6 Platforms Merchants Can Use to Capture After-Hours Leads

More and more consumers expect the small businesses in their own communities to be open when they’re ready to book appointments or ask questions, regardless of the time of day. Here are six examples of platforms local merchants can use to increase conversion rates outside of traditional business hours.

Should Local News Open Its Heart to Emojis?

Six billion emojis are shared every day, but few of them appear on local news sites. Dana Loberg, founder and CEO of MojiLaLa, thinks emojis could help local news sites not only make better connections with their present users but also attract new and younger audiences.

Street Fight Daily: Walmart Ups Delivery Game, Small Businesses Rely on Antiquated Tech

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Walmart Launches Free 2-Day Shipping on Purchases of $35 or More… Survey: Small Businesses Have a Long Way to Go on Digital Strategies… Marketers’ Data Priorities Shift from ‘Collection’ to ‘Value’…

Apple Gets Into Position for the Voice Search Revolution

As voice search becomes more prevalent, Apple will “retain an advantage over Amazon in ‘on-the-go’ searches, since our phones are always with us,” David Mihm tells Mike Blumenthal. “Unfortunately for Apple, people overwhelmingly conduct voice searches at home. “

Three Ways Location Marketing Is Changing in 2017

People are searching differently. They’re using emoji, voice commands, and social media to find what they want on demand through a variety of channels and devices. As a result, businesses need to be more nimble and imaginative in the way they convert online searches into offline sales.

Street Fight Daily: Signpost Brings AI-Driven Ads to Facebook, Snap to File Publicly for IPO This Week

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Signpost Integrates AI Tech with Facebook for More Effective Advertising… Snap Plans to File Publicly for Its Much-Awaited IPO This Week… How Automakers Are Cashing in on Connected Cars…

TAPinto’s 60 Franchises Launch Mobile App to Reach Young Users More Directly

Hyperlocal news network TAPinto has launched a mobile app to give users a platform that’s free of Facebook’s filters and is the preferred choice of younger readers. While many local newspapers and TV broadcasters offer apps, few independent news “pure-plays” like TAPinto have done so.

Raise Report: Button, Flirtey, AppsFlyer Score New Rounds

Every two weeks, we round up some of the biggest fundraises taking place in hyperlocal marketing, commerce, and tech. This week’s edition includes funding for Vestiaire Collective, Dalia, Zeotap, and Shiftgig.

Street Fight Daily: MarTech Space Headed for Consolidation, Snap’s Advertising Potential

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Marketing Technology Likely to See Widespread Consolidation in 2017… Snapchat’s Ad Platform is Growing Quickly, But Will It Ever Reach Facebook’s Heights?… Google Parent Alphabet Finds New Growth Beyond Search…

Placed and Captivate Partner to Measure the Reach of Digital Elevator Ads

Digital media company Captivate announced today that it is teaming up with location analytics firm Placed to measure when consumers visit in-store locations after seeing digital ads in elevators. Consumers exposed to Captivate’s digital screens are cross-referenced with Placed’s app users to offer a new location visit measurement KPI.

Google Maps Holiday Controversy Reflects Deeper Issues in Local Search

In cases where community values are not unanimous, public companies are faced with an ethical question, and their answers can help to shape perceptions among users. For many, the removal of a Confederate holidays from Google Maps signals that it is truly a thing of the past.

Street Fight Daily: Social Platforms Bring Pubs Limited Cash, GM Enables In-Car Data with New SDK

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Deals with Facebook and Snapchat Are Popular, But They’re Not Big Money-Makers… GM’s New SDK for In-Car Infotainment Apps Offers Access to Nearly 400 Data Points… For Retail, the Next Big Tech-Driven Shakeup is Organizational…

Why Developing a ‘Near Me’ Strategy Has Become Critical for Local Marketers

Mobile is no longer just an important or necessary element of a marketing strategy — it’s vital for the livelihood and existence of a brand. And it has led to a critical shift in shopper behavior that brand marketers are rushing to understand and adapt their digital marketing strategies to.

Street Fight Daily: Mobile Ad Spend Could Double by 2021, Snap Courts Big Advertisers

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… U.S. Mobile Ad Spend Will More Than Double by 2021… Snapchat Is In Talks for Big Ad Deals Ahead of IPO… Big Data Adoption is Slow, But Benefits Are Beginning to Show…

Why 2017 Will Be the Year of the ‘Micro Moment’

A micro moment is the point at which a consumer searches for nearby information, for things to do, buy, or learn in real-time. Essentially, it’s a description of a new consumer mindset: one that has switched from regularity to spontaneity in shopping and learning habits, due to ubiquity of smartphones.

Case Study: Restaurant Group Uses Spend Data to Analyze Customer Base

For Good Food Guys, a restaurant group that owns and operates fast casual restaurant concepts in the Bay Area and Los Angeles, digital marketing platforms helped bring in customers over the holiday season who were already out doing their shopping, while also rewarding those who visit most frequently.

Street Fight Daily: Voice Assistant Sales to Skyrocket, Alibaba Local Commerce App Raises $1.1 Billion

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… 25 Million More Voice Assistants Coming This Year; Google, Amazon Dominate… Alibaba’s Local Commerce Platform, Koubei, Raises $1.1 Billion… Crate and Barrel COO Talks Bucking Brick-and-Mortar Trends…

5 Influencer Marketing Platforms for SMBs

Without million dollar marketing budgets, many small businesses are unsure of how to launch their own influencer campaigns. Here are five examples of influencer marketing platforms that these small and mid-size businesses can try.

Local Media Consortium Signing 6 Revenue Partners, Adding More TV Stations

The organization is making major strategic changes – and more are on the way — as it seeks to strengthen the revenue power of its members, who represent a big chunk of the embattled digital local news industry.

Street Fight Daily: Google Builds Cloud-Based Measurement Service, Uber Nabs Google Search Exec

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Google is Building a Cloud-Based Measurement Service for Advertisers… Uber Hires Google’s Former Head of Search, Stoking a Rivalry… Retailers Turn to Silicon Valley to Lure Customers…