Snap Scan Shines New Light on the Company’s Local Discovery Ambitions

Snapchat’s ambition to become a socially fueled local discovery engine recently got a boost with Snap Scan, a visual search tool that makes the world searchable and shoppable. Connecting dots over several years, Snap’s geo-local efforts include Geofilters, Snap Map, Local Place Promote, and Local Lenses. 

5 User-Generated Content Platforms for SMBs

As Google expands the local search experience to encompass more aspects of the customer journey, user-generated content is coming into play as one of the most important ranking factors for small and mid-size businesses.

Brands Rethink Return Policies to Build Customer Loyalty

If generous return policies aren’t sustainable from a financial perspective, and restrictive return policies lead to high rates of customer churn, what’s the solution?

Merchants React to New Data Theft Concerns

As more digital marketing and customer management solutions come online, security breaches are happening with increasing frequency. The threat is becoming a real issue for merchants, who are now faced with growing concerns among consumers and tightened privacy restrictions from government controllers.

Fintech Startup Fast Changes How and Where Customers Shop

Fast’s payment button processes orders in seconds and, in the two-and-a-half years it’s been around, the company has secured $124.5 million in funding.

Sales Tech Fuels Frictionless Customer Experiences

Sales tech took a leap forward during the pandemic. Sales teams needed new ways to communicate, both with their coworkers and with customers, who were accessing digital channels at unprecedented volume. Sales tech emerged to meet the market need, helping sales reps manage customer relationships, provide more personalized customer experiences, and coordinate with their colleagues.

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Could QR Code Menus Pose a Risk to Merchants?

Tableside QR codes have nearly eradicated germy menus, but they may have opened the door to a new threat that businesses didn’t see coming: data fraud.

Convenience Stores Adapt Marketing Efforts for EV Era

The market for electric vehicles is growing steadily, with automakers like Tesla, Ford, and VW helping to boost demand across much of the country. As consumer habits in the auto industry evolve, and the share of fossil fuel-powered cars on the road decreases, gas stations and convenience stores are adapting their marketing strategies for a new electric-first future.

GoDaddy’s Marketing Planner Helps SMBs Prepare for Holidays

The holidays are still months away, but GoDaddy is betting that more small and mid-size businesses will be taking a proactive approach and starting their seasonal marketing campaigns earlier this year than in the past. The company recently launched a new marketing planner designed to make it easier for businesses to keep track of holidays and promotional opportunities.

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Contextual Advertising Is Not Replacing Behavioral Ads. It’s Enhancing Them

Advanced Contextual does not see contextual ads as at odds with behavioral. Rather, the company wants to add a layer of contextual intelligence to the open exchange, guiding all advertising going forward.

The Great Re-Opening Calls for a Great Re-Think of Your Media Mix

Brands can re-plan their media mix and use intelligent out-of-home to deliver on the same goals that they used CTV, and frankly all digital for: brand awareness, engagement, and response. Here are some tips for marketers rethinking their media plans amid the return to the great outdoors.

Killi Rebrands as Reklaim to Increase Data Transparency for Consumers

Three years after its debut, the consumer data startup Killi is relaunching under a new name — Reklaim. The name reflects the company’s mission to help consumers reclaim control of their data, and it comes at a time of rapidly expanding demand for privacy-compliant data.

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Retailers Use AI to Mine Social Data for Back-to-School Trends

Students across the country are returning to the classroom this month — some for the first time in more than a year. While early indications show strong late-summer back-to-school sales, retailers aren’t leaving anything up to chance. Widespread confusion around health policies, safety protocols, and required supplies that can vary by school are leading retailers to rely on social media and artificial intelligence to collect information on emerging themes and trends.

G2 Brings Yelp’s Peer Advice Model to Software Reviews

G2 is a software marketplace that publishes reviews from actual software users, rather than relying on industry analysis. The company recently raised $157 million in Series D funding from investors including Hubspot Ventures, Salesforce Investors, and LinkedIn.

Idomoo Launches Interactive Video Platform

Could highly personalized interactive video become the primary way that businesses communicate with customers in the future? That’s what the team at Idomoo is betting on. The company is launching a fully open, enterprise-grade platform called Living Video that will enable businesses to automatically update videos in real-time based on context and user input.

September Theme: Broadening Local

Street Fight covers the whole of digital marketing, but our roots lie in local search and media, and we’re returning there this month with a focus on what we’re calling Broadening Local.

DoubleVerify Acquires Meetrics to Fuel Global Expansion

The move comes amid a flurry of adtech mergers, acquisitions, and IPOs. Even as new privacy laws and rules threaten the targeting and measurement that drives the industry, investor interest in adtech is at an all-time high. Of course, consolidation will also help the remaining players weather the coming data drought.

Expert Roundup: The Cutting Edge of Contextual Advertising

Contextual advertising does not simply mean showing Macy’s ads to someone reading about fall apparel. In this roundup, leaders in contextual marketing provide insight on the cutting edge of the discipline.

Innovation Brief: Tesla, Instagram & Facebook

On a semi-weekly basis, Street Fight’s Innovation Brief series aggregates and analyzes happenings from across the technology and media spheres. This week, we look at Tesla Bot, Instagram’s latest UX changes, and Facebook video calling.

Why More Brands Are Bringing Data Intelligence In-House

Despite implementing many of the same technology platforms and marketing strategies as they did in early 2020, retail brands today are shifting their approach and bringing more data intelligence solutions in-house. The strategy is part of a larger emphasis on first-party within the brand marketing community, particularly as personalization techniques grow more advanced and privacy changes make targeting harder.