DMS ’09: A Prescription for the Future

Kelsey Report Program Director Charles Laughlin and BIA/Kelsey President Neal Polachek kicked off the Directional Media Strategies 2009 conference with a view of where the directory industry is currently and where it is going. Laughlin provided a variety of statistics…

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More M&A in DOOH: Targetcast Acquiring Ripple TV

TargetCast is acquiring Ripple TV, according to an announcement on Ripple's site today. DailyDOOH's Adrian J. Cotterrill posted rumor of this announcement last Friday. Ripple operates a network of digital screens in 650 locations around the U.S. reaching 8 million…

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AgendiZe Raises $1.3M

AgendiZe, the French company that enables 30+ Yellow Pages publishers to extend advertiser calls to action on dozens of online platforms, from e-mail to social networks, has raised $1.3 million in new funding led by Entrepreneur Venture, a French firm.…

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HOAs as Hyperlocal Publishers?

Home owners associations would seem like natural publishers of hyperlocal news and information -- especially where “many residents' sense of community rarely extends beyond their own subdivisions, neighborhood schools and the crime and traffic problems closest to their homes,” as…

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Off to Orlando

Many of us will be attending and running BIA/Kelsey's Directional Media Strategies conference this week in Orlando. Stay tuned for blog posts and tweets from the show. If you don't follow us on Twitter already, you can do so --…

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EADP Dispatch: Turning the Corner

Today at EADP, I had the privilege of participating on an analyst panel with Peter Buxton, Jesper Simonsen and Jim Easton. The panel, moderated by Kimberli Lewis and Michael Oschmann, was a lively discussion of global trends in the directory…

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EADP Dispatch: SEARCHing for Value

This morning at EADP,  European Directories (EDSA) CEO Cornel Riklin outlined the company’s strategy to be the top provider of lead generation to SMBs in its markets. The path to get there includes offering leading local search platforms to consumers.…

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EADP Dispatch: Getting Social

Clemens Riedl, CMO of VZnet, Germany’s largest social network (yes, larger than Facebook across all age segments) spoke at EADP today about the ups and downs of holding that market position. The site counts 15 million unique visitors, with 80…

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EADP Dispatch, Part Deux

Following up on yesterday's post, days two and three from Prague continued with the march of thought-provoking presentations. Among them was Centrum Holdings, a Warburg Pincus-backed company that's one of the few pure-play digital entities in Czech Republic and Croatia.…

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Outside.in Teams With NY Post for Hyperlocal

Local media companies have been experimenting with different models for hyperlocal. Some are publishing their own blogs; others are building relationships with specific bloggers. Others are partnering with aggregator sources. The New York Post has chosen the latter path, having…

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YPG Canada Upgrades iPhone App

Yellow Pages Group Canada announced today that it has released a new version of its popular iPhone app, including a new interface and, most notably, video. Other features (some existing) include: - Full access to merchant content, including video and…

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BT Business Enters U.K. Search Wars

BT Business is taking on search upstarts such as ReachLocal U.K. by launching BT SearchSmart. The service will provide a full range of search services for £74.99 per month ($123.30). There is an additional £100 setup fee ($164.42). Developed in…

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