Adds ‘Send to Mobile’

Joining Yahoo Local, Windows Live Local, Google Maps, and IAC-owned Citysearch and AskCity, announced a new “send to mobile” feature. The listing and contact details are sent via text to the user’s mobile phone. Here’s a result for the search “Plumbers, New York.” (Send to mobile is on the upper right of each ad.)

To my knowledge (based on a quick check) none of the other major traditional yellow pages sites offer this feature. Eventually it will be standard however. also is announcing a newly redesigned WAP site.

Recently parent AT&T launched ad-supported free directory assistance in the form of 1-800-YellowPages (only in three markets so far). It has a range of ad options for marketers and offers both category search and business name lookups for consumers. This service, though not officially part of, nonetheless extends the brand into the mobile realm.

Mobile is going to be a huge driver of local search volumes eventually and any serious local search player will need to have a mobile strategy.

Postscript: in the UK (and parent of Yellow Book in the US) corrected us that the company’s site has had send to mobile for “over two years.”

Related Topics: Channel: Mobile | Search Engines: Maps & Local Search Engines | Search Engines: Mobile Search Engines | Search Features: Send To Phone


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  • Colin Carmichael

    While TrueLocal has always offered this feature (powered by Agendize) for advertisers, look for this feature to appear on all TrueLocal listings in Q1…

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