Record-breaking month for the Bournemouth Echo online in January

Bournemouth Echo: Record-breaking month for the Bournemouth Echo online in January Record-breaking month for the Bournemouth Echo online in January

EXTREME weather combined with a boost in social media use led to a record-breaking 7.5 million hits on the Daily Echo’s website in January – with 820,989 readers.

Flooding blighted much of the area throughout the month and readers took to Facebook and Twitter to share their snaps of the chaos like never before.

Three of the top five most read stories were about weather and bournemouthecho.co.uk website assistant Sarah Cartlidge credited readers contributing their own pictures and live blogs being continually updated.

She said: "Everything is a lot more immediate now.”

More than 400,000 visits made the flooding gallery the most popular ever, which featured images of locations across the area submerged by water.

Reporters and photographers were on the scene of breaking news stories across the county, bringing readers as-it-happened information, pictures and video.

The most read story of the month had 94,440 hits, with almost 70,000 of these coming from Facebook, in a month when 291,611 referrals via the world’s largest social network broke another Echo record.

Toby Granville group editor, said: “I’d like to thank every one of the 820,989 readers who visited our website in January and made it an amazing record-breaking month.

“More and more readers are visiting our website because our talented team of journalists are producing the very best exclusives – as well as reporting the big breaking stories online live from the scene all around the county.”

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2:17pm Tue 4 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Sure a lot of it was down to the picture of the Dalik on the layby.so creative,hilarious
Sure a lot of it was down to the picture of the Dalik on the layby.so creative,hilarious kalebmoledirt

3:46pm Tue 4 Feb 14

60plus says...

I'm sure a lot of it being online was the price of buying it .
I'm sure a lot of it being online was the price of buying it . 60plus

6:23pm Tue 4 Feb 14

hooplaa says...

Wonder how high the bounce rate is?!
Wonder how high the bounce rate is?! hooplaa

6:32pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Redgolfer says...

So why do not the wonderful investigative journalist do some RESEARCH and investigate the goings on in the council chamber, why the large proportion of comments that are against what this council do with our money, like the crazy going on in Old Christchurch Road who are going to make disabled and others to try and walk down from Stafford Road.
The accident waiting to happen at the round- a- bout at the top of Richmond Hill, Where to put the bus station and I could go on but we all know where but it would be nice for our local rag to FIND OUT for US.
So why do not the wonderful investigative journalist do some RESEARCH and investigate the goings on in the council chamber, why the large proportion of comments that are against what this council do with our money, like the crazy going on in Old Christchurch Road who are going to make disabled and others to try and walk down from Stafford Road. The accident waiting to happen at the round- a- bout at the top of Richmond Hill, Where to put the bus station and I could go on but we all know where but it would be nice for our local rag to FIND OUT for US. Redgolfer

7:26pm Tue 4 Feb 14

BIGTONE says...

It's coz I'm on here.
It's coz I'm on here. BIGTONE

8:29pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Lewcee says...

The Echo site is absolute rubbish, so crammed with pop-ups, self-playing video adverts, advert crammed news vids, splurged adverts around the back-ground, it takes 15 -20 seconds to load each page, that's EACH page, (I have proven 20Mb Fibre Broadband + 2Gb RAM, so it is not my end), and I am fed up with waiting for pages to load. Even the BBC's HUGE website loads in a fraction of this time. Get it fixed, Echo, or lose another customer. (With apologies).
The Echo site is absolute rubbish, so crammed with pop-ups, self-playing video adverts, advert crammed news vids, splurged adverts around the back-ground, it takes 15 -20 seconds to load each page, that's EACH page, (I have proven 20Mb Fibre Broadband + 2Gb RAM, so it is not my end), and I am fed up with waiting for pages to load. Even the BBC's HUGE website loads in a fraction of this time. Get it fixed, Echo, or lose another customer. (With apologies). Lewcee

8:32pm Tue 4 Feb 14

BIGTONE says...

Lewcee wrote:
The Echo site is absolute rubbish, so crammed with pop-ups, self-playing video adverts, advert crammed news vids, splurged adverts around the back-ground, it takes 15 -20 seconds to load each page, that's EACH page, (I have proven 20Mb Fibre Broadband + 2Gb RAM, so it is not my end), and I am fed up with waiting for pages to load. Even the BBC's HUGE website loads in a fraction of this time. Get it fixed, Echo, or lose another customer. (With apologies).
You must have a c rap device. No probs on my lappie,iPad or phone.
[quote][p][bold]Lewcee[/bold] wrote: The Echo site is absolute rubbish, so crammed with pop-ups, self-playing video adverts, advert crammed news vids, splurged adverts around the back-ground, it takes 15 -20 seconds to load each page, that's EACH page, (I have proven 20Mb Fibre Broadband + 2Gb RAM, so it is not my end), and I am fed up with waiting for pages to load. Even the BBC's HUGE website loads in a fraction of this time. Get it fixed, Echo, or lose another customer. (With apologies).[/p][/quote]You must have a c rap device. No probs on my lappie,iPad or phone. BIGTONE

10:30pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Old Colonial says...

Probably due to hits resulting from smart misleading headlines, eg today about a death in Boscombe. Also people like myself complaining about the standard of so-called journalism we get.
Probably due to hits resulting from smart misleading headlines, eg today about a death in Boscombe. Also people like myself complaining about the standard of so-called journalism we get. Old Colonial

8:06am Thu 6 Feb 14

BishopThrostwitch says...

"EXTREME weather combined with a boost in social media use led to a record-breaking 7.5 million hits on the Daily Echo’s website in January – with 820,989 readers. "

Weather and social media? Very credible.

It certainly wasn't the high quality of journalism that did it. Isn't the Echo is only one of scores of Bournemouth newspapers with its own website? I'm not completely convinced. Perhaps, like so much these days, it's the only game in town.
"EXTREME weather combined with a boost in social media use led to a record-breaking 7.5 million hits on the Daily Echo’s website in January – with 820,989 readers. " Weather and social media? Very credible. It certainly wasn't the high quality of journalism that did it. Isn't the Echo is only one of scores of Bournemouth newspapers with its own website? I'm not completely convinced. Perhaps, like so much these days, it's the only game in town. BishopThrostwitch

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