YPG-NZ Announces Online Partnerships

Yellow Pages Group in New Zealand announced two online partnerships geared toward extending visibility for its advertisers. The first partnership is with realestate.co.nz, New Zealand’s largest online listing site, and…

AOL Acquires Bebo

In an unexpected move, AOL has acquired social network Bebo for $850 million. A move into social networking is interesting for AOL given that portals have traditionally dropped the ball…

ILM:07 Spotlights mobilePeople

The ILM:07 session on cutting-edge demos was devoted to a presentation and demo by Claudia Poepperl, CMO of Copenhagen-based mobilePeople. MobilePeople is a vintage player in this nascent space, having…

TKG Data and Analysis: A Weekly Recap

Here is a quick recap of items from the past week of local search and media, in case you missed them. Click below to read each post in full. Yellow…

Will Sensis Go on a Buying Spree?

An article in the Australian newspaper confirms that Sensis will need to pursue acquisitions in order to meet the five-year growth objectives set out by Telstra CEO Sol Trujillo back in…

More Signs of Credit Crunch Impact on YP

Here is an article on the bond offering for Yellow Pages Group New Zealand. The company's owners are cutting back on its size to improve demand. This is certainly a…

YP.com Follows Move Away From Yellow Pages Name

YP.com’s shareholders overwhelmingly approved the decision to adopt the LiveDeal name. According to the recent press release, “YP Corp.'s interest in a name change is a reflection of the company's…

Australian PE Firm Buys Israel’s Golden Pages

Another directory publishing asset has changed hands, with one investor cashing out handsomely and another coming in hoping to make a killing. This time the buyer is Babcock & Brown,…

iBegin Providing Free Yellow Pages Database

The disintermediation of local media doesn't stop. First, we got Realtors cutting into newspaper audiences (and advertising) by adding all the area listings to their Web sites. Phase Two is…

Australia’s Traditional Media in a Funk

This article in The Australian summarizes a report on overall 2006 media growth in Australia. It singles out print directories as being a particular drag on media spend. It also…