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[12 May 2015 | No Comment | ]

Verizon‘s announcement today that it will buy AOL for $4.4 billion is a bid to get beyond dumb pipes and airwaves to get deeply into mobile and video. By doing so, Verizon, a $200 Billion company, hopes to play on more of a level playing field with other major telecom players combining access to content …

BIA/Kelsey NOW, Local On-Demand Economy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mobile »

[11 May 2015 | One Comment | ]

Uber’s low fixed costs are a key to its on-demand car services. Why then is the company seeking to acquire Nokia’s HERE Mapping business for $3 billion instead of simply partnering or cutting a deal to use the mapping service? Concurrently, Uber is raising another round of cash, reportedly between $1.5 and $2 billion, that …

Coupons/Deals, E-Commerce, Local On-Demand Economy, Mergers & Acquisitions »

[14 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

Groupon is apparently thinking hard about dismantling its ambitious SMB platform, and refocusing on its core strengths in prepaid deals, goods and travel. Reports have come out saying that Groupon is offering to sell its Breadcrumb POS platform, which had been rebranded as Gnome; and also sell its interest in Serviz, a Local On Demand …

Call Monetization, Mergers & Acquisitions »

[31 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]

Marking an end of an era, CallSource has sold its media and publishing division to LogMyCalls (formerly ContactPoint.) The sale reflects several things about the evolution of the call management space — which remains absolutely vital to the local and SMB business communities.
First, it suggests that CallSource’s customer list, which includes many key Yellow Pages …

Mergers & Acquisitions, Mobile, Social »

[16 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]

If that headline is foreign language to you, don’t feel bad. Two apps — Meerkat and Periscope — have taken over tech-world chatter on insider networks such as Product Hunt. Twitter just validated them further by buying Periscope for $100 million.
So you will hear about them soon. And I’m predicting they’ll be an app category …

Listings Providers, Local, Mergers & Acquisitions, Paid Search, SEM, SEO »

[16 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]

UBL, a publicly-owned syndicator of updated business listings and profiles, is merging with The Advice Interactive Group, a fast-growing search marketing firm that has evolved into a full service agency. The merged company is slated to earn nearly $20 million in 2015, and is refashioning itself as a peer to companies such as Go Daddy, …

Mergers & Acquisitions, Verticals »

[11 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]

Yelp is acquiring Eat24, the online delivery and pickup service that competes with GrubHub, Delivery.com and other national and regional players for order-taking, food search and discovery. The service is being acquired for the equivalent of $134 million ($75 million in cash and 1.4 million Class A shares).
Eat24 currently provides menus, order-taking and tracking services …

BIA/Kelsey SMB, Conferences, Mergers & Acquisitions, Online/Interactive, Yellow Pages »

[23 Sep 2014 | 2 Comments | ]

The big announcement this morning at Leading in Local: SMB Digital Marketing — The Berry Company has acquired LocalVox for an undisclosed amount. Berry was already an investor in LocalVox and has been one of the leading resellers of the marketing automation firm’s LocalCast product.
Laura Cole, Berry’s VP of Marketing, told us the acquisition was …

Funding, Marketing Technology, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mobile, Online/Interactive »

[19 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]

Last week, call tracking and analytics provider Ifbyphone announced not one, but two major milestones. First, the company announced that it has raised $30 million in series E funding — bringing its total funding to $60 million. It also announced the acquisition of call tracking provider Mongoose Metrics.
With the infusion and acquisition, we asked the …

Mergers & Acquisitions, Verticals »

[6 Aug 2014 | No Comment | ]

In a move that shows a deep commitment to the future of classified/vertical advertising, Gannett has announced it will buy out its newspaper partners in Cars.com and take sole possession of the #2 car site (which trails only Cox’s AutoTrader in the online auto marketplace.)
It will pay heartily to do so, …

Google, Mergers & Acquisitions, Verticals »

[28 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

Zillow is buying Trulia, its chief rival, for $3.5 Billion in stock. The two companies – both nine years old — have a lot of overlap currently. But after the deal closes in 2015, they will seek to develop two differentiated marketplaces for real estate-related information, which includes house sales, rentals, mortgage and related …

