Citysearch Talks Mobile

Citysearch made a recent announcement that it will partner with Scanbuy to offer a mobile application that lets users get information and promotions about local businesses by scanning bar codes placed outside their locations. Technically, it's not a bar code…

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GrayBoxx Moves On

I just discovered (via Andrew Shotland) that local rating site Grayboxx has sold its assets to BayAdvisor. The company had an interesting idea in its algorithmically derived "implicit ratings" for local businesses -- the benefit being review generations in categories…

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Will Social Be the Killer App for Mobile?

Michael Arrington scribes his vision for mobile social mashups in a TechCrunch post yesterday. He argues social networking could be the killer app of the mobile device, and one of the biggest beneficiaries of the expected surge in application development…

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Kudzu Integrates Video From TurnHere

Cox Communications' regional local search site Kudzu today became the latest to resell video production capabilities to its SMB advertisers. The company had already offered the ability to show video along with business profiles or listings, but SMBs had to…

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YP Industry Pledges Counteroffensive

The leadership of the Yellow Pages Association came out swinging against its growing number of critics and doubters at yesterday's kickoff of the group's annual conference in Las Vegas. Chairman Dave Swanson (also CEO of R.H. Donnelley) gave a passionate…

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Kodak and Craigslist: A Tale of Two Blogs

There has been lots of talk at search marketing conferences about social media marketing (SMM) and social media optimization (SMO). This involves everything from starting a blog to optimizing your content with link bait and other hooks to get exposure…

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Zillow Extends to Mortgage

Zillow continues its march up the real estate value chain with a new feature that allows house buyers to apply for mortgages. The mortgage service, like everything else on Zillow, is ad-supported and free to both buyers and lenders. It…

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