A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.
Groupon Moves Into Restaurant Reservations With Savored Deal (New York Times)
Groupon said on Monday that it had bought Savored, an Internet start-up that offers customers ways to reserve tables at restaurants in 10 cities across the country. Savored is meant to supplement the existing Groupon Now service, which is aimed at giving customers a list of discounts should they decide to indulge in impromptu shopping.
EBay’s Mobile Momentum: 100M App Downloads, 100M Items Listed (All Things D)
The San Jose-based company says its mobile app has been downloaded 100 million times since its launch four years ago. That’s equal to the number of the service’s active users — those who bought, listed or sold something on eBay last year.
Data Firm Hits Craigslist With Monopoly Claim (GigaOm)
A data company has filed a dramatic counterclaim against Craigslist, accusing the classified site of acting as an illegal monopolist. A court filing argues Craigslist engaged in illegal, predatory behavior through actions like “ghosting” and unfair licenses.
Tagwhat Launches Tagging Tools and Push Notifications to Wake Up the Web on Location (The Next Web)
Tagwhat, the mobile tour guide has launched its first location-based publishing tool and push notifications to bring its app to a whole new level. Now, users can publish to Tagwhat for themselves, opening up all sorts of ways to use the service as a business or a consumer.
Facebook Seeking To “Close The Loop” With Offline Sales Data (Marketing Land)
Google Wallet and Offers have online-to-offline tracking as one of their long-term objectives and the advent and growth of smartphones has made online-offline tracking more feasible generally. Facebook is now moving to join the club through a partnership with a company called Datalogix, according to a Financial Times report.
The Most Important Local Business Directories for SEO (Yext Blog)
While many of your potential customers search Google for information on local services, inevitably a large portion of them find their way to various local business directories. Many of these directories not only have substantial brands/marketing budgets to drive traffic, but they also do well in organic search rankings for important search terms.