In Test of On-Demand Economy’s Durability, Postmates Files to Go Public

There’s nothing more hyperlocal than the on-demand class of startups, which feed off the everyday use cases spurred by a mobile-first world: whipping one’s phone out to order food from a local restaurant (Postmates, GrubHub, DoorDash), hail a ride (Uber and Lyft), or cut out a trip to the grocery store (Instacart, Shipt). Postmates’ founding ingenuity was to apply the convenience of ride-sharing to product delivery. Eight years later, it’s a food-delivery powerhouse, and its value may strike nearly $2 billion.

Superbowl Ad Roundup: The Local Edition

Several Superbowl ads touched on key themes in local such as multi-location brand advertisers (Burger King) and locally relevant technology like voice search (Amazon Alexa). And of course, there were lots of car commercials—an inherently local product category given the offline shopping component. 

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Apple Takes Advantage of Facebook’s Foul Play to Make a Privacy Statement

Not only did Facebook’s “Research” app, which paid 13- to 35-year-old users $20/month to access their search history, emails, and private messages, set off every imaginable alarm on the this-will-look-bad-when-the-exposé-comes-out PR radar (one of the world’s most powerful corporations must be lacking one of those), but the app also blatantly violated the terms of Apple’s Enterprise Developer Program, which proscribes distributing apps to consumers. It probably didn’t help that Facebook was searching tweens’ data for dirt on its competitors. 

Building the Location Layer: A Conversation with Foursquare

Last week, location technology company Foursquare announced its new Pinpoint audience segments product. Building from its large corpus of data on places, spatial movements and behavioral patterns, Pinpoint represents the latest in Foursquare’s evolution as the “location layer,” for the internet. We got the chance to sit down with Foursquare CEO Jeff Glueck in San Francisco to find out more. Here is the full interview. 

Omnichannel Optimization: What’s Changing (and What Isn’t) in Post-Screen Search

For brand marketers, addressing the expansion of local search into voice and visual contexts is really a matter of digging in and getting more involved with rich local context that appears to grow more expansive by the day. Google alone has introduced a vast array of opportunities for business to differentiate themselves from the competition, including photos, videos, 360° virtual tours, business descriptions, menus, Posts, reviews, and several other features.

Google and Amazon Escalate Voice ‘Platform Wars’

Mike Boland: Any entity competing for local commerce—publishers, brands, ad-tech players—has a looming platform choice for voice. Like the platform wars between iOS and Android, it’s a matter of deciding where to apply finite resources and development muscle. Maybe the answer is “both” Google and Amazon. But for now, Google appears to have the lead.

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…