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Where Online Ordering of Local Products and Services Is Headed

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Any local search site that sets its sights on powering transactions will need to take into account the broad range of consumer needs in the local space. But some products are likely much better suited to online purchasing than others...

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It’s Official: The Newspaper Industry Has Given Up on Newspapers

4 Comments 11 August 2014 by

In the past couple of weeks, three of the major legacy media companies announced they were splitting their companies into separate-but-unequal broadcast and print ventures. The decisions by Gannett, E.W. Scripps and Tribune to divide their once “synergistic business models” into separate and very distinct businesses indicate that we are now at the beginning of the end-of-the-end for this industry...

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Mobile Local Apps: To Bundle or Not to Bundle

1 Comment 04 August 2014 by

Facebook last week made the contentious move to force its iPhone and Android app users to "fast switch" to the Messenger app for all future messaging. The outcome will be worth watching for anyone developing mobile apps. Local media players are increasingly faced with decisions about app functionality. That includes whether to unbundle features to specialized apps (think gas prices), or to federate within one...

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The Impact of Google’s Local Update Is Still a Developing Story

6 Comments 30 July 2014 by

Google seems to be experimenting with driving more traffic to its local competition, meaning that it’s more important than ever for a business to secure its presence across a broad base of directories. The value proposition of local SEO does not change in a fundamental way, given that Google has long used citation consistency as a prominent local ranking signal...

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How Retailers Can Bridge the Gap With Beacons

No Comments 25 June 2014 by

Using beacons, content can be delivered to a consumers’ mobile device that augments the shopping experience and bolsters the relevancy of the merchant's real-time communications based on the consumer’s location and real-time behavior. As a result, the messaging can be perceived by the consumer less as "marketing" and more as "helpful."

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The New News

Attention and Timing Are the New ‘Clicks,’ Chartbeat Says

No Comments 12 June 2014 by

The analytics firm digs deep into how users behave at their computer, smartphone, and tablet. Then it flows the data points (including visitor frequency, top pages, referrers, and traffic sources) to the client's dashboard, where editors, in real time, can see how their users are behaving and take steps to increase traffic and engagement...

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Mobile’s Increasingly Strong Influence in Consumer Purchase Decisions

1 Comment 10 June 2014 by

The third annual installment of the xAd/Telmetrics Mobile Path-to-Purchase study shows that mobile is a powerful force throughout the consumer purchase cycle. Consumers are spending more research time on their mobile devices than on their PCs, and more than one-third of mobile users use their devices exclusively to research purchases...

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The New News

Up Close and Personal: Ex-Patcher Tells How He Went Independent

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Michael Dinan was senior regional editor for Patch in suburban Connecticut when he — along with hundreds of other editorial staffers — was terminated in January as part of Aol's deal to sell most of the community news network to Hale Global. After the blow fell, he turned around and set up the independent site New Canaanite within days — and expanded it to a collaborative network in suburban Connecticut shortly thereafter...

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Native Ad Revenue May Be One Click Away With ‘Selfies’

1 Comment 29 May 2014 by

Community news publishers everywhere are searching hard for new revenue. But who knew that dollars might be staring them virtually in the face? Broadstreet, which provides ad services to news publishers, is offering a new ad unit called the "Selfie" — short, self-generated messages that businesses and anybody else can place in the middle of an article to catch the eye of searching users. Broadstreet co-founder Kenny Katzgrau says the Selfie aims to lure businesses that want to get their message out, but are resistant to buying more expensive display ads...

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How Training Has Helped Some Community Publishers Thrive

No Comments 15 May 2014 by

"Getting money from local businesses is a street fight," says Rusty Coats. "The options and alternatives seem to grow exponentially every day, and many businesses live in a fog of not knowing what to do. ... That’s why I applaud these community news entrepreneurs and what they’re trying to accomplish. They are mission-driven and determined to build sustainable businesses by serving their communities."

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