#SFSNYC: Verve Sees New Revenue Streams in Location-based Mobile Ads

“People, not platforms, drive revenue,” says Verve’s Ray Green. “We [often] talk about technology and revolutionary platforms, but rarely do we talk about the actual people, which is what drives revenue for most of what we do.”

Through This Ourglass, Watching TV in Public Is More Fun

“Making TV smarter” has been the mantra for many a failed startup over the years. I won’t tell the sad tale of AOL TV, which I helped build content for. That said, Ourglass is approaching things a little differently: targeting TV out-of-home and looking to make public experiences with the tube more fun and useful.

Street Fight Daily: Uber Fires Self-Driving Car Architect, Google Tests Personalized Search

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Uber Fires Former Google Engineer at Heart of Self-Driving Dispute… Google Tests Personalized Search, Likely a Future Ad Targeting Weapon… How to Differentiate Among the Many Marketing Automation Companies…

Foursquare Extends Industry Reach With New Reddit Partnership

Foursquare is announcing a new partnership with Reddit this morning, as the location technology firm looks to expand its reach within the social technology space. With Foursquare on board, Reddit users will now have the option of adding their real-time location to any mobile post.

Understanding Facebook’s Place as a Small Business Marketing Vehicle

“While [Facebook is] not yet anywhere near Google’s ability to generate leads, I have, over the past 6 months, started to see them surpassing Yelp in driving local key performance indicators on the pre-sale side,” Mike Blumenthal tells David Mihm.

Street Fight Daily: Publishers Grapple with Google’s Algorithm, Facebook Builds Up SMB Marketing

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Publishers Renew Focus on Search Optimization — and Find New Tricks… Hotels, Feeling the Pinch of AirBnB, Promote Local Experiences… Instagram CEO on Stories: Don’t Call It a Copycat…

Openings and New Hires at Facebook, Alphabet, and RingPartner

Every two weeks, Geoff Michener covers some of the latest job changes taking place in this dynamic industry. This week’s edition includes moves and new openings at Womply, Airbnb, and AdRoll.

‘Deep Audience’: Reach, the Location-Rich Media-Mix, and the Whole Marketing Picture

TV and other legacy platforms are evolving to become more precise. These forces reflect brands’ desire to reach the people they’ve identified as most amenable to their products, and they reflect the desire to do so with messaging that is deeply relevant to consumers’ lifestyles and interests.

Street Fight Daily: Amazon Tests On-Demand Grocery, Lyft Launches Luxury Service

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Amazon’s Drive-Up Grocery Stores Are Now Open to the Public in Seattle… Lyft Launches Luxury Service in NY, SF, and LA… Facebook Recruits Its Top Publishers for Exclusive Shows…

Retailers Need to Use Tech to Work Smarter, Not Harder

To have any chance for long term survival, retailers and brands need to bring more technology to bear in operating their businesses, enabling them to work smarter, not harder. Here are some strategic ways big retailers can use technology.

Borrell: Too Many Local Newspapers Remain Stuck in Their Newsroom ‘Church’

Facebook collected $13.6 billion in local ad spending in the U.S. in 2016, according to the report — more than all local media put together — $12 billion. The report says Facebook, Google and other global pureplays will continue to dominate digital ad revenue that comes from merchants and other businesses at the community level.

Street Fight Daily: SMBs Struggle with Social, Pinterest’s Appeal for Brands Climbs

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Small Businesses Are Missing the Boat on Social… Pinterest is Quietly Gaining a Foothold Among Marketers… WaWa, Walgreens and Others Try to Clean Bad Map Data…

Street Fight Daily: Twitter Boosts Brands, Facebook Equips Publishers with Data-Based Ad Tools

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Twitter Created an Ad Format to Help Brands Directly Message Users… New Facebook Tool Handles Media Companies’ Video Ad Sales… Uber to Repay Millions to Drivers, Who Could Be Owed More…

Report: Solid Opportunity to Sell Marketing and Data Management Services to Local Merchants

As local merchants increasingly shift their marketing spending to digital tactics, they’re becoming more sophisticated in how they manage those programs. Street Fight’s latest analysis of its local small business survey shows a much higher adoption rate of digital dashboards and the like compared with previous research.

Case Study: Auto Shop Outsources Social Ad Campaigns

As social media advertising becomes more pervasive, businesses have to do more to get noticed. At Reliable Auto Repair in San Jose, California, Operations Manager Michael Jidkov says the hardest part about reaching customers on Facebook, Google, and Yelp is standing apart from the competition.

Photobucket Driving Targeted User Experiences With New Cuebiq Partnership

Image and video hosting website Photobucket is the latest tech brand that’s going local. The company announced today that it is partnering with location intelligence firm Cuebiq to understand users’ offline behaviors and provide them with a more relevant experience.

Ibotta App’s New UI Overhaul Puts 17% More Money Back in Users’ Pockets

Five years young, mobile shopping app company ibotta has already outgrown itself and is rolling out the biggest official overhaul of its user interface today — one that gives users 17% more money back than the last version of the app.

Street Fight Daily: Google Adds Attribution Tools for Marketers, Gen Z Loves Brands and Influencers

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Google Wants to Measure the Entire Path to Purchase… Gen Z Enjoys Branded Content More Than Millenials… Marketers Press Claims Against Facebook Over Inflated Metrics…

SMB Content Marketing: Avoid the Backward Approach

Whether a business is local or not, content drives the bulk of digital marketing. A successful content marketing campaign involves topics that resonate with the intended audience, creates buzz on social media and attracts high quality links. Yet, the approach that many people take to content marketing is backward.

Street Culture: Six Vertical Pivoting its Culture with its Company

Starting your own tech company often comes with a painful side effect, says Joshua Enders, managing partner of client success at digital commerce company Six Vertical: “It’s an absolute grind. It’s like getting punched in the stomach multiple times a day,” Enders says. “I’m speaking from experience.”