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[7 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]

Just Dial, a local search engine company in India, raised approximately $10 million from SAP Ventures and Sequoia Capital Global Equities. The Mumbai-based firm was founded by VSS Mani in 1996 to connect potential buyers of products and services with small businesses. The company enables users to search for local merchants by toll free number, Internet, WAP …

Conferences, International Markets, Online/Interactive, SMBs, Social »

[13 May 2011 | 2 Comments | ]

Sebastien Provencher introduced the EADP audience in Mallorca, Spain, to the concept of conversational commerce. Praized Media’s latest product, Needium, mines local Tweets to uncover intent whether it is intentional or unintentional. Provencher offered the example of a series of tweets on people hungry for sandwiches or wishing for a particular type of sandwich. “While …

Conferences, International Markets, Mobile, SMBs, Social, Yellow Pages »

[13 May 2011 | One Comment | ]

The EADP conference in Mallorca was treated to the insights and good humor of Yellow Pages Group Canada’s Matthieu Houle and the company’s very funny ad campaign.
Mobile, Houle said, gives directories the appeal local advertisers are looking for. His opening slides revealed that “30 percent of YPG Canada’s searches come from mobile handsets which …

Ad Sales, National, Directory Assistance, International Markets »

[31 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]

Publicar, S.A., a leading publisher in Latin America, announced today a deal with Virginia-based Ya Sabe, Inc. to provide local search for U.S. Hispanics at PaginasAmarillas.com. As part of the deal, YaSabe will operate the U.S. website. The company will offer local businesses and national brands an assortment of digital advertising products and services. In …

Classifieds, International Markets »

[10 Nov 2010 | No Comment | ]

Last week I spoke at the annual gathering of the International Classifieds Media Association (ICMA) in Vienna, Austria. My colleague Peter Krasilovsky and I have had the pleasure of attending and speaking at this function in past years.
What I noticed this year is a definite reawakening in the classifieds business, which now sees itself surviving …

Coupons/Deals, International Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions »

[17 May 2010 | No Comment | ]

Groupon, the pioneering deal-a-day provider, has used some of the proceeds of its recent $135 million round to buy CityDeal, a European imitator that has launched in 80 markets in 16 countries. The cost of the deal has not been disclosed, but CityDeal has raised $5.6 million. BIA/Kelsey notes that more than $284 million has …

International Markets, Partnerships, SMBs »

[12 May 2010 | No Comment | ]

MerchantCircle, which has established some expertise in launching markets on the cheap, says it is going international with new sites for Canada, the U.K. and Australia. It had previously announced that it is opening up its API to allow sites to use its reviews, ratings and enhanced profiles on an a la carte basis. HelloMetro, …

Financial Results, International Markets, Yellow Pages, Internet, Yellow Pages, Print »

[17 Feb 2010 | No Comment | ]

Last week the Australian directory publisher Sensis released its half-year financial results, ended Dec. 31, 2009, which showed pretty strong resilience but nonetheless a meaningful decline in print revenues. For the half-year period, combined print and online Yellow Pages results were down 4.3 percent. Print Yellow Pages declined 8.7 percent. Including White Pages, the print …

International Markets, Online/Interactive, Yellow Pages »

[15 Feb 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

Following a significant court decision, Yellow and White Pages content is not entitled to copyright protection in Australia. Assuming the case is upheld, any entity can legally copy the content from a Sensis directory, even to build a competitive local search or directory product, according to Australian press reports.
The decision is the outcome of a …

International Markets, Online/Interactive, SEM, Yellow Pages, Yellow Pages, Internet, Yellow Pages, Print »

[30 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]

On a recent visit to Stockholm, we sat down with Eniro President and CEO Jesper Karrbrink, who is managing Eniro through a strategic shift described in a presentation late last year as moving “from print dependence to online opportunity.” In a videotaped interview, Karrbrink insisted that Eniro’s product is its content. Print directories, the Internet, mobile phones and …

International Markets, Online/Interactive, Yellow Pages, Yellow Pages, Print »

[26 Feb 2009 | 5 Comments | ]

