Nokia Makes Big Mobile Directory Push

Nokia made the significant announcement today that it has partnered with directory publishers across Europe to provide quick access to directory content for users of Nokia N-series multimedia devices and Nokia devices based on its S60 platform. The directory content…

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A New Advisory from The Kelsey Report®

The Kelsey Report® issued an Advisory yesterday that offers some insight into the online strategies of three leading European directory publishers. Here is what the cover letter says: The latest Advisory from The Kelsey Report® chronicles the progress being made…

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Singapore YP on the Prowl?

Buried in an item from channelnewsasia.com on Singapore Yellow Pages' recent annual results announcement was the following: Going forward, Yellow Pages is looking to expand, including possible acquisitions in Asia. Singapore YP, which posted a 42 percent improvement in the…

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Paris, You Disappointed Us

It seems the folks at GoYellow.de saw something in Paris Hilton that escaped the rest of us. And then Paris broke their hearts. The German online Yellow Pages directory has cut short its relationship with Paris to promote the upstart…

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RHD Unveils ChicagoB2B.com

Online directory technology provider Local Matters is touting the launch of R.H. Donnelley's Chicago.B2B.com, a "local search and shopping marketplace" for Chicago-area businesses. The site uses Local Matters' Destination Search platform, which is being positioned as a solution for directory…

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YPG’s Annual Meeting

Here is a write-up of today's Yellow Pages Group annual meeting. I am traveling today and have not yet been able to listen to the call.One interesting item is the C$2.5 million purchase of 389 Canadian domain names across vertical…

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An Interesting Idea?

Maybe I'm missing something, but I'm having a hard time getting past the first obvious question that comes to mind as I read this announcement. If this is such a breakthrough business concept, then how come it's being sold on…

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YPG Expands Classified Holdings

Canadian publisher Yellow Pages Group announced this mornings that it will acquire Classified Media Holdings (Trader Canada) for C$760 million. You can read the release here. The deal expands YPG's classified footprint nationally following last year's acquisition of Trader Media…

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Yell to Buy TPI

This just in: Yell will acquire Spain's Telefnica Publicidad e Informacin for US$3.9 billion. Here is a Bloomberg article with some details. We will cover this in more detail in an Advisory. This is a new direction for Yell, which…

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And the Winners Are …

Here is the press release detailing the winners of this year's Yellow Pages Association Industry Excellence Awards. This year's crop includes many very well-deserved honors, and we congratulate all the winners. It's fair to say that the list of winners…

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Harmonic Convergence?

Here at the YPA convention, a panel discussion featuring independent Yellow Pages publishers unveiled one of the worst-kept secrets in the industry. There is a very early effort afoot to combine the three major North American industry trade associations into…

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Dispatch From Orlando

The Magic is Back, and don't let anyone tell you different.Here at the Yellow Pages Association's annual confab, there is a general air of optimism about the industry. It's sort of the same feeling people get when they anticipate a…

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Craigslist vs. Yellow Pages

This writer shares a personal experience that convinced him at least that Craigslist was a more efficient way than Yellow Pages to locate a tradesperson to install his ceiling fan. It's worth reading and absorbing. The premise is that posting…

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Online Ads to Surpass YP?

Saw this today in an AP report on Yahoo!'s 1Q earnings: In a report released earlier this month, Merrill Lynch media analyst Lauren Rich Fine estimated spending on Internet ads this year will increase 27 percent to $14.5 billion, surpassing…

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Sensis Launches Travel Site

Australian publisher Sensis has launched GoStay, a print + online travel service that TKG wrote about in a recent article in Local Media Journal. Here is an article in the Sydney Morning Herald about the new service. This is another…

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Yell in Final Running for TPI

Yell and two private equity consortia are reported to be the final round bidders on Spain's Telefnica Publicidad e Informacin. This excerpt is from the Financial Times. UK telephone directory group Yell and two consortia comprising four private equity firms…

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Auctioning the YP

Lots of pick-ups on an AP article that talks about something Verizon's Eric Chandler discussed at last week's Drilling Down conference, namely the addition of a pay-per-phone-call feature in the print Yellow Pages. We will write about this notion in…

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