VideoPages wants to eat some of YPG’s pie

Ottawa-based VideoPages Inc. launched a business advertising service today that combines video production with searchable web pages and social media features. Pitched as an ADvironmentally Friendly alternative to traditional Yellow Pages advertising, VideoPages ads allow business owners to connect one-on-one with customers while promoting paperless advertising.

VideoPages’ $299/month ad package includes a professionally produced video, logo and business description, interactive imagery of products and services, online maps to business locations, and is optimized to be found in major search engines. Check out OCRI’s videopage as an example.

VideoPages was founded by Noel Tarabocchia of X-SCREAM Video Productions – an green screen studio in Ottawa.

“As someone who’s worked in digital media for five years, I became very excited when I saw YouTube and Facebook’s popularity skyrocket,” says Tarabocchia. “Now that the Internet can convey video messages and provide viral search and reference capability, it created the window of opportunity for VideoPages. We’ve worked hard with a select group of advertisers for the past year perfecting the service, and now I’m happy to say we’re ready to take our piece of The Yellow Pages Group’s annual $1.6 billion advertising pie with paperless Advironmentally Friendly media.”

Tarabocchia has gathered an impressive group of advisors to support VideoPages’ corporate growth. Advisory Board member s include Ian McLaren, former President and CEO of Ubiquity Software Corp.; Deborah Weinstein, co-founder of law firm LaBarge Weinstein; Patrick Smith, Chairman of the Advisory Board for Wesley Clover International Corp. and Chris Burke, former CTO and CIO of mobile communications giant Vodafone Ltd.