Swedish Businesses Following Consumers Online

A survey from eMarketer reveals some interesting data on the Swedish online advertising market. Swedish advertisers are moving full force into online advertising in Europe's most wired country. But there is fairly widespread dissatisfaction with online advertising among Swedish Internet…

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YBR Sale Gets Green Light

An article yesterday on bloomberg.com reported that European antitrust regulators have given the nod to the acquisition of Yellow Brick Road by an international private equity consortium. YBR is a holding comany that includes Fonecta (Finland), Mediatel (Austria and Czech…

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Sensis Enters Online Recruitment Business

The Australian directory publisher Sensis continues its expansion into markets traditionally dominated by newspapers by entering the online recruitment advertising business. Sensis makes its move through the creation of a separate business called LinkMe, which will operate as a joint…

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Dateline: EADP Roma

The nature of local search and its potential for usurpring the strong position Yellow Pages holds here in Europe dominated the morning session at the EADP's spring meeting in Rome. Jean-Marie Guille, who runs online directories for France's PagesJaunes, laid…

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Yell the Best Buyer for TWP

Here is a snippet of what we have to say about the Yell acquisition of TransWestern Publishing in an Advisory that will be issued tomorrow to clients of The Kelsey Report: "...a private equity buyer might have found it difficult…

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Fear and Backslapping in Las Vegas

Greetings from the Mirage Hotel. I am sitting here staring at Steve Wynn€™s enormous signature on his new Vegas strip hotel, poring over my notes from the first general sessions at the Yellow Pages Association annual convention, halfway into its…

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Eniro Tries to Right Its Ship

Eniro is a very progressive directory organization operating in several very progressive markets (including Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland) as well as some developing markets like Poland and Russia. It is probably fair to say that the company made too…

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Private Equities Get “Amarillas” Fever

I recently noticed a press release on the merger of two relatively obscure publishers of Spanish-language Yellow Pages directories. The acquiring party is Hispanic Yellow Pages of America, backed by the private equity fund called Hispania Capital Partners LLC. The…

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Is Sensis the Next One on the Block?

A report in Australia€™s The Age newspaper citing unnamed sources within the Australian government says the spin-off of Sensis Pty. Ltd. by its parent company Telstra is in the works. The story was posted on theage.com.au on Feb. 8.Within the…

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My Breakfast with Condron

Last week, I sat down for a breakfast interview in London with Yell Group CEO John Condron at the Connaught Hotel, a power breakfaster€™s power breakfast spot. Over his porridge, Condron talked about the state of the business today, and…

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