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Opportunity in small-market classifieds

Opportunity in small-market classifieds

Recently I've reviewed a number of small newspapers' websites and strategies, particularly around classifieds. As you might expect, there are a few common threads. They are not universal, by any means. Some sites need a lot of work, and some just need some tweaking.

Before I get into those areas for improvement, I should say I've been pleasantly surprised at the openness of smaller ne


A quarter for your thoughts

A quarter for your thoughts

The price of The Washington Post's Monday through Saturday editions at retail outlets and vending machines has increased from 50 cents to 75 cents. Sunday prices remain at $1.50.The prices for home delivery also remain unchanged.


Trading Post goes mobile in Australia

Trading Post goes mobile in Australia

Australia’s Trading Post classified ad Web site is going mobile. The new Trading Post Mobile site can be found at m.tradingpost.com.au. It allows users to check prices, bid for and buy items with any browser-enabled mobile device. The mobile version provides real-time access to classifieds and auction ad listings on Trading Post.


Axel Springer quietly grabs 33 percent of Stepstone

Axel Springer quietly grabs 33 percent of Stepstone

In a move which surprised friend and foe, the German publishing group Axel Springer Verlag today acquired 33.3 percent of the shares of Oslo-based StepStone ASA, the international software provider also known for its job portal with the same name (Stepstone.com) operating in 70 countries (with a number of partners) and with over 400,000 jobs listed in Europe. Stepstone has a primary listing in


Sneakerplay ties its last shoestring

Sneakerplay ties its last shoestring

How niche can a social network go? Sneakerplay is an online community targeted at people who love their sneakers so much they need a place to talk about them and share pictures about their favorite shoes.

Well, guess what? Sneakerplay is shutting down. Big surprise. Even though the site managed to nab sponsorship from Adidas, Nike,


MySpace vids go mobile

MySpace vids go mobile

Mobile users can now watch videos from MySpace via a partnership with RipCode. The content will be available at MySpace’s mobile site, m.myspace.com. MySpace says the video will work on the iPhone, T-Mobile G1, BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry Storm devices, among others. All user uploaded videos and most premium con


Aggravation and aggregation

Aggravation and aggregation

While mainstream media wrings its collective hands over Wall Street's collapse, retailers and marketers are fixating on reading the entrails of Black Friday and Cyber Monday in an effort to forecast the seasonal results on Main Street and E-Street. Beneath the sound and the fury, the technorati buzz about aggregation.

CNET News had an