R.H. Donnnelley Joins Free DA Space

R.H. Donnelly announced today that it will launch a new free directory assistance product, powered by Call Genie, in four markets (Denver, Spokane, Phoenix and Tucson). 1-800-CallDex will include free local category search and provide addresses, phone numbers, business descriptions,…

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Mobile Ad Forecast: A New TKG Advisory

For subscribers of TKG's Interactive Local Media program, a new forecast is available which analyzes mobile advertising. This includes an analysis of structural changes and consumer usage patterns in the United States and Europe; and benchmark ad performance in other…

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Here Comes the GPhone

The Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) reports on the possibility of the long rumored Google phone. Google has a few different avenues, The Journal reports: partner or build. Partnering would require the perennial challenge of working with carriers that now…

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Florida Times-Union Launches Free DA

Free directory assistance services, funded by pay-per-call ads, have been rolled out by a number of entrepreneurial companies, telcos and Yellow Pages publishers. But now comes The Florida Times-Union, which quietly rolled out a local version of Say Hello Inc.…

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The iPhone: Will It Blend?

ShopLocal CMO Bob Armour spoke at TKG's Drilling Down on Local conference in March during an online video panel to present some of the interesting things the company is doing to promote itself and the products you can find locally…

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The iPhone and Local Search, Take Two

You may have noticed we have implemented a new blogging platform that has a richer interface and more multimedia capabilities, categories and other important attributes that have become standards in the blogosphere. Part of that transition, however, involves somewhat of a…

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Free DA to Improve Video Search?

The NewTeeVee blog has some interesting thoughts following comments made by Google's Marissa Mayer at the Searchonomics conference going on today. Google's free directory assistance product, Goog-411 (past commentary here), will assist in helping Google develop speech to text ability,…

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iPhone: The Reviews Are In

A handful of official iPhone reviews from professional product reviewers came out today. The verdict: It lives up to the hype. There are still lots of possible flaws, such as slow speeds on AT&T's EDGE data network, but the overall…

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Ingenio Releases Mobile Data

Summary Pay-per-call provider Ingenio and market research firm Harris Interactive released results of a survey (n = 4,123) today that shows interesting data around consumer preferences for mobile devices and advertising. These are important data, as any embryonic area requires…

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The Future of Local Search in Europe

The Kelsey Group and AMR International joined forces to hold a summit in London on the Future of Local Search in Europe. It was an invitation-only affair, which is why you probably didn’t hear about it. Not surprisingly, most of…

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