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Is the Humble Phone Call Actually the Killer App for Local Businesses?

Mark Sullivan

Is the Humble Phone Call Actually the Killer App for Local Businesses?

It turns out reports of voice calling’s death are greatly exaggerated. Despite an explosion in data usage and mobile messaging, voice calling — facilitated by search and virtual assistants — remains a popular activity among mobile users. A lot of those calls are going to local businesses, where they are more likely to convert to revenue than web forms or emails.

Report: Executive Survey on Hyperlocal Tech and Tactics

David Card

Report: Executive Survey on Hyperlocal Tech and Tactics

What’s on the mind of technology and marketing suppliers targeting the connected local economy? They’re keen on mobile — perhaps too keen — but struggling with their own companies’ brand awareness. The dichotomy between small businesses and national chains that sell locally is profound, and presents difficult challenges in scaling to support either, let alone both, according to Street Fight Insights analysis.

Connecting the Local-Mobile Economy, One Step at a Time

David Card

Connecting the Local-Mobile Economy, One Step at a Time

Hyperlocal, mobile, on-demand contextual commerce enabled by buy buttons within mobile apps — that’s the new string of buzzwords making the rounds at industry conferences. The market reality: It’s going to take a while for this string to play out in the connected local economy. A key reason is that even as mobile disrupts search, most marketers and merchants can’t expect to get their own app on a majority of users’ home screens.

Whither the Search Engine in the Age of Mobile?

Noah Elkin

Whither the Search Engine in the Age of Mobile?

The path to purchase ceased being linear some time ago, probably as soon as online-to-offline became a standard part of the marketing lexicon. But as mobile has begun to wield increasing influence over the shopping process — at home, on the go, and in-store — the path has grown even more convoluted. The latest evidence comes from a new study conducted by International Data Corporation (IDC) on behalf of YP.

Editor’s Take: The Apps vs. Browser Debate Is a Distraction

Noah Elkin

Editor’s Take: The Apps vs. Browser Debate Is a Distraction

The venerable apps vs. mobile web debate continues to rage on but it is largely a distraction for local merchants. Business owners do need to understand the changing media landscape to make the most effective possible use of their limited marketing budgets, but their time and their dollars are better spent on marketing fundamentals rather than investing in the increasingly difficult and crowded race to acquire, retain, and monetize app users.

Here’s How Marketers Are Using Mobile This Super Bowl

Steven Jacobs

Here’s How Marketers Are Using Mobile This Super Bowl

In an age when marketers can reach a hundred million people each day by lunchtime, the draw of the Super Bowl’s 184 million viewers has lost some of its luster. But Madison Avenue is focusing on another number: $14.3 billion. That’s the amount that consumers plan to spend on food, beer and other goods for the big game…