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BNZ MarketView Nov 2013

The November 2013 BNZ Online Retail Sales index shows online spending by New Zealanders at offshore stores was up approximately 20% on November last year.

  • November is the seasonal peak for online spending at offshore merchants, as consumers want to ensure any gifts purchased arrive in plenty of time for Christmas.
  • Offshore online purchases were particularly strong for books and entertainment media (which includes music downloads).

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Kingsland's Gateway Marker

QR codes and a mobile website developed by AI support Kingsland's new Gateway Marker, unveiled earlier this week. 

In a suburb known for its creative funky vibe it is perhaps no surprise Kingsland is leading the way with a signpost that reflects the artistic nature of this upcoming area.

While many suburbs have no signage at all, Kingsland has installed a 5 metre high grit-blasted curved steel structure at the entrance to the village.

Funded by an Auckland Council SLIP grant of $20,000 through Albert-Eden Local Board, the brief was to create a sense of arrival for both pedestrians and motorists.

"We are really grateful the Council had the vision to allow Kingsland the chance to make a bold statement about our identity", says Christine Foley, Kingsland Business Society Manager.


Google Places For Business

What’s happening to Google Places for Business?

With over 40% of all searches having a local element and one million New Zealanders searching for local information every day a Google Places, Google Places fgor Business, or Google+ Local listing is essential for any business operating locally.

Creating, publishing and maintaining such a listing can however be problematic and we are happy to be able to assist clients in this area.

Google have recently upgraded the Google Places for Business dashboard, "giving business owners an updated interface, more ease in updating their business information, and updates on the status of their edits", says Google.


2013 Doodle For Google

Google DoodleL

Congratulations to Doodle For Google winner - Deyvi Wilton of Papanui Primary School in Papanui.  Deyvi has won a Chromebook and Nexus 7 tablet for himself and $10,000 worth of technology for his school. His doodle will be featured on google.co.nz early next year.