Don’t Panic: Location-Powered Mobile Marketing is (Still) the Future of Advertising

Why all the recent talk of going data-only when data shows that customers are amenable to providing location data if it leads to relevant advertising? Let’s take a closer look at what a long-term commitment to our media partners really requires when it comes to location, minus all the triopoly panic.

Standard Cognition Democratizes the Cashierless Model, Providing Solution for Traditional Stores

Standard Cognition offers a product called Standard Checkout that retrofits cashier-based grocery stores into cashierless systems. Unlike the new cashierless Amazon Go, Standard Cognition is not a grocery chain itself, but instead a solution for chains that compete with Amazon Go, co-founder and COO Michael Suswal told Street Fight.

Highest Click-Through Rates of the Year? Early November, ZypMedia Says

ZypMedia found that November is the most effective month for consumers to engage with brands and their holiday campaigns, with a click-through-rate that’s 125% higher than the average over the past year.

How the Ad Industry Encourages Poor Data Quality

Digital advertising is an incredibly sophisticated industry, yet when it comes to selling in the data store, vendors lack incentive and opportunity to focus on quality. Instead, they’re restricted to sales tactics—none of which are good for buyers, brands, or the industry.

Untangling the Location Data Ecosystem

As the location data industry progresses as a community, companies in our ecosystem naturally form into a kind of pyramid—NOT a hierarchical one but one that reflects how the different location companies fit into the ecosystem, who does what, their limitations, and their areas of focus.

Klosebuy Leverages Power of Loyalty Points, Organic Content to Strengthen Local Businesses

More and more, local retailers are understanding the importance of finding a loyalty program that works for them. Klosebuy, a Fort Lauderdale-based loyalty solution vendor, has recently discovered the difference that its product can make for small businesses.

Street Culture: AvePoint CMO on Continuous Learning and Making the Sale

AvePoint, a Jersey City-based tech company that helps migrate, manage, and protect Office 365 data, has a classic two-people-in-a-garage backstory. The founders, Tianyi Jiang and Kai Gong, built their first product in a local public library, and the company has now grown to about 1,500 employees.

Survey: Marketers Toss Out Valuable Location Data

What if seemingly inconsequential data—and location data, in particular—could actually be re-harnessed and used to provide additional revenue-generating opportunities for brands? That’s the concept behind a new report out from the global geolocation data and services provider Digital Element.

Are Holiday Campaigns Launching Too Late in the Season?

Black Friday has historically been seen as the official kickoff to the holiday shopping season, but new research from the data solutions company Lotame and the digital intelligence firm Jumpshot indicates that consumer interest actually peaks almost one month earlier. Retailers that wait until late fall to launch their holiday campaigns could be missing out on sales.

LION Loses Director DeRienzo to Hearst, but ‘Indie’ Summit Doesn’t Miss a Beat

To find out what the Summit of Local Independent Online News Publishers accomplished, I went to longtime journalist Steve Beatty, who was editor and CEO of the award-winning, investigative website The Lens in New Orleans for eight years before joining LION as a consultant last January and who, with DeRienzo’s departure, has been named interim director.

Street Fight Daily: Google’s Mobile-First Indexing, Simpli.fi Launches Nationwide Solution

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING AND MEDIA… Ready or Not, Google’s Mobile-First Indexing Is Here… Are Holiday Campaigns Launching Too Late in the Season?… Localized Programmatic Platform Simpli.fi Goes National…

Case Study: Zipsprout Fosters Awareness of Local Brands via Non-Profit Sponsorships

For enterprise companies looking to expand into new markets, Zipsprout’s micro-sponsoring of local non-profits offers an innovative way to go about supplementing traditional media spend.

Heard on the Street, Episode 14: Boosting Sales with Google My Business

During September’s Brandify Summit, we listened to an in-depth case study from Dick’s Sporting Goods on sharpening a localized search marketing strategy for multilocation brands around things like Google Posts. We feature that talk in the latest episode of Heard on the Street (see above).

Street Fight Daily: Boosting Sales with Google My Business; Battle Over Yelp Reviews May Go to Supreme Court

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING AND MEDIA… Heard on the Street, Episode 14: Boosting Sales with Google My Business… Battle Over Negative Reviews on Yelp Could Go to Supreme Court… Apps Downloaded on Millions of Android Phones Tracked Users in Ad Fraud Scheme…

Street Fight Daily: The Latest in On-SERP Search from Google, Visual Search on Edge of Breakthrough

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING AND MEDIA… Google and the On-SERP Experience: We’re Just Gettin’ Warmed Up… Retailers Must Prepare for Visual Search, On Edge of a Breakthrough… What Will Advertising on Voice Look/Sound Like?…

ThriveHive Upgrades Grader Product with Conversational UI, Brings David Mihm Aboard

Just one month after ThriveHive released a product to help small business owners navigate the creation and maintenance of their Google My Business profiles, the company is making some substantial changes to its diagnostic solution.

Google and the On-SERP Experience: We’re Just Gettin’ Warmed Up

The introduction of a new Knowledge Graph layer in the form of “Topics” indicates to me that Google’s latest efforts in this arena will extend in two directions beyond Local entities. I see these linkages extending all the way up the search journey to initial consideration and even further down the funnel beyond Local entities.

Biggest Tech Trend for eCommerce in 2019: People-Based Identity

If people-based identity is the new lifeblood of eCommerce, then the identity graph is its beating heart. First- and second-party data keep the heart healthy and strong, while third-party data is anemic and can ultimately lead to system failure.

Relevnt Aims to Integrate Local and Social Media on Community-Based Website

Local and social media, produced by individuals and news sites alike, have a new place to hang out, and it’s called Relevnt. Launched late last year, the app “is like Yelp meets Reddit for social media,” said Winder Hughes, the company’s CEO and founder.

Street Fight Daily: Facebook Releases Attribution Tool, The Cutting Edge of E-Commerce: People-Based ID

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING AND MEDIA… Facebook Attribution Now Available to All Advertisers… Biggest Tech Trend for eCommerce in 2019: People-Based Identity… Privacy, Accuracy Hinder Voice Commands…