Studies Find More SMBs Want to Manage Their Own Social Media

There is compelling evidence that SMBs’ understanding and aptitude for social media is growing. More importantly, it seems that a significant number of SMBs want and may be ready to take the reins of their social media marketing.

How Worldnow Plans to Rev Up Revenue for the Local Media Consortium

The newspapers and broadcasters in the Local Media Consortium are betting their digital future on a five-way ad strategy. A big part of the strategy is new LMC member Worldnow, which sells advertising across 450 media sites reaching 81% of U.S. households…

LBMA Podcast: Next-Gen QR Codes, O2 Acquires Weve

On the show: Girl detection billboards; KFC’s tray tapper; Project Lynx; CHOZ app; drink-activated coasters against domestic abuse; Apple buys Coherent Navigation; Humagrams power Ticketmaster Canada…

Street Fight Daily: Google Unveils New Ad Targeting Tools and Mobile Upgrades

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Google Debuts New AdMob Tools For Ad Targeting, Native Ads, Scaling Apps And More (TechCrunch)… Here’s What Marketers Need to Know About Google’s Mobile Upgrades (AdWeek)… Are Wearables the Next In-Store Shopping Buddies? (eMarketer)…

Why We Still Search for ‘Starbucks’ on Google Maps

With calendar integration, a generalized understanding of me generated from analyzing my geographic movements over time, and (perhaps) biosensor feedback from wearables, a mobile app may be able to predict my actual need, and suggest places that may be closer, higher rated, or otherwise more convenient than the Starbucks I now search for.

Juice Mobile CEO: Beacons Will Make Location ‘Honest’

Neil Sweeney, chief executive of both Juice Mobile and the spin off, Freckle IOT, talks with us about how wearables will impact the mobile ad industry and why beacons will finally make mobile location data “honest.”

Street Fight Daily: Mary Meeker’s 2015 Internet Trends, Google and Apple Adjust Mobile Payments Strategies

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… KPCB’s Mary Meeker Points to Slowing Growth in Internet Trends Preso (Re/code)…
Google and Apple Adjust Strategies on Mobile Payments (New York Times)… Google Confirms That a ‘Buy’ Button Is Coming to Search Results (Business Insider)…

Exploits and Vulnerabilities Challenge the Integrity of Google Maps

The recent run of bad luck for Google doesn’t lend itself to a simple comprehensive explanation, but each of the company’s recent issues in its own way highlights a key problem for Google: how to build and maintain an accurate local dataset on a global scale…

7 On-Demand Liquor Delivery Services

As the on-demand economy matures, vendors are narrowing their focus with more niche products and services. One of the hottest subgroups of on-demand services right now involves liquor delivery…

Street Fight Daily: Mobile Web Market to Triple, Facebook Adds Critics’ Restaurant Reviews

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Mobile Web Market Will Triple in Size to $850B by 2018 (VentureBeat) Mobile phones and mobile networks will be growing just 10 percent and five percent per year, respectively, by 2018, but mobile web services will continue growing like crazy. Mobile commerce […]

Why Local Search Is the Key to Groupon’s Turnaround

As Groupon look to wean the company off an increasingly challenging email marketing strategy and reposition it as a go-to marketplace, the Chicago-based company has invested considerably in building the infrastructure to compete for the hundreds of millions of local shoppers who pass through Google each day…

Local Media Consortium’s ‘Legacy’ Members Make Big Moves in Content and Revenue

The LMC recently agreed to two deals that will give the 1,600 digital operations of its 61 members more tools and better opportunities to assemble audiences that are bigger and more engaged and can be served up to advertisers in a variety of pick-and-choose consumer profiles…

Street Fight Daily: Tech ‘Bubble’ Speculation, Uber Looks to Go Driverless

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…

Overvalued in Silicon Valley, but Don’t Say ‘Tech Bubble’ (New York Times)…
Uber Hard at Work on Effort to Replace Drivers With Machines (Pando)… How Everyone Gets the ‘Sharing’ Economy Wrong (Wall Street Journal)…

Conference Notebook: As Brands Warm to Mobile, Conversations Turn to Cross-Device

“As a marketer, we want to hit people at the right time at the right place,” said Ajay Kapoor, head of brand function at Procter & Gamble. “But when I think of active versus passive understanding … mobile is great, but you have to be engaged.”

Openings and New Hires at Square, Google, Foursquare, Nextdoor and UpSnap

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 eLocal, Convirza, Web.com, Soleo, Gannett, and many more…

LBMA Podcast: SocialRadar’s LocationKit, Geoconquesting in Real Life

On the show: Fujitsu’s Ubiquitouswear; Domino’s order by tweeting an Emoji; Tunity App; JCDecaux punks Belgium Marketing Directors; Auto-cue’s car movie scenes re-enacted with augmented reality; The Doghouse Virtual Reality movie; ooVootique; Dunlopillo’s connected mattress…

Street Fight Daily: Amazon Adds Local Stores, Retail Beacons Still Have a Way to Go

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Amazon Prime Now Adds Local Stores in Manhattan (TechCrunch)… Why Retail Beacons Still Have A Long Way To Go (ReadWrite)… PayPal’s Instant Checkout “One Touch” Now Works With Bigcommerce, No Longer Requires PayPal’s App (TechCrunch)

5 Remote Store Management Tools for Merchants

Using the latest in mobile and location-based technologies, merchants are beginning to look at real-time traffic patterns and other in-store data points to manage operations, merchandising, and marketing programs…

Why the Home Services Market Suddenly Exploded in Startup Land

Few things can be as tedious, time consuming and expensive as home improvement. Seattle’s Pro.com connects people with local home improvement professionals in a way that’s similar to ordering food or making dinner reservations…

Street Fight Daily: Handy Eyes Homejoy, Amazon Delivers From Local Stores

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Handy In Talks To Acquire Homejoy As Home Service Startups Consolidate (TechCrunch)… Amazon Now Delivers Food From Local Stores In Under One Hour As Prime Now Expands (GeekWire)… Mobilegeddon A Month Later: Small Business Study Shows…. Nothing Happened (Search Engine Land)…