August 2017 – Street Fight

Case Study: How an Unusual, Soft-Sell Sponsored Post Turned Readers Into Customers

Tom Grubisich

Case Study: How an Unusual, Soft-Sell Sponsored Post Turned Readers Into Customers

“I tried to think about everything I hated about sponsored posts and do the opposite,” says Aaron Seyedian, the founder of Well Paid Maids. “As a reader, I find that sponsored posts on blogs are often lengthy, impersonal and overly centered on sales. I set out to write a post that would be succinct and personal.”

Street Fight Daily: Microsoft & Amazon Integrate Cortana/Alexa, USA Today Personalizes Homepage

Joseph Zappa

Street Fight Daily: Microsoft & Amazon Integrate Cortana/Alexa, USA Today Personalizes Homepage

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… In Surprising Move, Microsoft and Amazon Integrate Voice Assistants… USA Today’s Facebook-Like, Personalized Mobile Site Succeeds in Grabbing User Attention… For New Uber CEO, Fresh Challenges Already Emerge…

Hearst’s Barrett on Talks With Facebook: Progress, but More Needs to Happen

Tom Grubisich

Hearst’s Barrett on Talks With Facebook: Progress, but More Needs to Happen

The president of Hearst Newspapers Digital Media, details what he sees as the current promise of Facebook’s nascent effort to promote subscriptions for local news publishers, and assesses the state of other major, yet-to-be-resolved issues for the publishers as they weigh their future on and with the tech giant.

Swedish Location Management Company PinMeTo Secures H&M Investment

Stephanie Miles

Swedish Location Management Company PinMeTo Secures H&M Investment

Local presence management vendor PinMeTo is celebrating an investment from the retail giant in a tactical round the company sees as a stepping stone to further expansion. “Our goal is and has been to expand globally in 2018,” says COO Andre Tiwari, “and H&M brings invaluable knowledge and support for that goal.”

Street Fight Daily: Amazon’s Grocery Disruption Begins, Retailers Embrace Direct Mail

Joseph Zappa

Street Fight Daily: Amazon’s Grocery Disruption Begins, Retailers Embrace Direct Mail

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Amazon to Lower Whole Foods Prices Monday and Offer Prime Members Benefits Soon… Why Data-Driven Retailers Are Learning to Love Direct Mail… Two Uber Investors Seek to Defend Kalanick in Legal Battle…

Street Fight Daily: Users Stand by Uber Despite Scandals, FTC Clears Amazon-Whole Foods Deal

Joseph Zappa

Street Fight Daily: Users Stand by Uber Despite Scandals, FTC Clears Amazon-Whole Foods Deal

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Despite the Drama, Uber Reports Strong User Growth and Financial Outlook… Amazon’s Whole Foods Deal Clears Last Two Major Hurdles… Paid-Search Advertising Still Outranks Social in Performance…