Street Fight’s Predictions for 2018: Part Two

As 2017 draws to a close, we’ve once again asked Street Fight staffers, columnists, and friends to look into their crystal ball and offer prognostications for what they thought will be the biggest story (or stories) in local in 2018. This is the second part of a two-part series.

LBMA Podcast: 2018 Predictions Edition

This Week in Location Based Marketing, a weekly video podcast from the Location Based Marketing Association. On the 2018 predictions show. Asif Khan, Rob Woodbridge, & Aubriana Lopez take a look at the past year and glimpse into the future.

Street Fight Daily: Uber-SoftBank Deal Clears, Swarm Offers Businesses a Path to Social Prominence

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Uber Sells Stake to SoftBank, Valuing Company at $48 Billion… Swarm Emerges as a Serious Social Tool, Capable of Boosting Reps of Brick-and-Mortars… In 2017, Amazon Will Turn to Private Label Goods…

Street Fight’s Predictions for 2018: Part One

As 2017 draws to a close, we’ve once again asked Street Fight staffers, columnists, and friends to look into their crystal ball and offer prognostications for what they thought will be the biggest story (or stories) in local in 2018.

Street Fight Daily: Google Says Sites Can Still Opt Out of Web Crawling, The Alexa Revolution

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Good News for Yelp — Google Will Continue to Allow Sites to Opt Out of Its Web Crawling… Millions Use Alexa to Shop, and Brands Need to Start Paying Attention… Brand Safety in 2017: Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going…

With Data and Local Guides, Google Maps Stays Ahead of the Rest

Justin O’Beirne marvels that, with the AOI initiative, Google has figured out how to “create data out of data,” meaning that AOIs are a mashup of 3D modeling and data extraction from images. Looked at more broadly, this is not the only example where Google has built features on top of features within the Maps universe.

Street Fight Daily: Amazon Thrives on Last-Minute Shopping, Pubs See Gains in E-Commerce

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Last-Minute Shoppers Boost Amazon As Yearly Usage of Expedited Delivery Services Doubles… For Some Publishers, The Holidays Bring Jumps in E-Commerce Sales… Search Disruption: How Brands Will Compete with the Duopoly in 2018…

Case Study: How a Brooklyn Retailer Brings E-Commerce Shoppers In-Store

As a local store selling gifts and other mid-century modern vintage items in Brooklyn, New York, Woods Grove has a hard time competing with national chains. But the local retailer has managed to piggyback on the success of e-commerce heavyweights like Everlane and Tradesy.

Street Fight Daily: Voice Fuels CNBC’s Efforts to Monetize, Inside Google Maps’ Data Gold Mine

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… CNBC Eyes Monetization After Its Voice Audience Doubled This Year… This Cartographer’s Deep Dive Into Google Maps Is Fascinating… The Top Stories and Trends of 2017 in Data-Driven Advertising…

Street Culture: Choozle’s Culture Attracts a New CTO and a New Dialogue

Getting rid of job titles and helping people detach from job titles are two of the biggest challenges around refocusing a company on its culture and its values, CTO John Schnipkoweit says. At Choozle, the culture is focused around the product it is creating, and allowing that product to drive the company.

LBMA Podcast: Apple Buys Shazam, Fiverr, PlaceIQ + 1010Data

This Week in Location Based Marketing is a weekly video podcast from the Location Based Marketing Association with Asif Khan, Rob Woodbridge & Aubriana Lopez. On the show: Satisfi Labs launches chatbot for Mall of America, Brandbook loyalty, Westfield acquired by Unibail-Rodamco, 7-Eleven, Blis releases SmartTrends. Guest: Dan Hodges – RetailStoreTours.com.

Street Fight Daily: Where Mobile Is Heading, Eric Schmidt to Step Down at Alphabet

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Forrester: These Are the Ways Marketers Still Struggle to Understand Mobile… Eric Schmidt to Step Down After 7 Years at Helm of Alphabet… Why Quartz Will Not Be Jumping So Fully onto the Programmatic Bandwagon…

LMA Goes Small to Spread Disruptive Ideas Among Local Publishers

A recent Innovation Mission to San Francisco/Silicon Valley drew 13 senior executives in the news business (newspapers, TV, radio and research and development). It was built around three themes: audience engagement, platform strategies and using human-centered “design thinking” to solve thorny problems that bedevil most news providers.

Street Fight Daily: Walmart Continues to Innovate, Mobile Video Ad Spend Overtakes Display

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Walmart Develops a Personal Shopper Service and Store Without Cashiers… Mobile Video Ad Spend Overtakes Display… Former Orbitz CEO Joins Uber as the Company’s First COO…

Could Revamped Loyalty Programs Save the Retail Industry?

As retailers grapple with finding ways to reinvent the real world shopping experience, some are revisiting their loyalty programs, which have gotten stale over the years. Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, and Sephora are just a few of the well-known brands trying to create added value by offering services through their loyalty programs.

Are Emerging Markets the Way to Grow Your Local Marketing Business?

The intersection of today’s global economic environment and emerging technological advances present a unique window of opportunity for local marketing businesses to successfully become first-movers in emerging markets if they are willing to be strategic.

Street Fight Daily: Uber Suffers Major Legal Setback, Best Buy Leads the Anti-Amazon Resistance

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Uber Suffers Major Setback as EU Court Rules It Must Be Regulated Like Taxi Companies… Best Buy versus Amazon: Holiday Edition… Improving Search and Advertising Are the Next Frontiers for Voice-Activated Devices…

Are All-In-One Marketing Suites Really the Best Solution for SMBs?

SMBs are starting to turn to third-party platforms to build highly specialized, best-of-breed martech stacks. By weaving carefully-selected tools together, SMBs can construct an enterprise-level toolbelt that’s affordable, top-of-the-line and easy to integrate.

Street Fight Daily: Instagram Releases New Creative Tools, Bloomberg Launches TV Service on Twitter

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Instagram Wants People and Brands to Get Creative for the Holidays… Bloomberg Launches 24/7 News Channel on Twitter… The Guardian’s David Pemsel Says Facebook Doesn’t Value Quality…

State of Hyperlocal 2018: Very Early Returns From Street Fight’s Annual Survey

It’s a truism in tech businesses that you should be just a little ahead of your customers, but not too far beyond their current focus. Street Fight’s third annual State of Hyperlocal survey aims to assist in that, as well as help companies prioritize their R&D and product marketing and development.