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Street Culture: inMarket Retains a ‘Startup Mentality’ as It Scales Up

April Nowicki

Street Culture: inMarket Retains a ‘Startup Mentality’ as It Scales Up

“Startup culture doesn’t just mean a stocked kitchen with burritos in the freezer and tons of snacks in the kitchen, or jeans in the office,” says the company’s communications VP Dave Heinzinger. “It means everyone has the ability, from the CEO on down, to roll up their sleeves and really go to work on whatever needs to be done.”

This Holiday Season, Brands Need to Pay Special Attention to Data Details

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This Holiday Season, Brands Need to Pay Special Attention to Data Details

Many brands are already breaking out holiday decorations, hoping to attract the efficient crowds this early in the season. But glittery ornaments and fake snow only goes so far: 30% of local search users have cited “inaccurate” information as the issue they most frequently experience, and Google’s “near me” searches have increased 34-fold since 2011. Once the Brandify 360° Network completes initial listing corrections, the solution provides additional insights and value, such as pinpointing where online traffic originates from for specific listings and automating details to save time and energy for management.

Nashville ‘Indie’ Home Page Media, Now 5 Sites, Expands ‘Where There’s a Need’

Tom Grubisich

Nashville ‘Indie’ Home Page Media, Now 5 Sites, Expands ‘Where There’s a Need’

Kelly Gilfillan launched her Home Page Media Group in suburban Nashville in 2009 smack in the middle of affluent turf that had been long “owned” by Gannett’s the Tennesseean. Having expanded her model to several nearby communities since then, Gilfillan is on track to hit $1 million revenue by 2017.

6 Reasons Why Hyperlocal Tech Initiatives Continue to Elude Consumers

Avi Lambert and Nick Kellet

6 Reasons Why Hyperlocal Tech Initiatives Continue to Elude Consumers

Hyperlocal is a totally logical concept in the minds of technologists, analysts, and investors, but many hyperlocal tech initiatives have yet to catch fire with consumers. Part of the challenge is people are creatures of habit. Here are six reasons why hyperlocal tech will continue to elude consumers’ grasp in 2016.

6 Waitlist Management Tools for Restaurants

Stephanie Miles

6 Waitlist Management Tools for Restaurants

Eager to eliminate the organizational challenges and financial liabilities that go along with traditional reservation systems, restaurants are increasingly turning toward digital platforms that allow diners to stay at home, or shop at nearby businesses, until their tables are ready. Here are six platforms that restaurants can use to manage their waitlists…

6 Strategies for Onboarding Merchants to a New Marketplace

Stephanie Miles

6 Strategies for Onboarding Merchants to a New Marketplace

Being unable to attract qualified sellers is one of the biggest obstacles a local marketplace will face. And, as Harvard Business School associate professor Andrei Hagiu described to Street Fight in an interview last summer, it’s an obstacle that many marketplace founders are unprepared to overcome. “If you don’t have buyers, then you’re not going to have sellers, and visa versa. That prevents a lot of marketplaces from getting off the ground,” Hagiu said…

6 Tools for Gathering Insight from Digital Customer Interactions

Stephanie Miles

6 Tools for Gathering Insight from Digital Customer Interactions

A lack of time and knowledge are two factors that explain why business owners don’t take a more active role in monitoring how they’re perceived online. However, a number of hyperlocal platforms are now aiming to streamline that process by giving small businesses access to advanced marketing automation tools and analytics suites that were once reserved for national brands and agencies. Here are six platforms that businesses can use to gather insight from online customer interactions…

5 Ways Hyperlocal Technology Can Save Malls from Extinction

Stephanie Miles

5 Ways Hyperlocal Technology Can Save Malls from Extinction

Given their position in the marketplace, hyperlocal vendors are uniquely able to help physical stores fight back against the changing tide. By using features like geo-targeting, indoor tracking, and mobile messaging, brick-and-mortar retailers can band together and increase their chances of survival. Here are five ways that hyperlocal technology can potentially save shopping malls from extinction…

5 Ways to Track the Effectiveness of a Hyperlocal Campaign

Stephanie Miles

5 Ways to Track the Effectiveness of a Hyperlocal Campaign

Sixty-four percent of businesses surveyed by Oracle in 2013 said that the ability to track marketing ROI has been the most important change in the marketing world, however the majority of local merchants still aren’t sure how to compare various hyperlocal channels and measure the effectiveness of different types of campaigns. Here are five strategies for doing just that…

Finding the Right Point of Contact At: A Retail Chain

Stephanie Miles

Finding the Right Point of Contact At: A Retail Chain

For hyperlocal vendors grappling with expansion, a national retail chain can represent the big whale. With the potential to have their platforms adopted at hundreds of locations throughout the country with just single sale, it’s no wonder hyperlocal startups are willing to devote so many resources to developing partnerships with big-name clients. Here are five strategies for finding the right person to pitch at a retail chain…

Finding the Right Point of Contact At: A Franchise Organization

Stephanie Miles

Finding the Right Point of Contact At: A Franchise Organization

Crafting the perfect pitch is only part of the challenge. For hyperlocal vendors trying to generate traction in a crowded marketplace, being able to locate the best point of contact at each of the individual companies being pitched is an incredibly important part of the sales process. Here are four strategies for finding the right person to pitch at a franchise organization, from hyperlocal executives who’ve had success…

Case Study: Hotel Chain’s Hyperlocal ‘Microsites’ Increase Online Bookings

Stephanie Miles

Case Study: Hotel Chain’s Hyperlocal ‘Microsites’ Increase Online Bookings

Spurred by industry research showing that today’s travelers are more interested in creating memories than receiving discounts, Red Lion has launched a hyperlocal initiative that involves developing local “microsites” for each of the company’s hotel properties, along with localized menus, new transportation signage, and even employee nametags that offer localized tips for guests…

7 Ways to Use Weather Data for Hyperlocal Marketing

Stephanie Miles

7 Ways to Use Weather Data for Hyperlocal Marketing

Hyperlocal vendors are making it possible for business owners like Stromberg to overlay weather data on top of daily sales figures to make better decisions, but many local merchants are still unsure of how to utilize the insights they glean from this information. Here are seven strategies for local businesses to use weather information to better target their hyperlocal messaging…