Category Archives: Partnerships

Online scheduling platform Doodle expands to Nordics through partnership with Sellbranch

We are very happy to announce the new partnership with Nordic advertisement agency Sellbranch.

Nordic Doodle users have helped grow the platform to be one of the rising stars in the Nordic internet scene, with yearly growth rates of more than 30%. Sellbranch will help monetise the valuable traffic millions of Doodle users are generating month by month in Sweden, Norway and Finland.

Michael Brecht, CEO of Doodle explains ”I am really happy about the partnership between the leading Swedish online advertising agency Sellbranch and Doodle as the global standard for online scheduling, as we will jointly offer our highly interesting ads inventory to Nordic clients.”

“We are really looking forward to launch Doodle in the Nordics. Doodle has fantastic advertising solutions which we look forward to bring to the market. Combining Doodle’s high end users with Sellbranch programmatic technology and sales force I’m confident that we will deliver high values for advertisers and consumers” says Marcus Ericson, Programmatic Director at Sellbranch.

Doodle is attractive for corporate clients as the company offers highly-affine branding solutions for advertisers, all situated around the poll, the Doodle users are creating. With more than 25 million people using Doodle around the world every month, the application has become the global standard for online group scheduling.

Välkommen Sellbranch –
your Doodle Team

Global collaboration on Elance enabled through Doodle

Each day thousands of freelancers and businesses work together on Elance – the world’s leading platform for online work. Meetings are arranged. Time zones are crossed. Deadlines are met.

Elance logoCompanies come to Elance with projects they need completed, posting their jobs online. Online freelancers with the skills to perform the jobs learn about the opportunities and submit proposals for the project.

This gives businesses a global pool of talents to select from, and freelancers a way of escaping their local economy. This happens while they’re accessing a more mobile lifestyle, working with clients who don’t judge them on where they’re from or how they dress – but strictly focusing on the quality of work they deliver.

One big global collaboration every day

To make this work, Elance provides an online work platform where each collaboration has its own online workroom. In this workroom files can be shared, feedback can be delivered, to-do lists made, video conferences held, screens shared and much more.

But as people are creative and continuously seek ways of optimizing their work, what we see on Elance is that they also utilize other tools to perfect the collaboration between the hiring business and the freelancer. One of the most popular tools is Doodle.

Doodle enables collaboration

As Elance is a global platform where people from all over the world work together every day, one of the challenges is to overcome time zone differences. We see projects every day where several workers from several countries and time zones have to speak together to define projects, set milestones and give feedback.

Doodle works well in solving this challenge as:

  • Doodle offers time-zone support
  • Doodle offers multi-user participation in scheduling
  • Doodle offers multi timeslot suggestions

Elance offers a way for companies to work different and be more successful. Access to the best workers is no longer a challenge, as more than 2 million freelancers are ready to tackle your next job today. It’s now possible to focus on what you’re best at, and then offer the other projects to talented freelancers. This includes jobs that you don’t have enough time to do, or projects you need a specialist to perform. With Elance, you can follow your passion and help others follow theirs. Doodle is an important contributor to enable this global collaboration.

About the Author: Kjetil Olsen is Elance’s Vice President for Europe.

Choose Doodle as Pinned Site in iE9

Microsoft users with Internet Explorer’s latest version iE9 get some interesting new features like Pinned Sites. With Pinned Sites, you can get to your favorite sites directly from the Windows taskbar—without having to open Internet Explorer first. When you pin Doodle it will look like this:

Pinning Doodle in the Internet Explorer takes seconds: click the icon to the left of the web address in One Box, or the tab for the website, or the website’s icon on the New Tab page, and then drag it to the taskbar. That’s it. Once it’s pinned, it shows up as its own thumbnail, separate from Internet Explorer. Now all it takes is one click to start scheduling an event.

Further information: Microsoft product page

Swiss publisher Tamedia takes shares in Doodle

The Swiss publisher Tamedia is going to engage in Doodle and will take 49 percent of the shares that are a part of the leading online scheduling service. Synergies are seen in a partnership with the leading Swiss directory search.ch (www.search.ch) – a Tamedia affiliate – to strengthen Doodle’s position in its home market with regard to advertising and the SME sector. On the other hand, Tamedia will strive to expand its online portfolio with Doodle in an international way.

Doodle will remain unchanged in all major aspects, especially concerning the free service, the Premium accounts, and the advertising platform, both now and in the future. The operational lead will stay with Michael Näf and Paul E. Sevinç as co-owners, executive directors, and board members. Doodle’s team of 11 people will continue to work on the project at the Technopark in Zurich.

“We’re happy to announce this partial exit that allows us to benefit from synergies with Tamedia and gives us room to operate and grow independently and remain open for additional international partnerships,” said Doodle CEO Michael Näf. The details of the transaction will be submitted to the Swiss Federal Competition Commission and the parties agreed to keep them confidential.

Doodle is launch partner in new SAP OpenSocial catalogue

The world’s leading provider of enterprise software SAP makes Doodle available to its customers: SAP announced today to broadening the range of tools and functionality available to users of the SAP StreamWork application by introducing support for OpenSocial. Doodle, Google Translate, MindMeister, Atlassian are CS Odessa the five launch partners that SAP integrates in the SAP StreamWorks catalogue.

We’re glad about beeing a launch partern for SAP! Holly Simmons (senior director, On Demand Marketing, SAP) said in the press release: “Our customers need ways to work quickly, flexibly and fluidly across a broad range of applications and capabilities, including what they already use today. With OpenSocial, we’re pleased to be able to rapidly extend SAP StreamWork with solutions from leading organizations to deliver a seamless and productive user experience.”

Doodle supports the ECOWS2011

The European Conference on Web Services (ECOWS) is the premier conference series for both researchers and practitioners to discuss the latest advances in the state of the art and practices of Web services and to foster cross-European collaboration and exchange. The 9th edition of the ECOWS series will be held on September 14-16 2011 at the University of Lugano, Switzerland. Doodle is media partner of the ECOWS2011.

eKnife: Swiss efficiency to the power of three

You know Doodle but do you use Wuala and Memonic as well? With Wuala you can store your files securely online, Memonic allows you to clip essential information from websites and access it from every computer or mobile device.

Wuala, Memonic and Doodle stand for excellent Swiss web services that help you to more easily organize your life and access your information. We want to make it even easier for you to enter the world of Swiss efficiency with our premium bundle eKnife that is launched today: get three Swiss web services upgraded at the price of one! The promotion is available at www.eknife.ch for 59 CHF/44 € through December, and gives the users access to Premium Doodle, a premium Memonic account, and 10 GB of online storage on Wuala for one year.

A big thank you goes to the three top Swiss bloggers  @leumund@bloggingtom and @michelrossier who were involved when the idea of a Swiss premium bundle was triggered by a conversation on Twitter.

Read more in our press release!