5 Things You Need to Know About Selling to Local Consumers [SLIDESHARE]

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Toward the end of last year, american shoppers reached a remarkable milestone: consumers spent more in retail stores on products, which they had researched on the Internet, than those they had not. According to eMarketer, Web-influenced offline sales now account for the largest category of retail spending in the american economy…

Yelp VP Mike Ghaffary: We Are Now a Household Name


Mike Ghaffary, vice president of business and corporate development, spearheaded the acquisition of Eat24 and has led the Yelp Platform from the start. We caught up with Ghaffary to talk about what the acquisitions means for its Platform initiative, concerns among investors about slowing growth and what makes local, local.

Study: Franchises Spend ‘Nearly Half’ of Marketing Budgets on Digital


Franchises, equipped with the resources of a large brand but the flexibility of a small business, could help provide a critical stepping stone for vendors looking to reach SMBs. New data shows they are substantially more digitally advanced than their independent counterparts…

Groupon Plans to Start Selling Beacons to Merchants


The deals company announced solid fourth quarter earnings Thursday evening, finishing the year with gains in both revenue and gross billings. During the earnings call, CEO Eric Lefkofsky announced its latest project: a redemption system that uses beacons to allow merchants to track and communicate with Groupon customers in their stores…