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Yellow Pages, Yahoo! Canada Expand Six-Year Partnership

Yellow Pages Group and Yahoo! Canada today announced they have expanded their six-year partnership to provide Yahoo! Canada users with an enhanced local search experience. Yahoo! Canada users can get better, faster access to local search results, as well as details on local businesses including hours of operations, photos, videos, ratings and reviews – providing an improved experience for users ... Read More »

BIIA and EASDP Partnered in the Biggest Event Dedicated to the Business of Database, Search and Directory Publishing

Toledo, Spain, Thursday September 20, 2012:  At the EASDP Congress a BIIA panel of experts discussed the important aspects of how to redefine Business Information, how to get new value out of ‘Old Databases’, and how to extract value from semi / unstructured data.  The discussion centered on the new phenomena of BIG DATA, which is being heralded as the ... Read More »

RR Donnelley Revenues Continue to Decline

Net sales in the quarter were $2.5 billion, down $94.8 million, or 3.6%, from the second quarter of 2011. Pro forma for acquisitions, net sales decreased 4.0%, as a 164 basis point unfavorable impact of changes in foreign exchange rates, volume declines in certain product offerings, price erosion and a 53 basis point unfavorable impact due to lower pass-through paper ... Read More »

PagesJaunes Group First Half 2012 Revenues Down by 1.7%

PagesJaunes reported consolidated revenues of Euro 525 million, down 1.7% from prior year.  Internet businesses has grown by +9.5% in the 1st half of 2012, and the Group continues to gain market shares in digital advertising.  The decline in Print directories has accelerated in the 2nd quarter.  The Internet business accounted for 59% of consolidated revenues.  Gross operating profit was ... Read More »

Yelp Revenues up 67% in Q2 2012

Yelp Inc. (NYSE: YELP), a company that connects consumers with great local businesses, announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012. Net revenue was $32.7 million in the second quarter of 2012, reflecting 67% growth in net revenue from the second quarter of 2011.  Cumulative reviews grew 54% year over year to more than 30 million.  Average ... Read More »

Directory Publishers: Transform Now Or Die!

Asian mobile users are significantly more mobile savvy Charles Laughlin of BIA/Kelsey kicked off BIA/Kelsey’s Interactive Local Media conference Asia, organized by BIA/Kelsey and the Asian Directory Publisher Association (ADPAI) – with the results of a survey of business leaders operating in the local search space in Asia. Among the most interesting findings is that 92 percent of the respondents ... Read More »

Bisnode to sell ABC Germany to Avant Invest

Bisnode has signed an agreement to sell ABC Germany, one of the leading German B2B supplier search engines, to the Dutch Avant Invest B.V., which already owns the ABC operations in Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. With this transaction, Bisnode will sell the last company in its product information business area to focus on growth in its core business areas ... Read More »

Yelp Is Feeding Its Online Reviews of Restaurants And Other Local Merchants to Microsoft’s Bing Search Engine

People using Bing to search for information about neighborhood businesses will be able to see excerpts from Yelp reviews. The deal between Microsoft Corp. and Yelp Inc. comes two weeks after Google unveiled a new feature that serves up restaurant ratings from Zagat. Google Inc. bought Zagat’s popular rating service for $151 million last year. To attract more people, Google ... Read More »

Bisnode sells Kompass in the Nordics

Bisnode has sold Kompass in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. Kompass offers ad-based search services that identify companies, industries and specific products. This transaction is in line with Bisnode’s strategy to refine the business and focus on growth in the core offering. Kompass Nordic is a part of a global franchise concept.  Currently, Kompass is present in 70 countries across ... Read More »

YP Launches as North America’s Leading Local Search, Media and Advertising Company

Former AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive units combine industry-leading assets to form standalone unit under YP Holdings.  Cerberus Capital Management acquires controlling interest YP Holdings LLC (“YP”), which combines the assets of AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive into North America’s largest local search, media and advertising company, launched with the closing of the acquisition of a controlling interest in YP ... Read More »

Bisnode Announces the Closing of WerLiefertWas (WLW) Divestment

Bisnode sold WLW to the private equity firm Paragon Partners. WLW, which offers online search services for companies, has a leading market position in the German-speaking countries.  The company, founded in 1932, has around 200 employees and is headquartered in Hamburg. Bisnode acquired WLW in 2008 and in 2010 the company posted revenue of EUR 31.1 million. Source: Bisnode Press ... Read More »

Hard Times at the Printer: R.R. Donnelley Reports US$ 326.7 million Loss in Q4

The directory world is going digital forcing the world’s largest directory printer to close plants. R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company reported a fourth-quarter net loss attributable to common shareholders of $326.7 million.  The operating loss of $317.1 million, which was impacted by restructuring and impairment charges, the pension curtailment gain, the contingent compensation and acquisition expenses totaling $483.9 million in ... Read More »

Yellow Pages: Debt Warning Sends Yell Shares Plummeting

Yell shares slumped after it reported plunging revenues and warned of future debt issues.  In the quarter ending 31 December 2011, Yell’s revenues fell 15.1 per cent to £382.8 million, primarily driven by a 22 per cent drop in its print and other directory revenues to £268.9 million.  The firm did see an encouraging rise of 111.8 per cent in ... Read More »

Yelp Reports Wider Loss for 2011

Yelp Inc., the user-generated review site that’s planning an initial public offering, reported a wider loss in 2011 after increasing spending to attract reviewers and make the service easier to use. Yelp had a $16.9 million loss last year, compared with a loss of $9.74 million in 2010, according to a regulatory filing. Marketing and product-development spending both increased more ... Read More »

Yell to Begin Debt Buyback – Investors are Taking a Haircut

Yellow pages publisher Yell Group said it will begin its debt buyback process on Jan. 10 and conclude it on or before Jan. 19.  Yell has up to 159.5 million pounds ($245.75 million) available to repurchase part of its 2.6 billion pound debt at discounted market prices. The company’s euro-denominated term loan B is offered at 32 percent to face value ... Read More »

Eniro and Google Sign Strategic Co-operation Agreement

Eniro, the leading search company in the Nordic region, has signed an agreement with Google, which will make Eniro an authorized retailer of Google AdWords in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. The agreement will facilitate cooperation between Eniro and Google in the Scandinavian market, thus enabling new opportunities for all Swedish, Norwegian and Danish companies that want to become more discoverable ... Read More »