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Buying Power report: Blacks spend as economy grows
New 16th edition shows $507 bil in spending

The finding comes from the 16th annual edition of "The Buying Power of Black America" report. In 2009, black households spent an estimated $507 billion in 27 product and services categories. ...

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Interactive One claims record-setting traffic levels for its sites in 2011

(February 10, 2012) Interactive One, the largest digital media company serving Black Americans, has reached a record-breaking number of Black Americans with 7.7 million unique visitors according to Omniture SiteCatalyst, January 2012. This number reflects 22 percent growth since January 2011 and is significantly higher than the company's previous record-breaking month of May 2011 when unique visitors reached 7.2 million.

The company's diverse portfolio contributed to this historical success in January 2012:, the premiere online destination for up-to-the-minute, comprehensive news coverage relevant to African Americans, increased its unique visitors by 21 percent since January 2011, having reached 1.5 million unique visitors., the definitive lifestyle website for Black women, reached 1.6 million unique visitors, an increase of 14 percent year-over-year., Interactive One's pop culture property, increased its unique visitors by 16 percent, having reached 1.6 million unique visitors., a site devoted to elevating the mind, body and spirit, reached 276,000 unique visitors, an increase of 22 percent since January 2011.

Radio One stations' digital radio sites reached a total of 2.2 million unique visitors, an increase of 17 percent year-over-year.

BlackPlanet Radio, Interactive One's newest property launched in November 2011, reached 47,000 unique visitors in January.  That number is two-and-a-half times greater than its total for December 2011. Also notable is the company's impressive mobile visitor numbers that place it well ahead of competitors. Interactive One's editorial sites had a total of 2.1 million unique mobile users in January 2012.

"Closing out an impressive 2011 with record numbers and new products, we are thrilled to kick off the New Year with an unprecedented digital footprint thanks to growth across our entire portfolio of brands," said Tom Newman, President, Interactive One.  "That Interactive One is reaching more Black Americans than ever before is a signal to us and our advertising partners that our products and websites are resonating in ever more significant ways."

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