Listings Providers, Local, Mergers & Acquisitions, Online/Interactive »

[7 May 2014 | No Comment | ]

Analytics are moving center stage for many “platform” companies previously anchored in features such as maps, search, deals, store location, directions, listing updates and enhancements.
The trend — a real one — was reinforced today by Where2GetIt‘s announcement that it has acquired Brandify, the Washington D.C. area based provider of analytics for 26,000 local businesses.
Brandify provides …

Devices, Location Targeting, Mergers & Acquisitions, Online/Interactive, Predictions, Social »

[7 Apr 2014 | One Comment | ]

It’s been a busy few days for Twitter since announcing 15 New Types of Ads to users’ feeds. Word has traveled quickly during this period of uncertainty around Twitter’s sustainability as an advertising player. Now Twitter has continued the flow of news by announcing this morning it will acquire Cover, an Android-based lock-screen app. This …

Facebook, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mobile, Online/Interactive, Social, Verticals »

[25 Feb 2014 | One Comment | ]

It has been a quite the week for WhatsApp after being acquired for $19 billion by Facebook (FB) last Wednesday. Word about the deal has traveled fast. However, the big question that everyone is asking is “could the deal possibly be worth $19 billion?”
WhatsApp founder Jan Koum said at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona …

Analyst Roundtables, Facebook, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mobile, Video Posts »

[24 Feb 2014 | No Comment | ]

Carrying on the tradition of more multimedia delivery of BIA/Kelsey analysis, below is the latest video diary of weekly news recaps. This week, the focus is just one topic albeit a big one: Facebook’s $19B acquisition of WhatsApp.
Following our blog post when the news broke, we let the camera roll to continue to discussion. See …

Facebook, Mergers & Acquisitions, Online/Interactive, Social »

[21 Feb 2014 | No Comment | ]

There has been some heated discussions about teens and their decline in Facebook usage in 2013. Warnings that Facebook will earn its spot as the next “has been” social media website alongside Myspace are circulating the web. According to a study by Socialbakers, total reach of Facebook brand pages among teens ages 13-17 fluctuated throughout …

Ad Sales, National, Cable, Leading in Local: The National Impact, Mergers & Acquisitions, Online/Interactive, Television, Local, Traditional Media »

[13 Feb 2014 | One Comment | ]

Yesterday’s announcement of Comcast/NBCU buying Time Warner Cable was a monumental announcement as it consolidates more of the cable portion of the Multiple Video Programming Delivery services (MVPDs) that includes mostly cable and satellite delivery services. Instead of Charter moving up the list of cable MSOs, Comcast will now be clearly number one if the …

Mergers & Acquisitions, Mobile, Online/Interactive, Yellow Pages »

[13 Jan 2014 | No Comment | ]

Local search and advertising company,YP, has announced that it has acquired Sense Networks, a mobile ad company. Sense Networks was founded in 2003 and has evolved into a data aggregator and mobile ad targeting platform. It offers real-time bidding and inventory via mobile ad exchanges. This acquisition allows for YP to target the right customer by leveraging data …

Mergers & Acquisitions, Online/Interactive, Yellow Pages »

[13 Jan 2014 | 2 Comments | ]

Australia’s leading telecom Telstra has sold off 70 percent of its directories unit Sensis to a U.S. based private equity firm for A$454 million, which works out to a valuation of A$649 million (US$591 million). There was speculation in the Australian press in recent days that the deal could go for as much as A$3 …

Mergers & Acquisitions, Online/Interactive »

[30 Oct 2013 | No Comment | ]

BIA/Kelsey has just learned that business accounting software giant Intuit has acquired the online scheduling company Full Slate. The plan apparently is to connect Full Slate’s capabilities to another recent Intuit acquisition, the digital marketing services player DemandForce.
Intuit acquired Demand Force in early 2012 for a whopping $423.5 million. Terms of the Full Slate deal …