Michael Boland

Michael Boland

Senior Analyst


Articles by Michael Boland

Mobile Search Discovers a New Path: mobilepeople

The latest mobile search products have elements of push and pull that represent this interplay of local search and discovery. Those that win the land rush currently underway will balance these in the most publisher-, advertiser-, and user-friendly ways.

Skype Dials in to Local Search

The online phone service will spin off as an independent company next year, giving it a greater ability to redefine itself. Local search could be one way to do this, tying Skype in with a local search engine with click-to-call functionality.

Getting Closer to Mobile Local Search's Day

The year of mobile has perpetually been on the horizon, proving time and time again to only be a desert mirage. Now we're closer than ever, but the market is understandably cautious of bold claims about mobile search and location-based services.

The Future of Online Ads: Location, Location, Location

Location awareness -- the concept that a device knows exactly where it is -- is changing the way mobile search works. Search applications are being developed to tap into this capability and serve more locally relevant content. The next steps will be for national advertisers and ad networks to serve ads that are actually useful and actionable for local users.