6 Digital Marketing Platforms For Hyperlocal Publishers

No longer satisfied with static banner ads, merchants are increasingly demanding digital agency-type services from their local news publications. Here are six platforms that publishers can use to expand their offerings to small business advertisers…

It’s Local Media That’s Broken, Not Hyperlocal

In mid-sized cities across America for nearly 100 years, the daily newspaper was the purveyor of enterprise journalism, the opinion maker and a focal point for advertising. In many cities they were monopolies: they set the pricing for advertising, they promoted and punished political officials, and they decided the news cycle every day. But as digital has overtaken American life, mid-sized American newspapers have not kept pace…

LBMA Podcast: Domino’s, LevelUp, and UpOut’s Martin Shen

In this week’s episode, hosts Rob Woodbridge and Asif Khan talk about Shazam’s background tagging; Domino’s delivers Pizza-smelling DVDs; UberMedia changes the rules in targeted ads with UberAds; LevelUp partners with NCR; The importance of customer feedback and engagement plus special guest Martin Shen, co-founder of UpOut…

Street Fight Daily: Waze Gets Social with Facebook, Spun Upgrades News App

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Postmates’ Local Delivery Service Hits New York City (HuffingtonPost)… Waze Mapping App Gets a Little More Social with Facebook Events (VentureBeat)… 70% Of Mobile QSR Campaigns Use Location Targeting (MediaPost)…

‘Indie’ Hyperlocals Share Their Secrets to Sustainability

“Content remains king. So long as you don’t lose sight of that, much of the rest falls into place,” said Sheepshead Bites editor and publisher Ned Berke. “But, content doesn’t pay the bills, so we’re always looking at ways to improve the services we offer to merchant partners and other revenue opportunities…”

Case Study: Overcoming Obstacles When Redeeming Mobile Deals

Digital offers have proven to be an effective driver for customer acquisition, but the infrastructure required to redeem mobile coupons is something that many businesses — and particularly local restaurants — still don’t have in place. Not having the mechanism to scan barcodes prevented Sea Island Restaurant Group from offering digital coupons at its eight Sea Island Shrimp House and Tiago’s Cabo Grille locations, until recently…

Street Fight Daily: Waze Talks Collapse, Wikipedia Launches ‘Nearby’

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Facebook Acquisition Talks With Waze Fall Apart (AllThingsD)… Wikipedia Debuts ‘Nearby’ Feature to Find Pages Around You (VentureBeat)… As Software Trumps Hardware In The World Of Payments, VeriFone Partners With CardSpring For Card-Linked Services (TechCrunch)…

Report: Pureplays Using Legacy Media as a Farm System for Sales Staff

Local media companies need to do something to protect their digital sales assets or run the risk of losing them to pureplay web companies, according to a new report from Borrell Associates. Pureplays offer starting salaries in the range of $12,500 per year more than their nearest competitors, the local TV stations. The gap between starting pureplay sales people and those who work for newspapers is an incredible $21,000 more…

FiveStars Partners With Rogers in Canada, Launches ‘Vicinity’

FiveStars and Canadian media giant Rogers Communications have launched a new local customer loyalty service called Vicinity, which represents the California-based company’s first foray into international markets….

Square’s Kimble: There’s ‘More Opportunity Than Obstacle’ in Payments Space

San Francisco-based mobile payments company Square continues to grow at a rapid clip. Chuck Kimble, who heads up the company’s strategic partnerships, will be appearing on a panel next week in San Francisco at Street Fight Summit West, so we took the opportunity to catch up with him recently over email and find out more about how the company is planning to expand beyond its initial mandate mobile payments…

Local Video Copyrights in the Age of Online Virality

We need to find a way to attach revenue-producing messages to videos, so that the Web can do its thing without hurting the incentive for local media companies to create such videos in the first place. And I’m not talking about attaching 30-second prerolls. It can be done, and we need to talk about it. The Web is not TV…

Take Street Fight’s 2013 Local Merchant Survey

Help us help you: Each year, we publish The Local Merchant Report, the most in-depth, up-close-and-personal look at this important customer constituency. This year’s report will be released in early Q3 and we need your help reaching as many merchants as possible for the best statistical data on their habits, interests and outlook when it comes to local marketing…

Street Fight Daily: NYT Tests Native Ads, Online Retailers Dabble Offline

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.The New York Times Experiments with Native Advertising… On Two Wheels (Nieman Journalism Lab)… From Clicks to Bricks: Online Retailers Dabble in Physical Stores (AdAge)… Apple: ‘We Did Not Make a Bid For Waze’ (Mashable)…

Deseret VP: How Disruption Can Drive Digital Media Companies

Deseret Digital Media is often mentioned in conversations about companies doing disruptive things in local media. Eric Bright, the company’s VP for eCommerce, will be appearing on a panel next week in San Francisco at Street Fight Summit West, so we took the opportunity to catch up with him recently and find out more about the mechanics of disrupting the local space…

7 Ways Marketers Can Make Mobile More Attractive to SMBs

From apps to ads to geo-targeted push notifications, the challenge for marketers is explaining the benefits of mobile without overwhelming small business owners in a sea of technical jargon and complex language. Here are seven tips from experts in the mobile community about how marketers can do a better job of selling their products to merchants…

Street Fight Daily: Google Personalizing Maps, Square Aims High

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Google’s Plan to Personalize Maps Could End Public Space as We Know It (Slate)… Square Is the Shape of Things to Come, Says Jack Dorsey (Telegraph)… Why Waze Is a Hot Takeover Target (CNN/Money)…

Realigning News Sites to Connect ‘Local’ and Interests

When we talk about hyperlocal, it’s usually about taking content and advertising down to the neighborhood (and sub-neighborhood) level. But it’s possible to go a bit deeper than that, and I think there is still a lot of work to be done around combining local content and advertising with people’s interests…

Openings and New Hires at FixYa, VendAsta & SpinGo

Every two weeks, Search Influence’s Kelly Benish — who knows practically everyone in hyperlocal — covers some of the latest job changes taking place in this dynamic industry. Moves include layoffs at the Village Voice, a new top executive at the DPAA, and job openings at Swipely, Intuit, and more.

LBMA PODCAST: Yahoo, Alibaba, and Impact Mobile

In this week’s episode, hosts Rob Woodbridge and Asif Khan talk about Yahoo’s continued campaign to buy employees; big data from Twitter showcases the hate; Alibaba takes a stand in the mapping wars; the re-emergence of RFID for grocery checkout; a Canadian interpretation of the future of Google Glass and our special guest, Gary Schwartz, CEO of Impact Mobile…

Street Fight Daily: Google Eyes Waze, Postmates Looks to NYC

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology... Google Said to Consider Buying Waze (Bloomberg)… On-Demand Delivery Startup Postmates Preparing for NYC Launch (TechCrunch)… INFOGRAPHIC: How Location Data Is Being Collected And Transforming The Mobile Industry (Business Insider)…