5 Can’t-Miss SXSWi Panels for the Local-Obsessed

The annual SXSW Interactive Festival starts tomorrow and runs through Tuesday. With five days packed with a wide range of panels and presentations, the confab can be thrilling and overwhelming at the same time. Here are five sessions focused on the future of local and social that Street Fight readers will be especially interested in…

TurnHere Becomes Local Photo/Video Marketplace SmartShoot

Turnhere, founded in 2005, leveraged the video marketing wave by working with resale partners like Yelp and Citysearch to help SMBs create one-minute video sales pieces. According to the company’s CEO, Turnhere could boast a compelling capture rate, over 80% of inquiries for this short SMB video would result in a transaction. So with high close rates embedded in the business model, why pivot?

Street Fight Daily: Locu Launches Dashboard, eBay Pushes Into Services

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Locu’s Menu Dashboard Is a Rare Win for Developers and Merchants (PandoDaily)… EBay Is Now Selling Live Services, Launches Secretguru As A Beta Pilot In The UK (TechCrucnh)… Toyota Unveils Super-Compact Car With Location-Based Ads (PMashable)…

More Hyperlocal Investment Content Coming to Street Fight

Over the last six months, our Hyperlocal Investment Report newsletter has aimed to guide investors through this new industry, to give context and insight into the market potential of pre-public companies, and to synthesize activity in the public markets as well as in private placement, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and the like. With this issue, we’re moving it from a paid product to delivering this content on our public website for free, to engage in broader discussion around key issues in hyperlocal investing.

Street Fight Daily: Yelp Bulls Get Bearish, Google Wants More Wallet

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Yelp Traders Brace for Lockup Expiration; ‘Better to Be Safe Than Sorry’ (Wall Street Journal)… Google Wallet Aspires To Hold All Your Cards and Tickets (GigaOm)… How The Web ‘Check In’ Is Growing Up (Forbes)…

Street Fight Daily: Journatic Gives a Preview, Chalkboard Shutters

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology...

The Burbs Get a First Look at Journatic (Chicago Reader)…

Singapore-based Location Ad Service Chalkboard Closes (The Next Web)…

Groupon Plans for World Domination Include More ‘Hyperlocal’ Offers (Wall Street Journal)…

6 Lead-Generation Tools for Small Businesses

Hyperlocal platforms aimed at fulfilling consumer service requests are becoming increasingly attractive to these small business owners, since these platforms generally involve a minimal investment of time or money on the part of the local merchant. Rather than paying upfront for advertisements that may or may not generate actual leads, business owners can sit back and wait for leads to come to them…

Street Fight Daily: Highlight Updates, Groupon Crushing It, Tippr Layoffs

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal media, technology, advertising and startups...

Hot Location-based Networking App Highlight Gets Even More Useful (TNW)…

Chart: Groupon Is Crushing Its Closest Rival (Business Insider)…

Daily Deal Site Tippr Lays Off 25 staffers, Restructures Sales (GeekWire)…

Local Marketing Shifts From Ads to Interactions to Requests

There’s a huge opportunity to aggregate potential leads across these siloed services in real time, and notify or proxy respond on behalf of local businesses so they can service leads immediately. In this online new paradigm, small business no longer needs to wait for their customers, they cherry-pick on demand…

Local Quotables: Mason, Sheetz, Evans and more

The best words about and around the hyperlocal industry.

Andrew Mason realizes Groupon has fallen short with its social media presence; Ashley Sheetz from Gamestop explains why she backed out of Facebook’s failing virtual market; Perry Evans discusses the changing relationship between local businesses and consumers; and more.

Hyperlocal Media and Collaborative Consumption Services

The “shared economy” being ushered in by startups like Airbnb, Getaround and Toolspinner is creating new marketplaces where locals can rent their homes, cars, and tools to neighbors. This new trend enables the efficient sharing of resources and goods that are used on occasion as an alternative to outright ownership…

Geo-Location App Urgnt.ly Connects You With Nearby Service Providers

The app, which launched this week in beta, finds qualified service workers “now and near,” connecting people in need with immediately available help. Urgnt.ly’s service providers provide not only provide their current location, they also indicate whether they are “checked in,” meaning that they are currently available to work…

Street Fight Staff and Friends Predict 2012’s Top Stories

Earlier this week, some top hyperlocal luminaries weighed in with their predictions for what we can expect to see in the coming year. Today we’ve asked Street Fight’s writers and editors — as well as a few friends who regularly cover hyperlocal media— to submit their own prognostications…

Street Fight Daily: 12.14.11

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal media, technology, advertising and startups...

TaskRabbit Picks Up $17.8M — And a Vote of Confidence for the Do-It-For-Me Economy (Betabeat)…

How Fast Is Local Ad Market Growing? Depends How You Define ‘Local’ (PaidContent)…

Digital Giants Closing in on Local Media (Reflections of a Newsosaur)…

Street Fight Daily: 12.02.11

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal media, technology, advertising and startups...

Zaarly App Aims to Deliver Customers to Small Businesses (Mashable)

Groupon’s Exaggerated Deals Will Be Probed By UK Government (PaidContent)
Mobile Commerce To Hit $6.7B In 2011 (MediaPost)

Street Fight Daily: 12.01.11

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal media, technology, advertising and startups... New Foursquare Button Lets You Collect and Use Reviews Later (Mashable)
As Stock Tumbles, Groupon Q4 Off to a Stellar Start (Yipit Blog)
Zaarly, TaskRabbit and the Rise of the Convenience Economy (BetaBeat)

Street Fight Daily: 11.30.11

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal media, technology, advertising and startups...

Yelp’s IPO May End Up Yelping (CNN/Money)

The Big Merchant Survey (Daily Deal Media)

On Zaarly, You Can (Usually) Get What You Want (Entrepreneur)

Patch, Others Seek Holiday Cheer Updating Tried and True Guides, Deals

Holidays are a sparkling time to test out the effectiveness of one’s local penetration. And it seems Patch is going all in. I asked Mark Josephson, SVP of revenue, to talk about what Patch is pitching for the holiday (among other obvious questions). Turns out the network of local sites has a Ye Olde Fashioned Gift Guide of its own…

Passive Profits? A Discussion with Grabio and Others Leading the Way

With the dawn of smartphones and geo-fences (a virtual radius that can be used to alert devices when they breach the invisible border) passive mobile computing can be taken to a higher level…

Street Fight Daily: 10.25.11

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal media, technology, advertising and startups...

Hyperlocal task/errand site Zaarly has announced that it raised $14.1 million in financing, and that the company is gaining Meg Whitman as a board member. The site works by letting people post requests for an item or service, and then lets other people, businesses and companies bid to fulfill those needs. (New York Times/Bits)…

Stocks columnist Herb Greenberg looks at Groupon’s numbers, determining that the company is “technically insolvent.” (CNBC)…