Does Google Have Eyes for Yell?

Scads of stories are popping up that say Google is a likely bidder for Yell Group, the U.K.-based publisher that also operates U.S. independent Yellow Book. Here is a story in today's Independent newspaper, which cites sources saying Google is…

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Yell Exits Brazil Market

Last week, Yell Group sold its Brazilian directory operation (TPI Brazil) to regional rival Publicar for US$8.5 million. This was a challenging market for Yell, which inherited the operation when it acquired the Spanish publisher TPI last year. Yell continues…

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Monday Musical Chairs

We’ve got several meaty personnel moves to report in the global Yellow Pages business this morning, most of them involving Australia’s Sensis. The big news is that Sensis has hired U.S. industry veteran Carol Johnson as chief operating officer, directory…

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Is the Opt-In Era Upon Us?

I had an interesting discussion this week with Amy Healy of the Yellow Pages Association. You may recall a few weeks back we blogged about a movement in Norway to give consumers the ability to opt out of print directory…

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Yellow Pages News Round-Up

I've seen several announcements in recent days and weeks in the online Yellow Pages space that are worthy of your attention. First, the European directory publishers PagesJaunes Groupe and Seat Pagine Gialle have both launched beta online classified services, offering…

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Yell.com Broadens Brand

Yell.com, which calls itself the United Kingdom's local search engine, is working with Oodle.co.uk, a search engine for local classified advertisements, which will enable people who access Yell.com to post their own free advertisements on the site. While Yell is…

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Yell.com Expands Mobile Offering

U.K. publisher Yell's online directory operation, Yell.com, has expanded the capability of its mobile directory platform with a new service being offered both in application- and browser-based modes through a deal with the Danish mobile search firm mobilePeople. Here is…

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Yell Unfettered

Yell Group will finally be allowed to set its own prices for advertising in its Yellow Pages directories starting in April 2008, according to a new ruling by the U.K. Competition Commission. For the past several years, Yell has had…

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The New and Improved Yell.com

At our recent conference in Philadelphia, Yell Group's Eddie Cheng sought us out to tell us about his company's newly revised online directory, Yell.com, which Yell prefers to call a local search engine. One of the new features Yell is…

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