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MerchantCircle Gets IAC Money, 250,000 'Members'

MerchantCircle is claiming a registered base of 250,000 small businesses. That’s a lot -- a penetration of 4.8 percent of the 12 million U.S. businesses that advertise. It has also announced $10 million of new funding, adding the likes of…

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MerchantCircle Gets IAC Money, 250,000 ‘Members’

MerchantCircle is claiming a registered base of 250,000 small businesses. That’s a lot -- a penetration of 4.8 percent of the 12 million U.S. businesses that advertise. It has also announced $10 million of new funding, adding the likes of…

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Gannett’s Metromix Investment: 'Under $10 Million'

Gannett is teaming with Tribune on a 50/50 basis to take the latter’s Metromix entertainment site national, and reach into the highly valued 21- to 24-year-old market that doesn’t typically use newspapers -- online or off. The JV plans to…

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Gannett’s Metromix Investment: ‘Under $10 Million’

Gannett is teaming with Tribune on a 50/50 basis to take the latter’s Metromix entertainment site national, and reach into the highly valued 21- to 24-year-old market that doesn’t typically use newspapers -- online or off. The JV plans to…

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Curbed Gets $1.5 Million

Curbed.com, the fun, well-written and insightful Web site about local real estate culture and deals, has gotten $1.5 million in new financing from Gawker Media, individuals associated with Gawker and others, such as Brad Inman. The site is the brainchild…

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Topix Refocuses on Place Bloggers and UGC

Under-served small communities are getting more attention. Companies like TownNews, Grayboxx and Topix have set out to focus on small town and exurban residents, and aggregating those local users for advertisers. As we wrote in April, Topix -- a 25-person company…

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New West: Tracking, Facilitating Rockies’ Growth

New West Publishing is a different kind of local company -- one that uses Web tools, journalism and themed conferences to track the development of an entire region: The Rockies. Launched by former Industry Standard editor Jonathan Weber -- a…

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ILM:07 Update: Google, Citysearch, Zillow +++

Big names, interesting people, compelling research. Forgive the commercial message here, but we’re set to deliver the goods at The Kelsey Group’s Interactive Local Media 2007 (ILM:07), Nov. 28-30 in L.A. I think there’s something for everyone. And this year,…

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CitySquares Targets ‘In-Between’ Neighborhoods

After two years in operation, CitySquares hasn’t necessarily broken out of the box. But Beantown’s neighborhood-centric directory of local businesses has got about $1 million in venture funding; almost 400 advertisers paying roughly $600 a year, mostly for “deluxe” business profiles;…

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CitySquares Targets 'In-Between' Neighborhoods

After two years in operation, CitySquares hasn’t necessarily broken out of the box. But Beantown’s neighborhood-centric directory of local businesses has got about $1 million in venture funding; almost 400 advertisers paying roughly $600 a year, mostly for “deluxe” business profiles;…

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WebVisible: ‘Why SMB Advertisers Churn’

The churn rates for low-end local businesses are incredibly high. Why is that? WebVisible CEO Kirsten Mangers told Directory Driven Commerce attendees the reason we don’t see high conversion rates for low-end advertisers is their Web sites “really suck.”  It…

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WebVisible: 'Why SMB Advertisers Churn'

The churn rates for low-end local businesses are incredibly high. Why is that? WebVisible CEO Kirsten Mangers told Directory Driven Commerce attendees the reason we don’t see high conversion rates for low-end advertisers is their Web sites “really suck.”  It…

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Sign of Times? Online Newspaper Vet Goes to TV

It must be tough running online newspaper sites right now. After many years of strong annual growth in the 30 percent range, online revs are beginning to plateau. And in most markets, the rest of the ship has begun to…

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Analysis: Idearc's Purchase of Localsearch.com URL

As my colleague Charles Laughlin has written, Idearc Media has purchased Localsearch.com from American Town Networks and will presumably use it as the foundation of a new local search destination to feed off its Superpages.com site. Under terms of the…

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Analysis: Idearc’s Purchase of Localsearch.com URL

As my colleague Charles Laughlin has written, Idearc Media has purchased Localsearch.com from American Town Networks and will presumably use it as the foundation of a new local search destination to feed off its Superpages.com site. Under terms of the…

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