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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Verizon LiveSource Launches Free DA

Following in the footsteps of Jingle Nets’ 1-800-Free411 (and failed services, like inFreeDA), Verizon LiveSource has launched a trial of a free DA service in Boston and Denver. The ad-supported service boasts the catchy number: 800-THE-INFO. It uses Call Genie's…

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The iPhone and Local Search

Summary The New York Times today continues the ongoing discussion of the iPhone's potential as a game changer and its possible shortcomings. It brings up the challenge that could arise in getting consumers accustomed to a radically different interface that…

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A Conversation with GoUAskMe

Following the post on the verticalization of mobile search, I was able to talk to mobile search startup GoUAskMe. Unlike the SMS based local search tools cited in that post, the company is trying to ride the growing wave of…

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Consumers Talk Back to Their Mobile Phones

The next wave of online mobile has taken a step forward with the introduction of voice recognition technology. In a recent Boston Globe article, several new voice applications for mobile Web search are discussed including Microsoft's recent acquisition of Tellme.…

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Attack of the Mobile Search Apps

I only have time for a quick post, but it strikes me how so many local search plays are launching SMS-based search services. As noted earlier, NearbyNow has this; vFlyer launched a mobile search product today; Vehix.com plans to do…

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