iPhoneX, AR & Local: How Do All the Pieces Fit?

There are lots of ways that augmented reality (AR) is a natural fit for local commerce. But questions remain: How will AR will materialize in local? How long it will take? And how do these factors signal local startups and media companies where to place their chips?

Street Fight Daily: Instagram Video Engagement on Steep Rise, Smartphones Drive Web Traffic

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Engagement with Instagram Videos Is Surging… Advertisers, Take Note: Smartphones Are Driving All Web Traffic Growth… Google Changes AdWords Guidelines in Response to Apple’s Intelligent Tracking…

Street Fight Daily: Online Brands Go Brick-and-Mortar, Voice-Assistant Arms Race Escalates

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Why E-Commerce Brands Are Opening Brick-and-Mortar Stores… Amazon and Apple Escalate Battle of Virtual Assistants… Tech Companies, Led by Amazon, Spend More Than Any Other U.S. