Street Fight Daily: Groupon Launches Stores, Starcom Measures TV

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A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Groupon Quietly Launches Groupon Stores, a Marketplace for Its $2 Billion Goods Business (Recode)… SMG Launches Addressable TV Measurement Tool (MediaPost)… Amazon Dash Aims to Be a Push-Button Substitute for the Supply Run (New York Times)…

Square Wants to Become a Platform — Here’s Why that Matters For Small Businesses

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With millions of small businesses already using its application to process payments, Square needs to navigate through a complex and crowded small business software market to build a platform from which merchants can run their business…

Street Fight Daily: Facebook Messages Businesses, Amazon’s Angie’s List Killer

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A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Do Facebook Users Really Want To Chat With Businesses? (Fortune)… Amazon’s On-Demand Services Marketplace Launches Monday (TechCrunch)… Google Launches Major Push To Get Local Businesses Online, Improve Data (Search Engine Land)…

Local Startups Need to Focus Less on Consumers, More on Businesses

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Founders mistakenly interpret the investment thesis of the local technology industry — the billions in local spending moving onto digital networks — and see a chance to rethink the way we buy before fully considering the vast changes occurring in the way the supply side of the market operates.

How Brands and Publishers Are Thinking About Beacons

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“The data and analytics is important but in the end, it has to be about improving the customer experience first,” said Jennifer Bordner, marketing manager at Old Navy, during a panel at SXSW Interactive in Austin Tuesday. “What can technology do that feels more natural than an extra burden. In the end, it’s about bridging that gap between the physical and digital [experience] in a way that feels natural.”

UBL and Advice Interactive to Merge, Signaling Potential Consolidation Among Local Marketing Firms

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The deal will bring together UBL’s global listings syndication network with Advice Interactive’s reputation management, SEO and analytics products. Doyal Bryant, chief executive at UBL, said that the combined companies would become the second-biggest player in the industry, after Yext…

ReachLocal CEO: Digital Ad Industry Has a ‘Very Poor Reputation’ Among Small Businesses

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Turnarounds take time — and no one is more aware of the challenges than Sharon Rowlands, who took the helm at ReachLocal almost a year ago. In an interview with Street Fight, Rowlands talks why she thinks ReachLocal is not the only company in small business marketing industry with brand problem, fixing the sales culture in local, and the need to move beyond top-line thinking.

Mobile Has a Fragmentation Problem — Here’s the Technology That Could Fix It

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More than a decade ago, Google solved one of the most frustrating characteristics of the web: its fragmentation. Now, the mobile industry faces an even more striking crisis as mobile users spend more and more time in array of applications. The San Francisco-based URX is one of handful of companies using web crawlers to index the information within applications and allowing developers to find and link to content in other applications.

Street Fight Daily: Inside Apple Watch, Uber’s Growth Numbers

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A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyApple’s New Watch: Here’s What Matters for Local (Street Fight)… Uber Gives Sneak Peak Into Growth (USA Today)… Just 20 Percent Of Retail Consumers Want Location Divulged (Mobile Marketer)…