Executive Survey: What’s Hot and What’s Not in the Connected Local Economy

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Preliminary results from our forthcoming executive survey suggest that industry players are investing the most in mobile, followed by data and analytics. Respondents indicated that mobile marketing and managing company websites were the biggest challenges for local merchants, along with SEO and listings management. More complete survey results will be revealed at our upcoming Street Fight Summit in New York City.

With iOS 9 Release, Local Businesses Should Care ‘Deeply’ About Apple Maps


Most local businesses and search marketers have focused primarily on their visibility within Google Maps. With Apple’s iOS 9 now available, it’s time they focused their attention on Apple Maps as well. Businesses that don’t may soon fall behind competitors.

With 8 Sites in Brooklyn, ‘Indie’ Corner Media Reports Doubling of Ad Revenue

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Brooklyn is home to scores of fast-changing neighborhoods that are reshaping New York City’s largest borough. Seven of these neighborhoods are the turf of Corner Media Group, the independent mini-network that entrepreneur Liena Zagare has assembled over the past several years.

LBMA Podcast: Ikea’s Twitter Vending Machines, Nomadic Uno’s CEO


On the show: SmarTone Telecom complicates the KISS principle; SeeLight helps the blind cross the street; Area360 raises $3.5M; Yogrt rakes in $3M. Plus news from Mondelez Shopper Futures, Unacast and Coke, Walgreens, InMarket, Millennial Media, and AOL.

The Not-So-Low-Hanging Fruit: Why the Local Market Remains Elusive

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“The great challenge of winning the local market boils down to balancing sufficient reach and scale with specificity,” writes Noah Elkin, who is joining Street Fight today as managing editor. “It turns out thinking globally and acting locally isn’t always easy-as a consumer or a marketer.”

On 2nd Birthday, Fast-Growing ‘Indie’ San Angelo Live Clicks Its Spurs


Joe Hyde, founder and publisher of San Angelo Live, is seeing his independent community news site in West Texas hit $60,000 in monthly ad revenue. And on its second anniversary, the site continues to attract more unique visitors than the site of its 131-year-old “legacy” competitor.

Why ‘On-Demand’ Alone Isn’t Enough to Make a Viable Business


Success in this market doesn’t come from betting that millions of consumers will change their purchase behaviors. Success in the on-demand economy employs a simple, time-tested formula: taking an existing service — one that a lot of people use — and making it better.