Marin: A Case Study

I've lived in Marin County, California, for almost 20 years now. For three-quarters of the time the Pacific Bell/SBC/AT&T Yellow Pages directory was the only one available. A couple of years ago, Seig Fischer and his Valley Yellow Pages team…

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More on Yell Rate Cap

Lots of press coverage out of the U.K. on the Yell rate cap preliminary ruling this week. We will offer our full take in this week's Local Media Journal, but we thought a sampling of the U.K. coverage on this…

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GBuy

Bloomberg News has reported that Google will begin offering an online payment alternative to eBay this month. The new program will be called GBuy and will facilitate transactions between merchants and consumers. Participating merchants will be listed as Trusted GBuy…

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Schibsted and Trader Classified Media

Reuters is reporting that Schibsted, Norway's largest media group, has agreed to acquire Trader Classified Media's Western European and Latin American units for 580 million euros, or US$746.7 million. "Among Trader Classified's properties are Spanish online job site InfoJobs.net and…

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YellowPages.com and Anywho

YellowPages.com, a joint venture of AT&T and BellSouth, announced it will provide search returns for the Yellow Pages and Find A Site sections on the Anywho.com portal. Anywho.com has roughly 3.4 million users per month. Since its acquisition by the…

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comScore

Internet research firm comScore has announced plans to launch a study designed to quantify the relationship between online queries and offline purchases. Over the past two years, comScore has conducted studies that have uncovered results consistent with the findings of…

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More Regulation for Yell

Yell Group is unhappy today, but perhaps not all that surprised. The U.K.'s Competition Commission issued its provisional findings on the question of whether price regulation is still necessary in the U.K. (this assumes it ever was) to foster a…

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Sensis’ Tall Order

Sensis, Australia's leading Yellow Pages publisher and diversified media company, has a tall order to nearly double revenues by 2010. A Goldman Sachs analyst suggested that only through acquisitions could Sensis reach its goal. The key question is, what properties…

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Google, StepUp and Retail Inventory Map Feeds

Google has started to include StepUp Commerce retail feeds into its mapping solution. This allows consumers to search for local retail products from the StepUp merchant base then click to view real-time inventory. We have been speculating about the inclusion…

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PagesJaunes Available

One of the world's premier directory organizations is now officially for sale. France Telecom has confirmed that it will sell its majority stake in PagesJaunes, the dominant directory publisher in France. The Kelsey Group has long viewed PagesJaunes as an…

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Newspapers and Internet Ad Growth

A few interesting news stories hit the wires last week about Internet advertising and the state of the newspaper business. Overall, we believe newspapers have tremendous opportunities, despite the near term difficulties that dominate the headlines.The NewsThe Interactive Advertising Bureau…

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Mobile Search … Live and in Action

The European Association of Directory Publishers held its 11th annual spring conference in Rome, June 1-2. The Kelsey Group cosponsored the first of these events, which was held in Monaco, and we have attended every spring EADP congress since then.…

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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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Unlocking PagesJaunes’ Value

Reports circulated over the weekend that France Telecom is considering selling off the 54 percent it owns of PagesJaunes Groupe. PagesJaunes is among the best Yellow Pages assets in the world. It has had the great advantage of learning from…

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Post-Hurricane Home Improvement

This is an interesting story from the Miami Herald about post-hurricane remodeling. Note the mention of Home Depot and Lowe's installation services. This development in the local services marketplace is something TKG will be following in the coming months.

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