Let’s start out the conference with a little liveblogging: Michael Taylor of BIA Kelsey started out the Kelsey DMS ’09 conference with a “preconference” presentation on the landscape of selling marketing services to SMBs. The number of local media choices is increasing – TV, Yellow Pages, Newspaper, Radio, IPTV, Mobile, PayPerCall, etc. Questions SMB’s ask: […]

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Just wanted to let my loyal readers know I will be hanging out at the Kelsey Group’s Marketplaces 2009 conference next week in Los Angeles at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. I am guessing the unofficial theme of the conference is going to be “and what’s your company’s exposure to derivatives?” Some of the people […]

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I don’t have enough brain power to give you the blow-by-blow on the Out Of Home session, but listening to Aileen Lee of Danoo, John McMenemin of RippleTV and Rocky Gunderson of SeeSaw Networks, I am hearing some impressive stats about the power of place-based marketing (e.g. those tv screens in your local coffee shops).

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Got to the “Leveraging Traditional Media Online” panel a bit late.  Meredith is talking about the trend toward accountability in advertising and explaning Google Adwords for TV, which has been flying under the radar a bit. GoogleTV has a partnership with DISHTV where they analyze how many viewers were watching your ad when it ran […]

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Charles Laughlin is presenting the results of consumer and industry surveys: Consumer Survey: They went through about a dozen IYPs and had people conduct local searches for pizza, pest control & chiropractor. Here are some excerpts from the results: Rating of IYP performance characteristics Usefulness of ratings & reviews: 6.4 Average relevance of the ads: 4.6 […]

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Just ran into Anupam Gupta, CEO of Mixpo.  I had caught a demo of Mixpo earlier today and was fairly impressed with what they have created.  Basically Mixpo is a simple online video creation tool for SMBs, or more precisely for companies that sell to SMBs.  Mixpo has set up several reseller relationships that are […]

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According to Frank Jules of AT&T at the Kelsey Conference.  Pretty impressive. Frank has walked us through a number of digital initiatives that AT&T is attacking and it’s pretty impressive.  There’s nothing here that has a wow factor and they are doing everything you would expect them to do (e.g. call tracking, TV on demand […]

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Just wanted to finish off the week by thanking the Kelsey Group for putting on another great local search show.  I took away four big points: 1. SMB video is hot and while it’s still in its infancy a lot of people think it’s going to be a big winner 2. Search marketing is still […]

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Just walked in on the tail end of Paul Levine’s presentation at the Kelsey Conference on Adbrite and its local targeting capabilities.  Apparently Adbrite has a lot more local inventory than the last time I checked, which was about a year or so ago.  And they have a lot more media options and there are […]

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Like most other SMBs, spas could give a flying $@!%$* (did I spell that right?) about technology, SEO, search engine advertising, anything with the word “click”, SERPs, etc.  “Sticky” is never a good term in the spa industry. 1/3 of avg. spa revenue from gift certificates.  SpaBoom’s pay for performance private labeled online gift certificate […]

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