Hannah Wilson, head of marketing at Gumtree, said the classifieds site attracted an average of 17.8 million monthly visitors in 2016, up from 14.4 million the previous year. She said this is evidence of the changes that began a year ago taking effect.
Wilson added that Gumtree was serious about its long-term objective of becoming the number-one British digital brand. This is an ambitious target given that the current number one, the BBC, has 37.8 million monthly visitors, according to comScore data published in June last year.
She said: "People can be sceptical but you only have to look at our sister companies – Gumtree South Africa and Australia, and Kijiji in Canada. They’ve got massive reach."
Each of those companies is among the top 15 most-visited sites in its country. In South Africa, Gumtree is the fifth-most-popular site, according to Alexa data.
The relaunch also increased Gumtree’s app downloads by 3.3 million during 2016 to 15.2 million.