SEW Experts: Searching for a Better Local Ad Model

The epic battle fought by "online pure-plays" and "brick and mortar" companies moves to a new frontier: local search. Local search products from online pure-plays eventually hit a wall: their ad models rely on self-service. In today's Vertical Challenge column, "Searching for a Better Local Ad Model," local search expert Michael Boland looks at some alternative ad models better suited to the local search market, like combining a comprehensive bundle of ad products with the right high-touch sales force.

About the author

Kevin Newcomb joined ClickZ in August 2004, covering search marketing and other online marketing topics. He has been reporting on web-based businesses since 2000.

Before the bubble burst, Kevin was a marketing manager for an online computer reseller, handling copywriting, e-mail marketing, search marketing and running the affiliate program.

With a combination of real-world marketing experience and years of business journalism, Kevin brings to ClickZ a unique ability to deliver news and training materials that help online marketers do their jobs better.