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Business Owners Blast Yelp

Yelp is taking some harsh criticism in the media once again.  Its handling of fake reviews is coming under fire, as is its worth to consumers.  Business owners are speaking out. Yelp recently announced that it had handed out a new round of consumer alerts – warnings that appear on business pages – calling out businesses for alleged foul Yelp ... Read More »

Yahoo Partners With Yelp To Bring Local Data To Its Search Tools

Yahoo announced that it has partnered with Yelp to bring local data into its search experience, both mobile and desktop. The deal will see traditional Yelp information, such as ratings and user photos piped into Yahoo. Yahoo is no longer a company known for its search products, having long-ago ceded its search technology to Microsoft, but the company does command a slice ... Read More »

Yahoo & Yelp In Partnership Deal

Various news sources have reported Yahoo has set its sights on Yelp.   The partnership will incorporate Yelp’s listings and reviews of local businesses into results on Yahoo’s search engine.  The new feature will be made available in the coming weeks. Ms. Mayer has led an overhaul of search technology at Yahoo as she tries to turn around the once-dominant Internet ... Read More »

Directory Scams Fraud Alert

The Union of International Associations (UIA) has recently issued directory scams fraud alerts concerning the following companies: December 2013 / January 2014 A new scam solicitation has been received from: European Trade Register Tel: 0031 208 080 789 Fax: 0031 205 248 107 P.O. Box 2021, 3500 GA Utrecht, The Netherlands [email protected] eubusinessservices.com December 2013 / January 2014 A new ... Read More »

YP Acquires Mobile Ad Company Sense Networks

The YP Group announced the acquisition of Sense Networks.  In an interview with Techcrunch, David Lebow, senior vice president and general manager of YP’s national markets group, stated that this was the company’s first acquisition since it launched in May 2012.  YP was formed from the merger of AT&T Advertising Solutions (publisher of the Yellow Pages) and AT&T Interactive, with Cerberus Capital Management ... Read More »

ABC – The B2B Suppliers’ Search Engine for Europe

ABC Germany, a German B2B supplier search engines, was sold by BISNODE to the Dutch Avant Invest B.V. in June of 2012.  Little is known about ABC’s progress under the new ownership.  The ABC website lacks transparency, an essential element in business transactions. ABC advertises the following product lines as per the ABC website. ABC for Sales:  As a sales ... Read More »

Iron Solutions Doubles Headquarters Office Space, Announces Plans to Add Staff

Iron Solutions, the company that specializes in providing data, intelligence, and technology tools for equipment dealer profitability, is expanding at its Franklin headquarters, doubling its office space and adding staff. Iron Solutions is now occupying two floors of the three-story office building at 660 Bakers Bridge Avenue, with a total of more than 12,000 square feet of space. The company ... Read More »

China’s 58.com Goes Public as It Seeks to Stay Ahead of Rivals

58.com, China’s equivalent of Craigslist, raised $187 million from U.S. investors. 58.com Inc. listed on the New York Stock Exchange with plans to spend the funds to improve customer service, acquire rivals and increase marketing. The initiatives will help in its mission to outmaneuver competitors and drum up new users for the company’s online classified-advertising service. American depository shares of the Beijing-based ... Read More »

Solocal Group (Yellow Pages France) Revenues for Q3, 2013 down 5.6%

The perils of Yellow Pages:  Solocal Group revenues decreased 5.6% for the quarter ended September 30th.  Print revenues declined 15.9% and Internet revenues grew by 2.0%.  Accordingly the company is reducing its 2013 outlook to approximately Euro 1bn. Internet business represents 63% of Group’s revenues and with low growth of +2.0% on a like-for-like basis (increase of 1.7% on reported ... Read More »

RR Donnelley Q3 2013 Revenues Up 4.2%

RR Donnelley’s net sales in the quarter were $2.6 billion, up $106.1 million, or 4.2%, from the third quarter of 2012. After adjusting for the impact of acquisitions, changes in foreign exchange rates, pass-through paper sales and the 2012 rebate adjustment, organic sales grew by 2.2% from the third quarter of 2012, driven by volume growth in many offerings, a timing shift ... Read More »

Made-in-China.com Revenues up 21%

Focus Technology, the operator of Made-in-China.com, reported revenues of US$22 million, an increase of 21% over the same quarter in 2012.  Net income attributable to company shareholders grew 8.0% year-on-year in the quarter, amounting to US$6.0 million. The Nanjing-based company also reported its results for the nine months ended 30th September. Revenues in the period were US$63 million, which grew ... Read More »

Sohu.com Q3 2013 Revenues Up by 29%

Sohu.com Inc. (NASDAQ: SOHU), China’s leading online media, search, gaming, community and mobile service group, reported total revenues were US$368 million, up 29% year-over-year and 9% quarter-over-quarter. Brand advertising revenues were US$125 million, up 60% year-over-year and 25% quarter-over-quarter. Sogou[1] revenues were US$57 million, up 53% year-over-year and 14% quarter-over-quarter.  Online game revenues were US$161 million, up 7% year-over-year and ... Read More »

Reed Construction Data Ramps Up Teams to Focus on Customers and Enterprise Solutions

Reed Construction Data announced a significant investment in personnel to drive Reed’s new strategies to a customer-focused, tailored enterprise and corporate sales approach.  It is nearly doubling the sales and account management teams and is implementing organization-wide changes.    Reed will be revealing inventive new products and important changes throughout the year, with special product launches at the Greenbuild convention in ... Read More »

IRON Guides Now Feature Mahindra Tractor Data

IRON Guides from Iron Solutions will now include valuations and specifications for Mahindra tractors, the top-selling tractor in the world. Beginning with the September 2013 updates to the print and digital versions of the IRON Guides, valuations and data for Mahindra tractor models since 2003 will be included. Dealers, lenders, and producers will be able to leverage the information in ... Read More »

News from the EASDP Congress

BIIA Chairman David Worlock commented on some of the more salient happenings at the recent EASDP congress in his latest blog: Good Bye Native Websites! One of the more surprising and perhaps the more shocking news was the announcement that EASDP was to merge with EIDQ, Europe’s directory enquiries services.  Obviously the Yellow Pages industry is unraveling too fast to ... Read More »

IRON Solutions Redesigns Popular IRONSearch.com

IRON Solutions launched its enhanced and redesigned IRONSearch.com site, with streamlined features that allow buyers and sellers of agricultural and industrial equipment to connect and close deals faster than ever before. The design of the new IRONSearch.com increases the visibility of equipment for sale, enabling buyers to perform highly targeted searches and assuring that dealers get more views for their ... Read More »

PAGESJAUNES France Changes its Name to Solocal Group

The shareholders of PagesJaunes Groupe have approved a name change to Solocal Group (Paris: LOCAL). Solocal Group is ranked #1 in local communication. The Group offers online contents, advertising solutions and transactional services that connect consumers and clients locally. It employs around 5,000 people – including more than 2,300 advisors in local communication in France and Spain to support the ... Read More »

Dex One and SuperMedia Complete Merger, Move Forward Together as Dex Media

More Than 2,700 Marketing Consultants Advising 665,000 Local Businesses in the U.S. Dex One Corporation and SuperMedia Inc. today announced the completion of their merger, creating Dex Media, Inc. — one of the largest national providers of social, local and mobile marketing solutions through direct relationships with local businesses. The common stock of Dex Media will begin trading May 1, 2013 on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the symbol: ... Read More »