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So Long Local Search — Hello Machine-Directed Discovery

Gideon Rubin

So Long Local Search — Hello Machine-Directed Discovery

Whatever you thought you knew about getting your business found online and on mobile, or whatever you are currently learning, is already obsolete. The way consumers interact with search technology today is on its way out. Why? Autonomous cars, artificial intelligence and voice commands are all transforming search into something we can only begin to imagine.

Street Fight’s 10 Most Popular Stories From 2016

The Editors

Street Fight’s 10 Most Popular Stories From 2016

In the local space, 2016 brought both consolidation and renewal. Major players were acquired, while other companies experimented with innovations in bots and AI, VR/AR and a new generation of voice search. Here’s a look back at the top Street Fight stories (at least in terms of traffic) this year.

Automating Local Commerce: Rise of the Chatbots

Mike Boland

Automating Local Commerce: Rise of the Chatbots

Bots could displace apps just as apps displaced search. “Search started with consumers typing into a box,” Pingup’s Ron Braunfeld said recently. “[AI] is all about knowing where you are, time of day, what’s in your refrigerator; and giving you the right information without having to search.”