No More Doorstops- Yellow Pages Optional

Reading today in the Toronto Globe and Mail Report on Business. Headline “Hanging Up on the Phone Book”

The front page story goes on to announce that the Yellow Pages Group would no longer distribute phone books to customers unless requested. This would includeToronto, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver,Ottawa-Gatineau,and Quebec City. This includes the regular white pages also published by the group.

An interesting symbol of change in the marketplace and importance and growing use of online and personal directories on smartphones or cellular devices. A victory for the environment and greening and a tacit recognition of the move to digital. In the US the Kelsey Group predicts a decline of about 10% in readership. With a move to digital advertising like Adwords it is more important than ever for the business and professional community to be listed.

As I mentioned in my post yesterday there are the opportunities for free listing as well as paid pay per click advertising in local areas for extended reach, recognizing that the consumer now doesn’t reach for the phone book but Googles it.

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By Robert Metras

Rob is an experienced internet marketer and author. He helps businesses, professionals and organizations to raise their online visibility in local search and get more from their promotions and advertising and free use of search engine products.


  1. Fiona here from Yellow Pages Group. Just to clarify, the distribution by request only applies to the residential directory (aka white pages) containing only personal numbers. The Yellow Pages directory, used to find a business will continue to be distributed in Toronto on an annual basis.

    To request a residential directory or to opt-out of receiving your Yellow Pages directory, visit or call 1-800-268-5637.

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