Keynote Says Google’s Lead Shrinking

Yesterday Keynote Systems (formerly Vividence Corporation) released the results of a consumer survey that reported Yahoo!, MSN and Ask Jeeves making gains in search market share and user perceptions. The survey, based on observation and interaction with 2,000 consumers, found…

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Conferences: A Leading Industry Indicator?

Conferences tend to reflect how the business is right now. When business is struggling, publishers will either put a numerical limit on the total number of employees that can attend an event or institute the more draconian requirement that everyone…

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Is Sensis the Next One on the Block?

A report in Australia€™s The Age newspaper citing unnamed sources within the Australian government says the spin-off of Sensis Pty. Ltd. by its parent company Telstra is in the works. The story was posted on theage.com.au on Feb. 8.Within the…

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The Bell No Longer Tolls

I joined the residential marketing group at AT&T in 1978 because my Director convinced me that €œthe Biggest Company on Earth€ was going to become a marketing driven company. I was young and na¯ve then, and I should have paid…

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The Marshall Leaves Town

We learned earlier today that Pat Marshall has departed Verizon Information Services. Few people in the directory business have as much experience in the application of new technology as Pat does. Pat€™s been on the leading edge of most new…

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My Breakfast with Condron

Last week, I sat down for a breakfast interview in London with Yell Group CEO John Condron at the Connaught Hotel, a power breakfaster€™s power breakfast spot. Over his porridge, Condron talked about the state of the business today, and…

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Wi Fi Goes Camping

The California Department of Parks and Recreation announced that as many as 85 of the state's 278 parks will offer Wi-Fi access this coming summer. Now for $7.95 per day or $19.95 per month, a portion of California's 85 million…

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Competition Picks Up Steam in the UK

Britain€™s Guardian newspaper reported today that British Telecom plans to spend up to 10 million pounds €" about US$18 million €" promoting its BT Phone Book product this year. This represents a significant upping of the ante by BT, which…

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The Local Search Zeitgeist

Last week, ClickZ wrote an analysis of the state of local search advertising. Using the €œGoogle Zeitgeist,€ the article reported that only 1 in 20 searches on Google Local generated ads from small businesses, as opposed to geotargeted ads from…

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My Wish for the YP Industry in 2005

My wish for the Yellow Pages industry in the new year is that the leaders of our business do a better job of communicating our value story to the outside world.In Bambi Francisco's article she seems to assume that everyone…

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