February 2012 – Street Fight

Digital First Taps Nimble Commerce to Power National eCommerce

Steven Jacobs

Digital First Taps Nimble Commerce to Power National eCommerce

Digital First Media, which oversees the Denver-based MediaNews as well as the New York-based Journal Register Company, has inked a deal with Nimble Commerce to power an ecommerce initiative across the company’s 150 plus local sites. The deal will replace the media group’s largely fragmented ecommerce efforts with a single platform capable of launching daily deal and flash sales campaigns seamlessly across its media properties…

Study: Tablet Search Becoming Vital to Local Business

Noah Davis

Study: Tablet Search Becoming Vital to Local Business

The 2012 Local Search Usage Study, a combined effort from from comScore, 15miles, and Localeze, found that “86% of tablet users made a purchase from their most recent tablet-based local search.” That is an impressively high number, especially combined with the fact that 64% of tablet users conduct searches on a weekly basis…

Seamless Rolls Out iPad App, Offers Glimpse into New Strategy

Steven Jacobs

Seamless Rolls Out iPad App, Offers Glimpse into New Strategy

Delivery and takeout service Seamless is rolling out its first iPad app this morning, rounding off an eight-month rebranding process after food-service giant Aramark sold its majority stake in the company to Spectrum Equity Investors for $50 million in June. The application is a debut of sorts for Seamless’ revamped strategy, which aims to position the service farther up the purchase funnel…

Do Consumers Really Want to Passively Share Their Location?

Isa Jones

Do Consumers Really Want to Passively Share Their Location?

New location-sharing app Glassmap wants to transform how we view and utilize location — in a way that will likely raise privacy questions among consumers. One step beyond Foursquare’s “check-in,” the app allows users to passively broadcast their location to friends all the time…

Local Quotables: Mason, Sheetz, Evans and more

Isa Jones

Local Quotables: Mason, Sheetz, Evans and more

The best words about and around the hyperlocal industry.

Andrew Mason realizes Groupon has fallen short with its social media presence; Ashley Sheetz from Gamestop explains why she backed out of Facebook’s failing virtual market; Perry Evans discusses the changing relationship between local businesses and consumers; and more.

PODCAST: This Week in Location-Based Marketing — Amex, Pressly

Asif Khan

PODCAST: This Week in Location-Based Marketing — Amex, Pressly

In this week’s episode, hosts Rob Woodbridge and Asif Khan look at Twitter’s partnership with Amex on sponsored local tweets; mobile apps for civil engagement; the Sony XPERIA awesomeness that was their “Defy the Darkness” campaign; and Glamour’s Shoppable Wall. Plus special guest Jeff Brenner, CEO of Pressly…

Hyperlocals Diverge on How to Mine Rich Lode of Digital Ads

Tom Grubisich

Hyperlocals Diverge on How to Mine Rich Lode of Digital Ads

Even though digital advertising is estimated to grow 40% by 2015, according to Pew, the research center said few major sites were capturing any share of this new cornucopia. If that’s the story with bigger sites, what, I wondered, was happening among the more than 3,000 hyperlocal news sites, which, by my estimate, reach 25 million people — a big chunk of the consumer market that advertisers covet…

California Requires App Makers to Post Privacy Policies

Brian Dengler

California Requires App Makers to Post Privacy Policies

The California Attorney General’s office has struck a deal with Apple, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and Research in Motion in which the companies will require mobile app developers to post privacy policies. This means that many hyperlocal apps that use location data may be required to provide privacy information.

Lessons for Local Merchants in Hyperlocal Marketing White Paper

The Editors

Lessons for Local Merchants in Hyperlocal Marketing White Paper

In “The Local Merchant” white paper, we talked to dozens of business owners to find out how they are using new hyperlocal channels such as daily deals, location-based services and hyperlocal sites to bring in new business at little or no cost — and turn them into lasting customers. The most successful strategies take these opportunities at more than face value, customizing them to suit their own business needs.