Sponsored Content: Shift Gears with Mobile Media Summit for the 4th Annual “Cars and Stars” Event

Sponsored Content Mobile Media Summit, the largest mobile media and advertising conference in North America and Europe, is returning home to Los Angeles on April 7 for the city’s biggest mobile-industry gathering at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The focus at the fourth-annual show will be on mobile marketing in the automotive and entertainment industries. ”Major […]

Why Email Marketing Is Still Vital for SMBs

Small business owners often won’t reach out to existing customers in a regular way because they are afraid of “spamming” them. Ironically, however, it doesn’t stop these merchants from advertising and posting the same messages repeatedly on social media…

Street Fight Daily: Pinterest’s $11B Valuation, Google Now Opens Up

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Pinterest Raises $367 Million, Pushing It Past $1 Billion Raised In All (TechCrunch)… An Open Google Now Is About To Make Android Super Smart (Wired)… Google Maps Upends Primary Data Suppliers – YP.CA Is Out (Blumenthal)…

UBL and Advice Interactive to Merge, Signaling Potential Consolidation Among Local Marketing Firms

The deal will bring together UBL’s global listings syndication network with Advice Interactive’s reputation management, SEO and analytics products. Doyal Bryant, chief executive at UBL, said that the combined companies would become the second-biggest player in the industry, after Yext…

#LDS15 VIDEO: The Potential — And Pitfalls — Of Beacon Marketing

It’s not just about the product or service anymore — retailers must support a positive shopper experience across different channels in order to compete. During a panel at Street Fight’s Local Data Summit in Denver, experts discussed the need to address a new consumer journey where consumers move fluently between the digital and physical worlds…

What You Need to Know About Google’s New Mobile-friendly Algorithm

Google recently took to their Webmaster Central Blog to announce an upcoming algorithm change that will take effect on April 21st and affect large brands and small businesses alike. Going forward, mobile-friendly sites will likely rank higher in search results…

Street Fight Daily: Square Kills Order, Facebook Buys The Find

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…… .Square Kills Square Order, the Food Pickup App That Was Square Wallet 2.0 (Recode)… Facebook Acquires Shopping Search Engine, TheFind (Marketing Land)… Snapchat Launches Local Channel for New Yorkers (AdWeek)…

Former Kozmo CTO: There’s Froth in the Local Delivery Market

Street Fight recently caught up with Chris Siragusa, CEO of Max Delivery — who also happens to be the former CTO of Kozmo.com, a failed food delivery startup which came to epitomize dot-com era excess. Here, Siragusa talks about what’s changed in delivery since the 2000s and why he thinks things will turn out differently this time around…

Movers and Shakers: Openings and New Hires at MatchCraft, Verve and McClatchy

Every two weeks, Kelly Benish — who knows practically everyone in hyperlocal — covers some of the latest job changes taking place in this dynamic industry. In this week’s edition, new jobs and hires at RealMatch, Cxense, Gannett, Soleo, Moz and many more…

LBMA Podcast: Uber Acquires deCarta, PayPal Buys Paydient

On the show: Vistar Media partners with Instantly; Roadie and Waffle House team on deliveries; AdShel drops 3000 beacons across Australia; Facesin lets you stalk your sales targets; Visa, Accenture and Pizza Hut team to order pizza from your car…

Street Fight Daily: GoDaddy Resumes IPO Push, Google’s Local “Snack Pack”

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…All systems go for GoDaddy IPO (Street Fight)… Google Local Pack Displaying Logos In Web Search Results (Search Engine Land)..
You Don’t Have to Geotag Your Tweets to Give Away Your Location (Observer)…

ReachLocal CEO: Digital Ad Industry Has a ‘Very Poor Reputation’ Among Small Businesses

Turnarounds take time — and no one is more aware of the challenges than Sharon Rowlands, who took the helm at ReachLocal almost a year ago. In an interview with Street Fight, Rowlands talks why she thinks ReachLocal is not the only company in small business marketing industry with brand problem, fixing the sales culture in local, and the need to move beyond top-line thinking.

The Long Tail of Call Analytics

This is the fourth and final article in a series sponsored by Telmetrics focusing on the acute problem of attribution in mobile. To view previous articles in the “After the Click” series, click here. You can also click here to view the company’s talk at Street Fight Summit on the topic. The old problem of […]

How a Vermont Site Bested 2 Dailies and Weekly — 2 Years After Launch

In the “Northeast Kingdom” of Vermont is Orleans County. Orleans has a population of only 27,169, but it is the location of a four-way competition among community news publishers — digital and pure play. The newest competitor is the pure-play independent Newport Dispatch, which, in less than two years, has captured the biggest digital audience in Orleans…

Street Fight Daily: Lyft Raises $530M, Google’s New Stores

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…Lyft Has Raised $530 Million In Series E Funding Led By Rakuten, Is Now Valued At $2.5 Billion (TechCrunch)… Local “Google Shops” Present New SMB-AdWords Opportunity (Local Search Insider)… Square Buys Payment Hardware Maker Kili Technology (ZDNet)…

7 Strategies SMBs Can Use to Promote Social Sharing

Rather than letting social sharing happen organically, local businesses are searching for ways to maximize the influence and generate more online buzz around their products and services. Here are seven strategies for how businesses can do just that…

Mobile Has a Fragmentation Problem — Here’s the Technology That Could Fix It

More than a decade ago, Google solved one of the most frustrating characteristics of the web: its fragmentation. Now, the mobile industry faces an even more striking crisis as mobile users spend more and more time in array of applications. The San Francisco-based URX is one of handful of companies using web crawlers to index the information within applications and allowing developers to find and link to content in other applications.

Street Fight Daily: Facebook’s New Listening Tool, Starbucks Orders Ahead

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyWhat Are Facebook Users Talking About? Advertisers Can Now Find Out. (Recode)… Starbucks Expands Mobile Ordering (TechCrunch)… Google Accidentally Reveals Its Own Mobile Events App (TechCrunch)…

#LDS15 Gil Elbaz: Location Isn’t Just Where You Are

“Location isn’t just where you are,” Gil Elbaz, chief executive at Factual, said during a fireside chat with Street Fight co-founder Laura Rich at Local Data Summit in Denver Thursday. “It’s also what’s happening, who else is there, events, what are people buying. There’s a lot of information to synthesize.”

Why Market Sizing Is Critical for Hyperlocal Founders Seeking Investment

The economics of venture investment dictate that professional venture investors only invest in businesses that have the potential to massively scale. This is because the majority of investments in early-stage technology businesses fail…