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ReachLocal Retrenches to Focus on Markets with ‘Potential for Positive, Sustainable Economics’

Noah Elkin

ReachLocal Retrenches to Focus on Markets with ‘Potential for Positive, Sustainable Economics’

Local digital marketing firm ReachLocal has been engaged in a lengthy turnaround effort. It announced last week that it was exiting direct sales in the U.K. and focusing on markets with “potential for positive, sustainable economics.” The announcement indicates ReachLocal is still focused on cutting things that aren’t working rather than regaining growth momentum.

5 Reasons Why Local Marketing Will Mature in 2016

Gary Cowan

5 Reasons Why Local Marketing Will Mature in 2016

The past few years have seen the introduction of a whole universe of new tools designed to address individual aspects of digital marketing. In 2016, we will see a shift away from many of these discreet, single-purpose tools toward more comprehensive marketing solutions, DataSphere’s Gary Cowan predicts. Here’s a look at five ways SMB local marketing will mature in the coming year.

Case Study: Children’s Center Uses Scheduling Platform to Streamline Administrative, Marketing Tasks

Stephanie Miles

Case Study: Children’s Center Uses Scheduling Platform to Streamline Administrative, Marketing Tasks

Almost half of small business owners say they’re being overrun by basic administrative tasks. When Roo’s World of Discovery owner Michelle Pollak Landwehr found herself in that same position, spending hours each week on basic administrative tasks like tracking member visits, scheduling classes, and managing recurring payments at her Washington-based children’s indoor play space, she began looking for digital solutions.

5 Ways Merchants Can Use Hyperlocal Tech to Improve Service This Holiday Season

Stephanie Miles

5 Ways Merchants Can Use Hyperlocal Tech to Improve Service This Holiday Season

With the holiday season upon us, local merchants are pulling out all the stops to entice shoppers into their stores and away from their computers, with many focusing on customer service as their differentiator. Here are five ways local merchants can improve customer service this holiday season by implementing hyperlocal technology.

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.

#SFSNYC VIDEO: Booker CEO on the Tricky Process of Expanding into New Local Verticals

Noah Elkin

#SFSNYC VIDEO: Booker CEO on the Tricky Process of Expanding into New Local Verticals

Booker CEO Josh McCarter opened his Street Fight Summit keynote address with a question that’s on the minds of many small business solutions providers: “How do you take a system that’s designed for one vertical and take it across more categories?” Factoring in the differing needs of various service-based businesses makes that question even more complex. But given the size of what McCarter termed the “local service commerce” opportunity, answering it could be tremendously lucrative.

Forget DIY, DIWM, and DIFM: ‘Do Nothing’ is the Best Approach to Capturing the SMB Market

Matt Matergia

Forget DIY, DIWM, and DIFM: ‘Do Nothing’ is the Best Approach to Capturing the SMB Market

The future of SMB marketing solutions isn’t do-it-yourself, do-it-for-me, or even do-it-with-me. Rather, it lies in a new go-to-market model called “do nothing” that combines context, content, software, and automation into solutions that are low-cost, have next to no barriers to entry, and require little in the way of learning or doing from customers.

DEBATE: The Marketing of SMB Marketing Solutions

Noah Elkin

DEBATE: The Marketing of SMB Marketing Solutions

Speculation over the best model for providing and marketing SMB solutions — do-it-yourself (DIY), do-it-for-me (DIFM), or the middle-ground option, do-it-with-me (DIFM) — has been swirling for years. Columns from two Street Fight contributors indicate that while technology is part of the current problem, it’s undoubtedly part of the solution as well.

SMBs and Self-Service: Are We There Yet?

Greg Sterling

SMBs and Self-Service: Are We There Yet?

The question of whether or when SMBs are going to self-provision online marketing has been a topic of intense debate for at least a decade. Signs now point to the emergence of solutions simple enough to make self-service viable within three to five years. Ultimately, rather than a do-it-yourself vs. do-it-for-me dichotomy, we’re likely to see an increasingly stratified local market that looks a lot like a three-cabin airplane seating chart.

Street Fight Daily: Apple Pay Goes International and Has a New Competitor, Amazon’s Effect on SMBs

The Editors

Street Fight Daily: Apple Pay Goes International and Has a New Competitor, Amazon’s Effect on SMBs

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Apple Pay Partners with AmEx to Expand Internationally (Fortune)… JPMorgan Chase Says It’s Building a Rival to Apple Pay (Channel NewsAsia)… Is Amazon Killing Small Businesses? (Forbes)…

6 Strategies for Improving Email Pitches to SMBs

Stephanie Miles

6 Strategies for Improving Email Pitches to SMBs

Email is the go-to channel for pitching within the hyperlocal community, but with 81 percent of small business owners now being contacted by between one and five sales reps each week, according to a survey by Street Fight and Thrive Analytics, it’s becoming harder for digital marketing vendors to stand out from the pack. Here are six strategies vendors say they’ve successfully used to break through the clutter in local merchants’ inboxes.

