Backfence Goes Live

Backfence went live tonight in McLean and Reston, VA. I previously wrote about Backfence's "hyper-local" strategy. It's a very interesting strategy (comprehensive local site, relying heavily on user-generated content) and will be one to watch. There are those who will…

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Quality vs. Quantity Take 2

The Yellow Pages Association released the results of a study with comScore that supports the idea that despite lower traffic volumes, IYP users are more "ready to buy" and spend more than their Web search counterparts. We haven't independently looked…

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So, You Think Economics are Complicated?

Reading some of the recent Kelsey Group blogs reinforces this concern. Companies declare strong earnings but plummet because their guidance does not meet Wall Street expectations. Yahoo! and Google are offering evermore sophisticated search opportunities, and only industry experts can…

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Would You Like Lettuce with Your Journal?

Speaking to the American Society of Newspaper Editors in Washington, Ruppert Murdoch faulted the industry for having been "remarkably, accountably complacent" about new technologies, including the Internet. In Frank Barnako's Internet Daily Report in MarketWatch, Murdoch is quoted as saying,…

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IMPAQT Landing Page Is Rich

At AD-TECH in San Francisco, I spoke with IMPAQT CEO Richard Hagerty, who demonstrated for me the company's "Intelligent Landing Page." It can sit behind any paid search ad (both a strength and a weakness). When users click through, they…

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Local and the 'Long Tail'

At Drilling Down, Hearst's Lincoln Millstein mentioned a seminal article in his great keynote yesterday -- a wired piece discussing the so-called "Long Tail." In search, the tail is ultimately where the volume is. But it's also a long-term proposition…

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Yell Powers Google Local in UK

In a move that surely represents the beginning of a broader, European expansion of Google's local strategy, Google Local UK has launched with results from Yell.com. The look and feel are the same as Google Local in the U.S., except…

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Newspapers and Newsreaders

It's smart for newspapers such as the Tribune Co.'s LA Times, the Denver Post and the UK's Guardian to set up branded RSS readers that allow their content to be read/received along with other news sources. However, the strategy is…

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