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How Major Brands Are ‘Gamifying’ the Consumer Buying Experience

Stephanie Miles

How Major Brands Are ‘Gamifying’ the Consumer Buying Experience

Although gamification itself is not a new marketing strategy, advancements in mobile apps and location technologies are providing brands with new opportunities to engage customers using these time-tested techniques. Here’s how six major brands are using gamification to change the consumer experience and promote loyalty.

Street Fight Daily: Big Retailers Support Mobile Payments, Snap Ads Struggle to Grab User Attention

Joseph Zappa

Street Fight Daily: Big Retailers Support Mobile Payments, Snap Ads Struggle to Grab User Attention

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Amazon, Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks Drive Mobile Payment Behaviors… How Do Users Like Snapchat Ads?… AOL’s CEO Explains that Oath is About B2B Branding…

Street Fight Daily: Starbucks to Test Mobile Order-Only Store, Amazon and Walmart Wage Price War

Joseph Zappa

Street Fight Daily: Starbucks to Test Mobile Order-Only Store, Amazon and Walmart Wage Price War

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Starbucks to Test Mobile Order and Pay-Only Store at Headquarters… Amazon and Walmart Are in an All-Out Price War that Is Terrifying Big Brands… How The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and CNN Approach Platforms…

Street Fight Daily: Retail Brands Deploy AI, Google Teams with Fiat Chrysler on Connected Car Tech

Joseph Zappa

Street Fight Daily: Retail Brands Deploy AI, Google Teams with Fiat Chrysler on Connected Car Tech

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… 5 Brands Infusing Retail with Artificial Intelligence… Google Teams with Fiat Chrysler to Turn Android Into Top Platform for Connected Cars… Wendy’s Taps Spotify Branded Moments to Catch You When You’re Hungry…

Brand Battles in Depth: Looking at Starbucks vs. Dunkin’ Donuts

Damian Rollison

Brand Battles in Depth: Looking at Starbucks vs. Dunkin’ Donuts

The series demonstrates the real complexity of cross-platform digital marketing and the importance of a data-driven strategy in identifying meaningful objectives and tracking performance. This commentary explains how Brand Battles are constructed and how their subject areas fits into the bigger picture of local marketing for national brands.

Street Fight Daily: AT&T to Acquire Time Warner, Mobile Moves to Majority of Google Ad Rev

Joseph Zappa

Street Fight Daily: AT&T to Acquire Time Warner, Mobile Moves to Majority of Google Ad Rev

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… AT&T To Acquire Time Warner, Becoming Latest Media Giant with Cross-Device Mojo… Mobile Moves to Majority Share of Google’s Worldwide Ad Revenues… How Quartz Sculpts a Global, Mobile-First Brand…

Street Fight Daily: Brands Cash In on Snapchat API, Google to Launch Click-to-Message Ads

Joseph Zappa

Street Fight Daily: Brands Cash In on Snapchat API, Google to Launch Click-to-Message Ads

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Brands Cash In on Snapchat’s Long-Awaited API… Google To Launch Click-to-Message Ads on Google Search in Coming Weeks… Platform Publishing Creates Challenges for Publishers’ Mobile Design…

Why Retailers Like McDonald’s Should Take Note of Starbucks’ Loyalty Program Misstep

Jenny Beightol

Why Retailers Like McDonald’s Should Take Note of Starbucks’ Loyalty Program Misstep

There has been a lot of backlash from Starbucks customers after the company changed the mechanism of its My Starbucks Rewards program last month from frequency-based rewards to dollars spent. The switch is informative for other retail brands, and indicates that personalization is key.

It’s Valuable, But Is It Accurate? LBMA Report Shines Light On Marketers’ Location Data Issues

Nicole Spector

It’s Valuable, But Is It Accurate? LBMA Report Shines Light On Marketers’ Location Data Issues

According to a new survey, while 77 percent of marketers think that location based data is valuable, only 66 percent of them feel that it is accurate. This is a troubling discrepancy indicating that there is a lot of work to be done in standardization and verification.

Street Fight Daily: Foursquare Launches Attribution Tool, Searching on the Physical Web

The Editors

Street Fight Daily: Foursquare Launches Attribution Tool, Searching on the Physical Web

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Foursquare Will Tell Businesses When Their Ads Bring You Into an Actual Store (TechCrunch)… With the Physical Web, You Become the Search Engine (Marketing Land)… Why Starbucks Is Overhauling Its Loyalty Rewards Program (Fortune)…

Street Fight Daily: Starbucks’ Continued Mobile Success, UberEats Announcement Targets GrubHub

The Editors

Street Fight Daily: Starbucks’ Continued Mobile Success, UberEats Announcement Targets GrubHub

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Starbucks Mobile Program Reaches 6M Orders Per Month (GeekWire)… GrubHub Stock Hits an All-Time Low After Uber Announces Food Delivery App (Business Insider)… Google Paid Apple $1 Billion to Keep Search Bar on iPhone (Bloomberg)…

Street Fight Daily: Foursquare Gets a New CEO, How Apple’s iAd News Affects the Industry

The Editors

Street Fight Daily: Foursquare Gets a New CEO, How Apple’s iAd News Affects the Industry

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Foursquare CEO Steps Down as Valuation Plummets (Wall Street Journal)… What Apple’s iAd Changes Mean for the Industry (Digiday)… How Google’s Search Chief Has Been Living the “Mobile First” Life (Search Engine Land)…

Street Fight Daily: Yahoo’s Advertising Woes, Starbucks Launches Delivery Service with Postmates

The Editors

Street Fight Daily: Yahoo’s Advertising Woes, Starbucks Launches Delivery Service with Postmates

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Yahoo Struggles as an Afterthought to Advertisers (New York Times)… Starbucks Launches Delivery Service in Partnership with Postmates (TechCrunch)… On-Demand and Deep Linking Becoming More Deeply Linked (Street Fight)…

Street Fight Daily: Facebook Wants a Piece of the Search Pie, Alphabet and Amazon Earnings Reports

The Editors

Street Fight Daily: Facebook Wants a Piece of the Search Pie, Alphabet and Amazon Earnings Reports

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Facebook Takes Aim at Search Again (Wall Street Journal)… Google CEO Sundar Pichai Cites “Real Sense of Energy and Focus” for Success (TechCrunch)… Amazon Sales Top Estimates (Bloomberg)…

Street Fight Daily: Amazon Gets Creative with Delivery, Dissecting Starbucks’ Mobile Success

The Editors

Street Fight Daily: Amazon Gets Creative with Delivery, Dissecting Starbucks’ Mobile Success

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Amazon Tested Package Delivery by Newspaper Trucks (Wall Street Journal)… Why Starbucks’ Order and Pay Is More Than Milk Froth (TechCrunch)… IAB: First Half 2015 Ad Revenues $27.5 Billion, Search Captures 50 Percent (Search Engine Land)…