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Hyperlocal Sites Must Win Customers’ Hearts With Strong Brand Identity

Brian Dengler

Hyperlocal Sites Must Win Customers’ Hearts With Strong Brand Identity

Hyperlocal advertiser Papa Ads, Inc. launched “iShopStark.com” in 2007 in Canton, Ohio. It offers product reviews, price comparisons, and coupons in the Stark County metro area. In 2010, Gatehouse Media, owner of Copley Ohio Newspapers, launched ShopNStark.com in the same area, offering the same services as iShopStark. Papa Ads sued Copley, claiming that the new site infringes Papa Ads’ brand name and is causing confusion among the public…