September 2013 – Street Fight

Study: More Local Shoppers Using Mobile Devices for Retail Purchases

Steven Jacobs

Study: More Local Shoppers Using Mobile Devices for Retail Purchases

As mobile devices become smarter, consumers are turning to their devices for more than last-minute directions and simple searches. A new study from Local Corporation finds that the the smartphone, once thought of as a place where consumers went for quick bits of information, is moving deeper into the decision cycle, playing a larger role in more in depth research, once associated with with tablet behavior…

5 Local Data Aggregators for Hyperlocal Startups

Stephanie Miles

5 Local Data Aggregators for Hyperlocal Startups

For many founders of hyperlocal platforms, the ideas they’ve envisioned require access to local location data—and lots of it. Some of the most important background players in the hyperlocal ecosystem are the local data aggregators, which supply clients with the basic NAP (name, address, and phone number) identities of millions of businesses and points-of-interest worldwide. Here are five local data aggregators that hyperlocal vendors can use to power their local listings…

Street Fight Daily: Patch To Close Sites, GateHouse Files For Chapter 11

The Editors

Street Fight Daily: Patch To Close Sites, GateHouse Files For Chapter 11

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technologyMemo: ‘Regretfully, A Number of Patches Will Have To Be Closed (Romenesko)… GateHouse Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection (Wall Street Journal)… The NSA Refuses To Deny That It Collected The Location Data Of U.S. Phone Calls (TechCrunch)…

In Fight Against Amazon, Retail Finds New Ally In Tech

Steven Jacobs

In Fight Against Amazon, Retail Finds New Ally In Tech

Nearly two decades after the launch of Amazon.com, brick-and-mortar retailers still face a very real threat from the Web. But today, the industry has a critical new partner: the tech community. Retail has emerged as one of the fastest growing sectors in the technology industry, with venture capitalists, startups and retailers themselves, building products to fuse the web with our in-store experience…

LBMA Podcast: Zipments, ExactTarget, and David Shalaby of TapTrack

Asif Khan

LBMA Podcast: Zipments, ExactTarget, and David Shalaby of TapTrack

On the show: Facebook uses your data to help carriers market to you better; Zipments proves we are in a bubble by raising $2.25M; ExactTarget moves into location; ESA partners with DMTI; SpeakGeo launches; Intersec gets their Weve on; Bump acquired by Google; a Lowe’s case study; and app of the week Basewarp…

Too Many Local Journalists Are Missing The Big Story: Revenue

Tom Grubisich

Too Many Local Journalists Are Missing The Big Story: Revenue

In the new digital era, which requires journalists to widen their lens far beyond the next big story, they are beginning to channel their passion into how to engage users, embrace technology and examine the limitations of their traditional “Fourth Estate” role is in the community. All good. But there’s one area where local journalists have yet to bring the full measure of their passion — revenue.

Case Study: Blimpie Closes the Loop With New Mobile Gaming App

Stephanie Miles

Case Study: Blimpie Closes the Loop With New Mobile Gaming App

“For a restaurant company like ours, millenials are hugely important,” says Steve Evans, vice president of marketing at Blimpie, the quick-serve restaurant with nearly 1,000 franchise locations. “They tend to be a huge customer base for years to come, and all the research that we’ve seen shows consumers make their brand choices — and their brand loyalty — early on in life. If you get people in their earlier years, they’re still open to change.”

Street Fight Daily: Fake Yelp Reviews Rise, Yahoo Gives Maps A Facelift

Steven Jacobs

Street Fight Daily: Fake Yelp Reviews Rise, Yahoo Gives Maps A Facelift

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technologyA Whopping 20% Of Yelp Reviews Are Fake (MarketWatch)… Surprise: Yahoo Maps Gets A Facelift, New Features (SearchEngineLand)… Hyperlocal Power: Urban Compass Raises $20M At A $150M Valuation; Adds Advance Publications And Marc Benioff As Investors (TechCrunch)…

Digital First Partners With PaperG For Digital Ads

Myriah Towner

Digital First Partners With PaperG For Digital Ads

Digital First Media has teamed up with PaperG to build custom multi-device advertising campaigns for both desktop and mobile. The partnership allows PaperG, which automates display advertising campaigns for small businesses, to provide Digital First Media’s network of nearly 1,000 sales representatives with a full-service platform ad solution for mobile and desktop…

