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The battle for DACH

LinkedIn is currently competing with Xing for market dominance in the DACH region, D-Deutsch (Germany), A-Österreich (Austria), CH-Schweiz (Switzerland).

Founded in 2003 in Hamburg, Xing is still the market leader in the DACH countries and beats LinkedIn by 2 Million Users.

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Destination in Focus – Patras

Patras (Πάτρα) is the third largest city in the Ahaya prefecture, located on the south coast of the Gulf of Corinth, on the Peloponnese peninsula, 215 km west of Athens. Its area is 125.4 km². The city is built at the foothills of Mount Panachaikon, overlooking the Gulf of Patras.

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Shopping on Instagram – mission possible!

On 19th March Instagram introduced its new checkout feature and took another step to become a complete e-commerce business.

Users can now make purchases without even leaving the app. The retailers are charged a fee for being present; the service is free of charge for the consumers. Shopping in Instagram is currently only available in the USA.

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Destination in Focus – Istanbul

Istanbul is located on both sides of the Bosporus. With a sky full of domes and minarets, Istanbul is one of the truly romantic cities. Its history goes back to the past, from Byzantium and its leading position in the Ottoman Empire to today, when it is the largest city in Turkey and its cultural center. In this huge city, you can stroll through the same streets where the sultans walked, admire the mosques, look into the Sultan’s harem or shop at the Grand Bazaar.

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Seasonality and buying behavior

According to a study conducted by the British Retail Consortium, the weather has the biggest influence on consumer behavior after the economy. Its effect on purchase decision reaches well beyond the obvious examples of splurging on ice cream on hot days.

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Destination in Focus – Sofia

Sofia is one of the oldest European capitals. The history of Sofia can be traced back to Neolithic times. In the 7th century BC, the Serdi came to the edge of the Vitosha Mountains in the west of present-day Bulgaria. They settled here and founded Serdika. For almost 400 years the Thracians determined the history of the Balkans, then the Romans came, conquered Thrace and developed the city into a Roman provincial capital. The Roman and Thracian traces have buried under modern buildings, e.g. the old town hall is located under the Sheraton Hotel, under the National Historical Museum, there are remains of an early Christian basilica. The usual Roman thermal baths can be visited under the Rila Hotel.

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Destination in Focus – Shenzhen

The Destination in Focus this week is Shenzhen. Shenzhen is a city in South China, located in the Pearl River Delta, in Guangdong province. It has a population of about 23,3 million inhabitants (2018) and an area of 2 050 km². Located north of Hong Kong, it has the second largest container port in China after Shanghai.

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Is Instagram going to overtake Facebook?

Facebook continues to experience steady growth in users in spite of the occasional fluctuation. And according to the 2018 Sprout Social Index, it remains the most favored social media platform among social marketers.

Instagram, on the other hand, notes a rapid and explosive growth, having reached 1 billion users in 2018. The platform has also undergone plenty of changes in terms of features and interface, enabling many options for advertisers.

To stay ahead of the curve in 2019, take a look at the most significant statistics for both platforms:

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Destination in Focus – Sapporo

Probably best known for its eponymous beer, skiing and annual Sapporo Snow Festival featuring ice sculptures, Sapporo boasts rich human resources, a high educational standard, and low office rental costs.

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Destination in Focus – Tallinn

Estonia has been called the “most advanced digital society in the world”. The country established e-Governance as early as 1997, allowing citizens to access many public services online, and in 2000 the country declared access to the Internet a basic human right. In 2001 it created the Digital Identity Card, which allows all citizens to access everything from transportation to their medical records. And in 2005, Estonia became the first country in the world to allow citizens to vote online.