Mike Boland | Street Fight - Part 2

Mike Boland

Mike Boland is Street Fight’s lead analyst , author of the Road Map column and producer of the Heard on the Street podcast. He covers AR & VR as chief analyst of ARtillry Intelligence, and SF President of the VR/AR Association. He has been an analyst in the local space since 2005, covering mobile, social and emerging tech.

Mike Boland is Street Fight’s lead analyst , author of the Road Map column and producer of the Heard on the Street podcast. He covers AR & VR as chief analyst of ARtillry Intelligence, and SF President of the VR/AR Association. He has been an analyst in the local space since 2005, covering mobile, social and emerging tech.

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The ABC’s of AR: Always Be Closing

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The ABC’s of AR: Always Be Closing

In these early days of augmented reality (AR), we’re learning a lot about consumer behavior and preferences — the same learning curve defined the early days of smartphone apps. One lesson so far is that consumer AR use cases will be fairly limited. It’s not a silver bullet and it’s not for everyone.

Why Location Is a Competitive Edge For National Retailers

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Why Location Is a Competitive Edge For National Retailers

We recently caught up with Local SEO Guide CEO Andrew Shotland whose Local SEO Ranking Factors report finds that national brands’ migration to local search, especially multi-location retailers. Focused erstwhile on e-commerce, competitive pressure has compelled them to view their locations as an edge in local search.

‘SMB OS’: Expanding the Local Pie

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‘SMB OS’: Expanding the Local Pie

SMB OS isn’t a new concept, though it’s now emerging and crystallizing in new ways. Advancing it are supporting technologies like cloud computing, mobility and cash-flow friendly SaaS pricing. Much of this trickles down from enterprise world, as it often does.

Can Facebook Contend in Local Search?

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Can Facebook Contend in Local Search?

Facebook has been formidable in a few key areas of local — mostly among SMBs. It has penetrated further in SMB adoption than any other entity to date, and Street Fight data indicates sustained growth. That’s half the battle for Facebook: The other half is gaining equal favor as a local search and discovery engine among users.

AR and VR — Will Local Advertisers Bite?

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AR and VR — Will Local Advertisers Bite?

Local advertising is a $150 billion market, and is particularly conducive to AR, given the technology’s ability to qualify purchase decisions in the commerce-heavy offline world. There will be a land grab for this digital real estate as mobile AR gains consumer traction. There will be also questions about who “owns” that virtual space.

Where Will VR Fit Into Local Advertising?

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Where Will VR Fit Into Local Advertising?

How will advertising play out in (admittedly nascent) VR, especially in local? We’ll likely see the same early and ongoing misfires, such as banner ads. Or, as in video experiences, we’ll likely see a fair share of legacy formats — like pre-roll ads — ham-handedly shoehorned into VR.

Google’s Next Local Conquest: Visual Search

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Google’s Next Local Conquest: Visual Search

Indoor mapping continues to be one of those “holy grail” topics in local. It picks up where GPS drops off, tracking consumers all the way to the cash register. The latest move comes from Google, with an approach that could leapfrog beacons by using the positioning capability already in your phone (or soon will be).

Will Native-Social Ads Dominate Mobile?

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Will Native-Social Ads Dominate Mobile?

The majority of mobile ad companies that don’t evolve their janky and interruptive banners will be displaced. A new era of mobile ads will be defined by intelligent formats that speak to the affinities of buying-empowered millennials (who are now almost 40 by the way).