InformationPages

Your Online Directory Partner

Mar
22

InformationPages Places 1st at ADP

Congratulations to InformationPages and their partners Local Book Publishing of Midway, Utah for winning a first place Gold Book award for excellence in website directories and Valley Yellow Pages for excellence in print directories at the 2012 Annual ADP Partners Trade Show!


May
11

McGill Signs With InformationPages

McGill Directional Media Signs Agreement With InformationPages
InformationPages’ hyper-local directory platform seals the deal

Middleton, WI and Santa Barbara, CA (May 11, 2011) – McGill Directional Media, LLC has signed a multiyear agreement with InformationPages.com, Inc. to provide a hyper-local platform for their Southern California directories. McGill joins a growing InformationPages community of over 100 independent publishers, service bureaus, and TELCO’s.

“Our goal for SantaYnezValleyYP.com and LompocYP.com was to create a “local search engine” that was designed specifically for our local community,” said Tom Surnbrock, Vice President of Marketing for McGill Directional Media. “The technology at InformationPages made it easy, allowing us to provide local residents and visitors with multiple search options. They can select between the latest map navigation, a traditional “listings view”, or even view the printed phone book online. As a result, we were able to feature more local businesses than any other online directory, and combine it with local community services, schools, transit information, and government listings, plus specialty guides for dining, attractions, wineries, sports, and golf.”

“McGill has done a wonderful job creating their local portals,” stated Carey Bernier, CEO of InformationPages. “Their Shop Local sites are visually stunning and provide their communities with accurate local content. We’re pleased that Tom entrusted InformationPages with his online directory needs and we look forward to working with McGill to provide enhanced SEO and mobile applications as well.”

About McGill Directional Media
McGill Directional Media, LLC is a locally owned and operated publisher of community phone books focused on connecting buyers and sellers in the local community. These publications are designed specifically for the local community they serve and feature white and yellow pages, combined with guides for community services, dining, attractions, wineries, and golf. Current publications include the Santa Ynez Valley Community Phone Book, Lompoc Valley Community Phone Book, and Santa Barbara Community Phone Book. Affiliated online directories include SantaYnezValleyYP.com and LompocYP.com, with a new online offering for Santa Barbara coming soon. In addition, a new daily deals site entitled, “Daily Deals Santa Barbara” was recently launched in April of 2011. For more information, see www.DailyDealsSantaBarbara.com.


Apr
18

Haines Selects InformationPages

Haines Publishing Selects InformationPages to Provide Internet Yellow Pages, Mobile Apps
InformationPages brings SEO, social networking links, video and other enhancements to new partner

North Canton, OH and Middleton, WI (April 18, 2011) – Haines Publishing, Inc. has teamed up with InformationPages.com, Inc. to upgrade their Internet yellow pages, mobile phone and iPad applications. “We are excited about our new opportunity to offer our customers a state-of-the-art, multi-platform advertising channel connecting buyers and sellers,” said Terry Pacelli, Vice President of Haines Publishing, Inc. The service upgrades include viewing search results on www.yellowone.com three different ways – list, map and book view. The new mobile products feature voice navigation for Apple iPhone and Android users, while the Apple iPad application has been specifically designed for tablet users. “Our customers will have all of their business information accessible in telephone directories, Internet yellow pages, mobile and iPad mediums,” Pacelli said.

“We’re thrilled that Terry has selected InformationPages as Haines Publishing’s newest technology partner,” said Carey Bernier, CEO of InformationPages. “Haines has taken advantage of our entire online suite of products including mobile applications, video hosting, social networking integration and our national directory platform. Haines has also chosen to leverage our advanced hardware infrastructure by hosting their entire corporate website with InformationPages. By placing the entirety of their technical needs with InformationPages, Haines can focus on what they do best – print and Internet sales.”

About Haines Publishing
Based in North Canton, Ohio, Haines Publishing, Inc. produces and distributes more than one million telephone directories across central Ohio and New York. Haines Publishing is a subsidiary of Haines & Company, Inc., publishers of the Criss+Cross Directories since 1932.


Feb
04

Mobile Version 2.0 Apps Released

InformationPages Releases Version 2.0 for Mobile Applications
Shortcuts, new “swipe” enabled interface, video, and official support for iPad and iPhone 4

Middleton, WI (February 4, 2011) – InformationPages has released the latest version of its popular yellow pages mobile applications. Version 2.0 includes official support for Apple’s iPad and iPhone 4. In addition, a number of interface enhancements are also incorporated. These include “swipe” enabled navigation and a headings shortcut screen to allow publishers to promote top mobile categories while enhancing the user experience by making these categories more easily accessible while on the go. Video ads round out the list of new enhancements.

