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WebVisible Shut Down by Lenders

The search marketing firm WebVisible was abruptly closed down by its creditors over the holidays, with CEO Ron Burr managing only to convince the company's lenders to wait until after Christmas to foreclose on the business. As of Dec. 27…

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Vertical Deals Continue to Spread

More vertical deals are being introduced, as vertical publishers with specific audiences seek to tie deals to existing content, and prove to have better conversion than watered down, one-size-fits-all approaches. A few weeks ago, we wrote about Local Offer Network’s…

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CBS Goes Deeper With Local Content Via Examiner.com Deal

CBS plans to build deeper local online content by commissioning specific local topics for articles from thousands of writers at Examiner.com. Both parties were mum about whether revenue sharing is involved but did note that writers will receive a payment…

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Yell Gets a Boost From Lender Deal

Heavily leveraged Yell Group has earned some breathing room from a deal with its lenders announced yesterday. Yell announced that it has reached terms with the "overwhelming majority of lenders" to increase the headroom on its debt. Without such concessions, Yell…

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Takeaways From ILM West; Onward to ILM East

We've wrapped ILM West in San Francisco this week -- another terrific show. Lots of great stuff. Thanks very much to the 50+ speakers, 32 sponsors, nearly 600 local leaders and various #ILMWest Tweeters who participated. Now our attention is…

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ILM West: The Future of SoLoMo

The last act at ILM West was a panel on the future of "SoLoMo" (Social/Local/Mobile). Moderators Mike Boland and Jed Williams tag-teamed a panel of four: -David Courtney, CEO, JiWire, a location-based media channel connecting advertisers and mobile consumers via…

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Zvents Sold to eBay’s StubHub

The events listings space has taken a number of twists and turns with Zvents trying to steer people to retail events as a business model, and also become a media driver in its own right; Eventful focusing more and more…

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ILM West: Google Exec Jeff Aguero Discusses Local Efforts

Google’s local efforts have grown tremendously under the direction of Marissa Mayer, and now encompass a wide range of products, including Google Maps; Google Places; Zagat; Google Offers; and Get Online, a new SMB initiative. At ILM West this week…

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ILM West: Closing the Loop

Moh Ok, Chief Scientist at PayPal, and Bo Fishback, CEO and Founder of Zaarly, talked about the integration of social, local and mobile to close the loop on driving consumer purchases during a morning dedicated to SoLoMo here at ILM…

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ILM West: A Deep Look at ‘Super Social’ Verticals

Moderator Peter Krasilovsky led a session Monday afternoon on how several leading vertical sites are successfully leveraging social media. As sites that are focused on a specific business, profession or user need, verticals will typically contain a directory, specialized editorial…

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ILM West: What’s the 411 for SMBs?

Our audience might be upset that Jed’s Burgers, a fictitious business set up for the Yext PowerListings demo isn’t real. What may be more upsetting is the fact that 20 percent of local searches will return the wrong information. Lerman…

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ILM West: Next Directions in Deals Space

It’s obvious that the deals business is going to quickly move to a broader set of offerings. But how? That was the question posed today at ILM West in San Francisco. Belo Interactive GM Joe Weir noted that deals remains…

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ILM West: The Top-Level View on Local Sales

  Court Cunningham, CEO of Yodle, made news at ILM West this afternoon, announcing a three-year deal with Canada's Rogers Communicationsduring a 15-minute Q&A with BIA/Kelsey analyst Bobbi Loy Luster. Rogers is a leading communications company in Canada. Its deal…

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