Mapping Innovations Accelerate for the Post-Covid Era

The latest mapping innovations can be summed up in the announcements coming out of the last three major developer conferences. As we’re in the midst of developer conference season, this includes Google I/O, Snap’s Partner Summit, and Apple’s flagship WWDC. Let’s tackle those one at a time.

Retail Heavyweights Add Visual Search Experiences for Shoppers

When you haven’t stepped foot inside a store for months, navigating crowded aisles can be disconcerting. With products moving to new locations, and sales associates in scarce supply, major retailers are doubling down on visual search experiences to keep customers in the loop.

Street Fight’s June Theme: Mapping the Future

The new month signals that it is also time for a fresh Street Fight editorial theme. As these themes often reflect the macro environment, we’ve chosen one that’s endemic to (renewed) physical-world interaction: mapping. We’ll see increased usage of mapping tools as consumers emerge from their homes and return to the pastimes of local commerce. 

Expert Roundup: How Are Mobile Payments Transforming? Part II

To define the current state and future trajectory of mobile payments, we’ve rounded up top industry voices and thought leaders from Kabbage, Fivestars, and Marqeta.

Yubo’s Commerce-Focused Strategy Could Be the Future of Social Media

With 45 million users worldwide, Yubo is not the largest live streaming app on the market. It’s also not the newest. But the company’s founders still think they’ve got an edge in an otherwise crowded space, thanks to a unique business model that replaces in-app advertising with social commerce.

How to Take Advantage of Changing Consumer Shopping Patterns

With this in mind, retailers across all industries are investing in technologies to simplify or enhance the customer experience, ensuring the pathway to purchase is intuitive and fast. With a variety of options (and opportunities) to consider when it comes to driving e-commerce and digital engagement, what should small businesses prioritize throughout 2021 as we anticipate entering a post-Covid marketplace?

Frictionless Payments Evolve Post-Pandemic

From tethered to cordless, handheld to hands-free. As payment processing hardware continues to evolve, retailers are beginning to experiment with allowing customers to actually become their own point-of-sale systems.

Expert Roundup: How Are Mobile Payments Transforming? Part I

To define the current state and future trajectory of mobile payments, we’ve rounded up top industry voices and thought leaders from Liftoff, Standard, Elevated Franchise Marketing, and UserTesting.

Amazon’s Retail-as-a-Service Expands into Payments, AR, and Salons

As Amazon continues to mature, it needs to find revenue growth in new, creative places. The company’s booming advertising business is one such conquest. Iterating on the AWS playbook by bringing tech-fueled logistical innovations to physical stores could be another.

LBMA: Target and Safeway Use Google Pay for Location-Based Promotions

In this episode of Location Weekly, the Location-Based Marketing Association covers TikTok partnering with Nielsen for geo-targeted campaigns with the aim of helping SMBs, Target and Safeway using Google Pay for location-based promotions, Petco using facial recognition tech to reunite lost pets with owners, and a KLM billboard that listens for flu symptoms.

6 Touchless Payments Apps for Small Businesses

The latest wave of touchless payment solutions are designed for small merchants dealing with the fallout from the pandemic. Contactless payments went from being “nice to have” to a being an essential service for retailers in 2020, as consumers around the world discovered that they really didn’t want to touch cash or POS hardware while they were making purchases at local stores.

How Should Retailers Navigate the Post-Covid Landscape?

While the return of nearly unrestricted in-person shopping heralds brighter days for brands and retailers, it is also a challenge. Consumers have gotten used to digital shopping as e-commerce soared amid the pandemic. How will retailers provide that same frictionless experience to meet elevated customer expectations in-store? Amy Vale, CMO at cash-back app Dosh, weighs in.

6 Buy Now, Pay Later Solutions for Retailers

Retailers that don’t start offering flexible payment options on their checkout pages soon risk losing shoppers who prefer the unconventional approach to financing, especially for more expensive items. Flexible payment solutions tout bigger carts, customization, and faster transactions among their benefits.

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.

Locations Are Pointing the Way Forward After Third-Party Cookies

When marketers store and analyze location data on the device, they reap the benefits of location-based marketing without running afoul of privacy standards. They are able to marry real-world insights with other types of data such as app behavior and online interactions while keeping all the consumer’s data on their phone.

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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.

The Era of Zero-Click Consumer Engagement Is Here

Location marketing has now had its testing moment, a moment that Google and its contemporary alternatives have been priming themselves for, whether knowingly or not, for quite some time. The era of zero-click consumer engagement has arrived; if that had been apparent to local SEOs prior to this year, it’s now clear to consumers and everyone else concerned with the business of local commerce.

Vaccine Rollout Spells Opportunity for Brand Marketers

Using foot traffic dashboards from technology companies like Quotient, brands are gaining insight into consumers’ movement in and around vaccination locations. The insights are being used to fuel targeted OOH and DOOH campaigns, designed to engage consumers on an intimate level.

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.

Location Intelligence Enters a New Phase

Using location data and intelligence to understand what was happening, and modify business strategy to adapt, became more critical than ever amid COVID. What are some of the more innovative applications we’re seeing in this ‘next generation’ of location intelligence?