Mike Boland | Street Fight - Part 3

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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Pokémon Go and Local: Why Now?

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Pokémon Go and Local: Why Now?

The lesson from the phenomenon isn’t for local tech companies to try and build the next Pokémon Go — but rather to build a similarly justifiable value exchange for sharing location. Advertisers and ad networks should likewise work with apps that have that higher likelihood of user opt-in.

Automating Local Commerce: Rise of the Chatbots

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Automating Local Commerce: Rise of the Chatbots

Bots could displace apps just as apps displaced search. “Search started with consumers typing into a box,” Pingup’s Ron Braunfeld said recently. “[AI] is all about knowing where you are, time of day, what’s in your refrigerator; and giving you the right information without having to search.”

The Physical World Is Eating the Web

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The Physical World Is Eating the Web

Most beacon scenarios require users to jump through a set of compatibility hoops. But Google has been quietly working on an antidote: The physical web. To sidestep some of the opt-in friction, it positions the browser as the beacon interface and it transmits beacon content using URLs.

Is Apple Quietly Assembling an SMB Trojan Horse?

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Is Apple Quietly Assembling an SMB Trojan Horse?

Apple is co-promoting Square’s NFC reader for SMBs. and selling the readers in Apple Stores. The $49 reader accepts Apple Pay, which significantly lowers the barrier for SMBs to get in the game. The move should boost Apple Pay, but there also may be much bigger ambitions to lock in market share in new areas.

Ad Blockers: One Big Distraction from the Real Issue

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Ad Blockers: One Big Distraction from the Real Issue

In a year of overblown topics, the grand prize goes to mobile ad blockers. The backlash is not only disproportionate to real impact but also has fueled the wrong conversation. Instead of fighting ad blockers — or fueling them in the case of biased reports — the ad industry should ask itself how it got in this position to begin with.

Retail, Restaurants, and Roofers: Where Does On-Demand Work (and Not)?

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Retail, Restaurants, and Roofers: Where Does On-Demand Work (and Not)?

A year into the on-demand revolution, the question persists: Where’s it going next? So far, it’s gone into nearly every local vertical, but there are still areas with the right conditions for on-demand models to take root, some of which remain underdeveloped. These include higher-end professional services like lawyers and doctors, project-based work like design and writing, and, of course, SMBs, especially when it comes to local marketing and advertising.

Can Facebook Win Local?

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Can Facebook Win Local?

Facebook is known universally for its social networking features, but the company has quietly but consistently been rolling out a set of tools to make it the go-to platform for SMBs. From social buy buttons, call functionality, and Pages to messaging and free beacons, Facebook is staking its claim to online, offline, and online-to-offline marketing and commerce for SMBs.

Did Apple Just Solve Deep Linking?

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Did Apple Just Solve Deep Linking?

One of the coolest things to come out Apple’s September product event was 3D Touch, which lets users indicate levels of intent based on how hard they press apps and links. Beyond the gadgetry of 3D Touch, one thing hasn’t been said: This is essentially deep linking, an area that will be a key battleground in local. 3D Touch could preempt the deep linking dilemma by peeking deep within other apps — a lighter and more elegant solution I’m calling “deep previewing.”

Where Does Local Search Fit in a World of Apps?

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Where Does Local Search Fit in a World of Apps?

Where is Google’s place in a world where the browser is no longer the front door? On the desktop, trillions of web pages compel an index and a friendly entry point. But an app-heavy mobile environment — already siloed into neat little buckets — doesn’t beg for a core search engine…

Is there a Local Marketing Play for Snapchat?

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Is there a Local Marketing Play for Snapchat?

Given its engagement levels, quality, and potential audience scale, Snapchat isn’t just competing with Facebook and other native ad platforms — it’s competing with television. And for that reason, its local play will be large national advertisers that increasingly localize campaigns…

Livestreaming and Local: Tech’s Next Collision?

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Livestreaming and Local: Tech’s Next Collision?

Growth will ignite first from live video’s inherent virality, which could find hundreds of millions of users the same way Instagram did. Then we’ll see copycat apps come out of the woodwork. It will follow the standard path: quick industry growth, contraction, M&A, a few winners, maturity, etc.. Somewhere in that progression will be a local play…