I Go Buy With A Little Help From My Friends

My family was recently in Boulder, CO—a place we had hitherto not been. Nice town, but where to go? We spent most of our time at The Spot rock...

Coining A New Day: Local Tuesday

Every year, at this time of year, economic analysts, pundits, and the media pore over the fresh-from-the-till economic data to gauge how Black Friday...

When Is Election Day?

Election Day in the United States was last week, right? In fact, that was the “other” Election Day—when periodically, we as...

How Sputnik Changed Local Search

Fifty years ago the Soviets launched Sputnik, and local search was forever changed. In 1957, telephones had dials. Televisions had dials. The Edsel...

The Future Of Rich Media On Local Sites

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video may speak volumes. Yet despite the popularity of rich media elsewhere on the Internet, the use...

Local Lessons From A Massive Launch

As reported here and elsewhere, Marchex recently launched more than 100,000 local and vertical Web sites. This involved aggregating and organizing...

Just Imagine: Local Search Without Maps

Imagine a local search site without maps. Sounds outrageous, doesn’t it? Most local search sites are dominated by maps. Google, Ask, and Live even...

Local Search: More Is Not Always Better

Recently, we’ve seen a deluge of forecasts about massive financial opportunities associated with the growth of local search and local...