Local Quotables: O’Shaughnessy, Kelt, Ramsey and more

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The best words about and around the hyperlocal industry.

Tim O’Shaugnessy talks merchant reups (80 percent!); there’s a job-generating “App Economy” underway, says Rey Ramsey; Group Commerce’s Jonty Kelt makes a plug for the content-commerce combination that took the Social Commerce conference by storm; Vibrant Media’s Jonathan Gardner insists context is king; and Mathew Ingram snarks at Sky News’ Twitter automation. Read it all:

Tim O’Shaughnessy, Living SocialFebruary 7, 2012
Business Insider: “We don’t always bat 1.000, we don’t nail it every single time. But the merchants we ask to run again accept 80 percent of the time.”

Rey Ramsey, TechNetFebruary 7, 2012
Market Watch: “America’s App Economy – which had zero jobs just 5 years ago before the iPhone was introduced – demonstrates that we can quickly create economic value and jobs through cutting-edge innovation. Today, the App Economy is creating jobs in every part of America, employing hundreds of thousands of U.S. workers today and even more in the years to come.”

Jonty KeltGroup CommerceFebruary 8, 2012
Street Fight: “Great content is powerful, but if you add great commerce alongside that then the total product is exponentially more powerful.”

Bobbie Johnson, journalist, February 6, 2012
GigaOm: “By my count, judging by the various landing pages, the site [Volunia] appears to be launching in a dozen languages … That means it’s either ambitious or covering as many bases as possible — or both. It is not something that can be dismissed as merely an experiment.”

Jonathan Gardner, Vibrant Media, February 2, 2012
Mashable:  “When you add “SoLoMo” (social, local, mobile) to the contextual mix, you begin to understand why context needs to be at the core of every smart marketer’s strategy.”

Matthew Ingram, journalist, February 7, 2012
GigaOm: As we’ve pointed out before, these kinds of rules [Sky News barring reporters from Twitter] seem to be aimed at trying to remove the human being from the process, something that may work in traditional forms of media, but fails miserably when using social tools like Twitter.