#SFSW16 VIDEO: The Virtual Reality Revolution and Its Implications for Local

With the rise of Oculus and a host of other new companies, there has been lots of talk this year about the potential local and retail implications for virtual reality and augmented reality. At Street Fight Summit West in San Francisco earlier this month, a panel examined how brands and retailers see the VR/AR opportunity.

LBMA Podcast: Google’s Location Aware Search, xAd’s ‘Meaning of Local’

On the show: Thync’s digital drug; Indoor Atlas partners with Aisle411; Marriott and Netflix Travel Brilliantly together; Nomadic Gifts brings back the carrier pigeon; Verve Mobile acquires Fosbury; Facebook gives away beacons…

LBMA Podcast: Interviews With Aisle411, GameStop, and Mapquest

On the show: Our wrap from RetailLoco in Chicago, plus top stories of the week — including Vistar Media’s cross-screen ad platform; John Lewis testing the Oculus Rift; The Bluesmart suitcase; AboutPlace going into beta; Whirlpool partnering with Gigwalk; and Prizm’s contextual music device…

LBMA Podcast: SnapChat Tests Location, MapCo’s Howard Curtis

Top stories of the week include: Google acquires Skybox Imaging; Aisle411 partners with Walgreens and Google; Robocat’s Thermodo weather keychain; Apple patents location-based security; and Ikea Russia builds a website inside of Instagram;…

Google Hooks Up with Aisle411 to Map Stores

The company will partner with Walgreens to test an in-store service that helps shoppers navigate store aisles. Throughout the shopping experience, shoppers can be introduced to personalized coupons and other promotional offers, as well as rewards that can be accrued just by browsing…

8 Tools to Send Messages to Shoppers Based on In-Store Movements

Forty-four percent of shoppers now say they’ve used their smartphones for product research while standing in a store’s aisles, which means marketers who fail to connect with customers through effective in-store messaging are losing out on engagement at a critical time in the buying process. Here are eight tools that merchants can use to send offers or promotions based on their customers’ real-time indoor movements…

Aisle411 CEO: Retail Will Be the Biggest Opportunity for Indoor Location Tech

The St. Louis-based company works with large retailers and small mom-and-pop shops to use indoor navigation apps to enhance the shopping experience for consumers while allowing retailers to track a shopper’s behavior in-store. In addition to a consumer-facing app, the startup, which raised $6.3 million in September, develops white-label applications for retailers, enabling clients like Home Depot and Walgreen’s to integrate indoor navigation into their existing products…

5 Tools Retailers Can Use to Create Indoor Maps

Mobile navigation apps can easily direct consumers to a business’ front door, but once shoppers step foot inside — where the real action takes place — they’re usually on their own. Now, a handful of indoor mapping vendors are using hyperlocal technology to help retailers, malls and other large venues take the next step in guiding customers through the purchase funnel, with tools for developing interior maps that can be used to direct shoppers toward specific aisles or locations within an establishment…

6 Indoor Navigation Platforms for Retailers

Nearly three-quarters of consumers with smartphones say they would rather use their mobile devices inside a store than ask an associate for help. Here are six platforms that merchants of all sizes can use to help customers find products on store shelves and perhaps complete more transactions…

Street Fight Daily: Groupon Pays Up, Yelp Shines in Apple Maps

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Groupon Promising Merchants “Lowest Cost” Payments Service (And It’s Using an iPhone) (All Things D)… You May Hate Apple Maps, But the Yelp Integration is Something to Love (Venture Beat)… How Better Location Data Could Mean More-targeted Mobile Ads (GigaOm)…

GPS for Groceries: Aisle411 Might Have the Right Ingredients

Sometimes when I enter a large space with the intention of performing a specific task I quickly lose all my energy and fall to the ground. For instance looking for a moon rock at the Air and Space Museum, or a particular gift item from a cacophonous mall: Down for the count. Looking for cumin at the […]