HelloMetro Rides Google’s City Name Keywords

One of the homespun stories of interactive local media is the rise of HelloMetro, a city guide company that started in 1999 as an entrepreneurial effort in Louisville, KY, and has since grown to include 15 staffers, including five direct salespeople.  The company, which has hundreds of Hello(City name) city guides, made $7.5 million in 2008. … Read more

Latest News on ILM:08, Santa Clara (Nov.19-21)

We’re just about ready to go with Interactive Local Media: 08, which is Nov.19-21 in Santa Clara, in the heart of Silicon Valley. It should be a very important, game-defining event – and the first one for The Kelsey Group in the new BIA Advisory Services era (they acquired Kelsey last week, adding resources and smarts to the … Read more

MapQuest Goes into Web 2.0 Overdrive

AOL’s MapQuest has strived to remake itself for several years. But it has really been going into overdrive since June, with new management, and the launch of MapQuest Local, a map-based directory and city guide service. More recently, it has unleashed specially-tailored versions for smartphones. What’s surprising about MapQuest is that it remains the industry leader, even though it … Read more

Google Kills Print Ads

Google, as part of a series of cutbacks, is eliminating its Print Ads program, which had 800 newspapers and other print sources participating. The program, which began in November 2006 with 50 newspaper partners, stops selling new placement Feb. 28. The Print Ads program, launched for Google by online pioneer Tom Phillips (DejaNews, Starwave, Go … Read more