Real Reasons Why Traditional Media Can Really (Still) Win Big In Mobile Advertising

Published 24th March Guest post published on mSearchGroove  EDITOR’S NOTE: Mobile advertising is certain the hot topic at CTIA, where Mobile Web And Apps World Forum (Ajit Jaokar’s CTIA partner event) was standing room only. (Well done Ajit!) Players from across the ecosystem are anxious to explore new models to monetize inventory, apps and services. However, […]

123people acquired by Pages Jaunes

Published 22nd March According to investir.fi and a number of other reliable sources the world’s leading people search engine 123people, from Austria, has been acquired  by the leading French yellow pages company Pages Jaunes. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Although rumor is from EUR 10 to 15 million. 123people was profitable, but they will not reveal […]

Seat, Pages Jaunes and Yell Struggle for Ad Sales as Unused books Pile Up

Published 15th December In 2007, co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates said yellow-pages use among people under 50 would drop to zero in five years. The trend in the decline in usage of paper directories certainly suggests this is going to be a reality, potentially even quicker than Gates suggested. Visit any apartment building or business […]

Pages Jaunes – Sets growth not debt as priority

Published 19th November Yesterday French yellow-pages publisher PagesJaunes said growth was more important than balance-sheet concerns as it wanted the freedom to be part of an expected consolidation among local information providers. Chief executive Jean-Pierre Remy told an investor conference the group had no debt due until late 2013, and headroom on its debt covenants […]

Offline vs Online – Revenue profile of Directory publishers

Published 2nd November The past week or so has seen some interesting developments in the European Directory sector. Take three of the largest publishers; Eniro, Pages Jaunes and Yell. Last week the Swedish Directory publisher Eniro passed a key financial milestone, according to its third-quarter and year-to-date earnings report. Through nine months of 2009, online […]

Mobile local: the value, the players, the potential winners

Published 25th August In-Brief: Local focused mobile advertising will present significant revenue opportunity and will be one the few channels to buck the downward trend in advertising spend over the next few years. In looking to reap rewards the single biggest challenge will be about providing an offer that is simple, accessible and delivers value […]