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Deals: No. 1 Growth Area for San Diego Union-Tribune

Deal-a-day group buying is a certain hit. But how important is it in the scheme of things for local media companies? For The San Diego Union-Tribune, deals represented “the number one new revenue growth,” in 2010, according to Mike Hodges,…

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EBay Mobile Continues to Kick Butt

EBay has issued a press release today, recounting some of its mobile milestones this year. Most notable was the 166 percent year-over-year increase in holiday gross merchandise value (11/25-12/25) to $230 million. Designer handbags, diamond jewelry and Rolex watches topped…

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Hyperlocal in 2011: A Break in the Clouds?

I take great delight in the Carlsbad Patch updates on my smartphone every morning. And the Fwix local app on my iPad. But why do I feel they are my “guilty pleasures”? Because there is a rap out there that…

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EBay Firms Up Local Strategies

In case you haven’t noticed, eBay has been ramping up a local strategy in the past few months via the integration of all its vertical properties with its home site, the $75 million purchase of Milo.com, and today, a $200…

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After ILM:10: Following Up on Google

Carter Maslan, Google product director for local search, took the stage during last week's ILM:10 conference to track and extrapolate the advancement of online local media. The aha moment for Maslan was when he was at Microsoft and his friend…

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My Top 10 Takeaways From ILM:10

Our ILM:10 conference probably hit something of “a perfect storm” for the 681 senior level execs and entrepreneurs in attendance. While we’ve been cheerleading the local opportunity since the mid-1990s, the big money has now really focused on the local…

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Mobile Blew Up in 2010

Without resorting to tired "year of mobile" claims, the folks at Mobile Future have put together a video of notable usage stats from 2010. The animated timeline is chock-full of factoids about usage and product development growth throughout the year.…

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ILM:10: Deals as an ‘E-Commerce Platform’

In the context of Google’s reported $6 billion acquisition offer to Groupon, questions were raised at ILM:10 about the true potential of deal a day beyond its current two or three daily deals and banner ad e-mails. For Nimble Commerce…

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ILM:10: Facebook’s Emily White Details Local Efforts

Facebook sees strong potential in local advertising and will develop an aggressive local strategy, according to Facebook Local Leader Emily White, a Day 3 keynoter at ILM:10. White, who left Google four months ago, said businesses are always being told…

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