My colleague Neal Polachek and I just got off the phone with the leadership team at the Australian publisher Sensis, who walked us through its half-year results ended Dec. 31. We continue to marvel at how successful Sensis has been at growing revenue across all  its channels, while most publishers around the world struggle to maintain …

International Markets, Online/Interactive, Yellow Pages, Yellow Pages, European, Yellow Pages, Independent, Yellow Pages, Internet, Yellow Pages, Print »

[7 Feb 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

Last week, Yell Group issued its nine-month earnings report (the company’s financial year ends March 31) and most of the news was sobering. Organic growth is expected to be in the negative double digits in its fourth quarter, and small-business advertisers are paralyzed by uncertainty over how long the downturn will last and how bad …

International Markets, Online/Interactive, User-Generated Content »

[8 Jan 2009 | No Comment | ]

Yelp announced today that it will launch Yelp U.K.
From the release:
Now people in the UK can use Yelp to read and write reviews about great businesses in their neighborhood. Locals are able to share their opinions on everything from curry houses to spas to mechanics. Additionally, small business owners can set up a free business …

International Markets, Mapping, Online/Interactive, Yellow Pages, Yellow Pages, Internet »

[22 Dec 2008 | No Comment | ]

The Egypt Yellow Pages, operated by Dubai-based Al Wahda Express LLC, has launched an online/mobile mapping service. According to the announcement, users will be able to view local businesses on their mobile phones in either satellite or map view.
We believe mobile search will be a critical usage channel overall in the coming years, but even …

International Markets, Online/Interactive, Verticals, Yellow Pages, Yellow Pages, Internet »

[19 Dec 2008 | One Comment | ]

The U.K. online Yellow Pages directory Yell.com has announced a partnership with IdealHomeShow.co.uk, giving the home improvement and garden trade show Web site access to Yell.com’s local business listings in related headings.
This agreement is a first for Yell.com, according to the company, and it appears to signal a new strategic direction toward syndicated Yell …

International Markets, Online/Interactive, RH Donnelley, Yellow Pages, Yellow Pages, Independent, Yellow Pages, Internet, Yellow Pages, Print »

[27 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]

Here is a collection of newsworthy Yellow Pages and directional media items that I’ve noted over the past week or so.
Got this press release in my inbox from Yell Group this morning, showing some creativity in linking the print directory with the mobile Web:
In a UK directory …

International Markets, Online/Interactive, Yellow Pages, Independent, Yellow Pages, Internet, Yellow Pages, Print »

[23 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]

Sometimes even the most clever advertising for Yellow Pages has a “been there, done that” quality to it. Take a funny situation, add a clever conclusion involving a play on words related to a Yellow Pages heading and, bam, you’ve got a campaign. Some of these feel tired, and others not so much because of …

International Markets, Online/Interactive, Social »

[31 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]

New Canadian local search destination Weblocal.ca has launched. The site is the product of a partnership between Canadian publisher Transcontinental and social/local pure play YellowBot (see profile).
The site is one of Transcon’s first moves into online local search. As the fourth-largest print publisher in Canada, most of its publishing assets are in consumer magazines and …

Brand Marketing, General Marketing, International Markets, Online/Interactive, Verticals, Yellow Pages, Yellow Pages, European, Yellow Pages, Internet, Yellow Pages, Print »

[2 Oct 2008 | 6 Comments | ]

One of the things that dawned on me after listening to the many speakers at our recent DMS ’08 conference in Atlanta was that a fundamental aspect of the Yellow Pages business has been lost — exclusivity. During the days before the Internet and the massive sharing of data with Google, Yahoo and others, the …

Conferences, Financial Results, International Markets, Online/Interactive, Yellow Pages, Yellow Pages, European »

[16 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

Sami Kassab, analyst on the European Media Research Team at Exane BNP Paribas, gave a data-laden, insightful perspective on the many of the world’s largest Yellow Pages publishers in “The Financial View” panel at Directional Media Strategies 2008.
Highlights of Kassab’s remarks (presented ticker style):
… Directory publishers have underperformed the broader media sector in both absolute and …