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Most Local Merchants Unfazed by Facebook Controversies, Though Some Signs of Trouble

David Card

Most Local Merchants Unfazed by Facebook Controversies, Though Some Signs of Trouble

By now, consequences of the negative aura surrounding Facebook’s role in customer info abuse, fake news, and Russian political meddling should have started to take hold. Yet over half of local merchants we polled said they would continue to use Facebook as they had previously, and only one in five said they may use it less.

State of Hyperlocal: Attribution Is Top Industry Challenge and R&D Priority

David Card

State of Hyperlocal: Attribution Is Top Industry Challenge and R&D Priority

Companies selling local marketing and technology and services continue to believe that online-to-offline attribution is the toughest challenge facing the industry, and it’s now their top near-term R&D priority. That’s what we’re hearing from a preliminary analysis of our annual State of Hyperlocal survey of Street Fight readers.

Lots of Facebook News — But Little Progress in Local

David Card

Lots of Facebook News — But Little Progress in Local

Instead of integrating multi-media news consumption with entertainment, community conversations, events calendars, advertising, and a buyers and sellers marketplace, Facebook is isolating them as components. While this is consistent with its separate apps approach, it likely won’t result in as much audience cross-fertilization as it should. Nor does it feel at all local advertiser-friendly.

At Cloud Summit, a Focus on the Transition to SaaS Services

Peter Krasilovsky

At Cloud Summit, a Focus on the Transition to SaaS Services

ReachLocal’s CPO Kris Barton noted that SaaS churn is typically between 6 percent and 22 percent. Media churn is between 39 percent and 86 percent. The key is to provide an integrated marketing system, said Barton: “Sixty-four percent are more likely to use a marketing system when it is integrated with core business systems.”

Frustration With Digital Marketing Vendors Boils Over for One SMB

David Mihm and Mike Blumenthal

Frustration With Digital Marketing Vendors Boils Over for One SMB

If it’s possible to distill the 30 million small business owners in the U.S. into a single persona, Marc Reisner strikes our columnists as a great candidate: “Marc has been disillusioned by past performance and that poor performance has understandably tarred the entire industry with the same brush.”

The Coming Polarization of the SMB Software Market

Mark MacLeod

The Coming Polarization of the SMB Software Market

Strangely, despite the size of the opportunity you don’t find too many SMB companies in most VC portfolios. You see plenty of consumer and enterprise-focused startups, but much fewer on the SMB side. The reason for this is that it’s “hard” for companies serving SMBs to grow at the rate that can deliver “venture” returns.

Is There an SMB Analytics Market? And If So, What Should It Measure?

David Mihm and Mike Blumenthal

Is There an SMB Analytics Market? And If So, What Should It Measure?

“I’m not convinced small businesses without a full-time in-house marketer really care about analytics,” David Mihm tells Mike Blumenthal in their bi-weekly chat. “They certainly don’t have the time or expertise to dive in each week and change their marketing or customer service behavior based on what a dashboard is telling them.”

Vistaprint Launches Platform to Connect Online and Offline Marketing

Stephanie Miles

Vistaprint Launches Platform to Connect Online and Offline Marketing

Vistaprint is expanding beyond its roots as a provider of custom printed products today, with a new suite of digital marketing tools for “micro” business owners. The company’s redesigned website building platform will include tools for social media marketing, local listings, email marketing, and business email, along with design services.