Yell Unfettered

Yell Group will finally be allowed to set its own prices for advertising in its Yellow Pages directories starting in April 2008, according to a new ruling by the U.K. Competition Commission. For the past several years, Yell has had…

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A Tale of Customer Service

On Tuesday, both my wife and I tried to get on Amazon.com from two separate computers. We had the same problem: We were both trying to pay for our purchases through Amazon's One-Click Service, but the credit cards that were…

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Welsh Carson on Holiday Shopping Spree

For the second time in two days, Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe has purchased a Yellow Pages business. Yesterday, Local Insight Media, a portfolio company of WCAS, bought "100 percent of the membership interests" of CBD Media Holdings from Spectrum…

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Secrets in the Restroom

The story about Idearc (formerly Verizon Information Services) successfully raising $2.85 billion in high-yield bonds and $6.5 billion of bank debt takes place in an unknown ladies' room. The point of The New York Times column is that big Wall…

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All Phonebooks are Local

So, you don't think that phonebooks are a big deal, huh? Well, let's take a look at the incredible noise that Dex caused when it chose to re-scope the Quad-Cities telephone book. The Quad-Cities include Davenport and Bettendorf, IA, and…

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No Answer at The Times

In all likelihood, it was just a coincidence. Even if it weren't, it may be the smart thing to do. When I opened my home-delivered edition of The New York Times this morning, out fell a piece of white bond…

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World War III

Since there have only been 13 unassisted triple plays in the history of major league baseball, it's highly unlikely that we will see one in this World Series. Nevertheless, a lot of the talk recently has been about a different…

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Damn Praise

Sept. 28 was an interesting day on several fronts in the local search and online ad spending business, but I'm not sure that it has gotten sufficient coverage. My colleague Michael Boland did write a brief blog titled "Local Search…

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Cool Combines With Warm

Caribe Acquisition Holdings, the incumbent directory publishers in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, has purchased ACS Media Income Fund. ACS Media is the largest publisher of print and Internet directories in Alaska with 10 print titles throughout the state.…

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The Future of Yellow Pages

What do the largest Yellow Pages company in the world and an independent privately held directory business have in common? Quite a lot it seems. In seeking a way to convey the thinking of the keynote speakers at our upcoming…

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What’s Really Wrong With Newspapers

Two articles popped up in my Google or Yahoo! alerts for "Yellow Pages." Both were newspaper articles that related to the Yellow Pages business. They provide a good reason why newspaper circulation is falling: The columns are poorly written, inaccurate…

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Advertising Age Gets It

Under the headline "Here's a $14 Billion Print Business That's Loving the Digital Revolution," Ad Age's Abbey Klaassen writes that the Yellow Pages industry "is finding traditional plus digital equals a whole greater than the sum of its parts." What…

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Whatever Floats Your Yacht

Like most of us in the Yellow Pages industry, we have taken the 30 seconds or so required to set up both a Yahoo! Alert and a Google Alert for terms such as Yellow Pages, directory publishing or IYP. Today's…

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Front Page Ads

The Wall Street Journal announced yesterday that as early as September it will sell advertising in the bottom right-hand corner of the front page or in a strip ad along the bottom of the page of the print edition. The…

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It’s New to Us — EMBARQ

The free community newspaper in Princeton, N.J., is called Town Topics. It has been delivered on Wednesdays to every household in town for the past 60 years. Town Topics has great editorial about the Princeton community and is always chock-full…

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