Surfability News: Press coverage

Our 'vendor profile' is included in the 'Usability and Accessibility Buyer's Guide 2005' which was announced in the following press release.

UK Usability & Accessibility market to surge beyond 100m in 2005

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The combined UK usability and accessibility market will be worth more than 100m in 2005, according to new research published by E-consultancy, the London-based internet marketing group.

The forecast is taken from E-consultancy's new, 175-page 'Usability and Accessibility Buyer's Guide 2005', where E-consultancy offers practical insight with 15 pages of new research into the market (costs, pricing models, trends, ROI studies), 3 pages of best practice tips (a checklist to help buyers choose the right partner) and 21 in-depth vendor profiles.

The UK market - which was worth 90m in 2004 - will grow by a further 25% in 2005, to between 108m to 117m, driven by increased awareness of the benefits of improved website usability and accessibility.

E-consultancy CEO Ashley Friedlein commented: "Accessibility services have quickly grown to account for at least a fifth of market revenues. Our research shows that spending in this area has risen rapidly on concerns about being prosecuted, with companies obliged to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act."

Overall, revenues earned by specialist usability and accessibility consultants or agencies amounted to around 20m for 2004; a figure projected to rise to 25m in 2005. Interactive agencies and in-house teams account for the remainder of this market.

Key findings, trends and issues from the Usability and Accessibility Buyer's Guide 2005:

Vendors profiled in the Usability & Accessibility Buyer's Guide include: Amberlight;; Bunnyfoot; cxpartners; Effortmark; Elemental Creative; Fhios; Flow Interactive; Openia; Optimum.web; Serco; Surfability; System Concepts; The Usability Company; Usability by Design; Usability Gains; UsabilityWorks; Userfocus; User Vision; Web Usability Partnership; and Webcredible.

E-consultancy's 175-page 'Usability and Accessibility Buyer's Guide 2005' retails for 79 or is free for subscribers. A sample can be downloaded from

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About E-consultancy

E-consultancy is the UK's leading online publisher of best practice internet marketing reports, research and how-to guides. It also publishes buyer's guides and has a directory of 100,000+ third party internet marketing white papers.

Since moving to a paid-content model in 2003 E-consultancy has amassed thousands of paying subscribers, around 30,000 registered users and 115,000 unique users sessions per month. Its weekly newsletter is sent to 21,500 users. Subscribers pay from 99 per year to access the exclusive and highly practical content, which helps internet marketers get the most out of their websites.

Released by E-consultancy on March 3rd 2005

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