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Where is Apple Moving in Local (and Why)?

There's been lots of speculation around Apple's moves into local search and advertising over the past year. This has accelerated in the past 30 days with the acquisition of three different local mapping-related companies (and a failed Waze acquisition). We've…

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Local Media – A Sea of Sameness

I was reading an article from Roy Greenslade, a former journalist from Ireland, about the woes of the newspaper industry in that country and couldn't help but think of the challenges local media faces here in the US. I wrote…

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Google’s Approach to Mobile & Social

Yesterday at the Borrell, LSA, LMA Social + Mobile event at a Chicago airport hotel, Google executives made the case for Google+ as the centerpiece of an effective SMB digital presence before a roomful of current and potential resellers. The…

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Groupon’s Sean Smyth on the new ‘Partner Network’

Groupon has been pushing hard to upgrade its merchant base from one-time partners to permanent clients with monthly sales goals. The latest initiative? A “Partner Network” for publishers willing to highlight Groupon deals in return for a piece of the…

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Tobaccowala at ShopLocal Retail Forum: ‘The Role of Marketing’

The new digital environment is bringing about a “renaissance” for marketing, which can be defined as “meeting customer requirements,” notes Digitas and Razorfish Chairman Rishad Tobaccowala, who was interviewed at ShopLocal’s 8th Annual Retail Forum this week in Chicago by…

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Buyer Emerges to Salvage Thomson

Seat Pagine Gialle, the troubled Italian search and directory company, placed its UK subsidiary Thomson Local into "administration" yesterday (the UK equivalent of receivership). Thomson immediately dismissed its field sales team in summary fashion. The company appeared poised for liquidation,…

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Gannett Digital Marketing Solutions Rebrands as G/O Digital

Gannett Digital Marketing, the umbrella division of Gannett that includes ShopLocal, BlinQ, PointRoll, DealChicken, Key Ring and Clipper Magazine, relaunched today as G/O Digital. The new unit – which is adding a massive hub in a Chicago skyscraper, and is…

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Tellier’s Swan Song at Yellow Media

Last week, outgoing Yellow Media CEO Marc Tellier presided over his final earnings call and ended the call with a recitation of his accomplishments during his 12 years at the company's helm. Tellier leaves his post this week, with no…

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