INFOGRAPHIC: The Complex SMB Marketing Ecosystem 2.0

Lorren Elkins

INFOGRAPHIC: The Complex SMB Marketing Ecosystem 2.0

As the head of digital strategy for a broadcaster operating local TV stations, Lorren Elkins has been challenged to clearly understand the digital marketing space from an SMB perspective. In response, he developed an interactive chart, now in its second iteration, to both enhance his own understanding and assist SMBs in identifying potential suppliers.

Case Study: Reliability in New Scheduling Platform Helps Chicago Salon Maintain Buzz

Stephanie Miles

Case Study: Reliability in New Scheduling Platform Helps Chicago Salon Maintain Buzz

Online scheduling platforms are supposed to save merchants time by automating client bookings, cancellations, reminders, and even payment collection. But when merchants stop trusting their own scheduling platforms, and start verifying individual bookings for accuracy, the benefits of online-only systems go out the window. For an exclusive Chicago salon, switching things up helped maintain buzz and business.

ReachLocal’s Rowlands: In Order to Stay Relevant with Your Market, You Have No Choice But to Broaden

Annie Melton

ReachLocal’s Rowlands: In Order to Stay Relevant with Your Market, You Have No Choice But to Broaden

“A lot of companies started with a one-product solution — ReachLocal in search and other companies in email marketing or social. But our customers’ needs evolved, and they needed more than that one product. In order to stay relevant with your market, you have no choice but to broaden,” said ReachLocal CEO Sharon Rowlands about the pressure to offer a full suite of services.

Better Use of Data Could Dramatically Alter Local Digital Sales

Greg Sterling

Better Use of Data Could Dramatically Alter Local Digital Sales

Data is a core principle of digital marketing today, yet when it comes to local, big data has not penetrated very deeply where the sales process is concerned. All of that is about to change with the appearance of multiple companies trying to put data at the center of the way digital marketing is presented and sold to local businesses.

ShopKeep’s Richelson: You Have to Specialize, Then Grow

Annie Melton

ShopKeep’s Richelson: You Have to Specialize, Then Grow

“There is no way a company can start with a holistic service. You have to specialize then grow. But I will say because of the cloud it’s very easy to bolt on other providers to create a holistic service,” said ShopKeep founder Jason Richelson about branching out beyond his company’s initial focus on SMB point-of-sale software.

Locable Zeroes in on Marketing Solutions for Digitally Challenged Merchants

Tom Grubisich

Locable Zeroes in on Marketing Solutions for Digitally Challenged Merchants

There are 28 million small businesses in America, and Locable considers all of them candidates for its expanded “Main Street for the 21st Century” marketing services. Now Locable is reaching out to those millions of small businesses through its IMPACT Marketing Suite. We caught up with Locable founder and CEO Brian Ostrovsky to talk about his new initiative.

How the Marketing of SMB Marketing Services is Evolving

Joe Morsello

How the Marketing of SMB Marketing Services is Evolving

The marketing of digital marketing services was once built on guarantees of leads, new customers, clicks, and the like. But when it comes to promoting small and medium-sized business (SMB) marketing products and solutions, the rhetoric and tactics have shifted. The new direction is more consultative and driven by content.

Street Fight Daily: Postmates’ Walgreens Partnership, Twitter and Square’s Election Collab

The Editors

Street Fight Daily: Postmates’ Walgreens Partnership, Twitter and Square’s Election Collab

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… You Can Now Get Your Prescriptions Delivered to You Within an Hour from Walgreens (Business Insider)… Twitter Courts U.S. Presidential Campaigns with New Donations Service (Wall Street Journal)… Why Ad Blocking Is Good News for Almost Everyone (Ad Age)…

Street Fight Daily: Stripe’s New Mobile Commerce Tool, Can Google Keep Up With Changes in Search?

The Editors

Street Fight Daily: Stripe’s New Mobile Commerce Tool, Can Google Keep Up With Changes in Search?

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Stripe Introduces New Tools to Simplify Mobile Shopping (New York Times)… Google Gears Up for Search Shift to Mobile and Vertical (Ad Age)… Etsy Opens To Manufacturing (TechCrunch)…