US$50 to Sell a Car in the U.K.

According to new research released by British Car Auctions, used car buyers are apparently quite content. According to the research, nearly 96 percent were "very and/or quite" satisfied with their used car purchase. The survey of 2,900 drivers indicated that…

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Green Is Local

I ran across the new (to me) site EcoMetro, which is attempting to build an advertising business around green. This from its Web site: At the core of EcoMetro is the idea that many people want to buy green products…

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Reserve Your Spot Now

There's an interesting "new" company that's been launched to deal with one of life's headaches and frankly an afterthought -- parking. ParkingCarma, now in beta, sets out to make sure there's a parking spot waiting for you at the local BART…

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Ripple Adds Borders Books

Yesterday in The New York Times, Borders Books announced that it has partnered with Ripple to put digital monitors in hundreds of its stores across the country. By the end of February, the company expects two monitors for its Borders TV…

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Localguides.com Launches

Local Matters today launched its localguides.com beta. The site will focus on delivering a richer local search experience. It was clear when I saw the site earlier this year that CEO Perry Evans and team spent considerable time and energy…

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Yellow Pages Mini News Roundup

A few interesting pieces of news came out of the Yellow Pages world today:  Telstra has bailed out of the bidding for Telecom New Zealand's Yellow Pages Group. This comes as no surprise, as intense bidding has pushed the…

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Whose Phone Is It Anyway?

Next time you refer to your cellphone, pause and ask yourself, "Is this a Sprint phone or a Nokia phone?" Seems a bit trivial, but how wireless phone subscribes think of their phones will become an increasingly material matter in…

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Google Takes Aim at Local

Donna Bogatin had an interesting blog post yesterday based on comments made by Sheryl Sandberg, VP of global online sales and operations for Google. Ever since I attended the Google University in December 2002 with former Kelsey analyst Greg Sterling,…

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Clarification

Kate Bowler of Platefood points out that Platefood Performance is a PFP platform and not, as I suggested, a local search platform. It may well be that the Platefood engine will be licensed by World Directories to complement the Local…

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Local Matters Gains Momentum

News from World Directories that the company has chosen Local Matters to power its local search platform. This is a particularly interesting win for Perry Evans and team as it presumably beat out competitors Platefood — a collaboration of Sensis…

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PE Goes for Verizon YP

Today there's a report that three private equity firms, including Thomas H. Lee Partners, are gathering to consider a purchase of Verizon's Yellow Pages business. This would be a significant change of plans, since most observers expect the business to…

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Last Big Yellow Pages Transaction?

As speculated for sometime now, Verizon Communications filed the necessary papers to spin its Yellow Pages business — Verizon Information Services (to be named Directories Corp.) — out to the public market. The paperwork with the SEC was filed today.…

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Moviegoers Go Offline and Online

Where Do Moviegoers Turn First for Movie Listings?New research conducted by The Kelsey Group shows that U.S. households are turning to a variety of offline and online local information sources to find movie listings. With "Superman Returns" topping $100 million…

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Swanson Takes E&Y Award

Dave Swanson, chairman and CEO of RHD, was recognized as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Carolina region. Three years ago Swanson and team packed up their boxes and moved from Purchase, N.Y., to Cary,…

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Big Bucks for Hispanic Eyeballs

Univision Communications, the largest Spanish language media company in the U.S. was sold to a group of private equity players for $12.3B. This comes after intense bidding by Grupo Televisa — a large media company in Mexico. Univision is the…

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Click-to-Call

Before leaving the Bay Area this week to go to Atlanta and Seattle, I needed to make a hotel reservation in Seattle. It was suggested I try the Westin Seattle, so I went to the hotel's Web site — it's…

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Ether Goes Live

Tomorrow, Ingenio's intellectual capital monetization machine — or Ether as Ingenio named it — goes live. Ingenio was once Keen.com — an early entrant to the peer-to-peer connectivity space. Ether is designed to help individuals leverage their IP capacity by…

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More National Sales

A nice ad in today's WSJ Marketing Section from Google suggests the global search engine company wants to ramp up its sales capacity to "blue chip" clients. The ad, leveraging the familiar primary colors and clean design of Google's general…

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