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Are SMB Websites the Key to Digital Success for Local Publishers?

Tweet About a week ago I attended and spoke at the Asian Local Search and Media Association (ALSMA) conference in Shanghai. In attendance were yellow pages publishers and industry vendors from across Asia as well as India, Israel and Europe. Among other things I did an indoor location and marketing presentation. I was struck at […]

Demand for iPhone 5 Weaker than Expected?

Tweet There are mixed messages on the outlook for the iPhone 5. Several sources (e.g., Kantar Worldpanel Comtech) reported high demand and initial sales for the device heading into the holiday season. However the Wall Street Journal is now reporting that demand for the iPhone may be weaker than expected and Apple is cutting its […]

Online Is Only 16% of Global Ad Revenue

Tweet ZenithOptimedia has revised its global advertising forecast. Here are some of the numbers: As I discussed at Search Engine Land, Google represents 44% of global ad spending in 2010. I’m sure the number goes up in 2011. Facebook is only 3.1% by comparison.

Groupon Launches in China: GaoPeng

Tweet Groupon has officially launched in China as GaoPeng. According to Bloomberg, it will cover Beijing and Shanghai first and then expand to other cities. Groupon faces competition from at least two other similar services: Lashou.com and Meituan.com. In China group buying is called “tuangou,” although that refers to mobs showing up at local stores. […]

More on That Local Job at Facebook

Tweet I posted last week about the head of marketing for Local job at Facebook. I’ve since spoken to the key people at the company about the position. Facebook has very high expectations for the individual who’ll eventually take on the role. Fundamentally Facebook wants someone who can “talk to engineers and not get laughed […]

Battle for the Mobile Future Comes into Focus

Tweet There are two developments that will mean the future of smartphones (less so tablets) will be dominated by three companies: Apple, Google and Microsoft. Nokia’s deal today with Microsoft means that Nokia is now a maker of Windows Phones and Microsoft will own those developers who can anticipate a potentially much larger market. The […]

NZ Yellow Pages Relaunches Deals Site

Tweet Troubled Yellow Pages New Zealand has relaunched the daily deals site it acquired last year, Groupy: All the major YP publishers are now doing or considering some form of daily deals. Most aggressive among the North American publishers have been Yellow Media/YPG in Canada and Yellowbook in the US. One question is whether daily […]