Local Quotables: Doctor, Kurzweil, Millard and more

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The best words about and around the hyperlocal industry.

Ken Doctor thinks New Corp can’t go local with their business model; Jordan Kurzweil thinks the demand for local news is less than people think; Amy Millard says that local businesses have more Facebook interaction than their corporate counterparts; and more.

Ken Doctor, Media Analyist, February 28, 2012
Street Fight: “They [NewsCorp] are generally internationally-oriented. That’s the kind of journalism they do; that’s the way they sell advertising. I don’t think they have the local journalism roots, and I don’t think they have the local sales organization or mindset.”

Jordan Kurzweil, Independent Content, February 25, 2012
TechCrunch: “The fact is, the thirst for local news can be sated by a single hometown blog, run pretty much by a single entrepreneurial blogger (granted they’d be very busy – and underpaid)”

Amy Millard, Hearsay Social, February 27, 2012
Street Fight: “What we’ve consistently found — whether it’s in retail or hospitality, or insurance, or financial services — is that consumers engage at a dramatically higher rate with a local a Facebook page than its corporate counterpart. We’re seeing three to four times higher engagement on the local page versus the corporate page with the exact same marketing effort.”

Paul Warden, data hacker, February 26, 2012
ReadWriteWeb: “By doing a simple string match, rather than trying to decompose and normalize the words, a lot of the complexity [of OpenGeoCode] is removed. This is either madness or genius, but I’m hoping the latter. The tradeoff will be completely worthwhile if it  makes it more likely that people will contribute.”

Jonty Kelt, Group Commerce, February 27, 2012
Examiner.com: “Social commerce is not about just about the social media, it’s about the innovation around e-commerce. In terms of interesting things I’ve seen around lately – subscription e-commerce, local commerce, daily deals, group buying, flash sales and then innovations all over.”

Dennis Crowley, Foursquare, February 29, 2012
Mashable: “‘Asking Siri where the nearest sushi bar — that’s not interesting. What’s interesting is asking your phone where one of your friends have last had dinner in the neighborhood, or having it recommend a cool paella place in Barcelona because it knows you eat paella all the time at home.”

Christian Taylor, Payvment, February 27, 2012
TechCrunch: “For F-commerce to drive real product discovery and sales, retailers must have storefronts and conversational tools that are a part of the social fabric of Facebook. When stores are built for product discovery, for sharing, and for authentic conversations, the results are phenomenal.”

Becca Caddy, journo, February 28, 2012
Shiny Shiny: “Here at Shiny Shiny we seem to be over location-based sharing. There, we said it. We don’t know what it is. We used to love Foursquare and Facebook Places, but something about sharing our whereabouts all the time just doesn’t appeal to us as much anymore.”