Directory assistance Archives


Consumer Demand Will Sustain Deals

Tweet I just finished giving a presentation on daily deals to a group of DQ providers (directory assistance) in Prague at the EIDQ trade meeting. The title of my talk was “The Group Buying Explosion, Will It Last?” Many of the people in the room were highly skeptical of the phenomenon at the start of […]

Marchex Pays $62M for Jingle Networks

Tweet Marchex announced this morning that it was paying $62 million in cash and stock for Jingle Networks, which is best known for free-DA alternative 800-Free-411. The company also operates a calls-based mobile ad network. I’ve also written up the announcement and some of the numbers at Internet2go. Marchex revealed that Jingle’s 2011 revenues will […]

Addafix Launches in Canada, Tapping YPG API

Tweet Social caller ID and local listings provider addafix launched in Canada today, utilizing the YPG “Yellow API” for local business listings: The free mobile application adaffix (www.adaffix.com) announces its launch in the Canadian market today. adaffix enriches the call experience by adding relevant caller content in real-time. The application instantly suggests local alternatives if […]

WhitePages Now Does Yellow Pages

Tweet As I wrote at SEL, WhitePages.com has always offered “business search.” However the data have come from yellow pages publishers in the past. The company finally decided to build its own database of local business listings last year. CEO Alex Algard told me that WhitePages did tons of work on the data (some of […]

Addafix Rolls Out in Denmark

Tweet Social caller ID and next-gen DA service Addafix (formerly Yellix) has launched in Demark. The company also operates in Austria and Germany. The caller ID function integrates with Facebook but also identifies numbers not among the user’s contacts through a look-up via a directory partner. In Denmark the partner is publisher De Gule Sider. […]

A Closer Look at Mobile App Yellix

Tweet I got my first hands on look at Yellix, a mobile app that integrates Facebook and directory listings. It’s on all smartphone platforms right now but the iPhone — to which it’s coming. The app is clever and defies easy description and categorization. If two Yellix mobile users are also on Facebook, when one […]

Local.com's Patents Reviewed

Tweet This past week Local.com announced that it was awarded a patent for Enhanced Directory Assistance, tied to advertising services. The press release summarizes the patent this way: [T]he patent describes a system and method for maintaining a dynamic index for a telephone directory assistance system. The system enables advertisers to dynamically control whether a listing […]

Vark Comes Out of Private Beta

Tweet Ever since we wrote about Mosio in October of 2007 we’ve been watching and waiting for someone to really break-through with a human-powered mobile search utility that can archive scale. ChaCha and kgb to varying degrees have done that and represent a hybrid between traditional directory assistance and Web search; one can ask any […]

Google Voice Not a Skype Killer — Yet

Tweet Early on I had a GrandCentral account but let it lapse. After the announcement of Google Voice yesterday I got back in. But it’s not exactly what I expected. There are lots of nice call management features and the SMS integration is great. I had thought however that it might be a complete substitute […]

Free-411 Rolls Out Dial Directions Nationally

Tweet Jingle Networks’ 800-Free-411 for now is the “free DA” market leader. But it has been joined by a broad range of competitors: 1-800-GOOG411 (Google) 1-800-Call-411 (MSFT, Tellme powered) 1-800-Yellowpages (AT&T) 1-800-2ChaCha (”mobile answers”) 1-800-The-Info (Verizon) 1-800-555-Tell (Tellme) 1-800-555-5555 (potentially) This also doesn’t include the voice-powered (or operator-assisted) mobile applications: Yahoo’s oneSearch with Vlingo MSFT […]