Interviews | Street Fight - Part 2

Why Insurance Giant State Farm Approaches Digital Marketing Like a Small Company

Joao-Pierre Ruth

Why Insurance Giant State Farm Approaches Digital Marketing Like a Small Company

At a time when customers are accustomed to looking up insurance quotes on the Web or through an app, Edward Gold, advertising director at State Farm, says his company thrives off of its local interactions. He spoke with Street Fight about the approach the insurer takes with marketing at the local level.

Why SharkNinja Keeps Searching for New Ways to Connect With Local Consumers

Joao-Pierre Ruth

Why SharkNinja Keeps Searching for New Ways to Connect With Local Consumers

Building a rapport with customers at the local level can be a challenge for product makers who do not have their own stores. It can be an even more elaborate task for a brand whose products have long lifecycles. That makes it all the more important to ensure digital marketing is cognizant of its customers’ needs, says transformation VP Ajay Kapoor.

Why Google Play Sees Complementary Roles for Travel and Local Apps

Joao-Pierre Ruth

Why Google Play Sees Complementary Roles for Travel and Local Apps

A few taps is all it takes with an app to book travel arrangements or order dinner — and while those sound like vastly different services they can intersect in numerous ways, according to Jeena James, global head of travel and local for Google Play. James caught up with us recently to discuss how apps can be contextual on multiple levels.

How Harman Takes Electronics Marketing to the Local Level

Joao-Pierre Ruth

How Harman Takes Electronics Marketing to the Local Level

Having the customer’s ear is literally what Harman International wants, but getting their attention at the local level takes more than a few steps for a consumer electronics maker. Shobhit Kapoor, Harman’s vice president of global brand marketing, caught up with Street Fight recently to talk about how the company thinks about connecting with local consumers.

Disney’s Deep Dive on Personality Research, and Its Potential Implications for Brand Marketers

Joao-Pierre Ruth

Disney’s Deep Dive on Personality Research, and Its Potential Implications for Brand Marketers

A division of The Walt Disney Company has been working on a method to better target marketing by learning more about consumers’ personalities. Research scientist Maarten Bos spoke to us about how consumer personality can be understood and how the information can be used to tailor ads more precisely.

NinthDecimal Decouples Its Data, Expands Partnerships, and Moves Into the Black

Joao-Pierre Ruth

NinthDecimal Decouples Its Data, Expands Partnerships, and Moves Into the Black

The location data company announced this morning that it has crossed the line into profitability and CEO Michael Fordyce believes NinthDecimal has found an approach that will help it scale up in a big way. Fordyce and chief revenue officer Brian Slitt spoke with Street Fight recently about the need to measure and understand audiences across a myriad of media and channels.

Marriage of Listings, Data, and Social Drive Better Results, Says SweetIQ CEO

Joao-Pierre Ruth

Marriage of Listings, Data, and Social Drive Better Results, Says SweetIQ CEO

A long-brewing change is transforming the way local business listings get used, says SweetIQ’s Mohannad El-Barachi. In a recent interview with he tells Street Fight that the integration of more features, such as chat or connections to social media, opens up new ways for businesses to bring in customers.

Near CEO: Bad Data Remains a Big Challenge for Location Platforms

David Hirschman

Near CEO: Bad Data Remains a Big Challenge for Location Platforms

Near enables brands and businesses to “visualize, engage and analyze audience data including their location and behavior for data-driven decisions.” Street Fight recently caught up with Near’s founder and CEO, Anil Mathews, to talk about location intelligence in 2017 and what types of new use cases we may soon see.

Why Omnivore’s POS-Connection Platform Is Really an ‘App Store’ for Restaurants

David Hirschman

Why Omnivore’s POS-Connection Platform Is Really an ‘App Store’ for Restaurants

The platform, which connects apps to POS systems, is making it easier for restaurants to find and test new technology. We recently caught up with founder and CEO Mike Wior to talk about the unique issues facing restaurant tech, and how Omnivore’s service can enable more experimentation and innovation.