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  • Odhran Ginnity appointed to the board of Daft Media Limited

    Daft.ie, Ireland's leading property website, has appointed Odhran Ginnity to the Board of Directors.

    Along with the appointment, Mr Ginnity who was the chief operations officer at the company, is taking up a new role as CEO of sister company Adverts Marketplace Limited. Adverts Marketplace is the company behind Adverts.ie, the fast growing marketplace app and website which has seen usage doubling in the last 12 months alone.

    Commenting on the appointment, Eamonn Fallon, Co-founder of Daft Media said, "The successes in Daft over the last seven years have been driven primarily by Odhran and his team. Daft's position as Ireland's No.1 property website is now firmly cemented. We're looking forward to seeing Odhran repeat this run in a new, high potential market"

    Speaking about the opportunity, Mr Ginnity said, "Adverts.ie is a mobile-first platform for buying and selling items. It is in a great position to benefit from the explosion in mobile commerce that will happen in the coming years. Adverts.ie is already similar in size to Daft in terms of traffic and usage and thanks to the smartphone, the growth of the last 12 months looks set to accelerate"

    Further to the move, Gordon Stewart, chief financial officer with Daft.ie, has been appointed acting CEO while the board oversees a recruitment process to fill the vacancy.

  • Daft.ie Releases iPad App

    We are very pleased to announce the launch of the Daft.ie iPad App which is now available for download from the AppStore.

    Daft.ie iPad App

    We spent a lot of time making sure that the experience on the iPad took advantage of the bigger screen and you'll notice after using the app for a while, how enjoyable it is to flick through high-res photos of properties. Maps are also a joy to use and are a great way find property in your neighbourhood.

    Since this is a universal app (works on iPhone, iPod and iPad), there are also some improvements included in this version for iPhone users. A new system for managing memory was implemented, which means that there should be no more crashing. We also made some small improvements to maps and the property details page. As always feedback is welcome and in fact is the main driver of our feature set, so let us know by emailing us at support@daft.ie or posting a review in the app store.

  • Daft.ie iPhone App - Update

    We have just released an update to the widely popular Daft.ie iPhone App which is now available in the app store. Download it here >

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    Based on your feedback we have implemented the most commonly requested features:

    • Improved Stability:
      We have worked hard on reducing the memory footprint (ie the main cause of crashes) for photo browsing and users should see a huge improvement in this area. We have also got the app working efficiently on iPhone OS 3.0 and above which should increase the number of people able to download the app.
    • MyDaft Integration:
      Users can now login to their mydaft account directly from their phone. Favourite searches and ads will automatically synch with the website. We are currently working on extending this integration to include renewing ads, deactivating/reactivating ads and adding photos to ads directly from your phone.
    • Advanced Search:
      Users can now click the advanced button in the search form page and get access to more search options to really refine down their search to find their perfect home
    • New Search Categories:
      We have added both parking space search and new homes search



    Over 32,000 people have already downloaded the app since January and we are averaging just over 5 million page views a month which is about 4% the usage of the main Daft.ie website. In addition, we are now generating 4,000 phone calls a month and 2,000 emails for our advertisers from users of the app.

    If you don't already have the app, here's the link to download it from itunes:
    http://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/daft-ie/id346547065?mt=8

  • Irish Rents May Have Reached the Bottom

    The latest Daft rental report is just out and it shows that rents rose by 1% in January. It's probably still too early to call as rents are still down 25% from peak, but the rental market may have reset to a new level and stabilised.

    Read the press release here

  • Daft.ie iPhone App - The Stats

    Daft.ie iPhone App

    We've been developing for mobile for many years now. We launched one of the the first WAP sites on the digifone portal back in 1999. In 2005 we launched on i-mode. Despite being backed by huge outdoor ad campaigns, i-mode and WAP never really lived up to their promise. We had more people visting daft.ie via their desktop browser in one minute than an entire month on i-mode/WAP. So by and large, mobile has been a total waste of time for us, that is, until now.

    The Daft.ie iPhone App was launched on Christmas Eve 2009 after a six month development effort. We expected it to be popular but the usage stats have blown through even our wildest expectations.

    To date the app has been downloaded 13,627 times, which is great, but download data doesn't tell us very much about usage behaviour. Luckily, Google launched google analytics for mobile in November, so we've been able to track the app usage in the same way we track usage on the main Daft.ie website.

  • Daft Launches iPhone App

    Just in time for Christmas and after 6 months in development, we are very happy to announce the release of the Daft.ie iPhone app.

    The app should feel very familiar to regular users of Daft.ie as we worked hard on mirroring the usability and functionality for the main Daft website.

    With the app you can:

    - Browse our entire database of properties (sales, lettings, sharing, holiday homes and commercial).
    - Browse photos
    - Email and call advertisers directly from the app
    - View location of property on a map
    - Get directions to a property
    - View nearby properties
    - Refine searches based on price, number of bedrooms and location
    - Save your favourite searches and properties to browse through at a later date.

    Download the Daft.ie iPhone app from iTunes now >>

    Please leave your feedback and suggestions on this blog or email us at support@daft.ie, we'd love to hear from you.

    Find out more at www.daft.ie/iphone

  • Daft Media Ranks 8th in the EMEA Deloitte Fast 500

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    We are just back from the Deloitte Fast 500 awards in London and we are very happy to have been ranked as the 8th fastest growing technology and media company in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

    The full list is available here:
    http://www.deloitte.co.uk/fast500emea/fast-500-winners/winners-2009/

    Congratulations also to the 18 other Irish companies that ranked this year.

