xAd CEO: Forget Mobile — Location is the New Category for Marketers

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New York-based xAd has doubled its annual revenue in each of the past two years, expanding to London, China and India. We recently caught up with Dipanshu “D” Sharma, chief executive at xAd, to talk about mobile, data and why location is becoming the new category…

First Data Wants to Turn Its Payment Empire Into a Local Marketing Juggernaut

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First Data, the payment processing giant, wants to be more than just a black box on the counter. We caught up with Peter Karpas, global head of SMB product, to talk about moving beyond the payment business, the company’s acquisition strategy, and where the world’s largest payment process fits into the future of small business…

How Programmatic Pioneer RocketFuel Thinks About Location on Mobile

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Rocket Fuel has positioned itself as a leader among programmatic ad firms, but it still finds itself embracing relatively new terrain: mobile. Street Fight caught up with Ian Dailey, the company’s senior product marketing manager for mobile, to talk about bringing the efficiencies and advantages of automation to mobile advertising.

How Packaged Goods Companies Use Location to Market on Mobile

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The benefits of location data are obvious for retailers with physical storefronts, but can consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands capitalize in similar ways? More and more, the answer is yes, according to SITO’s Adam Meshekow. Some of the largest CPG brands started to ramp up mobile spending last year as they look to influence an increasingly smartphone-wielding shopper…

Former Kozmo CTO: There’s Froth in the Local Delivery Market

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Street Fight recently caught up with Chris Siragusa, CEO of Max Delivery — who also happens to be the former CTO of Kozmo.com, a failed food delivery startup which came to epitomize dot-com era excess. Here, Siragusa talks about what’s changed in delivery since the 2000s and why he thinks things will turn out differently this time around…

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.