In a conversation with Newspaper Association of America members this February, Google Local head Shailesh Rao and colleague Jim Kolotouros outlined six Google initiatives that they’d like to work with newspapers on. These include AdSense; a premium tier version of AdSense that enables online order entry for merchants; GoogleLocal; video; GoogleBase; and ongoing experiments with print ads in papers.
Kolotouros said that the initiatives are being developed on an adhoc basis, but that Google would like to put them into “one bucket” to streamline their use by newspapers. Separately, Rao said that Google would like to enable newspapers to act as sales agents for Google to upsell existing customers along the lines of “a model we’ve tested in the Yellow Pages business.”
Highlights of the conversation are transcribed as part of “Getting Serious About Search,” a new survey and report by the NAA’s Melinda Gipson that effectively updates my 2004 survey and report, “Paid Search and Newspapers: Issues and Strategies.”