Sears Launches ServiceLive, a Leads Site

  • February 24, 2009

Sears will try to leverage its identity with home improvement and repair with ServiceLive, a new leads provider for service pros that is being pitted against ServiceMagic, Angie’s List, DoneRight and others. The tagline for the service, which begins a…

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FixR Debuts: New Auction-Based Site for Services

  • January 27, 2009

FixR, a seven-person Boston-area site that bills itself as an “eBay for local services,” has launched. Developed with private funds, the site provides free listings for services and free bids for consumers, but expects to charge a “success” fee when…

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Yelp Crosses the Pond

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…

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2008: The Year That Was

  • December 30, 2008

We’re out with our predictions for 2009. But what’s the final word for 2008? Truly, it was a very stimulating and thoughtful year for our local media and commerce industry. But speaking for myself, it’s hard to say whether it…

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New Health and Wellness Site Targets Women 30+

  • December 10, 2008

Spas and salon advertisers are a huge focus for local sites. They’re a Top 4 selection for Citysearch, and also rank highly on Yelp and other sites. Now they are being specifically targeted by InnerRewards, a new health and wellness vertical…

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Brownbook: Free Wiki-Based Directory Counts on Upsells

  • December 4, 2008

We keep going back to Clayton Christensen and his disruptive technology timeline ... and we really don’t see that anything in the local space truly qualifies as the disruptor (although Google is worth pondering). Still, they keep coming. The latest…

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Happy Yelp Day (in S.F.)

Today is Yelp Day in San Francisco, by order of Mayor Gavin Newsom. If memory serves me correctly, this is the second annual Yelp Day. It's a nice PR boost for Yelp. For the city, it's probably a way to…

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Citysearch’s Compelling Revamp

  • November 20, 2008

Citysearch has just completed a full revamp of its product and strategy that it hopes will position it in the long-term battle for local. Elements of the revamp include a more intuitive interface, an embrace of social media, a major…

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Local ‘Green’ Sites: Just Getting Up to Speed

  • October 30, 2008

When we think of emerging local verticals, “green” is one of the most promising, as environmental concerns have pushed up the interest of consumers in having safe, healthy products that have minimal impact on the environment. MSN, Yahoo, Hearst and The Washington Post…

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