“Internet yellow pages has been our primary focus through the years, but this latest upgrade for our mobile products demonstrates our commitment to mobile as well,” stated Carey Bernier, President and CEO of InformationPages. “There is a great deal of opportunity in the mobile space and our clients are eager to place their directories and advertisements, especially video advertisements, directly on users’ smartphones.”

In addition to users’ ability to find a local business by toggling between a standard list-view and map-view, users can now view video advertisements in addition to getting directions, downloading coupons, browsing business’ websites, and finding enhanced information on business profile pages. Map navigation – unique to the InformationPages mobile platform – allows users to navigate listings by simply manipulating the map. Listing results are automatically updated as users scroll or change the zoom level on the map without requiring the user to resubmit their search each time.

“Our commitment to mobile doesn’t end with the new features of version two”, said David Kagels, CTO of InformationPages. “We look forward to releasing another version right on the heels of this latest version which will include support for fully paginated directory pages on Android and iPhone devices. The iPad, in particular, provides an excellent platform for displaying full directory pages that maintain the look of the printed book. We’ve previously demonstrated this capability on the Android platform and will be releasing the ‘look & feel’ interface in time for the ADP convention in Florida this spring.”


Sep
15

Statewide Brings Directories Online

Statewide Publishing Partners with InformationPages
Kennewick, WA based publisher chooses InformationPages to host their directories

Middleton, WI and Kennewick, WA (September 15, 2010) -InformationPages is proud to introduce its newest partner, Statewide Publishing, Inc. “Philip Johnson, the president of Statewide Publishing, recognized the need to bring his directories online,” said Carey Bernier, Chief Executive Officer of InformationPages. “We’re thrilled that Phil chose InformationPages.” With over 40 publishers both domestically and internationally, dozens of TELCOs, years of experience, and the most complete publishing suite, InformationPages was the clear choice.

“Statewide was looking for a partner that could provide a first class list-view and book-view product, but one that could also provide flexibility for mobile services as well,” said Bernier. “We’ve developed the only true map-navigation interface for both the iPhone and Google Android devices. Users can navigate directory listings by simply manipulating a map. Results are updated automatically as a user pans and zooms on the map.”

The InformationPages’ platform is based on templates that can easily be modified to accommodate custom solutions while still allowing all the advantages of a full featured web-based content management system along with search engine optimization. Profile pages, the list-view, the “look & feel” printed pages, and mobile applications can be designed to each client’s taste by leveraging InformationPages’ talent or their own designers.

About Statewide
Statewide is owned and operated out of Kennewick, Washington. They pride themselves on being an important part of the local community. With the addition of their online directory, Statewide has the opportunity to not only provide their advertisers additional exposure, but to also sell additional advertising to them around the clock. InformationPages has proven themselves an excellent choice not only in terms of expanding their print directory online but also in creating additional revenue.


Jun
29

InformationPages Signs Lester

InformationPages Signs Lester Communications
Lester Communications selects the LocalScout platform for their online and mobile presence

Winnipeg, MB and Madison, WI (June 29, 2010) – InformationPages.com, Inc. announced today that Lester Communications, Inc. has signed a multi-year agreement to license InformationPages’ suite of online and mobile search products to power their local Internet directories and to provide SEO consulting. InformationPages’ LocalScout platform is based on templates that can be easily modified to accommodate custom solutions while providing all the advantages of a full featured web-based content management system and search engine optimization. Profile pages, the list-view, “look & feel” printed pages, and mobile views can all be completely redesigned to each client’s taste by leveraging InformationPages’ talent or their own designers. “Lester has done a fantastic job at integrating the LocalScout platform into their new website,” said Carey Bernier, CEO of InformationPages. “Their designers worked closely with ours and the results are exceptional.”

InformationPages’ new online offering not only has a crisp new design but also many advanced features that improve usability. Users can find a local business by toggling between a standard list-view and map view, get directions, click to call a business, download coupons, browse business’ websites, and find enhanced information on business profile pages. In addition, map navigation – unique to the InformationPages’ mobile platform – allows users to navigate listings by simply manipulating the map. Listing results are automatically updated as users scroll or change the zoom level on the map without requiring the user to resubmit their search. “We’re very impressed with InformationPages’ new Internet and mobile IYP offerings,” said Sean Davis, Sr. Vice President of Lester Communications. “InformationPages was also able to bring the same map-based functionality of their mobile applications to our online product and worked to customize the interface to meet our specific design requirements. Thanks to InformationPages we’ve got a great looking site and we will continue to work closely with them to help build traffic through search engine optimization.”

