New at ILM West: Google, Facebook, SoLoMo Day +++

ILM West is shaping up to be one of the great ones. Taking place Dec. 12-14 in downtown San Francisco, ILM West really reflects a sea change in local marketing from advertising to the new hybrid model of advertising and commerce (i.e. prepaid deals, reputation management, mobile app sales etc.). We’ve made some big additions […]

Matchbin Becomes Radiate Media; Focuses on Ad Network & Services

Matchbin has spent $10 million to acquire 800 radio and TV accounts from Navteq’s Radio and TV Group (formely It has also raised $12 million for working assets from Silicon Valley Bank, and is rebranding the combined entity as Radiate Media. The money to acquire the Navteq broadcaster accounts came from Level Equity, Greycroft […]

ClearChannel, Living Social Team for On-Air Deal Mentions

A new partnership between ClearChannel and Living Social is seeking to leverage the power of on air personalities on 500 Clear Chanel radio stations. The personalities will rap about the deals in unscripted segments. It would be interesting to know what the split is for something like this. The arrangement is described as a “commission.” […]

Datasphere: New Focus on SMB ‘Adjacencies’ like Coupons, Events

We’ve long known that coupons provide real traction for SMB advertising. Nothing beats a customer walking through the door with a coupon in hand. But a lot of SMB website publishers haven’t really focused on them. DataSphere, on the other hand,,has had a coupons product for some time. But it only recently has really zeroed […]

NBC’s Sean Monzet: NBC O&O Sites Focus on Verticals, Social and Hyperlocal

NBC’s local websites for its 10 owned-and-operated stations have effectively lowered the average age of users from 44 to 33, boosted the average time spent on site to 12 minutes, and grown its user base to 10 million unique visitors, according to NBC San Diego Director of Integrated Media Sean Monzet, who was speaking at […]

Regional Help Wanted Founder Creates ‘Digital ValPak’-like Service

Angie’s List, Kudzu and The Washington Post’s new ServiceAlley are providing group buying promotions for home and trade services. But is group buying the right paradigm for home and trade services? Regional Help Wanted Co Founder Eric Straus says “no.” Instead, Straus has launched, which offers home and trade services the ability to include […]