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GDS International Bucks the Trend with 9.5% Growth

GDS International beats falling Ad spend

After a catastrophic 2008 for global markets, dazed investors emerged from their shelters to ask if 2009 will be any better. With Stocks losing 42% of their value, erasing more than $29 trillion in value the consensus among professionals? Do not expect the big rebound that usually follows a sharp downturn.

Because of this U.S. online ad spending dropped for the third straight quarter during the third quarter of 2009 by 4% to $6.4 billion compared to a year ago, according to new data from market research firm IDC. Globally, online ad dollars slipped 1% to $14.7 billion over the period. Because of this Media companies who rely on such revenues have felt the pinch and are looking for alternative business models to drive growth in 2010. Large corporate publishers such as Haymarket are ending print editions and News Corp are set to begin charging for online content. But is this a step in the right direction? GDS International does not agree.

Maintaining a steadfast approach to publishing and maintaining unrivalled ROI to their clients GDS International (parent company of GDS Publishing) have bucked the Trend and have posted 9.5% this year, opening offices in New Yorks Trump towers, Sydney, Cardiff and Kuala Lumpur.

"The key has been to diversify and innovate" Harlan Davies VP Product for GDS International, "We have a young and vibrant workforce that have adapted well in new business verticals and geographic markets". Boasting over forty C-level summits a year,  alongside its sixteen year old publishing business that circulates over fifty publication to executives world-wide, 2009 has seen GDS International diversify into New Media. Now championing some of the fastest growing online News services such as Next Gen Online News and online executive Broadcasting Network MeettheBoss is has clearly been the right move.

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John Funnell has worked in online media for over ten years, after achieving his First Class BSC Hons Degree (BBC Sponsored), John won Bos 18-21 Princess Trust Entrepeneur of the year at 21, setting up Clean Living Records Ltd (including www.BeatReview.com) with great success having many acts that charted in Europe and Canada. After selling the business John looked for a new challenge and joined GDS International, having a successful career in sales and Delegate acquisition, he worked up to Event Director EMEA, forging contacts with some of the biggest technology names in the world, this lead to John having a lead role in the creation of MeettheBoss.com and MeettheBoss.tv – the worlds largest business IPTV channel. John then took over as Marketing and Communications Director and ran a multifaceted global Marketing team for GDS International in New York, Sydney, Kuala Lumper and the UK.. John joined Global in 2011 with the challenge of supporting its growth by developing a solid Marketing foundation through various Digital, PR and brand initiatives.