About Lester Communications
Lester Communications, Inc. is a leading publisher of association magazines and directories throughout North America. Lester’s head office is based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Lester provides its clients with a wide variety of services, including publication management, editorial and design management, lists and data services, and Lester’s recent expansion to providing a wide range of online components including online directories, buyers’ guides and magazines. For more information visit: www.lesterpublications.com.


May
17

InformationPages Wins at 2010 ADP

InformationPages Wins Top Honors at 2010 Annual ADP Partners Trade Show
Partners take home several first and second place awards

The Woodlands, TX and Madison, WI (May 17, 2010) – Congratulations to InformationPages and their partners Impact Directories of Boise, Idaho and The Interfaith of the Woodlands for winning three Gold Book awards at the 2010 Annual ADP Partners Trade Show in The Woodlands, Texas! Impact Directories was recognized with a first place showing for both ‘Excellence in Online Directories’ and for ‘Excellence in Online Design – Homepage’. Interfaith of the Woodlands was recognized with a second place showing for ‘Excellence in Online Design – Homepage’. “We’re very proud of both of our clients,” said Carey Bernier, CEO of InformationPages. “We’re ecstatic that we were once again recognized for the excellence of our online products, but we’re especially thrilled to be recognized for our design efforts on behalf of our clients. InformationPages prides itself on delivering a complete one-stop-solution from custom website design to search engine optimization – we provide complete online Internet Yellow Pages consulting for our partners by pulling all of the pieces together for successful IYP and mobile sales campaigns.”

Becoming visible online to users of search engines like Google is one of the major hurdles for independent publishers’ online directories. InformationPages is working directly with Interfaith and Impact Directories to customize their websites to be more search engine friendly. In addition, the site is geographically targeted by offering quick reference links to popular sections of their directory, links to local schools, news and weather, and enhanced information that includes things to see and do along with an event calendar.

“InformationPages has provided Impact Directories and Echo Pages the most flexible IYP platform available. Their guidance has proven invaluable,” stated Seth Hansen, Vice President of Impact Directories. “We’re honored that the ADP has selected our directories first among many worthy contenders in both Internet categories this year. The people over at InformationPages have done a great job for us!”

“Interfaith and Impact Directories have been great to work with. It’s always exciting to work with trusting clients and be able to show them tangible results that come from the changes we’ve made together,” said John Kincaid, Manager of Business Development for InformationPages. “They do a great job of using many of our integrated services including SEO, web design, customized premium sales packages, and market pages for their communities. Everything works together to make a great online directory and resource for their communities.”

“With the help of InformationPages, we were able to go from being virtually absent on national search portals like Google, to being listed on the first and second pages of results for many of our popular headings and even individual advertiser listings,” said Bonni Horan of The Interfaith of The Woodlands. Since starting to optimize our site, we’ve been able to increase search engine traffic 63% and relevant keyword placement by 98.5%. In addition, the new market page for our community has become a great resource for our residents. Users can access community information specific to their village, not only linking to our directory but also other helpful community resources. We provide what residents are looking for quickly and efficiently. Becoming more customer focused has proven successful through our increased web traffic. We could not be happier with the results of the redesign and the SEO enhancements to our site. Our award for ‘Excellence in Online Design – Homepage’ is icing on the cake.”

Excellence in Online Directories
Impact Directories – 1st place

Excellence in Online Design – Homepage
Impact Directories – 1st place
Interfaith of the Woodlands – 2nd place


May
07

Go To Guides Selects InformationPages

Go To Guides Enhances Their Online Directories with the Help of InformationPages
InformationPages signs their newest online directory partner

Gunnison, CO and Madison, WI (May 7, 2010) – InformationPages.com, Inc., the number one provider of local search solutions for the independent yellow pages industry, announced today that Go To Guides of Colorado, LLC has signed an agreement to license InformationPages’ full suite of online and mobile search products to power their local Internet directories and to provide SEO consulting. “We are thrilled that Go To Guides has selected InformationPages as their technology partner,” said Carey Bernier, CEO of InformationPages.

InformationPages’ new online offering not only has a crisp new design but also many advanced features to improve usability and functionality. Among these, map-based navigation is the perhaps the most important. It allows users to search for local businesses in much the same way they would with their mobile phone applications. “We’re excited about offering our users InformationPages’ very powerful voice-enabled iPhone and Android applications,” said Bill Swift, Owner of Go To Guides. “We’re really impressed that InformationPages was also able to bring the same map-based functionality to our online product.”

