J-Lab Awards 8 HyperLocal Grants

American University’s J-Lab, which is funded by The Knight Foundation, has announced new grants for eight hyperlocal sites as part of its New Voices competition. All of the sites are focused on geographic communities, with many of them appearing to…

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Listen: Podcast on Mobile Marketing

Steve Espinosa's budding Local Search News site has begun to produce podcasts. We're the guest on the second episode -- a discussion about mobile search and mobile technology in general. The podcast builds off our guest column on his site…

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ReachLocal Launches Local Ad Exchange

ReachLocal has launched ReachLocal XChange, a local business ad exchange, with Fox Audience Network, Ask Sponsored Listings and others. By doing so, the company moves beyond its initial reliance on search packages to small businesses.The introduction of an ad exchange…

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SMBs Keeping Up With Social Media

I saw several more articles over the weekend on how small businesses are using social network sites like Facebook and MySpace for marketing. This triggered a couple of thoughts… There’s a whole a ‘shadow network’ of business marketers (B2C and…

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Healthy Local Businesses in a Bad Economy

As reported in the San Francisco Chronicle, a new report by consultants Sageworks reports that amid the economic gloom, some industries are actually doing pretty well. These industries, with their sales growth rates for the past year, include accounting and…

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The Yellow Pages Delivery Guy

Recently the company that delivers Idearc Yellow Pages in the Princeton, NJ, area brought our office a few copies of the most recent edition. I imagine that most people do what I did when the book came, which was to…

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Yahoo HotJobs for Sale? (Not Yet)

Under the new leadership of CEO Carol Bartz, everything is up for review at Yahoo, and that probably includes HotJobs, its recruitment site. But recent press reports suggesting that HotJobs has already been designated for sale are off base. The…

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Jumptap Redefines Its Mobile Ad Network

Jumptap took an evolutionary step today with the launch of its tapMatch mobile ad targeting platform. The company has traditionally provided a range of mobile products, including a white-label search platform for publishers and carriers like AT&T and Virgin Mobile.…

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Superpages Gives a Thumbs-Up to iPhone

Superpages today officially launched its iPhone application. This joins iPhone apps from all the major U.S. Yellow Pages publishers, as they each try to solidify brands and build traffic levels on the quickly growing mobile Web. Some of the features…

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How Many Devices Do We Need?

TechCrunch's Sarah Lacy poses the specialist vs. generalist question, as it relates to mobile devices. It's an issue we've raised here before: Despite improving smartphone market penetration and quality standards, are they hybrid plays that lose quality in the many…

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