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Square Wants to Become a Platform — Here’s Why that Matters For Small Businesses

With millions of small businesses already using its application to process payments, Square needs to navigate through a complex and crowded small business software market to build a platform from which merchants can run their business…

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Street Fight Daily: Facebook Likes Events, Square Becomes a Platform

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Facebook Is Making It Easier To Find Events You Want To Go To (Mashable)… How Groupon Not So Innocently Planned Its Most Popular Facebook Post Ever (AdWeek)… The Racists Next Door: Why Nextdoor’s Racial Profiling “problem” Isn’t The Company’s Fault — It’s Society’s (Pando)…

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Local Startups Need to Focus Less on Consumers, More on Businesses

Founders mistakenly interpret the investment thesis of the local technology industry — the billions in local spending moving onto digital networks — and see a chance to rethink the way we buy before fully considering the vast changes occurring in the way the supply side of the market operates.

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How Packaged Goods Companies Use Location to Market on Mobile

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…

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TribLocal Branding Is Replaced by Pioneer Press in Many ChiTrib Communities

From its launch in 2007, TribLocal was the Chicago Tribune’s highly branded network of suburban news print inserts and e-sites covering sprawling Chicagoland. Now TribLocal has lost most of its branding and been replaced by the Tribune’s recently acquired Pioneer Press in many communities.  We recently caught up with Bob Fleck, the Tribune’s recently appointed general manager and publisher of […]

Facebook, Social

Street Fight Daily: Facebook Likes Events, Square Becomes a Platform

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Facebook Is Making It Easier To Find Events You Want To Go To (Mashable)… How Groupon Not So Innocently Planned Its Most Popular Facebook Post Ever (AdWeek)… The Racists Next Door: Why Nextdoor’s Racial Profiling “problem” Isn’t The Company’s Fault — It’s Society’s (Pando)…