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Kelsey ILM ’06: Zillow on Real Estates Renaissance

Online real estate has gone through its "classical" period, from 1995 to 2000, and its "dark ages," from 2001 to 2005, but is now in the midst of its "renaissance" due to "data enlightenment" and "consumer driven industrial change," per…

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Kelsey ILM ’06: Google SME Head Dan Rubinstein

Google's head of SME product development, Dan Rubinstein, speaking at The Kelsey Group's ILM event in Philadelphia, said the company is going to meet SMEs halfway to get them to actively market themselves on the Internet. Google is developing several…

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Local Search to Be the Glue for IAC

IAC/InterActiveCorp Chairman and CEO Barry Diller announced yesterday at a Reuters Media Summit that Ask.com will launch a new local search destination Dec. 4, called AskCity. The key here is that the new local search play will be the glue…

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Battle for Recruitment: Monster Adds Key Papers

Monster has fallen off its leadership perch, hit hard by CareerBuilder's heavy media spend and its extremely effective bundling of print/online ads. But by most counts, it is still fairly equal with CareerBuilder. It is certainly well ahead of Yahoo!…

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Curley on The WaPos Super Local Web 2.0 Site

Exactly what Rob Curley has been working on since joining The Washington Post Co. in September has been a matter of curiosity for people who've watched his thoughtful, transformative influence on interactive newspaper sites. A podcast interview with Marketwatch's Frank…

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CareerSite Execs Blame PowerOnes Owners

Several execs involved in CareerSite wrote into my personal site to weigh in on CareerSite's demise, its apparent neglect by the newspaper owners of PowerOne Media, and what it all might mean as Yahoo! tries to work with most of…

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Vertical Watch: Lawn and Garden Yellow Pages

Vertical sites carved out from broader Yellow Pages categories are one of those things that make tons of sense  although the only surefire winners at this point seem to be the lawyer sites. What most of these sites have…

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Ask Who? In the U.K., AskTheLocal

AskTheLocal.com is a new "shopping search engine" recently launched in the U.K. Started by husband-and-wife team Philip and Paula Abrahamson, along with Philip's brother Peter, AskTheLocal is similar in concept to ShopLocal in the U.S. (and to a lesser degree,…

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Happy Thanksgiving

To all of our U.S. readers, Happy Thanksgiving. Our offices will be open on Friday but blog posting will be light as we gear up for our ILM '06 conference next week. Hope to see you in Philadelphia.

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Google on Click-to-Call

Today I had the chance to chat with Dan Rubinstein, head of SME product initiatives at Google. Among many other things in the rapidly shifting online local marketplace, we spoke about Google's integration of click-to-call links in all its local…

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Yahoo!’s Newspaper Deal Means End of CareerSite

PowerOne Media, once a major vendor for small and medium-sized newspapers, has sold off its recruitment site, CareerSite, to three of its newspaper owners: MediaNews Group, Hearst and Lee Enterprises. The companies are expected to shut down CareerSite after an…

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YPG Stays the Course on Income Trust

Several stories today highlighted the decision by Canada's Yellow Pages Group to increase its cash payout to unit holders in the Yellow Pages Income Trust. This is widely read as a signal the company is moving full speed ahead as…

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Sometimes It’s All About Local and Print

Last week I had the opportunity to attend Yellow Pages Today!, hosted by Peter Buxton and Jesper Simonsen in Vienna. The event, titled "Staying Ahead in Search," was well conceived and executed. The hosts often made the point that directories…

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OJRs Poor Report Card for Community Nets

Community networks, or "we networks," are so poorly used that they tend to really be "me networks." That's the gist of a new article in Annenberg's Online Journalism Review by Tom Grubisich, who revisits the subject a little more than…

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Details on Yahoo! Deal With Newspapers

The newspaper recruitment deal with Yahoo! first disclosed here in an Oct. 24 post has finally been confirmed, with some interesting twists. The deal puts in place a recruitment network of seven companies with 176 newspapers in 13 of the…

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Exec Changes at Insider Pages, Merchant Circle

A favorite hobby of mine is reading the industry's tea leaves via the comings and goings of execs at different local companies. Today I am mulling over the departure of Insider Pages VP of Business Development Andrew Shotland and Merchant…

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Citysearch Pays Google $100 Million a Year?

A dirty secret in the search wars is that you can basically "buy" enough traffic via Google AdWords and other sources to jump to the top of the usage charts. In a recent ZDNet column, Donna Bogatin implied that Citysearch…

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Richard Rosen’s Primer on Call Measurement

Return on investment for advertising is generally measured by local businesses in terms of phone calls generated, call duration and/or store visits. That isn't changing soon. But for local ad sellers and their advertisers, it remains a challenge to figure…

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