Voice Search Readiness in 2019 and Beyond

Bernadette Coleman: 2019 is here. While the focus in recent weeks has been predictions on the digital marketing trends that are expected to emerge this year, I would argue that one of the most important measures brands need to take in 2019 is to implement a full-scale voice search readiness strategy, if they have not already.

A Compliance-Privacy Tsunami Will Slam Into the Data Ecosystem in 2019: Big Changes to Watch

SPONSORED, by Neil Sweeney, CEO of Freckle IoT / Killi: The takeaway for 2019 will be consent management. Why is this going to be the trend? Two reasons — the first is because consent management is nonexistent in today’s technology stacks (and, no, the catch-all ‘do you accept’ button will not be sufficient moving forward for consent management). And, second: a compliance/privacy tsunami will bear down on the entire world (not just advertising) in 2019. Every trend in 2019 will tie back to a company’s ability, or inability, to check the box on consent management.

What Does (Local) Innovation Look Like in 2019? An Open Question

More specifically, what will innovation look like going forward in local marketing and retail? How will it at once address the unignorable concerns about privacy and transparency that have reached a fever pitch of late and stay true to the best of the Silicon Valley spirit, namely, introduce something both new and necessary? How do local innovators move fast without breaking= things? Is that possible?

We at Street Fight want to hear from you, our readers, about the innovation you’re excited about in local in 2019 and your concerns about business practices in the industry in years to come. Drop me a line with your predictions, concerns, and hopes for Local in 2019 at jzappa@streetfightmag.com.

Will Audio AR Drive Local Commerce?

Mike Boland: AR may not play out in the way you think, at least in the near term. Though it’s generally thought of as graphical overlays on your field of view, another “overlay” could be more viable in the near term: sound. This “audio AR” modality could come sooner than—and eventually coexist with—its graphical cousin.  

Street Fight Daily: Google’s Mobile-First Indexing, Simpli.fi Launches Nationwide Solution

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING AND MEDIA… Ready or Not, Google’s Mobile-First Indexing Is Here… Are Holiday Campaigns Launching Too Late in the Season?… Localized Programmatic Platform Simpli.fi Goes National…

Not All Voice Assistants are Created Equal

Several tech giants are chasing voice search and assistant apps. They’re motivated by different factors—each seeing voice as a way to support, grow, and protect their unique core businesses.

Street Fight Daily: Unstructured Data A Big Local Opportunity; Small Businesses Need Cybersecurity Help

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING AND MEDIA… Not All Burrito Eaters Are the Same: Why Advertisers Need to Think Local… Report: Half of Very Small Businesses Suffer Financial Losses from Website Hacks… Why I Love First-Party Reviews…

Street Fight Daily: Apple Dances On While Rivals Flail, Smart Checkout Industry Will Boom

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING AND MEDIA… How Apple Thrived in a Season of Tech Scandals… Dstillery and CultureWaves Partner on Observed Behavior-Based Marketing… Smart Checkout Tech Projected to Hit $45 Billion…

Street Fight Daily: Google’s Long Game with SMB Websites, Video Ads Rise—Will Fraud Rise With Them?

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING AND MEDIA… Is Google Playing the Long Game with SMB Websites?… More Digital Videos Are Coming—How Will They Affect Ad Fraud?… Causal IQ Reimagines Role of Programmatic Solutions Provider, Leveraging Intimate Influencers…

Street Fight Daily: Amazon Gets into SMB Goods, Leading Travel Reviews Site Pivots to Social

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING AND MEDIA… Amazon Wants to Take Over Every Aspect of Shopping. Next Up? Small Businesses… TripAdvisor Wants to Become Your Social Media Network for Travel… Shoppable Billboards: Retailers Say Physical Stores are Driving Online Sales…

Street Fight Daily: Google Adds Video to Showcase Shopping Ads, Snap Helps Publishers Deploy UGC

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING AND MEDIA… Google Rolls Out Video Ads in Showcase Shopping and Shoppable Image Ads… New Hires at Uber, JumpCrew, Freckle IoT… A New Snapchat Feature Lets Publishers Create Live Stories Out of Users’ Posts…

Street Fight Daily: Some Marketers Troubled as Google Automation Mounts, How Brands Can Localize

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING AND MEDIA… As Response Display Becomes Default, Some Marketers Push Back on Automation… How Brands Can Create Personalized Experiences for Each Local Market… Amazon Is Stuffing Its Search Results Pages with Ads…

Street Fight Daily: Integration of Listings & Reputation Management; Google Reviews, Yelp, and Antitrust

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING AND MEDIA… Latest Local Marketing Merger Aims for Scale in Critical Listings Management Sector… Yelp, Google Reviews, and Antitrust… Oath Integrates Its Ad Tech Assets—But What About the Verizon Data?…

Street Fight Daily: Consumers Crave Transparency from Brands, Retailers Are Figuring It Out

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING… Report: Consumers Seek Transparency From Brands on Social Media… What Do You Know, Retailers Are Figuring It Out… Billy Penn, Denverite, and The Incline Are Going After Members…

LBMA Podcast: DoorDash, Uberall & TripAdvisor, Apple

On this week’s Location-Based Marketing Association podcast: Uberall + TripAdvisor, DoorDash, Sinagpore’s WhereIsWhere, Mall of America, Amazon buying Landmark Theatres?, Apple going into your windshield.

Heard on the Street, Episode 10: Apple, Amazon, and Localized Brand Marketing

How are multi-location businesses shifting their local ad spend? What do Apple’s latest mapping moves mean for local search? And what’s Amazon’s master plan for advertising and commerce? These are a few of the topics we bat around in an analyst roundtable for the latest episode of the Heard on the Street podcast. 

Street Fight Daily: Facebook Removes Over 5,000 Ad Targeting Options, Sprinklr Partners with Nextdoor

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING… Facebook to Cut Over 5,000 Ad Targeting Options, But Buyers Envision Workarounds… Sprinklr Partners with Nextdoor to Power Hyperlocal Social Campaigns… How Brands Can Use AI to Boost Their Email Marketing Strategies…

Street Fight Daily: Google Hit With Location-Tracking Lawsuit, What to Know Before Shifting Programmatic to Mobile

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING… Google Sued for Allegedly Tracking Phone User Locations Regardless of Privacy Settings… Dstillery Launches Data Visualization Tool Dscover Maps, Fueled by Quality Audience Profiles… What to Know Before Shifting Your Programmatic Budget to Mobile…

Street Fight Daily: The (Walmart) Empire Strikes Back, How Brands Forge Emotional Connections

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING… Inside Walmart’s Rise as a Legitimate E-Commerce Player… Motista Report Indicates What Brands Can Do to Spark Emotional Engagement… Did Ad Blocking Just Flip from Protection Racket to Mobile Marketing Savior…

As Local Search Enters the Voice Era, Three Content Channels Dominate

You’re well covered today on the three top voice platforms if you have strong listings on Google, Apple, and Yelp. If you want to do even more, make sure your Bing listings are up to date for Cortana (note that Yelp reviews show up here as well), and submit your listing info to Here and Foursquare in order to be found in Samsung’s Bixby interface.