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A Local Social Network That Stays Indoors

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New York-based MyCoop has created an online platform for neighbors to chat and broadcast messages. Each building can create a multipurpose chatroom that can be used to sell a couch before moving out or to announce a social event or to broadcast a safety alert…

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Alignable Growing a Social Network for Small Businesses

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Founded by the co-founders of Constant Contact and Invisalign, Alignable allows small businesses owners to share information, ask questions, and seek answers from other merchants nearby and business owners in similar industries across the country. Think Nextdoor — but with worried store owners instead of overbearing parents.

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Poncho, a Weather App That Speaks for Itself

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The year-old company only has six full-time employees, but it has accrued “tens of thousands of subscribers” due in part to word of mouth and an effective referral program. And according to the founder of Poncho, Kuan Huang, that user base is engaged, with an email open rate of 50%…

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How Y Combinator Grad Estimote Plans to Turn Beacons Into a Big Business

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When Estimote graduated from Y Combinator in July of 2013, the startup was riding one of the hottest trends in tech: beacons. By the end of the year, the company had raised $3.1 million to turn its fist-sized adhesive proximity beacons into an “operating system for the physical world.”

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5 Local Marketplaces for Housecleaners

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Marketplaces aimed at providing consumers with easy ways to quickly find and book local housecleaners and home services providers are heating up, with frontrunners like Handy and Homejoy enjoying major investments from well-known venture firms like Revolution (led by AOL co-founder Steve Case and Groupon chairman Ted Leonisis), Google Ventures, and Redpoint Ventures. Here are […]

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Eaze Sees Local Opportunity in Medical Marijuana On-Demand

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Like other on-demand services, Eaze lets users easily order a specific strain and quantity of marijuana, finds the nearest deliveryperson with that specific strain in stock, and then tracks the delivery in real-time to get an accurate ETA. Eaze says it can deliver marijuana in San Francisco in roughly 10 minutes….

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7 Strategies for Using Mobile to Drive In-Store Sales

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Mobile commerce is driving nearly $40 billion worth of sales for retailers today, with 84% of consumers now using their devices before or during real world shopping trips. Here are seven strategies that retailers of all sizes should consider as they begin using mobile to drive purchases…

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6 Group Dining Programs for Neighbors

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Airbnb users are sharing their homes with strangers, Lyft drivers are sharing their cars with strangers, and now a handful of group dining programs have people inviting virtual strangers inside their kitchens. These hyperlocal marketplaces offer a win/win proposition for people who are interested in getting to know their neighbors while making extra money on […]

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7 Ways Loyalty Programs Can Increase Social Media Exposure

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More than one-in-three small businesses now has a loyalty program in place, but that doesn’t mean that local merchants are always taking full advantage of the benefits that these hyperlocal marketing platforms can provide. Here are seven ways that businesses can use existing digital loyalty programs to help increase reach on social networks…

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6 Strategies for Creating an Effective Email Newsletter

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Crafting the perfect email newsletter is both an art and a science, however there are simple things that business owners can do to ensure that the digital messages they send out aren’t being overlooked or discarded. Here are six strategies that small business owners should utilize when putting together their email marketing campaigns…

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