A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…
Publishers Are Switching Affections from Snapchat to Instagram (Digiday)
Snap is facing questions about user growth and retention, with all the moves Facebook’s Instagram is making to copy Snapchat’s features, as its declining stock price shows. Instagram’s moves are paying off with publishers, many of whom have shifted their enthusiasm to Instagram.
Amazon’s Prime Day Brought Buyers to Other Retailers As Well (Street Fight)
In the afterglow of the annual shopping event, Amazon announced that Prime Day “grew by more than 60 percent compared to the same 30 hours last year.” But rival retailers also seized the opportunity to market competing offers and discounts during the event to consumers.
Google Expands Reserve with Google, Adding Salon and Spa Bookings (TechCrunch)
Look out StyleSeat and other salon booking apps, starting today Google will let people book hair and spa appointments. “So that fresh haircut or palm tree-green mani is only a couple taps away,” a post on Google’s blog tells us.
Job Changes at DexYP, Pinterest, Cuebiq, and Vendasta (Street Fight)
Every two weeks, Geoff Michener covers some of the latest openings and new hires in this dynamic industry. This week’s edition includes moves and new openings at Mono Solutions, Groupon and HomeStars.
Moz Founder Rand Fishkin to Step Away from Day-to-Day Operations, Will Remain Chairman (GeekWire)
Over the next six-to-nine months, Fishkin will step away from day-to-day operations at the Seattle-based maker of marketing software tools and move into a supporting role as a Moz Associate, as Moz CEO Sarah Bird described today in a blog post.
It’s a Hard World After All in Uber’s Path to World Domination (Recode)
Johana Bhuiyan: Remember when Uber was going to take over the world? Me too. Yesterday, the transportation player — which is valued at close to $70 billion and with lofty ambitions to become one of the only global ride-hailing companies — saw some major setbacks in that pursuit. Also on Recode: High-profile candidates pass on Uber CEO job.
Raise Report: New Funding for Upserve, Brandless, OnboardIQ (Street Fight)
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 Josh.ai, Datatron, Sendence, and ZeroFox.
Apple’s Siri Loses 7 Million Users But Remains Top Digital Assistant (MediaPost)
While Apple’s Siri is still the top-ranking personal app based on the number of monthly users, it has dropped 15%, losing 7 million monthly users from a year ago, based on a new report. Amazon’s Alexa usage has increased 325% from last year, though from a relatively small base.
Foursquare Co-Founder Dennis Crowley Explains Why Amazon’s Whole Foods Move is Brilliant (The Street)
He pointed out that there’s no mainstream winner yet in the grocery delivery business, and Amazon can use Whole Foods’ “awesome retail locations” to go after that position. Amazon is expected to use Whole Foods’ 466 locations in North America and the United Kingdom as part of its distribution network.
LBMA Podcast: Patron + Foursquare, Snap’s Map, Verve Acquires Matchinguu (Street Fight)
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: FlyBuy app, Nomadic VR, IKEA teams with Apple. And Special Guest: Rob Woodbridge.