Localeze in Deal With ADP

I was at the Association of Directory Publishers meeting in Virginia last week. There was the usual bread-and-butter how-to content (distribution efficiency, for example) plus a little of the usual red meat incumbent bashing for the independent publisher faithful, though…

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LinkedIn Joins UGC Directory Field

LinkedIn, the service that greases the wheels of virtual networking, is extending that concept to the Yellow Pages, by offering a directory of local service listings, with a layer of social networking. Here is a write-up on Red Herring. LinkedIn…

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Executive Turnover at Insider Pages

Insider Pages founder Stu MacFarlane has been replaced as CEO by Mitch Galbraith, a veteran of Yahoo!'s small-business division who was recently brought in as VP of advertising. The change at the top appears to have been initiated by Insider's…

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More on Google/YouTube

There has been no shortage of coverage and commentary on Google's acquisition of YouTube this week. Without content assets or unique technology, the acquisition has been viewed with a skeptical eye by many in the media and analyst communities. This…

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More on UGC

Related to last week's discussions on the challenges and opportunities of user-generated content (and somewhat related to yesterday's news of Google's acquisition of YouTube), eMarketer has some positive data on the revenue-generating potential of UGC.

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Google and YouTube: It’s Official

After many days of swirling rumors about a Google acquisition of YouTube, the companies announced today that this will happen. Read the press release here, a recording of the conference call that followed the announcement here, and more to come…

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UGC: To Be or Not to Be II

Related to my post yesterday, Hitwise has some interesting data (via Greg) on the growth of UGC directories (i.e., Yelp, Judy's Book, Insider Pages, etc.) versus that of IYPs. It's an interesting comparison that supports the notion that UGC is…

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Damn Praise

Sept. 28 was an interesting day on several fronts in the local search and online ad spending business, but I'm not sure that it has gotten sufficient coverage. My colleague Michael Boland did write a brief blog titled "Local Search…

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UGC: To Be or Not to Be

While trying to think and type as F-16s roar past my window (it's fleet week here in San Francisco), I'm beginning to notice an uptick in the conversation surrounding user-generated content in local search. Also known as "social search" (as…

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