GateHouse Media’s Kirk Davis Argues Chain Is Becoming a ‘Leader in Community Engagement’

Cost-cutting equity funds have hollowed out scores of daily newspapers, turning their communities into “news deserts,” the critics say. But Kirk Davis, CEO of GateHouse Media, counters that the equity-funded conglomerate is transforming its 144 dailies into tribunes of the people. He makes his case in this Q&A.

Street Fight Daily: Mary Meeker’s Trends for 2018, The State of MarTech Acquisitions

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Mary Meeker’s 2018 Deck: Highlights and Analysis… What’s Next in Marketing Tech Investing?… Ad Tech Vendors Wrestle with IAB Europe’s Transparency and Consent Framework…

Customer Feedback: Authenticity as the Final Frontier

Coherent feedback cuts the distance between a company and its audience. But all that is compromised when paid reviews and rigged ratings enter the scene. Authenticity therefore remains the final frontier for marketing and client-oriented strategies.

Mobile App Header Bidding Expands Monetization Opportunities for Publishers

Increases in impression volume and ad spending on mobile devices are changing the monetization opportunities available to mobile app developers, according to a new report released by the publisher-focused sell-side platform PubMatic.

Street Fight Daily: Programmatic Comes to Audio, Publishers See Increase in Direct Traffic

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… DoubleClick Bid Manager Opens Up Digital Audio Ad Buying Globally… In the Post-Facebook Era, Publishers See Rise in Direct Traffic… Mobile App Header Bidding Expands Monetization Opportunities for Publishers…

SMB OS Operators, Part IV: Peter Krasilovsky

“We like to cite $500 billion as the broad SMB OS opportunity—roughly 3.5 times the size of local advertising,” veteran industry commentator Peter Krasilovsky says. “But I think the end number has got to be many times larger.”

Research Highlights Shifting Social Media Dynamics for Brands

Rachael Samuels, social media manager at Sprout Social, hopes that brand marketers who look at the research come away with a greater understanding that social cannot be approached with a one-size-fits-all mentality, and what works for one industry, or even one brand, may not work for another.

Street Fight Daily: Programmatic Plummets in Europe, The SMB OS Opportunity

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… GDPR Mayhem: Programmatic Ad Buying Plummets in Europe… How Do Consumers Choose in a World of Automated Ordering?… Google Bests Amazon in Smart Speaker Shipments…

How Not to Respond to Reviews: 10 Common Pitfalls

Contrary to the popular saying, all publicity isn’t good publicity. It’s quite possible to go about review response in a way that does more harm than good. Listed below are 10 common practices that won’t do your business any favors and are arguably worse than no response at all.

Street Culture: Techstars Co-CEO on Coaching Startups to Define Culture

“I think that culture is one of the few problems that you have to address before they’re problems,” says TechStars co-founder and co-CEO David Brown. “If you’re struggling to figure out how to grow sales, you can wait until sales are in trouble and still turn it around. But if you wait until you’re in trouble with culture, it’s really hard to turn that boat.”

LBMA Podcast: Gimbal & Drawbridge, Brightcodes, Wirecard & Garmin

On this week’s Location-Based Marketing association podcast: Phunware + Kontakt.io, Dstillery teams up with Captivate, Gimbal buys Drawbridge, Brightcodes, Wirecard + Garmin, Ericsson Emodo, Sao Paulo’s Yellow Line, Circle K goes Coke, Locomizer patent.

Street Fight Daily: GDPR Is Here and Complaints Are Being Filed, How Not to Handle Reviews

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Tech Giants Face First GDPR Complaints Over ‘Forced Consent’… Google Confirms Feed Ads Are a Test… Namogoo Releases 2018 Online Consumer Behavior Study…

Local News Pioneer Mike Orren on Industry’s Future: A Steep but Climbable Hill

“There are no silver bullets,” Mike Orren tells Tom Grubisich. Local news “has always been a complex industry, and advertising, marketing services, managing the print demand—all are going to continue to be a part of the equation.”

What Happens When Knowledge Panels Aren’t Actually Knowledgeable?

In the latest of their biweekly columns, David Mihm and Mike Blumenthal explore what they find to be a troubling practice on Google’s part: granting select platforms the power to insert themselves into a local business’ knowledge panel without any recourse for the business or verifying that the information is accurate.

Street Fight Daily: Facebook Adds Services to Marketplace, Sketchy Google Knowledge Panel Practices

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Facebook Marketplace Launches New Services Feature in Partnership with On-Demand Startups… A Fifth of Amazon Merchants Sell More Than $1 Million a Year, Double Last Year’s Share… How the Washington Post Is Building Its Tech Platform, Arc…

Heard on the Street, Episode 4: Growing the SMB Pie with Ilir Sela

What are the nuances and tactical imperatives of selling pizza locally? For one, it compels a highly verticalized approach: It’s all about focus and specialization on the sector’s unique operational challenges, according to Slice Founder and CEO Ilir Sela, our latest guest on Heard on the Street.

How Savvy Restaurateurs Make the Most of Online Ordering

“What increasingly separates top-performing restaurants from the pack is their ability to transform insights from data into strategies to grow,” says Liam Oliver, director of products for Valassis Local Solutions. “Savvy restaurateurs drive incremental revenue by designing promotions that raise the average order value.”

Street Fight Daily: Google to Follow IAB’s GDPR Approach, How Restaurants Can Crush Digital

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… In Significant Move for Publishers, Google Plans to Commit to IAB’s GDPR Approach… How Savvy Restaurateurs Make the Most of Online Ordering… Banned from Amazon: The Shoppers Who Make Too Many Returns…

Location Targeting Presents Opportunity to Capitalize on Growing Memorial Day Spending

With eight-in-10 U.S. adults now planning to spend an average of $486 over the holiday weekend, Vistar and MFour found that Memorial Day weekend has become one of the most popular shopping holidays of the year.

NinthDecimal Launches Toolset to Identify True Growth Metrics

The omnichannel marketing platform NinthDecimal announced major changes to its measurement platform this morning, as it launches new KPIs designed to provide insights into what’s driving customer growth and acquisition for brands.