Larkin: When It Pays to Advertise in a Niche Publication

Niche publications serving specific demographics, like gays, seniors or Koreans, can make a lot of sense. But not every niche is the same. Longtime YP executive Dick Larkin, the “Small Business Commando,” lays out some rules of the road for niche advertising in the latest edition of his newsletter. “Your customers want respect, acceptance, and […]

YPA Fights Local ‘Opt-out’ Requirements for Home Delivery

Arguing that local and state “opt-out” requirements for Yellow Pages delivery would cripple local businesses and force industry layoffs, the Yellow Pages Association has successfully fought and beat back opt-out requirements this year in some states, reports YPA President Neg Norton. But the industry must still contend with additional opt-out efforts in other states, as […]

YPA 09: Dave Swanson,RH Donnelley; Chris Cummings, Marquette Group

Keynoting at the Yellow Pages Association Convention in San Diego today, RH Donnelley CEO Dave Swanson acknowledged “the worst local media environment this country has seen since the Great Depression.” But YPA’s outgoing chairman also noted that “the will to live in our industry is very strong.” “We’re moving from sellers of advertising products to […]

How Can Google Improve? Local Execs Comment

We all live in Google’s world now. Nobody would dispute that there are many positives associated with that. But how do industry practitioners really feel about it. Can it be improved? We asked three executives who cover different parts of the local ecosystem, promising them anonymity. An aggregator said he thinks he should be treated […]

Marketplaces 2009: AOL’s Chris Spanos, Yahoo’s Atif Rafiq

AOL Yellow Pages has greatly benefitted from search engine optimization, with 50 percent of its traffic coming from SEO, according to Chris Spanos, GM, local search, who was speaking today at Kelsey’s Marketplaces conference in Los Angeles. “We have a very healthy Yellow Pages business,” said Spanos, who called it “the number one independent Yellow […]