February 2014 – Street Fight

GrubHub Files For $100M IPO

Steven Jacobs

GrubHub Files For $100M IPO

Grubhub has officially thrown its hat into the I.P.O. ring, with the public filing of its prospectus Friday morning. The online ordering firm, which merged with competitor Seamless in August, filed the prospectus confidentially with the SEC last week under a new provision introduced by the JOBS act aimed at making the IPO process less expensive for smaller companies…

How Qualcomm Wants to Reinvent Retail

Steven Jacobs

How Qualcomm Wants to Reinvent Retail

Qualcomm Retail Solutions works with retailers and other venue owners to put the company’s two positioning technologies, Gimbal and iZat, to use. Street Fight recently caught up with Kevin Hunter, senior director of product management for Qualcomm Retail Solutions, to talk about the explosion in retail technology, the emerging technology driving innovation, and what the introduction of mobile will mean for the existing retail landscape…

How One Community News Project Grew From One Blog to 30 Sites

Tom Grubisich

How One Community News Project Grew From One Blog to 30 Sites

When Kerry Anne Ducey started blogging in her suburban community of Ridgefield, CT. in 2009, what happened within the several square miles of this 300-year-old community of about 25,000 people was the center of her journalistic universe. Today her HamletHub is a partnership of 30 community websites in the Connecticut-New York suburbs, which she says will soon grow to 45 sites…

7 Ways to Use Weather Data for Hyperlocal Marketing

Stephanie Miles

7 Ways to Use Weather Data for Hyperlocal Marketing

Hyperlocal vendors are making it possible for business owners like Stromberg to overlay weather data on top of daily sales figures to make better decisions, but many local merchants are still unsure of how to utilize the insights they glean from this information. Here are seven strategies for local businesses to use weather information to better target their hyperlocal messaging…

Street Fight Daily: Square Buys Scheduling Startup, Uber’s Latest Snafu

The Editors

Street Fight Daily: Square Buys Scheduling Startup, Uber’s Latest Snafu

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology.Square Acquires BookFresh To Add Booking Services For Merchants (TechCrunch)… Uber Kept New Drivers Off the Road to Encourage Surge Pricing and Increase Fares (Verge)… The Payments Challenge for Mobile Carriers (New York Times)…

Street Fight Daily: Apple Rolls Out iBeacon Program, Square Picks Up In-Store

The Editors

Street Fight Daily: Apple Rolls Out iBeacon Program, Square Picks Up In-Store

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology.Apple Starts iBeacon Product Certification Under ‘Made for iPhone’ Program (Apple Insider)… Square is Testing a New App for Ordering Food: Square Pickup (Priceonomics)… Ford to Drop Microsoft From Car Systems (New York Times)…

Inventory Data Could Help Turn The Tide for Brick-and-Mortar Retailers

Annie Melton

Inventory Data Could Help Turn The Tide for Brick-and-Mortar Retailers

The rapid growth of Amazon, and the high-profile decline of brick-and-mortar retailers like Borders, masks a surprising statistic: e-commerce makes up only 5-10% of total retail sales in the country. During a panel at Street Fight’s Local Data Summit in Denver Tuesday, panelist argued that bringing inventory data online could provide small, brick-and-mortar stores with an advantage over their online-only competitors…

Charting Consumer Behavior In the Real World

Stephanie Miles

Charting Consumer Behavior In the Real World

At Street Fight’s Local Data Summit on Tuesday, LocalSEOGuide proprietor Andrew Shotland started off a morning panel discussion on charting consumer behavior in the real world by asking panelists how close the local data industry is to being able to collect and aggregate the location of consumers, and then sell that information directly to marketers…

#LDS14 As New Sensors Emerge, Risks and Rewards in Location Data

Annie Melton

#LDS14 As New Sensors Emerge, Risks and Rewards in Location Data

The bulk of location data may come from smartphone’s today, but a new wave of sensors could open up a range of new possibilities for developers and businesses to interact with consumers a given place. During a panel at Street Fight’s Local Data Sumit in Denver Tuesday, speakers from Intel, Qualcomm, and KS Technologies discussed the way chip-level innovations are driving the local tech space, and how new sensors could open up a flood of consumer location data.

Study: Only 13% of Small Businesses Invest in Reviews

Annie Melton

Study: Only 13% of Small Businesses Invest in Reviews

Small business owners are underestimating the importance of online reviews — negatively influencing their communication with customers as a result, according to a new survey conducted by local marketing provider Yodle. Only 13 percent of small business owners said they actively pursued online reviews from their customers…

Street Fight Daily: Google Courts Local Media, Billionaire Prince May Back Square

The Editors

Street Fight Daily: Google Courts Local Media, Billionaire Prince May Back Square

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology.Google Helping Local Publishers Surf The Programmatic Wave
 (Forbes)… Will this Billionaire Saudi Arabian Prince Back Jack Dorsey’s Square (Fox Business)… GoDaddy Will Take On Shopify With A Simpler E-Commerce Storefront Arriving This Spring (TechCrunch)…

As Seamless Nears IPO, Search and Commerce Continue on Collision Course

Steven Jacobs

As Seamless Nears IPO, Search and Commerce Continue on Collision Course

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that GrubHub Seamless had made a confidential filing for an initial public offering. The move puts the food ordering giant on a collision course with Yelp and Google as the three firms look to wrangle local consumers who increasingly expect to search, compare and buy in a single keystroke…

5 Self-Serve Deals Platforms for SMBs

Stephanie Miles

5 Self-Serve Deals Platforms for SMBs

Groupon has generated significant press thanks to the recent rollout of its self-serve Deal Builder, which local merchants can use to create limited-time promotions for themselves. However, the daily deals giant is hardly the only vendor offering this type of service to SMBs. For years, a number of hyperlocal vendors have been providing self-service solutions to SMBs…

Street Fight Daily: Location Analytics CEO Arrested, Mobile Commerce Heats Up

The Editors

Street Fight Daily: Location Analytics CEO Arrested, Mobile Commerce Heats Up

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology.Former Motionloft CEO Jon Mills Arrested By The FBI (TechCrunch)… Rapid Growth of Mobile Commerce Fuels Rash of Competing Solutions (Financial Times)… MasterCard Dives Deeper Into Mobile With In-app Payments, C-SAM Acquisition (GigaOm)…