Leadership Changes in Yellow Pages

Idearc Media announced today that Kathy Harless has been replaced as CEO of the directory publisher by board chairman John Mueller, a former CEO of Cincinnati Bell Yellow Pages and Valor Communications. Harless' departure follows a substantial decline in the…

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The Innovators’ Dilemma Redux

Not so many years ago, major Yellow Pages publishers in developed countries reported revenue and earnings growth (or occasionally declines) that were generally very consistent. The advent of serious competition in several markets has had somewhat of an impact on…

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YPG Cool on U.S. Acquisitions

On the Yellow Pages Group (Canada) fourth-quarter earnings call today, CEO Marc Tellier was asked whether YPG had any interest in making acquisitions in the United States. The question was prompted by the steep sell-offs last week of Idearc Media, R.H.…

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The Rise of ‘How-To’ Videos

Lately there has been a noticeable rise in the amount of attention and investment paid to online video sites that specialize in generating "how-to" videos. These include: ExpertVillage (acquired by Demand Media last June) VideoJug (received $30M last May) HowCast…

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Comcast Scoops Up Vehix

Comcast announced today that its advertising sales division, Comcast Spotlight, will acquire automotive site Vehix (sans "dot com"). The company had a previous relationship -- financially and strategically -- and today's deal makes the marriage official. For Vehix, this ties the…

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