Alejandro Suarez Sanchez-Ocana. TIME-sector employer since 1998, CEO of Group Publispain and the network of blogs Entertainment Networks SL, President of Inversora Foley, director and Founding Partner of Yes.fm, adviser and investor in several companies for innovation, new technologies and the Internet.
I like to comment on developments in leisure Networks because our company is young and I have invested much time and money on it, and I believe in its future. At the end of 2008 my idea is to break away a bit from day to day and to delegate something more in my team and concentrate on new projects to prepare.
Soon our network of blogs will grow sideways and I will have more interesting things to announce, not the incorporation of new blogs, but new approaches and possibly sub-2 releasing on the market for microcontenidos to accompany it with other very different approaches and entry of new partners and new approaches within them.
Commenting on the data ahead of September for the first time I was doubly pleased, firstly because the growth was still very broad and sustained, and secondly because these almost 2 years of holding losses on a monthly level staff were beginning to give fruit and in September we had our first operating profit.
Today I can announce that as we came to work those benefits go up by 100% compared to September on the basis of the agreements in the medium and long term that we have signed with several companies as well as the growth of our traffic and advertising billing.
Frankly had no economic purpose in 2008, in fact, the initial approach was to continue growing even if it were not sustained so as to benefit and longer rentabilizaríamos in 2009 .... That approach was changed in December when they thought the economy was going to require modifying the original idea of a more defensive.
As if that was aimed in terms of unique users, which for me is the most important factor, far more than the benefits, and much more than page views. The user is everything.
Today I can announce that this month we have reached 3,000,000 unique users per month in the network of blogs. Specifically, we ended the month according to internal data we handle the first day of each month at 3,057,022 unique users per month (+11.94% over the past month) and 9,144,898 (+11.76 respect to last month) . I am afraid that Nielsen / ONA, which will soon draw data, not even collect the 3 million users by the small differential, and because we use 2 blogs is not even included in the panel (including this month) and there is possibly formalize 3 million next month.
Many or few? Well, I must say that when July 1 reached 2,000,000 users did not think that in 3 months the pace of growth would enable us to reach this figure so quickly, in fact, the goal seemed ambitious to December 2008 (in my team some what they believed impossible. Well actually I think nobody thought very possible ).
The reality is that in 1 year and 10 months we have gathered 3,000,000 people around the blogs of Leisure, and the agencies, advertisers, partners, investors and even some in the media with business interests on the Internet and see it begin to pay much more attention, but much work remains to be done and we must greatly improve some of our publications in its editorial quality and better position. We will also have 2 strong challenges in the coming months working to launch 2 new projects from Entertainment Networks.
In principle remain the targets for 2009 already commented on occasion of 6,000,000 users and 15,000,000 million page views, but it is possible and we have already raised to think in order to revise them upward next month if we continue with this pace of growth, I think that is healthy and that the goal should be ambitious in order to motivate us more.