Coverage From DMS ’08

We're back from Atlanta after a successful DMS conference. A roundup of internal coverage is in the works. In the meantime, here are a few links to others' coverage. Praized LocalSEOGuide LocalBizBits Small Business Commando ReelSEO

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IYPs Should Morph Into Consumer-Focused Sites

The “Deconstructing Internet Yellow Pages” panel at DMS ’08 revealed a number of areas in which IYPs need to evolve. Based on Kelsey’s IYP research, conference chair and TKG Program Director Charles Laughlin said, “IYPs appear too conservative and unwilling…

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Vertical Without Vertigo

My brother recently had a "vertical experience" in the Disneyland "Twilight Zone Tower of Terror." A 150-foot drop in a rickety old elevator. Three times, in fact. But Disney's vertical engineering legerdemain is less ambitious than that of the diverse…

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The View (the Financial View, That Is)

Sami Kassab, analyst on the European Media Research Team at Exane BNP Paribas, gave a data-laden, insightful perspective on the many of the world's largest Yellow Pages publishers in "The Financial View" panel at Directional Media Strategies 2008. Highlights of Kassab's…

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Directory Assistance: Moving Beyond 411

  Voice search has been put on the map over the past few years with the advent of free directory assistance service providers, not to mention Google (Goog411) and Microsoft (Tellme) entering the space. These services are increasingly educating the U.S. mobile…

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DMS Panelists: Print Still Works

A group of print Yellow Pages executives speaking at Directional Media Strategies 2008 challenged the notion that print usage and revenue growth are no longer realistic objectives. Jo Lynne Whiting of Sensis in Australia and Mike Brugman of Local Insight…

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Local Video Ad Deals Aplenty

Today sees a couple of more announcements in the local video space, both involving companies with a big presence here at The Kelsey Group's DMS conference. First off, local search platform provider Innovectra has partnered with Digital Media Communications to…

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DMS ’08: Taking It to the Street

The theme of actively evolving local ad sales forces, touched upon by Charles Laughlin this morning, continued at DMS in a session titled "From Perception to Performance: The Sales Channel Revolution." "Multi-product selling is becoming a means to survival," said…

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