Yahoo Exec VP Hilary Schneider, during her opening keynote to Kelsey Local ’07, emphasized that the company is really zeroing in on local to play a major role in Yahoo’s growth plans. Local search’sitself grew 28 percent in the last four months, per ComScore.
Yahoo sees local usage in five key segments: Maps, which brings in 32 million unique visitors; local news and information, which brings in 30 million; social media and classifies, which both bring in about 20 million; and directory, which brings in 18 million. “Local intent dominates the ‘needs set,’” share of overall search within Yahoo went from 11 percent to 14 percent in 2006, and local search says Schneider, citing top lookups such as maps, directions, nearby restaurants, stores, checking flight information and local movies.
Yahoo Local itself is pretty well built out, with 18,000 city pages and 80,000 zip codes. But it only has 600 neighborhoods. “There are obviously many more than that,” says Schneider. “ We have a long way to go.” Schneider additionally breaks out the local market as “national local,” with 17,000 businesses spending $22.4 billion in ad dollars; “regional local,” with 85,000 businesses spending $48.3 billion; and “local local,” with 22 million businesses spending $33.6 billion.