Conventional Wisdom

For a variety of reasons, I am unable to attend this year's YPA Annual Convention in Las Vegas. The Kelsey Group is very well represented at this conference, just as we were at the Association of Directory Publishers event a…

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Monday News Bits

There is a lot happening in the local search and media worlds today. Here are some notables. Yahoo! has coughed up $680 million for the remaining stake in online media exchange Right Media. It previously owned 20 percent of the…

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Local Search and the Simpsons

Check out this YouTube clip of Marge Simpson using Google Maps and a variety of other local online activities. It’s a good parody of online media for a Friday afternoon, which takes jabs at Google, online shopping and online gaming,…

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Consumers Talk Back to Their Mobile Phones

The next wave of online mobile has taken a step forward with the introduction of voice recognition technology. In a recent Boston Globe article, several new voice applications for mobile Web search are discussed including Microsoft's recent acquisition of Tellme.…

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Attack of the Mobile Search Apps

I only have time for a quick post, but it strikes me how so many local search plays are launching SMS-based search services. As noted earlier, NearbyNow has this; vFlyer launched a mobile search product today; Vehix.com plans to do…

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IPTV Roundup

As we’ve expressed in past writing, the targeting abilities and architecture of IPTV could open up some interesting local advertising opportunities (also see TKG White Paper From Reach to Targeting: The Transformation of TV in the Internet Age). But it’s…

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A Conversation With NearbyNow

Coming off NearbyNow's $5 million B round, I had the chance to talk to CEO Scott Dunlap today. Part of this announcement is an expressed goal to be in 103 U.S. cities by November (Dunlap stated this goal to me…

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More 3-D Maps

PagesJaunes has launched its anticipated 3-D mapping engine in Paris. The Praized Blog has the scoop. Our past coverage of 3-D mapping is here, here and here.

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The 10 Bloggiest Neighborhoods

Tired of using "San Francisco" as the metaphor for "all things Internet?" How about focusing on "bloggy neighborhoods"? Beth Lawton at NAA New Media Fed alerted the readership to a list of Top 10 bloggy neighborhoods compiled by Outside.in, the…

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MapQuest Teams Up With OnStar

MapQuest today announced a partnership with GM's OnStar division that will allow online users to send maps and turn-by-turn spoken directions to their OnStar devices. This falls in line with the cross-platform personalization that we’re seeing a lot of in…

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TargetSpot: The Spot Runner of Radio

A new ad serving technology for Internet broadcasters launched this week with funding from Union Square Ventures, CBS Radio and Oddcast. Known as TargetSpot, the technology will allow advertisers to create buy and place their own advertising in online streaming…

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Local.com Launches Free Listings

Local.com announced today that it will launch a basic version of its Local Promote service for small businesses. The full version of Local Promote ($39.95 per month) is a tool offered to businesses to establish a Web presence with a…

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RHD a Takeover Target?

We came across this on BusinessWeek Friday. The article raises the possibility that R.H. Donnelley, enjoying a nice run up of its share price, may be the target of a takeover or leveraged buyout. These stories pop up every now…

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