Yellow Book Buys Click Forward
The publisher of numerous print and online yellow page directories takes a step into the digital world with its acquisition of the Florida-based SEM company, Click Forward
Click Forward focuses on local web advertising, according to its site. They use their technology to provide SEM services for directory publishers, a category that definitely contains Yellow Book.
Local search has been a competitive focal point for the major search engines, with Google, Yahoo, and MSN all developing and tweaking a variety of solutions. Imagery has become the popular meme for local search. Google merged its Maps product with its Local service, and Microsoft made Virtual Earth part of Windows Live Local.
Yellow Book has made an effort at duplicating the search players. It uses maps from AOL’s MapQuest to show where businesses reside in a locale, like where to find the nearest kenpo studio.
The appeal of local search becomes very apparent when looking at the numbers. Local search alone may be a $4 billion market by 2010.
David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.