Street Fight Daily: Instagram Boosts Brands’ Customer Service, AI-Powered Assistants on the Rise

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Useful for Social and Marketing, Instagram Now Helps Brands with Customer Service, Too… NuTonomy Debuts Self-Driving Cabs, Beating the Likes of Uber and Google to the Punch… Digital Media Specialist Warns Against the Hazards of ‘Over-Targeting’…

Pitney Bowes MD: Data Integration Sets the Best Location Companies Apart

What makes location data actionable and location-based marketing effective — and what do recent success stories like Pokemon Go foretell for the location data industry? Street Fight recently caught up with Joe Francica, managing director of geospatial solutions at Pitney Bowes, to talk about the best practices in location data.

Street Fight Daily: Google to Penalize Intrusive Mobile Ads, Facebook Improves Slideshow Ads

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… As Mobile Ads Grow More Crucial, Google Pledges to Crack Down on ‘Intrusive Interstitials’… Facebook Improves Its ‘Lightweight Video’ Slideshow Ads, Provides Support for Mobile Ad Creation… Most U.S. Publishers Rely on Both Ad Support, Subscriptions…

Street Fight Daily: Lyft Disputes Sale Report, OpenStreetMap Debuts Crowdsourced Street View

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Factual’s Rob Jonas: Location Tech Still Has Some Big Problems to Solve… Lyft President Says Company Was Never Looking for a Buyer… Many Businesses Can’t Assess the Digital Customer’s Experience…

Street Fight Daily: Lyft Seeks a Buyer Without Success, Google Expands Local Business Cards

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Lyft is Said to Be Seeking a Buyer, Without Success… Google Local Business Cards or Posts About to Roll Out to Thousands of SMBs… How the Wall Street Journal Plans to Reach 3 Million Subscribers…

Raise Report: Fresh Funding for Townsquared, Yieldbot, Drizly

Every two weeks, we round up some of the biggest fundraises taking place in hyperlocal marketing, commerce, and tech. This week’s edition includes recent rounds for Carvana, SiteZeus, Spot.IM, and Insert.

DevHub Launches ‘TXT a Restaurant,’ Enabling More Interaction With Consumers

The website-building platform can manage hundreds of local sites for a single agency or brand. This week, the company is launching DevHub Labs and is announcing the group’s first experiment, “TXT a Restaurant” — which will allow local businesses to try out a new digital tool: click-to-text, a new way to connect with consumers who may be hesitant to use the more traditional click-to-call.

Chef’d CEO: Meal Kits Will ‘Dominate Grocery-Style Shopping Over Time’

Few verticals have been as significantly disrupted by hyperlocal technological innovation as the food industry, and meal-kit delivery is becoming a big part of that. We caught up with Chef’d CEO Kyle Ransford to discuss the technologies underpinning the disruption of grocery retail.

Raise Report: New Funding for Kiip, Sprinklr, Shipt

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 Civil Maps, Brandcast, Peek.com, and Density.

flok Launches Chatbots to Bolster Customer Engagement for Local Businesses

With chatbot technology, communications between local businesses and their customers via flok can now evolve into more complex conversations. These conversations yield better data for the business owner and more detailed information as well as a more engaging customer service experience for the consumer.

YP Announces New ‘Audience Cartography’ Platform for Targeting and Attribution

YP has announced the release of its new location data visualization methodology, Audience Cartography, which allows multi-location businesses such as restaurants, retailers, and auto dealers to refine advertising campaign targeting and establish attribution.

Raise Report: New Funding for Freshly, BevSpot, Universal Avenue

Every two weeks, we round up some of the biggest fundraises taking place in hyperlocal marketing, commerce, and tech. This week’s edition includes fresh funding for Key Concierge, Homee, CoolaData, and ColorTV.

Gimbal Launches Proximity Data Platform for Mobile App Publishers

While more consumers own smartphones than ever before, they also face an unprecedented number of options when it comes to mobile apps. For app publishers, it can be hard to stand out in the crowd — even if your service is perfect for a a specific kind of user. As a way to help publishers […]

Raise Report: Fresh Funding for Verve, Thrive Market, InVision

Every two weeks, we round up some of the biggest fundraises taking place in hyperlocal marketing, commerce, and tech. This week’s edition includes new rounds for Condeco, Lystable, Narvar, and Farm Hill.

Rover’s New Location-Based Mobile Marketing Platform Focuses on ‘Experiences’

“Advertising is not the hard part; the hard part is getting end users to care about location-based content,” CEO John Coombs told Street Fight. “Proximity and location is about more than push notifications and coupons. It’s really about experiences.”

Raise Report: Fresh Funding for YotPo, Amplitude, When I Work

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 Recharge, ShipBob, Qloo, and Performance Horizon.

xAd Unveils Location Intelligence Platform for Brick-and-Mortar Businesses

The New York-based location data company announced a new tool called MarketPlace Discovery on Wednesday. The platform will provide brands with insights about where consumers active in their industries are shopping.

Pingup Partners with Yahoo to Expand Online Booking for Local Services

Pingup, which describes itself as a “transaction platform for local services,” announced a new partnership with Yahoo this morning. The move expands Pingup’s publisher network, allowing users searching for local services on Yahoo to book an appointment on-demand through the Pingup platform.

Deliv CEO: ‘We’re Selling the Picks and Shovels’ for Brick-and-Mortar Gold Rush

Deliv CEO and Founder Daphne Carmeli — who will be a speaker at Street Fight Summit West tomorrow in San Francisco — caught up with us recently to talk about what sets today’s delivery startups apart from their fallen predecessors.