Finding Success in New Business Directories

Attendees at The Kelsey Group's ILM:08 conference received a multinational view on what is working in the "new" business directory space. The panel included iLocal CEO Pieter Grasdjik (Netherlands); Chris Smith, Sensis' general manager of online search and directories (Australia);…

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YPG Deal With My Virtual Paper

This just in. Canada's Yellow Pages Group has announced a deal with My Virtual Paper, a start-up that has developed a process for extracting and indexing deep content from SMBs' offline business papers -- brochures, fliers and so on. CEO Manoj…

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Citysearch’s Compelling Revamp

Citysearch has just completed a full revamp of its product and strategy that it hopes will position it in the long-term battle for local. Elements of the revamp include a more intuitive interface, an embrace of social media, a major…

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Is It Time to Curl Up in Fetal Position?

Kicking off the small-business "Super Forum" at Interactive Local Media 2008 here in Santa Clara, California, Jeff Stibel, CEO of Web.com (overachiever alert, he is also a brain scientist), laid out some more ugly facts about the economy -- small-business earnings…

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Mark Canon on How to Be a Good Symbiot

Mark Canon, president of U.K.-based Yell.com (part of Yell Group) kicked off Interactive Local Media 2008 today with an insightful, and at times esoteric, presentation that challenged much of the conventional wisdom that has driven organizations making the transition from…

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YouTube Overlay Ad Sighted

Following up on last week's post about YouTube's launch of new overlay ads, I finally saw one today. I managed to get a quick screen shot before it disappeared (see below). It was an ad for Mystery Science Theater's Star…

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Off to Santa Clara

We'll be in Santa Clara, California, all week for the Interactive Local Media 2008 conference, which starts Wednesday. We'll do our best to cover the world outside the conference walls, but most of the blogging here will be about the…

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AT&T Ups Hispanic Ante With Seccion Amarilla

AT&T Advertising Solutions has announced a partnership with Hispanic publisher Seccion Amarilla to sell Hispanic advertising into select Seccion Amarilla directories. "AT&T is always focused on enhancing our directories to best serve our business and residential customers in the diverse…

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Guidespot Provides Local Guide for ILM

Local Matters' city guide platform Guidespot (profiled here) has built a local guide for next week's Interactive Local Media conference. It includes lots of things to do, see and eat in Santa Clara (when you're not completely engaged at the…

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YouTube Launches New Overlay Ads

YouTube has just announced from the NewTeeVee Live show here in San Francisco that it will offer advertisers a new platform to place ads within video windows. These will take up 20 percent of the overall video window and will…

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BIA Roundtable: Revitalizing Radio

BIA Advisory Services held a webinar to discuss the state of local radio, and the steps the industry needs to take to revitalize itself. BIA President and CEO Tom Buono set the stage with some daunting figures that show radio's depressed…

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