Canpages acquires GigPark, moves into social space

Posted by Warren Frey

 

Vancouver-based Canpages, an online recommendation and local search engine that aims to out do both the traditional Yellow Pages and yellowpages.com, has added another weapon to their arsenal with the acquisition of GigPark, an online social media platform. GigPark allows users to make specific recommendations about local businesses and service providers to their friends. For Canpages, adding GigPark’s functionality to their own growing platform was an obvious choice.

"Online recommendations, especially those from a user's social networks, are increasingly important when choosing which local businesses to buy from," said Olivier Vincent, President and CEO of Canpages. "With the acquisition of the GigPark, we are thrilled to be the first local search and directories publisher in North America to embrace social recommendations in a relevant way."

Canpages already uses its own Immersifind system to push its content to 15 different directory publishers throughout the world, and GigPark’s tech will be integrated into the platform. 

This isn’t the first time Canpages has used innovation and maneuverability to beat a big contender. Last year the company rolled out Streetscene, a feature similar to Google Street View. Google is scheduled to launch Stree View in Canada sometime this fall, but Canpages already has Vancouver and Whistler mapped out in photo form, and is racing to complete Toronto before Google rolls out its service. 

 

Company:
Canpages
Website:
http://www.canpages.ca
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Canpages is Canada's fastest growing local search company. Providing a multimedia platform that focuses on relevant, local results, Canpages offers many choices with online, print and mobile options. Canpages.ca is Canada’s national online directory for local business and residential searches. In excess of 3.5 million unique visitors come to visit the site every month with their local search requests. Rich and... more

Company:
GigPark
Website:
http://www.gigpark.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

When it comes to finding a real estate agent, accountant or personal trainer, friends recommend the best people. GigPark's mission is to make it easy for friends to share recommendations so we can all find great service. more

Company:
Immersifind
Website:
http://www.immersifind.com
Location:
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

ImmersiFind Inc. is North America's leading local search platform enabler, headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. The company was created by Canada's largest Independent directory publisher, Canpages Inc. and grew out of the demand to create the best overall online and mobile directory user experience available in the marketplace. The company has benefited from 10 years of real time development know how in... more


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Warren Frey

Warren Frey

Warren Frey is a writer, editor, blogger and podcaster based out of Vancouver, BC. After working for six years in the Canadian broadcasting industry, he switched to print and has since covered varied assignments from plumbing conferences to star-studded film galas. But he’s never lost his love for the internet and interactive media, from his teens when he dived into the WELL on his “Woz”... more



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