How they do it: Although regular users can use the platform for free, LinkedIn integrates targeted ads for services as well as jobs in the individual users platform experience. Hence it is able to generate revenue from both free as well as premium users.
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How they do it: JCDecaux allows its customers to advertise in the public space. This includes street furniture, public transport and billboards. The audience of JCDecaux’ products are the people who use these services. However those people don’t pay money to JCDecaux. On the other hand JCDecaux markets the people’s attention to its clients who pay money to the company to advertise to the people. This money generates revenue for the company and pays for the physical infrastructure.
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How they do it: As Hotmail drove a lot of traffic on its website from its email users, it monetized that traffic with ads. These include sponsored articles, as well as display ads. The core product remained free to the user but Hotmail generated revenue from advertisers.
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How they do it: Google’s search engine is free to use for all customers. However Google monetizes its search users through providing companies targeted advertising which allows them to target exactly the customers that are looking for a certain product or service and also enables the customers to better find what they are looking for.
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How they do it: Advertisements help keep Skype free for millions of users. These advertisements are displayed in an unobtrusive way and will not disrupt Skype user’s experience. If customers have purchased Skype Credits or a subscription, you will not see advertisements for other companies in Skype.
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