The new effort adds another dimension to Yahoo’s local reachout, which currently focuses on newspapers and Yellow Pages. The Valassis relationship has the potential to bring its broadcaster and telco marketing affiliates into Yahoo’s fold as well.
The new deal marks an evolution of the local strategy, which seeks to be all embracing in efforts to win a higher percentage of local budgets for online, while also focusing on specific verticals, such as fast food.
In related local Yahoo news, Paid Content reports that Yahoo has dropped some under-performers from its Newspaper Consortium. Yahoo told the newsletter that fewer than a dozen of its 800-plus newspaper members were involved.