Events Archives

LivingSocial Escapes: ‘Weekend in a Box’

Tweet Built on its recent acquisition of UrbanEscapes, LivingSocial has launched travel deals: “LivingSocial Escapes.” CEO Tim O’Shaughnessy jokingly called the new travel offering “weekend in a box.” He told me there are three options that will be made available within the Escapes program: Urban escapes (in town essentially) Nearby Gateways (drivable “nearcations”) Destination trips […]

Why Yahoo! Should Consider Buying Zvents

Tweet Yahoo!’s interest in beefing up local news and location-based content should lead it to consider buying Zvents. Yes, Yahoo! owns events destination Upcoming. However Zvents has more data and an ad/distribution network that includes many of Yahoo!’s newspaper partners. Zvents is really a platform and media play that Yahoo! could develop further in many […] Launches Events Site

Tweet I can’t tell if this is totally new, but it appears to be: has launched an events site: This provides a new dimension to the service and new ad inventory. I haven’t spoken to so I don’t know if there’s a partnership behind this or these data are being crawled.  (Update: commenter below says […]

Is "Local Search" a Solved Problem?

Tweet I was struck by a statement that Marchex EVP Matthew Berk made to me during a recent discussion about the company’s new SMB reputation management tool. I’m loosely paraphrasing but he said that it was difficult for him to admit (given that he built OpenList) but that local search was essentially a “solved problem.” […]

Local Social Summit in London Nov. 3

Tweet Dylan Fuller and Simon Baptist have put together a very interesting event in London on November 3. It’s called the Local Social Summit. As the name suggests, it explores the connections between local and social media. There’s also a dose of mobile in there too. They’ve asked me to come and moderate several panels. […]

Burning Man, the iPhone and Technology

Tweet The Burning Man festival has always been associated with geeks and technology — or for the last decade at least. But it’s with some ambivalence that I read Brady Forest’s post last week “Burning Man Gets an API.” Brady says: The annual tech-art festival in the Nevada desert, starts on Sunday. Normally the attendees […]

Zvents adds to Partners with Media General

Tweet Another partner add for Zvents: Media General, which operates mainly in the Southern US. From the press release out this a.m.: Zvents, the local search engine and paid listings ad network, announced today that Media General, Inc. (NYSE: MEG), the leading provider of high-quality news, information and entertainment in the Southeast, has chosen Zvents […]

AOL Launches

Tweet (what a great URL) is AOL’s new events site, powered by Zvents. It launched this morning. Interestingly, the AOL brand is almost nowhere to be found on the page, but the content will be integrated into other AOL properties, including MapQuest Local, AOL CityGuide, AOL Travel and other AOL sites. Apparently there’s a forthcoming widget […]

Zvents Gains Big New Round

Tweet Zvents announced a big, new funding round ($24M) from Nokia Growth Partners, NAVTEQ (also Nokia-owned) and AT&T. That makes about $31M to date approximately. The company now has an impressive partner list, including, MTV, MSN and lots of newspapers.  The interesting question is: Where to now? Zvents clearly has aspirations beyond “events,” which the company […]

Placecast in LBS Ads Deal with Eventful

Tweet Among the many flavors of online ad targeting, there are geotargeting, behavioral targeting, contextual targeting and demographic targeting. 1020/Placecast aims to subsume most of these under the concept of “place,” which is not the same as location in the mind of CEO Anne Bezancon. Place is more specific but also broader and potentially incorporates […]