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Lender Takeover Spells New Era for Hibu

Lenders are taking control of the UK-based directory company Hibu and converting much of its GBP2.3 billion in debt into equity. This action wasn't unexpected. A series of debt restructurings failed to buy Hibu enough runway to transform the business…

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Mining the Richness of Media Ad View

A quick scan through a summary of BIA/Kelsey's Media Ad View Plus unearthed a number of fun, interesting factoids about the local media ecosystem. Media Ad View is BIA/Kelsey's research product that offers a market by market view of the…

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Rethinking Coupon Engagement: DataSphere Launches LocalSaver

Can coupons be reimagined to spur more consumer engagement? That’s what DataSphere is working on. The Seattle-based company sells and hosts marketing solutions to more than 20,000 SMBs under local TV and newspaper brands owned by Gannett, Belo, Raycom, Meredith…

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Apple Joins the Local Wars: Classifieds and Coupons Next?

Apple finally made some moves into the local mapping wars last week with the purchase of Locationary, which helps find business locations, and HopStop, which provides transit maps and travel suggestions. We'll go out on a limb and predict that…

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Groupon ‘Pauses’ its Rewards Program

The transition from one-off daily deals to an 'always on' loyalty/rewards platform that keeps merchants in the fold has been a Holy Grail of sorts for the deals companies. This was the case for Groupon Rewards, which launched in May…

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SevaCall: Qualified Service Leads in 90 Seconds

Fast, efficient service leads has been a goal of numerous companies since the commercialization of the Internet. Richard Rosen and his team at FastCall411 pioneered the space seven or eight years ago, although their service was initially limited to hiring…

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ReachLocal Focuses on Verticals: A Look at its Eyefinity Deal

ReachLocal is now largely focused on providing integrated marketing solutions, including search, retargeting, promotions and process management. As part of this effort, it has also introduced three new brands: ReachCommerce, a process management service; RealLocal Edge, a lead conversion service;…

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