The Local Sharing Economy Is Here (But Scale Will Prove Difficult)

Patrick Kitano

The Local Sharing Economy Is Here (But Scale Will Prove Difficult)

Every iteration of things that can be shared, from baby clothes to power boats, has been picked through by college students who have been steeped in the gospel of Zuck and turned into a local service set to scale. The problem, however, is that almost every startup gets stuck at city one. The reason? If the sharing requires some sort of physical exchange of goods or services, then it requires the commitment of two people who live close to each other to complete transaction. And they need to find each other even though the just-launched app won’t reach critical mass for a long time…

Mobile Is Huge — But Two Key Elements Could Slow Its Growth

Terry Heaton

Mobile Is Huge — But Two Key Elements Could Slow Its Growth

We in the media think we’re in the information business, when the reality is that we’re very much in the advertising business, and advertising is in disruption right now. In their effort to influence and produce results, marketers are simply unable to demonstrate even a modicum of restraint when it comes to the line between useful and nuisance.

Street Fight Daily: Square and Intuit Play Nice, Confidence Crisis With Reviews

The Editors

Street Fight Daily: Square and Intuit Play Nice, Confidence Crisis With Reviews

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technologySquare and Intuit Play Nice With New QuickBooks Integration (AllThingsD)… Confidence Crisis: 40 Percent Don’t Trust Online Reviews (MarketingLand)… Finding a Model for Sac Press by Looking at The Hawaii Independent (ScramentoPress)…

Study: Mobile Users More Willing to Share Location Than Browsing History

Steven Jacobs

Study: Mobile Users More Willing to Share Location Than Browsing History

When it comes to mobile marketing, consumers are more willing to share the places they go in the real-world with brands than the websites they visit, according to a new study conducted by Millward Brown. The research, which surveyed 1,572 consumers who have downloaded a mobile app in the past year, found that 43% of respondents were willing to share their location with companies compared to one of every ten who said they would share their browser history…

5 Tools for Building a Community Marketplace

Stephanie Miles

5 Tools for Building a Community Marketplace

With their built-in audiences already in place, hyperlocal publications are able to easily overcome one of the biggest obstacles to getting a community marketplace off the ground. However, technical challenges still remain, and building a marketplace from scratch can be extraordinarily time consuming and expensive. Now, a handful of vendors are offering a solution, providing publishers with the tools they need to create custom marketplaces that can be up and running in a matter of days…

Street Fight Daily: PayPal Nears Deal For Braintree, Intuit Overhauls SMB Product

Steven Jacobs

Street Fight Daily: PayPal Nears Deal For Braintree, Intuit Overhauls SMB Product

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technologyPayPal Nears Deal for Braintree Payments (Wall Street Journal)… Intuit Overhauls QuickBooks Online as Competition for Small Businesses Ramps Up (AllThingsD)… < strong>eBay Unveils Click & Collect Service So Small Merchants Can Offer In-Store Collections (TheNextWeb)…

Is Content King in Local Too?

Mike Boland

Is Content King in Local Too?

In the pantheon of buzzwords overtaking pitch decks and CMO-speak, “content marketing” is the new darling. The term has legitimate grounding to be fair, but like “long tail” and “web 2.0” in days past, its overuse precedes it. Content marketing also isn’t anything new — it’s been done for years, albeit under the ethically challenged “advertorial” rubric among other flavors. Now it’s new, improved, and hitched to en vogue terms like “native.”

In Nod To SaaS Future, ReachLocal Rolls Out Lead Management Product

Steven Jacobs

In Nod To SaaS Future, ReachLocal Rolls Out Lead Management Product

The company is extending its subscription ReachEdge product to a general audience, providing tools for merchants to not only generate, but also manage leads that come directly to a business’s website or through a display or search campaign. Kris Barton, the company’s director of product, says the problem that software needs to solve for small businesses today is that of converting demand into customers…

Street Fight Daily: Regulators Crackdown on Fake Reviews, Facebook ‘Closes The Loop’

The Editors

Street Fight Daily: Regulators Crackdown on Fake Reviews, Facebook ‘Closes The Loop’

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technologyGive Yourself 5 Stars? Online, It Might Cost You (New York Times)… Facebook Connects Impressions To Offline Sales For Telcos (MarketinLand)… Mobile Payments Are One-Third of Braintree’s Business (PandoDaily)…