InsiderPages Acquisition is Set

Techcrunch published a report today that InsiderPages, the review site that has been actively shopped for some time, may have found a buyer for more than the $8.5 million it raised last March from Sequoia and Softbank Capital. I would speculate that possible purchasers are CitySearch, Yellowpages.com, or RH Donnelley. Theoretically, Yellowpages.com and RHD would have the … Read more

Estimate: Google Pulls in $200 Million from ‘Local’

Google doesn’t break out its revenue for local, but we can speculate. Piper Jaffray has said that 10 percent of Google’s revenues are attributable to “geotargeting,” per Greg Sterling. Based on Q2 earnings of $2.46 billion, that would mean Google grossed about $240 million from local in Q2, up from $225 million in Q1. We might … Read more

eBay and Skype: The Classifieds Factor

Some analysts haven’t figured out Skype’s value to eBay. But I see it fairly plainly: classifieds. The classifieds industry appears to be on the verge of a freefall, due to services such as Craig’s List that don’t charge But with Skype in the picture, I see lots of “value add” that buyers and sellers would … Read more

Local Onliner: The Year’s Top 10 Posts

The annual list of my “best read” posts doesn’t necessarily correlate with what’s trending. Readership can be driven by a number of things. That said…it is great to see what’s resonating. Top 10 Posts 1. Can Next Door Monetize Its 10 Million Users? 2. Acxiom Marketing Solutions Group Sold to IPG 3. Web.com Sold to Siris Capital 4. RBC’s … Read more

Notes from Seattle Interactive: Microsoft and the Multi-Device User

Hot trends in Web and marketing were all on display this week at Seattle Interactive, a large regional show with 190 speakers and an audience largely comprised of Northwest agencies, startups and technologists. The change in media was brilliantly illustrated by a single question posed by a speaker. “How many of you responded to a Nielsen … Read more

Zillow Valuation Now $350 Million

Zillow has landed $30 million in new financing, which comes on top of the $57 million already raised. The new round values the 155 employee “Zestimate” provider at $350 million, according to reporting by Rebecca Buckman at The Wall Street Journal. CFO Spencer Rascoff called to provide some color to a fairly complete profile I wrote after the Inman … Read more

Merchant Circle Seeks to Provide YP Alternative

“Small business,” “marketing tools” and “viral marketing” = a new generation of Yellow Pages that will really help businesses get more local customers. Or so hopes Merchant Circle, a well-funded startup that officially launches in June. “People who sell FEAR like the Yellow Pages cannot sell the hope that the local Internet delivers, said President and … Read more

Geosign Invests in Go2 Mobile Directory

Geosign, a privately-owned publisher of dozens of local and vertical services, including TrueLocal, has teamed with Go2 to get a foot in the door of the nascent mobile directory marketplace. Go2, founded in 1999, was a pioneer in mobile directories, employing over 100 people and forming relationships with key directory players. But it crashed and burned in the … Read more

AlikeList, a New Local/Social Platform, Raises $5 million and Launches

This has been the year for new sites that combine service directories and social features such as ratings and reviews. Earlier this year, we’ve seen sites such as RedBeacon, HelpHive, and others launch. Depending on definitions, earlier entrants include Citysearch, Yelp.com, Tree.com’s DoneRight, FixR , LocalPrice, InsiderPages and Centerd. Behind their fancy Web 2.0 veneers, they are … Read more

‘Final’ ILM:09 Speakers Added (Twitter, AT&Ti, Euro Directories +++)

The ILM:09 conference Dec. 9-11 in LA is now just around the corner. We’ve handpicked 60 cutting-edge speakers, and we think we are onto something that is really important. I can tell you that signups have been great, too. Recent adds to the speaker roster include Twitter’s Anamitra Banerji and AT&T Interactive’s Greg Issacs, who will be joining Facebook’s Tim Kendall … Read more