#SFSNYC: Moving Beyond Basic Location-Based Advertising Without Getting Creepy

In regard to guidelines pertaining to the ethical use of location data, Mark Risis, head of global data partnerships at IBM Watson, offered the following maxim: “Don’t do creepy stuff.” Risis as well as panelists from Zocdoc and Waze addressed the topic of location-based marketing and ethics in a panel at Street Fight Summit Wednesday.

#SFSNYC: Kevin Clark of Synup Talks Better Reputation Management and Listings Updates

What the public sees and hears about a company’s brand can make or break its overall success. That makes the services Synup offers relevant to many businesses, said Kevin Clark, vice president of sales for the company, at Street Fight Summit West in Brooklyn Wednesday.

#SFSNYC: Investors on Billion-Dollar Opportunities in Local and Where to Find Them

Long before startups become the “next big thing” the masses talk about, investors have an opportunity to use their wallets to weigh in on the prospects for those emerging companies. At Street Fight Summit Wednesday in New York, investors pointed to voice, VR and AR, and influencers as some hot topics in local investing right now.

#SFSNYC: Verve’s Mark Fruehan Talks Being a Tactician in Location-Based Advertising

Mobile and local offer huge opportunities in potential revenue to advertisers smart enough to capitalize on them. But location data will ultimately hold value for marketers only if its collection and analysis rests on accurate audience identification, said Mark Fruehan, executive vice president of enterprise platforms at Verve, at Street Fight Summit Wednesday.

#SFSNYC: Making Conversational Interfaces the Frontline for Customer Interaction

The development of conversational language to interact with chatbots, digital assistants, smart devices, and other machines is changing the ways consumers make use of such platforms to find the information and services they want—and this change is only going to get more important for brands and local businesses to address.

FreshLime CEO Talks Data-Powered Marketing for Local Businesses

FreshLime founder and CEO Jay Bean recently reconnected with us to discuss ways small, local, service-oriented businesses can use automation to see better returns on campaigns—even with limited resources.

BrandMuscle’s Paul Elliott Talks New Report on How Brands Can Go Local with Precision

“Local business partners want to increasingly execute in digital, but there is a reluctance or slowness in the brands or enterprises in shifting their dollars from traditional coverage in marketing and media to digital tactics,” said Paul Elliott of BrandMuscle.

GroundTruth Takes on Cost-Per-Visit ROI with New Platform

The company announced the rollout of its Ads Manager platform, which will calculate the cost-per-visit for campaigns along with provide other services. GroundTruth says this is the first location-based ROI metric of its kind for mobile advertising.

Pearle Vision Keeps a Neighborhood Focus in the Battle for Patients and Customers

Even with its established history and market presence, Doug Zarkin, VP & head of marketing for Pearle Vision, says the brand continues to innovate on ways to attract that local customers. He spoke with Street Fight recently about the ways the brand gets in its customers’ line of sight.

How to Visualize Cause and Effect in Local Brand Marketing

Mark Stouse, CEO and co-founder of Proof Analytics, says there are ways for chief marketing officers to gird themselves in case of market downturns by using data to support their value to the businesses they serve. This is especially critical, he says given the growing control over tech spending that CMOs now command.

Webinar Recap: Building the Local Marketing Tech Stack

In a webinar Wednesday, Street Fight’s research director David Card and John Hurley, Radius’s senior director of demand generation and content marketing, discussed how companies such as American Express, iHeartRadio, and DexYP use intelligent platforms and data to get ahead of their rivals.

New iPhones May Open the Door for Brands to Experiment With AR

The new iPhones are an opportunity for brands to reach potential customers in new ways, especially when merged with location, says Wendell Lansford, co-founder of Wyng, a digital campaign platform for agencies and brands.

Digital Transformation of Outdoor Attracting New Advertisers

Geopath President Kym Frank says the money that outdoor advertising industry put towards digital has reinvigorated the market by becoming more interactive and targeted. Meanwhile, the opportunity to measure the reach and effectiveness of outdoor has brought new relevance to the medium.

How Wells Fargo Connects Locally Via Sports, Philanthropy, and Digital

Gary Korotzer, EVP of marketing and brand strategy and community bank marketing for Wells Fargo, says that through a mix of efforts the bank weaves its way into the day-to-day lives and needs of its customers.

How Red Wing Shoes Finds Its Stride in Brand Marketing

Even with a history that spans more than 110 years, the company cannot take for granted that its product will remain front and center with buyers. Dave Schneider, Red Wing’s CMO, spoke with Street Fight recently about keeping the brand connected to its audience and the Wall of Honor, which lets customers share stories about their trusty, well-worn boots.

Why Insurance Giant State Farm Approaches Digital Marketing Like a Small Company

At a time when customers are accustomed to looking up insurance quotes on the Web or through an app, Edward Gold, advertising director at State Farm, says his company thrives off of its local interactions. He spoke with Street Fight about the approach the insurer takes with marketing at the local level.

Scorpion Acquires Driven Local, Building Out Its Franchise Business

Internet marketing company Scorpion has announced this morning that it acquired digital marketer Driven Local. Together, they plan to offer technology, services, localized video ads, and campaigns for local and multi-local businesses across markets such as healthcare, legal, franchise, and home services.

Snap Debuts Self-Serve Platform for Brand Ad Campaigns

Brands now can take graphics assets they use elsewhere and put them into a template to create new ads. Instead of developing content just to appear on Snap, the new tools let marketers leverage video and images they have at hand.

Amazon’s Prime Day Brought Buyers to Other Brand Retailers As Well

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.

How Amazon Prime Day Can Give Other Retail Brands a Boost

Prime Day brings noticeable increases in shopping, he says, but not at Black Friday levels. There is, however, a spillover effect on Prime Day, Criteo CEO Jaysen Gillespie says, and smaller retailers can benefit from the foot traffic drawn to anchor stores at shopping centers.