Street Fight’s 10 Most Popular Stories of 2011

From Patch antics to Gannett’s Deal Chicken to a Flipboard hyperlocal how-to, here’s a look back at some of the Street Fight stories that really touched a nerve (at least as far as pageviews go) during our 8 1/2-month run. Hope you all have a happy new year, and we look forward to bringing you more great content, research, and events about sustainable hyperlocal business models in 2012!

Street Fight Staff and Friends Predict 2012’s Top Stories

Earlier this week, some top hyperlocal luminaries weighed in with their predictions for what we can expect to see in the coming year. Today we’ve asked Street Fight’s writers and editors — as well as a few friends who regularly cover hyperlocal media— to submit their own prognostications…

Hyperlocal in 2012: More Consolidation and Scale, Less ‘Free’

What it comes down to is that hyperlocal companies like Foursquare and Groupon, despite their “hyperlocal” raison d’etre, need scale to bring an effective proposition to merchants and big brands. Scale helps, even if that just means a larger audience within a metro area or even a single neighborhood…

From Deep Data to Human Help, 2012 Continues the Local Revolution

I think I’ll forego predictions I would have made based on iterations that got us to this point in 2011. I’d rather take a broader view with some thoughts that are as much attached to the local past as to the future…

Protecting Hyperlocal Sites From User Malfeasance

The socialization of news sites encourages users to post comments and content, but such postings may be peppered with plagiarized content that infringes copyrights. Surprisingly, many hyperlocal publishers fail to take simple steps that could insulate their liability for content provided by users…

Hyperlocal Execs’ 2012 Predictions: Webster, Tolles, Priebatsch and More…

As 2011 draws to a close, it’s clear that it’s been a pretty momentous time for hyperlocal businesses. Looking toward next year, we asked a few hyperlocal luminaries to weigh in on what they think will be the biggest story in 2012…

Alex’s Holiday Wishes for Hyperlocal

Personal Fight columnist Alex Salkever writes his list of what he wants to see in hyperlocal in the coming year: more “new, easy ways” for SMBs to get into the game. He’d also like to see Facebook build “an app to allow hyperlocals to build out truly robust offerings. Directories, collaborative content, editing, privileges – like a basic CMS but in the FB platform.”

Local Quotables: Crowley, Owens, Gallo, Cheong and more…

The quote of the week goes to the folks at Starboard Value LP, which owns a 4.5% stake in AOL and holds a seat on the board. In a letter to the company, Starboard went on the attack against AOL’s media business… with a pointed mention of Patch. The Batavian’s Howard Owens predicts Patch won’t survive 2012; journo Jane Stevens gets revolutionary; and Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley weighs in on Siri…

PODCAST: This Week in Location-Based Marketing — LocalMind CEO, PayPal & More

In this episode, hosts Rob Woodbridge and Asif Khan discuss PayPal getting into the mobile coupon market, TelNav diving into mobile-browser-based GPS, KLM’s social seating experiment and Lenny Rachitsky of LocalMind…

Street Fight Daily: 12.23.11

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal media, technology, advertising and startups...

Vicks Uses Location Data to Micro-target Ads in Regions With High Incidence of Flu (New York Times)…

Daily Deals 2.0: Why Media Companies Will Win (Forbes)…

Facebook Launches Suggested Events Feature Based On Checkins (TechCrunch)…

Doubling Down on SinglePlatform

Your average small business owner has a limited marketing budget and precious little time to spend on their online presence — those that do have the resources want to see short term, tangible returns on their investment. SinglePlatform, a one-stop shop for restaurants to build a digital presence, may have an inside track on finessing this elusive small business relationship…

Jane Stevens: The ‘Revolution’ of Social Media and Local News

We know that news is being transformed by social media — the Facebook or Twitter effect, for short — but do we really understand that what’s happening, especially at the local level, can be, and maybe should be, a revolution? I borrow that potent description from journalist Jane Stevens, whom I recently caught up with to talk about how social media is transforming local…

Street Fight Daily: 12.22.11

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal media, technology, advertising and startups.

DealFind Launches Its Version Of Groupon Now: ‘Everyday Deals’ (TechCrunch)…
AOL Shareholder: Patch Will Lose ‘As Much As $150M in 2011’ (Business Insider)…
The Power of Foursquare (TechCrunch)…

AT&T Interactive VP: The Future of the Local Ad Stack

With a little over 1 billion in yearly revenues, AT&T Interactive, the offshoot of AT&T Inc. that handles its digital advertising efforts, has grown substantially, leveraging the massive sales network associated with the yellow pages print business to create a handful of digital advertising products with a deep roster of local advertisers…

U.K. Hyperlocal Ad Platform Rvolve Comes Out of Beta

The new hyperlocal advertising service, based in Birmingham, U.K., hopes that its system can bridge the gap for hyperlocal publishers and local merchants, delivering micro-targeted ad placements through an easy-to-use self-serve platform…

Yellow Pages Tie-Ups Help UGC Reviews Site Tupalo Reach Merchants

Street Fight caught up recently with Mike Borras, the company’s co-founder, who told us about what sets Tupalo’s model apart, and about some of the challenges that location-based startups face in establishing relationships with local merchants.

Street Fight Daily: 12.21.11

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal media, technology, advertising and startups...

Hyperlocal Industry Set for Hyper-speed Changes, More Experiments (UNY Startups)…

2012 Will See Local TV Stations Expand Digital Footprint (Nieman Lab)…

9 Daily Deal Acquisitions in 2011 — Good for Some Not for Others (Daily Deal Media)…

Keeping Tabs: New LBS Apps Help Track Family, Friends

Location-based services have provided users with a wide range of capabilities, from exclusive access to special coupons and deals to discovering new stores via friends’ check-ins. But recently we’ve seen a new wave of LBS focused on allowing users to track one another…

Street Fight Daily: 12.20.11

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal media, technology, advertising and startups...

How Siri Could Help Boost Location-Based Services (GigaOm)…

Eeve Creates Location-Based Photo Groups (TechCrunch)…

Localscope for iPhone: A Browser For the Real World (ReadWriteWeb)…

6 Trends That Will Impact Hyperlocal in 2012

If 2011 was a year of hyperactivity around local, social and mobile, next year will be not just more of the same — but more: More implementation and integration of the tools and tactics that leverage one for the other. Patrick Kitano weighs in with predictions for next year.