Innovation Brief: Instagram, Rockets, and Drones

M7 Innovations’ Matt Maher discusses Instagram’s creator economy, commercial space travel, and drone delivery.

Street Fight’s May Theme: Payment Power

This month, we change focus to payment innovations with a theme we’re calling Payment Power. Most digital marketing aims, however indirectly, to drive transactions. But what a transaction looks like is rapidly evolving today, and that’s true not just of the technologies that power the point of sale but also of the way brands and retailers are leveraging the point of sale itself to increase revenue, collect data, and differentiate themselves from the competition. The upshot is that payments are powerful, and this month, we investigate the innovations driving that power.

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Expert Roundup: How Will Location Intelligence Transform This Year? Part II

To define the current state and future trajectory of location intelligence, we’ve rounded up top industry voices and thought leaders. Executives at GroundTruth, Blis, and Stirista weigh in.

Expert Roundup: How Will Location Intelligence Transform This Year?

To define the current state and future trajectory of location intelligence, we’ve rounded up top industry voices and thought leaders. Executives at Foursquare, Gravy Analytics, and UM weighed in.

Innovation Brief: Microsoft, Twitch, and Autonomous Pizza

M7 Innovations’ Matt Maher discusses Microsoft’s Nuance acquisition, virtual influencers reinventing the livestream, and autonomous pizza delivery.

Innovation Brief: Yum Brands, Discord, and Robots

Welcome to Street Fight’s new Innovation Brief series. On a semi-weekly basis, it aggregates and analyzes happenings from across the technology and media spheres. This week, we look at text-to-order QSR, Microsoft’s Discord ambitions, and Boston Dynamics’ latest. 

Street Fight’s April Theme: Targeting Location

When huddling to determine April’s focus, it was evident that one topic flows naturally from March’s privacy theme: location targeting. Indeed, among all of the subdivisions of privacy reform, location-based data collection is one of the most sensitive. And it’s where many data collection restrictions will focus, such as Apple’s iOS location tracking notifications.

Expert Roundup: How Will Privacy Define the Near Term? Part II

A group of experts expounds on what the advertising ecosystem can expect from privacy changes and how to prepare for a new era of digital marketing and business.

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Expert Roundup: How Will Privacy Define the Near Term? Part I

As Covid-19 took over the collective mindset of the past year, several previously prominent topics shifted to the back burner. But now that there’s a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, those previously resonant topics are re-emerging.

At the top of that list is privacy.

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Street Fight’s March Theme: Pursuing Privacy

Following last month’s theme of “Disrupting Retail” we shift attention in March to “Pursuing Privacy,” a look at the shifting world of location data and internet tracking.

Expert Roundup: How Will Retail Transform in 2021? Part II

In part II of our retail expert roundup, we cover mixed reality’s role in retail, data, and privacy compliance, and how retail can recover and rebound in 2021.

Expert Roundup: How Will Retail Transform in 2021?

Retail transformation experts expound on Google and Amazon’s approaches to e-commerce, managing customer relationships, and targeting after cookies.

Street Fight’s February Theme: Disrupting Retail

We’re focusing Street Fight’s February coverage on the tech disrupting retail. Curbside pickup, AR, and more are transforming retail as we head into 2021.

Predictions Roundup: Organic Search and Cookie Deprecation

Experts assess changes to local search and location marketing in the wake of Google search updates, privacy changes, and cookie depreciation.

Predictions Roundup: Location Consolidation and the Rise of BOPIS

A roundup of top digital marketing, SEO, and location intelligence experts predicts location consolidation, the re-humanization of digital marketing, and the dominance of Google My Business and new retail features such as BOPIS in 2021.

Street Fight’s January Theme: Turning the Page

During the past few years of that stretch, we’ve segmented our monthly coverage into themes, as you may have noticed. Flowing from last month’s theme of “Leaving 2020” — a retrospective analysis — what better way to ring in a new year than to focus on what’s to come in the next year?

Street Fight’s December Theme: Leaving 2020

What will the “next normal” look like in the post-Covid era of local commerce? Will things go back to the old normal or be a hybrid reality that cherry-picks components and new perspectives from the past nine months? Will e-commerce dip back down to pre-Covid levels or keep surging?

We’ll be answering these questions and others throughout the month, along with 2021 predictions (’tis the season) for our theme, Leaving 2020.

Street Fight’s November Theme: Google’s World

Google’s World is shorthand for the fully fleshed-out concept: “It’s Google’s world… we’re all just living in it.” The main thrust is that Google’s search dominance gives it enormous control in impacting the fate of businesses everywhere who rely on search for traffic and customer acquisition.

Google’s ongoing updates to the search algorithm, ranking factors, and SERPs continue to have ripple effects on marketers everywhere. It’s becoming more challenging to follow the moving target of SEO effectiveness. This game has its own set of rules when it comes to local search.

Street Fight’s March Theme: Word of Mouth

One of the oldest and still most influential drivers of local commerce is word of mouth. Though that’s sustained at a high level, the delivery vessel for local chatter has evolved. Social channels like Facebook and Yelp now shape the reputations of brick-and-mortar businesses, not to mention the kingmaker authority of Google.

This month, we will delve into the latest trends and insights driving reputation management, taking Word of Mouth as our theme.

Anne Marie Stephen Joins Street Fight as President

Anne Marie Stephen, a veteran of tech and retail, is taking the helm at Street Fight, the premier media, research, and events company covering local marketing and technology. As president, Stephen will oversee Street Fight’s overall strategy, events, and budget as it pursues aggressive growth in 2019.