Phone Books

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Do you pay to advertise in a phone Book
4% (1 vote)
Do you just have the free listing
35% (8 votes)
Do not have a listing in a phone book
61% (14 votes)
Total votes: 23

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I dropped the YP listing several years ago.  I paid for it separately as I have a residential line.  (FYI if you have a business listing, they do say you are getting a 'free' YP listing, but your business phone charge is paying for it)

I do keep a phone book here in the common area.  Some guests do use it to search for old friends or businesses.  But this will be going away, as more and more people go to cell phones or stop dealing with Ma bell opting for less expensive home phone lines. 

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I would like to be able to rely entirely on the internet for phone numbers but we are always running up against local businesses whose phone number we want who do not have any web presence! And don't get me started on how MANY phone books I receive every year! At least 5 different books show up here. And they all want to give me 10 copies 'for your guests'.

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Madeleine wrote:

...we are always running up against local businesses whose phone number we want who do not have any web presence...

Not to mention that I can usually find what I'm looking for faster in the phone book, especially if I'm needing to call an individual, not a business.

I'm reminded of an article a couple of years ago by a school teacher who introduced his class to something they'd never heard of before: an encyclopedia.

He asked half to class to report on a topic by looking it up on the Internet and the other half to give a report on the same topic by using the encyclopedia, and the kids were amazed how much faster they could find good information in the encyclopedia.

Of course, the information will soon be outdated because nobody's publishing new encyclopedias anymore.

Likewise, a few years ago my neighbor said he became frustrated watching a 20-year-old removing the leaves from his yard with a leaf blower. The neighbor grabbed a rake and showed the astounded kid how much faster he could get rid of the leaves with a rake vs the leaf blower.

In some cases, the old ways WERE better!

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I use the white pages to look up local numbers. All I need is a book or two... one in the kitchen and one in my office.

When I travel without set plans, I go to a fast food joint, let my kids eat and/or play, use the free wifi to Google local lodging, and make a few calls on my cell phone.  Phone booths?  I remember those...

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We were a residence before we were a B & B and had a residential phone. Thank goodness. A business line, I would be charged for every call (remember I started in 1996) so we are listed under our name only. The B & B is not. My toll-free was with a different company but I was able to get my local number as an 888. I do have one phone upstairs so keep a phone book there. I DO use the book because it is faster for me - I would have to open a window, key in a search and then hope it does not list something in the next State. IF I had a local user business, I would be in the phone book - a B & B guest is rarely local. Even travelers today use whatever techie phones to find lodging, not the yellow pages.

To me, the value of the Yellow Page for lodgings went away when the phone booth went away. Back in the day when we traveled, we would go to a phone booth and look up a motel or hotel. Today there are no phone booths (or so few it does not matter).

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Hi everyone! The reason for this poll was not so I could make a decision to advertise in a phone book or not. It was to see how many of you still advertised on it. I am so glad you don't. Yesterday was phone book delivery day in Branson. The nice lady came into the office with a stack of books for us. I made a quick decision and kindly told her " we really do not need any of these books this year". She looked at me kinda funny and said " no one wants these books this year"! I can't remember the last time I used a phone book. I think they are on a fast pace to death. So if you don't use them, don't take them! Maybe next year they won't print so many and in the process save a tree or two!

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I actually would probably still keep the yellow pages books in the guest rooms here.  They were used fairly often & guests commented on how it was nice to have them in the rooms along with our guest information notebook.  It probably depends a lot on why your guests are visiting the area.  There are a few people who still only use flip phones for phone calls. 

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 They did stop printing our white pages. I actually do sometimes use the phone book Smiling

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This is what they started around here.... youtu.be/GYTwMV7ZISo

We've opted out. They aren't supposed to deliver to us anymore.

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 I am the same. We are not like hotels with a phone and phone book between the beds. I dont put them in any rooms now.

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we have our phone with BT so we get a free listing but nope would not pay for one.

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I don't expect to get any bookings through the local phone book. I certainly wouldn't pay for an ad. Yellow Pages are dead.

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Anachronism

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Eric Arthur Blair wrote:

Anachronism

I couldn't agree more.   The Internet has replaced phone books and encyclopedias.    Email is putting the Post Office out of business.   It's a new era.

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I have a business number through At & t.  It includes a free listing in the yellow pages and also in the white pages under business.  I would not recommend paying for extra advertisting in the phone book as many people no longer use them.

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I have a res number, so no listing.

I was listed last year in an area book (D e x) which brought me no discernible return beyond more solicitations. It wasn't cheap, so I am no longer listed.

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