State of Hyperlocal Report: What’s Hot in Local Marketing and Commerce

social media, data and analytics, and mobile—especially geotargeting—are the hot technology investments for marketing and commerce. The investment in data and analytics is in part driven by the biggest overall industry challenge, online-to-offline attribution measurement, and one of the most difficult issues facing individual companies, proving ROI to customers.

With New Partnership, Commerce Signals and PlaceIQ Marry Location With Transaction Data

Commerce Signals this week rolled out its new centerpiece product, called databridge. The platform lets marketers see unfiltered transaction data directly from financial institutions when purchases are made. This transaction information is being combined with location data in a new partnership with PlaceIQ.

Street Fight Daily: Meal Kits Cut Into Local Supermarket Spending, Tracking Google’s Shift to Mobile-First

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Popularity of Meal Kits Sees Steady Rise, Cutting Into Supermarket Spending… Google’s Shift to Mobile-First: Mobile Moments That Matter… Gett Secures $100M Loan from Sberbank to Expand Its On-Demand Ride Service…

LBMA Podcast: British Petroleum, Crust Pizza, Simpli.fi

This Week in Location Based Marketing is a weekly video podcast from the Location Based Marketing Association with Asif Khan and Aubriana Lopez. On the show: Galleries Lafayette, Royal British Legion, Coca-Cola, xAd buys Weatherbug, DAC Group, Yelp + SweetIQ, and AirBnB.

Using Chatbots to Improve the Customer Experience

Although automated messaging has been around for years, today’s chatbots combine machine learning with artificial intelligence to create enhanced user experiences. Chatbots are also giving brands a chance to flex their creative muscles, utilizing technology in innovative ways.

How Brands Can Get More Out of Their Brick-and-Mortar Marketing

Marketers that fail to see local storefronts as a critical channel are missing out on a rich sales opportunity. Brands invest $70 billion in local markets each year, but a significant portion of that spend often goes to waste because they fail to work collaboratively with their local partners.

Street Fight Daily: Google My Business Tests Chat Feature, M-Commerce Sees Conversion Issues

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Google My Business Tests a Messaging Feature to Enable Business-Customer Communication… Mobile Smartphone Shoppers Struggle with Navigation… E-Commerce Won Black Friday Weekend. Now Walmart Really Has to Compete on Amazon’s Turf…

What Is the Essential Digital Marketing Bundle for Local Businesses?

Where should small businesses be spending their money (or energy) right now to maximize their digital investment? Mike Blumenthal and David Mihm say it all starts with a website and listings management, and includes a variety of services like email newsletters, reviews management, and even Facebook ads.

Street Culture: How Placeable Employees Own the Company’s Culture

The company offers a number of perks, including membership stock shares making each employee an equity owner. “That’s the kind of tactical ownership that we’re going for,” says CEO Ari Kaufman. “Make everyone own a piece of the company. This is your company. Give a sh*t about it — it’s yours.”

Street Fight Daily: Black Friday Store Visits Decline as M-Commerce Soars, Strong Loyalty for Amazon

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Thanksgiving, Black Friday Store Sales Fall, While M-Commerce Soars… Amazon Enjoys Great Loyalty from U.S. Amazon Shoppers… Marketing the Potential of the Connected Car…

QSRs Are Thriving With Location-Based Data, But There’s a Caveat

QSRs have successfully forged ahead with location-based ad strategies. Not only have we seen an influx of case studies asserting as much, but also a recent report from xAD inferring that foot traffic has spiked for QSRs thanks to location-based marketing, and, perhaps more importantly, the data mined from those efforts.

Sponsored: Black Friday’s Battle of the Brands

Though Toys ‘R’ Us might have enjoyed an edge by appealing customers with its toy-specific specialized product focus, Target held the final advantage, winning this month’s Brand Battle by 75 points.

Moms and Dads Do the Crowdsourcing at New Hyperlocal Network ParentNation

In September, Renee Levine and her husband Josh launched their hyperlocal parent-recommendations site in the New York City suburbs of Westchester County, N.Y., Fairfield County in Connecticut and North Jersey. Here, Levine talks about the birth of ParentNation and why the company is building their content strategy around crowdsourcing.

Street Fight Daily: Location Behavior Drives Holiday Sales, Top Retailers Use Tech for Success on Black Friday

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… QSRs Are Thriving with Location-Based Data, But There’s a Caveat… How Top Retailers Are Using Tech to Score Points On Black Friday and Beyond… Location Behavior Could Drive Sales Online During Holidays…

YP CEO: Tech Companies Have Required ‘More of Our Clients Than We Need To’

In August, YP announced that former Cox Automotive Media Solutions Group President Jared Rowe would take the company’s helm as CEO. Street Fight recently caught up with Rowe to talk about how he’s found the first few months on the job, how he thinks local is evolving, and when he thinks the last print Yellow Pages will eventually be printed.

6 Tools Merchants Can Use to Implement Surge Pricing

Not only can surge pricing bring in more revenue during a business’ busiest times — like during the dinner hour for restaurants, or on holiday weekends for theme parks — but it can also spread out demand, encouraging customers to visit during times when businesses would typically be slow.

Street Fight Daily: Google Beefs Up Data on Foot Traffic, Consumers Plan Holiday Shopping Online

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Google Adds Store Visits Data to AdWords Distance and Location Reports… Consumers Turn to the Web to Plan Out Black Friday Shopping… Brick-and-Mortar Retailers Can Take Back the Holiday Momentum…

Study Points to Opportunities to Help Big Marketers and their Affiliates

Brandmuscle’s analysis of its own customer base shows that co-op support is not aligned with digital and social media marketing. Nearly 60% of them manage their marketing themselves, though their digital efforts are more effective if they outsource management to agencies or vendors.

Will the New Political Landscape Reinvigorate Local News?

My look at some local coverage of the election offers encouraging clues to how good journalism can have a positive impact on the business models for local news. It also implies that the coming Trump era is very likely to accelerate the industry’s transformation.

LBMA Podcast: DineHero, Walkbase, and UrbanAirship

This Week in Location Based Marketing is a weekly video podcast from the Location Based Marketing Association with Asif Khan and Aubriana Lopez. On the show: HIA Qatar, Kellogg’s, GeoSlam + BlackDog Robotics, PlaceIQ + Nielsen Catalina, Twitter and Intel Drones. Guest: Christiana DiMattesa — Under Armour Resource: Proxbook Report.