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The New News

How Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk Zeroes In on News and Profits

2 Comments 14 August 2014 by

In the increasingly tough world of community journalism — where both readers and advertisers can be fickle and local advertising markets like Santa Barbara are crowded with competitors — Noozhawk succeeds because it's not in the news business, but "the business of news." Here, founder Bill Macfadyen explains what that means...

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It’s Official: The Newspaper Industry Has Given Up on Newspapers

4 Comments 11 August 2014 by

In the past couple of weeks, three of the major legacy media companies announced they were splitting their companies into separate-but-unequal broadcast and print ventures. The decisions by Gannett, E.W. Scripps and Tribune to divide their once “synergistic business models” into separate and very distinct businesses indicate that we are now at the beginning of the end-of-the-end for this industry...

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Off the Block

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How Innovation in Payments Can Drive Local Marketing

1 Comment 08 August 2014 by

The changes in payments that Seth Priebatsch foresaw three years ago are certainly underway, but it remains more of a revolution than an evolution. Street Fight caught up with the LevelUp CEO recently to talk about why he thinks transaction data is the foundation of the next big wave of innovation in the marketing industry...

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On Location

LBMA Podcast: Stores Commit to Beacons, Verizon Launches Rewards

No Comments 08 August 2014 by

Top stories of the week include: Instagram launches its Snapchat competitor; Medialets helps with attribution; Glympse embeds itself within Kik messenger; Nike gives away merchandise with FuelBox; and Andrew Mason emerges with Detour...

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The New News

How Seattle’s South King Media Grew From Hobby Into Profitable Mini-Net

1 Comment 07 August 2014 by

Southend was long dominated by "legacy" Robinson Newspapers, which last year was forced to consolidate its Southend print weeklies into one subscription product because of what it called "market forces," but kept its individual community websites. Meanwhile, Scoot Schafer's independent "pure-play" South King Media is profitable and growing. Street Fight caught up with Schaefer recently to talk about the different elements involved in successful hyperlocal publishing projects...

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Commentary

Mobile Local Apps: To Bundle or Not to Bundle

1 Comment 04 August 2014 by

Facebook last week made the contentious move to force its iPhone and Android app users to "fast switch" to the Messenger app for all future messaging. The outcome will be worth watching for anyone developing mobile apps. Local media players are increasingly faced with decisions about app functionality. That includes whether to unbundle features to specialized apps (think gas prices), or to federate within one...

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The New News

From Ad Biz to Hyperlocal: Duo Takes Flyer in Fayetteville, Profitably

1 Comment 04 August 2014 by

Today's digital community news publisher-editors are increasingly likely not to have had experience working for traditional journalism outlets. But that hasn't prevented them from making their mark — even when they're competing against platforms that have strong print resources. That's the case for Todd Gill and Dustin Bartholomew, co-founders of the seven-year-old independent Fayetteville (Ark.) Flyer. In this Q & A, Gill tells how he and Bartholomew achieved success in a market with a major print and digital daily newspaper...

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Streets Ahead

The Impact of Google’s Local Update Is Still a Developing Story

6 Comments 30 July 2014 by

Google seems to be experimenting with driving more traffic to its local competition, meaning that it’s more important than ever for a business to secure its presence across a broad base of directories. The value proposition of local SEO does not change in a fundamental way, given that Google has long used citation consistency as a prominent local ranking signal...

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Off the Block

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The Sharing Economy Goes Behind the Counter

No Comments 28 July 2014 by

We tend to think of the sharing economy as a consumer movement that helps us hail a ride or find a place to stay. But the basic logic driving the shift will soon start to impact the more mundane aspects of small business, allowing merchants to enjoy some of the advantages of scale that their larger competitors do...

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Commentary

How Customer Retention Plays a Key Role in SMB Marketing

2 Comments 28 July 2014 by

Approximately 60% of SMBs spend the majority of their annual marketing budgets on customer retention, because it delivers such a strong return on investment. Within customer retention, email marketing is considered the most effective digital marketing tactic, followed by social media and content marketing...

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