Go To Guides has also taken advantage of InformationPages’ design team by implementing their new LocalScout city pages. These market pages are optimized for search engines and also supply a great resource for the communities they cover. Market pages not only offer easy access to the online directory, but also valuable community links that include local weather, news, and events. Go To Guides prides itself on being an important part of their local communities and the success of the businesses they serve. Their new market pages will attract additional traffic to their directory while the improved features and design make searching their directory easier and more enjoyable. Staying focused on their local community has helped Go To Guides bridge the gap between advertisers and their customers.


Mar
26

CEO Edie Carver Retires

M. Carey Bernier named CEO and chairman of the board

Middleton, WI – March 26, 2010 – The board of directors of InformationPages announces the resignation and retirement of Edie Carver as chief executive officer. M. Carey Bernier, InformationPages’ chief operating officer and cofounder of the company in 1999, has been named chief executive officer and will serve as the chairman of the board. Bernier, 42, will also retain his duties as chief operating officer.

“We thank Edie for her leadership over the past five years. She revitalized InformationPages during a critical and transitional period in the company’s history. Edie oversaw the resurgence of InformationPages in the yellow pages industry and ushered in the greatest year-to-year growth in InformationPages’ history,” said Bernier.

During Carver’s tenure, InformationPages’ client base increased more than 600%. InformationPages currently provides the premier Internet Yellow Pages solution for more than 40 independent yellow page publishers both domestically and abroad along with dozens of TELCOs across the U.S.

“It’s been a real pleasure to work as a member of such a committed and inspired team. We have re-established our position as the leading IYP provider in the industry,” said Carver. “InformationPages is at an exciting time in their history as they continue to provide outstanding service and products to the industry including a voice-activated iPhone application recently introduced at the ADP Partners Tradeshow, a newly updated LocalScout Publisher Network, and a first-of-its-kind web-based print pagination system. Retiring at this time, given the company’s growth, is bittersweet, but I have confidence that Carey, along with the company’s continued innovative technology, will further secure InformationPages’ position in the industry. I’ve created many friendships in the industry over the years and I look forward to continuing those relationships in my new more limited role as a consultant to the company.”


Mar
11

InformationPages Launches iPhone App

InformationPages Launches Local Community Directory App for the iPhone
LocalScout Mobile offers coupons, driving directions and advanced speech recognition from Yap to make searching easy and convenient while on the road.

Middleton, WI – March 11, 2010

InformationPages announces the availability of its LocalScout community directory application for the iPhone. Yellow page publishers can now use LocalScout to extend their print directories to reach users even while on the go with their iPhones. The application offers a range of advanced features including coupons, driving directions and highly accurate speech recognition from Yap, Inc. that makes finding local businesses easy and convenient.

Users can find a local business by toggling between a standard list-view and map view, get directions, click to call a business, download coupons, browse business’ websites, and find enhanced information on business profile pages. In addition, map navigation – unique to the InformationPages’ mobile platform – allows users to navigate listings by simply manipulating the map. Listing results are automatically updated as users scroll or change the zoom level on the map without requiring the user to resubmit their search.

LocalScout Mobile offers speech recognition to make finding a listing fast and easy. Entering a simple search term like “Mexican Restaurant” using the standard iPhone touch interface can take well over 15 keystrokes. With speech recognition, users simply push a button and speak their search query – greatly reducing the number of steps required to find a local business. InformationPages has partnered with Yap for its highly accurate speech recognition capabilities.

“High accuracy speech recognition is critically important to the user experience and we needed a technology that consistently delivers very high performance,” said Carey Bernier, COO of InformationPages, “That’s why we turned to Yap. They provide a speech recognition service that is incredibility precise and fast – truly amazing.”

LocalScout Mobile is powered by the same award winning publication engine that powers the InformationPages LocalScout Internet directories. Changes made in the web-based Content Management System are immediately available on both the Internet and mobile applications. Content already available in existing directories is available in real-time in the mobile application including listing enhancements and sort order priority.

“Even though we designed our application to be as user-friendly as possible, we also kept our publishing partners in mind during the entire process,” said Bernier. “Size and seniority is maintained in the standard relevance search so that enhanced listings and actual print product can be factored into the search results order. We want to position publishers’ mobile and Internet products to enhance their print directories and the products they already sell.”

Android and BlackBerry versions will be available soon. Come see InformationPages’ newest technologies in booth 200 at the ADP Annual Convention and Partners Trade Show, March 17-20, in The Woodlands, Texas. For more information, please contact InformationPages sales at 608-824-1386.