Reply’s MerchantCircle Relaunches; Heavier Consumer Focus, Less on Listings

MerchantCircle, which was sold to Reply.com in May 2011, continues to rethink the traditional Yellow Pages small business model. The company today unveils a web site that is less oriented towards directory listings, and more oriented – it hopes — towards winning more consumer traffic, generating more SMB leads, and better monetization. While the new […]

ILM:10: Local Content Economics ‘Not Like Demand Media’

Content farms and aggregators are a major part of the new, scaleable local ecosystem. But the rules of the road are different for local content than for general content, according to executives speaking at ILM:10 in Santa Clara. MerchantCircle Local Content Studio GM Andy Halliday noted that Merchant Circle is pumping up its context with […]

Local.Com Overhauls Web Site; Targets Women

Local.com has dramatically upgraded its destination site, with soft colors, an excellent user interface and renewed focus on three core categories –“business,” “coupons” and “events.” The categories are clearly aimed at driving organic traffic from its intended audience of women and mothers. The site is geo-targeted to automatically provide local listings and features. Listings can […]

MerchantCircle Buys Scheduling Company

Scheduling is seen as the next wave of online marketplace services for SMBs, encouraging sticky usage, premium features and, in some cases, highly contextual advertising. Scheduling vendors such as Agendize, Full Slate, MaxiPage and X-Time are actively syndicating solutions. Jumping aboard the scheduling trend is MerchantCircle, the SMB services company with 1.3 million registered SMBs. […]