Local Search on the Rise …

... according to comScore. Here are the latest numbers. As we've pointed out in the past, actual local searches could be greater. Local searches are defined in this study as "searches conducted by consumers on the local or directory (Yellow…

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The End of White Pages?

OK, that headline is a little bit ahead of the facts, but the question is a legitimate one for the Yellow Pages industry. As we report in this week's Local Media Journal, Canada's Yellow Pages Group has moved its publishing…

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To Sensis, ’Yellow’ Says It All

In this week's Local Media Journal, we write about Australian publisher Sensis' recent decision to drop the "Pages" from its "Yellow Pages" brand, thus reshaping the brand into one that is truly platform agnostic. Along with this re-branding comes the…

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Revised: Merchant Circle Complaints

For the past couple of days, I've been besieged by "comments" that look like they are from small businesses that are complaining about Merchant Circle's aggressive voicemail promos. Merchant Circle is a new company that is designed to generate small-business…

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Cool Combines With Warm

Caribe Acquisition Holdings, the incumbent directory publishers in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, has purchased ACS Media Income Fund. ACS Media is the largest publisher of print and Internet directories in Alaska with 10 print titles throughout the state.…

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DDC Day 2: A Recap of Selected Sessions

Ike Harris, president of BellSouth's Advertising & Publishing Group, kicked off Day 2 of DDC with a keynote that stressed the opportunities afforded by changing industry and cultural dynamics — thought by some to be a threat. There is a…

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DDC Day 1: Keynotes

DDC today was packed full of sessions — the morning containing mostly keynotes and the afternoon divided into smaller breakouts. After introductory remarks from John Kelsey, conference chairperson Charles Laughlin took the podium to lay the groundwork for the biggest…

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Live From DDC: Night 1

The Directory Driven Commerce conference kicked off tonight with a session to discuss many of the points raised in Charles' previous post. Earlier in the day, we spent some time at the Santa Monica offices of emerging SEO/SEM provider for…

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Key Themes at DDC2006

I am writing from Los Angeles as we prepare for our DDC2006 conference, which begins tomorrow. I plan to kick things off tomorrow with a discussion of key themes we see driving the industry today. These are among the topics…

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YPG to Face New Toronto Competitor

Don't have many details yet, but I did learn on Friday that Canadian Phone Directories, a PE-backed independent directory publisher in Canada, plans to launch a Toronto directory in competition with Yellow Pages Group, Canada's dominant directory publisher.CPD was formed…

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