As Gannett Acquires ReachLocal, Some Lessons From Its U.K. Exit

As news filtered out earlier this week that media giant Gannett had bought ReachLocal for $156 million, it capped off several years of speculation in the local marketing industry about where the public company would end up. As a former ReachLocal employee (2010-2014) now living in Norway, I’ve watched the company as it has faced steep challenges […]

Two Views of Community News — From 30,000 Feet and at Ground Level

There are plenty of bad prognostications about the future of the community news business out there. But if you look at what is actually happening company by company, site by site, the view is not universally grim. There are a number of players making serious progress in digital revenue.

Street Fight Daily: Facebook Demotes Publishers on News Feed, Yelp Launches ‘Knowledge’ Platform

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Facebook to Change News Feed to Focus on Friends and Family, Not Publishers… Yelp Announces Expanding ‘Knowledge’ Social Analytics Platform… Google Launches Two New APIs to Improve App Intelligence and Context…

Are Community Networks the Final Frontier for Local Publishers?

What if local publishers changed their strategy to focus exclusively on engaging and connecting their community at large? It still requires the great content that they create daily, but also a powerful and relevant search experience for users, more calls to action, and a more native and engaging mobile experience.

How Much Do You Know About Your SMB Customers?

They say that what you don’t know can’t hurt you, but when it comes to landing SMB clients, that’s simply not the case. That’s why we went out to more than 500 local merchants and asked them about their experiences in local marketing. The result? The Local Merchant Report…

Rover’s New Location-Based Mobile Marketing Platform Focuses on ‘Experiences’

“Advertising is not the hard part; the hard part is getting end users to care about location-based content,” CEO John Coombs told Street Fight. “Proximity and location is about more than push notifications and coupons. It’s really about experiences.”

Street Fight Daily: Twitter Launches Dashboard for SMBs, Pinterest Adds Shopping Cart

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Pinterest Adds a Shopping Cart and Visual Search to Challenge Amazon… Twitter Courts SMBs With New Dashboard App… Why Publishers’ Engagement Metrics Are All Over the Map…

How Businesses Can Take Advantage of the Massive Opportunity in Local Data

The difficulty of accessing local data has been changing with the rise of smartphones. We no longer have to guess and approximate where consumers go, because mobile phones can provide data that paints a much richer picture of where, when, and why users visit the world around them.

Case Study: Non-Profit Searches for Cost-Effective Marketing Solutions

Community support is essential for any local organization, and particularly for non-profits like Keshet Dance Company, which relies on partnerships and sponsorships to fund its socially-driven programming for at-risk youth.

Street Fight Daily: Gannett Buys ReachLocal, Facebook Debuts Staff-Curated Event Recommendations

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Gannett to Buy Digital Services Company ReachLocal… How Businesses Can Take Advantage of the Massive Opportunity in Local Data… Facebook Debuts Event Recommendation Based On Staff Opinions, Not Algorithms…

Online-to-Offline: Is Local’s Holy Grail Within Reach?

The outcome could be the biggest step towards local ad attribution we’ve seen yet. And Facebook’s sheer scale will force more advertisers’ hands — especially those still not doing more to measure activity where $7 trillion in U.S. consumer spending happens.

6 Tools SMBs Can Use to Identify Dissatisfied Customers

Customer opinions have never mattered more, when just a few dissatisfied customers have the ability to tank a small business’s reputation on social media and review websites like Yelp. Here’s how vendors are giving SMBs a way to make all of their customers feel heard.

Street Fight Daily: Twitter Launches Location Feeds, Are Ride-Share Drivers Independent Contractors?

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Twitter Launches Tags to Location Feeds with Foursquare… Lyft’s $27 Million Deal to Make Drivers Independent Contractors Gets Closer To Approval… 6 Tools SMBs Can Use to Identify Dissatisfied Customers …

Street Culture: G/O Digital Building Community via Nerf Wars

The right way to build a company culture: it’s different for every company, every leadership team, and every squad of employees. CEO Tim Fagan says that when G/O spun off from TEGNA, the strategy to build culture was intentionally developed with just three short, simple values: accountability, quality, and urgency.

#SFSW16 VIDEO: At the Intersection of Travel and Local

The kinds of connections being made between travelers exploring a new city and local businesses are similar to those that people make when they are looking for goods and services at home. And Airbnb has made it clear over the past couple of years that the company wants to help travelers “live like a local.”

Street Fight Daily: Uber Phasing Out Surge in Favor of Upfront Pricing, Apple’s Reply to Echo

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Uber Switches Out Surge for Price Transparency… Why We Might Not See An Echo-Like Device From Apple… Google Takes Steps to ‘Democratize Programmatic’ for Buyers…

How Community News Can Win Respect — And Bring in Revenue

“You can’t always focus on monetization,” says 30A’s Mike Ragsdale. “You have to focus on what’s good for the community and for your audience. In my experience, if you do that, the money will eventually follow. Put others first, and they’ll inevitably support you.”

#SFSW16 VIDEO: The Virtual Reality Revolution and Its Implications for Local

With the rise of Oculus and a host of other new companies, there has been lots of talk this year about the potential local and retail implications for virtual reality and augmented reality. At Street Fight Summit West in San Francisco earlier this month, a panel examined how brands and retailers see the VR/AR opportunity.

Street Fight Daily: Ads Coming to Google’s Local Pack, xAd Partners with ComScore for Attribution

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Google Confirms Ads Are Coming to Local Pack… ComScore is Working with xAd to Measure Foot Traffic From Online Ads… How a Publisher’s New Trend-Predicting Platform Will Benefit Advertisers…

Your Local Broadcast: Centric Finds the Cameras in Your Neighborhood

The new service is a video discovery app and broadcasting platform that enable users to browse, view and interact with video that’s being shared around them. “It’s like being handed a new map to your neighborhood that has all sorts of stuff you didn’t know existed before,” said CEO Vincent Gibson.