bit over the past few months, and we believe we have the right product is in place now. This increases the reach of our advertisements by 100%. We have been focusing on mobile as a company for a while now and this accompanied by the Zomato for Business app, which is already gaining traction steadily, holds great promise.” – Zomato Co-Founder and COO, Pankaj Chaddah

Zomato also added another country to its growing list of international locations with the launch of its section for Ireland. Zomato covers over 3,000 restaurants in Dublin, and is available on web and mobile.