Publishers reliant on classified advertising are getting hurt by the UK’s fragile local economy. Some are now desperately courting alternative advertising models, but our earnings round-up shows their growth is so far being wiped out. Read more »
In the online local listings and reviews segment, US big boy Yelp is giving a five-star review to Hamburg-based peer Qype – and buying it to expand the breadth of its business overseas. Read more »
Time was, only strong man competition entrants would exert themselves to tear up phone directories for expectant crowds.
Now publishers themselves are this month twisting their books and businesses in to new shapes, to find relevance amid ongoing digital disruption… Read more »
Yell.com and Yellow Pages operator Yell Group is acquiring UK point-and-click website builder Moonfruit, as it tries to salvage even digital classifieds that are in reverse. Read more »
Russia’s online listings market could be about to explode, and investors want a piece of it. The latest beneficiary is a Craigslist-style site that also wants to be like eBay. Read more »
Reed Business Information’s sell-offs really aren’t over yet. Now it is selling the UK’s number-two job classifieds site, TotalJobs, to German publisher Axel Springer’s equivalent StepStone for a hefty $175 million. Read more »