    Full press release:

    Wednesday, 24th November 2009 - Daft.ie, Ireland’s largest property website, has today announced that it has been ranked 8th on this year’s Technology Fast 500 list, Deloitte’s ranking of the 500 fastest-growing technology companies in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

    Deloitte’s Fast 500 rankings are based on the percentage of fiscal year revenue growth during the five-year period from 2004 to 2008, during which Daft grew by 8,453 per cent. The awards are considered to be one of Europe’s most objective rankings for the technology, media and telecommunications industries and are open to both public and private sector. This year companies from 26 countries were included on the ranking. Daft.ie is the only Irish company to be ranked in the top 10.

    Daft credits its growth to a continued focus on innovation, commitment to delivering the highest standard of customer care and a talented team of employees. Eamonn Fallon, CEO, Daft.ie said, “It is extremely gratifying to accept this award which is a fantastic achievement given the current challenges in today’s property market. This is a testament to the hard work and commitment from each member of our team.”

    David O’Flanagan, partner with Deloitte Dublin said, “Daft has achieved significant success despite the challenges in the property sector. It shows that innovative companies will always win through.”

    Daft was founded in 1997 and has grown to become Ireland's largest property website with over 1.2 million monthly unique visitors. It recently expanded its business into Northern Ireland with the launch of Daft.com and already has almost 25% of properties for sale or rent advertised on the site. Daft Media also owns two other property related websites, Rent.ie and Property.ie.

    In addition to ranking on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 EMEA list, Daft achieved the top spot on the 2009 Deloitte Technology Fast 50, a ranking of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Daft also topped the Fast 50 Rising Star category two years ago.

    ENDS

    For further information please contact:
    Christine Roche on 085 717 1742 or christine@daft.com

    About Daft Media Ltd
    Daft Media is one of Ireland's largest online media groups. Founded in 1997, its flagship title, Daft.ie, is Ireland's largest property website with over 1.2 million monthly unique visitors. It also owns three other property related websites, Rent.ie , Property.ie and Let.ie. In 2008, Daft Media invested in Boards.ie, Ireland's largest community website and Adverts.ie, a social classifieds website. In May 2009, Daft Media launched Daft.com, a property website focused on the Northern Ireland market. The combined audience of all the websites in the group totals over 2 million unique visitors per month.

    About The Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA
    The Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA programme is the region’s most objective industry-ranking standard to focus on the technology field. It was created in 2000 to recognize the effort and dedication of the 500 fastest-growing technology companies in EMEA and includes all areas of technology, from Internet to biotechnology, from medical and scientific to computers/hardware. It includes both public and private companies. The awards, which have been running in EMEA for seven years, are based on five-year average percentage revenue growth. Frequently asked questions are answered on www.fast500emea.com. Details of the winning companies including breakdowns by country, industry sector and ranking will be available at www.fast500emea.com after the event, or please contact us (see below) if you need information in advance. This year the program has been supported by UK Trade & Investment.

  • Playhouse Winner

    For anyone who didn't spot the post over on the playhouse blog, the winner of the Daft.ie €1,000 playhouse prize was TA3. He is a hugely talented street artist based in Dublin and I would encourage you to check out his website and browse through some of his previous work.

    ta3 - The winner of the Daft.ie €1,000 playhouse prize

    Here is the animation he submitted.
    http://playhouse.daft.ie/gallery.php?view=218&clip_id=1064

  • The World's Largest Twitter Client

    Using the playhouse app platform, Tim Redfern has built what is probably the world's largest twitter client. To get your tweets broadcast on liberty hall just put in the #playtweet hashtag into your twitter message. Your message will stream across the top marquee and your profile picture will bounce up onto the main display. Messages will be moderated and will be streamed to the building from tonight until Sunday. Check out the test display broadcast last night:

    As always, in between the twitter messages the user generated animations will still be displayed. Here's a nice youtube video showcasing some great animations, if you haven't seen the building yet:

  • Win €1,000 For the Best Playhouse Animation

    If you have been in Dublin city centre after 8pm over the last two weeks, you probably noticed that there's something going on with Liberty Hall. This is of course the Playhouse project, of which Daft.ie is the main sponsor. With Playhouse, we started out just wanting to do a clever above-the-line branding campaign for Daft, but the project has been a much bigger success than we ever anticipated.

    People watching playhouse from pearse street

    People Watching Playhouse From Pearse Street (source: danburke/pix.ie)

    Over the course of the last 14 days there have been 552 animations submitted by people from all over the world. There have been over 15,000 online viewers of the live show and literally tens of thousands of people who stopped and looked every evening on O'Connell bridge, Millenium bridge and many other great vantage points in the Dublin city centre. Two days ago someone even created a facebook fan page to ask us to keep the show running indefinitely and it now has over 2,000 fans. Unfortunately, the show has to end as it is part of the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival and this Sunday will be the last night of playhouse. However given the public response to this project, you never know, we may look to run this again at a future date.

    Competition
    There are still 5 days left, so there's still time to get over to the playhouse website and submit your own animation. We are offering a €1,000 prize for the best animation submitted before midnight on Friday the 9th of October. The winner will be decided by public vote.

    Vote Now
    Browse the gallery and place your votes now to decide the winner and leave comments on this blog on who you voted for. The winner will be announced live on the building on Saturday night.

    Finally all of us at Daft would like to thank the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival and SIPTU without whom this project couldn't have happened.

    UPDATE: Deadline for submissions has been extended to midnight on Saturday and the winner will be announced on the building on Sunday night.