Alma Media launches

ALMA MEDIA CORPORATION PRESS RELEASE 29 November 2000 1/2 Alma Media launches Alma Media has introduced an entirely new Internet service for companies and private individuals wishing to advertise property and vehicles. The seller provides full details of the product on offer, e.g. a house or car for sale, and prospective buyers can then examine the information using easy-to-use search functions. Buyers unable to find a suitable property or car can register what they are looking for in Vahti, a service that notifies them by e- mail when a suitable property or car comes up for sale. Alma Media has launched this service in its 24 online publications. Alma Media has opened its new service today as part of the online services offered by Aamulehti and Iltalehti. In the future the service will be be added to the online editions of Satakunnan Kansa, Lapin Kansa, Pohjolan Sanomat, Kainuun Sanomat, Kankaanpään Seutu, Koillis-Häme, Nokian Uutiset, Raahelainen, Raahen Seutu, Pyhäjokiseutu, Ouluneteläinen, Valkeakosken Sanomat, Kurun Sanomat, Suur-Keuruu, Merikarvialehti, Uutismarkku, Sydän- Satakunta, Jokilaakso, Kuhmolainen, Sotkamo, Ylä-Kainuu and Vekkari. Graphical display of full details " is an entirely new service for classified advertisements on the Internet; the advertisements displayed are not reruns of those used by the print versions of the newspapers. advertisers are able to use several colour photographs of the product they are offering and they can also include all the information they want without limit. We will expand this service in the future by offering advertisers the opportunity to submit their print advertisements via the Internet," said Mr Juha Kiviranta, Product Manager at Aamulehti. is a complete and easy-to-use package of services for both buyers and sellers which will be included in the online services already offered by Alma Media. In Iltalehti, for example, the new service can be found at Online users can access the new service using their existing user codes and passwords. The newspapers will offer this service to subscribers free of charge until 5 January 2001. After this, they will be charged FIM 130 per advertisement, which will be invoiced or prepaid by online banking services. OP Group’s services to be linked to The Okobank Group will offer new services tailored to users. The Internet property services will be integrated. The Group’s estate agents (OP-Kiiinteistökeskukset) will offer professional services including property presentation and contract preparation. "Our aim is to strengthen our position in the property market. With a specific range of services we will be able to serve also private individuals wishing to take partial responsibility for buying or selling property themselves," stated Ms Heidi Gustafsson, Business Manager, OP-Kiinteistökeskus. Discussions are also in progress on making the ostajamyy service part of, a new consumer portal due to be launched next spring. The OP Group is a shareholder in Virtuaalinen Suomi (Virtual Finland), the company introducing this portal, along with the Pohjola insurance group and A-lehdet publishers. The service package will be further expanded next year to cover new product groups such as separate classifed ads services for boats, motorcycles, caravans and motor homes. System development is the responsibility of Tampere-based Almare Systems Oy and Alma Media Interactive. Alma Media is Finland’s leading new-media content producer. The Group’s online services have more than 600 000 vistors weekly. The services are coordinated and managed by Alma Media’s AHAA customer management database, which has over 900 000 registered users. Further information: Mr Juha Kiviranta, Product Manager, Aamulehti, +358-(0)3-2666 471 Ms Heidi Gustafsson, Business Manager, OP-Kiinteistökeskus, +358-(0)9-404 3332
  • Date: 29.11.2000, 08:00
  • News type: Press release

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