ReachLocal Adds Presence and Reputation Management Via SMB:LIVE

As it readies its expected public offering, ReachLocal is branching out beyond its roots as a third party SMB reseller for Google and others. First, it started selling display.Now it is set to offer improved search optimization, digital presence and reputation management via the acquisition of SMB:LIVE. Other companies in the space have made similar […]

The Angry Plumber: ‘Don’t Misappropriate My Online Listing!’

A flurry of business lead services have cropped up, each a variation on the model that has been successfully developed by ServiceMagic and others. They basically provide a directory, information, leads and marketing services. One of the new crop of lead services is HelpHive in Seattle, which recently launched and was profiled here. It provides […]

Angie’s List Crosses One Million ‘Member’ Threshold

Angie’s List, the Indianapolis-based premium services directory that charges members to access and participate in reviews of local service businesses, said it has crossed the one million member mark. The threshold has been reached after a major ad campaign on mass media outlets, the launch of many new markets, and continuing efforts with member referrals […]

MerchantCircle Tries to Get Stickier with ‘Neighbors’ and ‘Answers’

MerchantCircle is seeking to transform itself from a source of search engine leads for SMBs into more of a destination site that consumers and businesses will use over and over again. The company reports 20 million unique visitors, which if calculated in a certain way, would make it the fifth largest Internet Yellow Pages. It […]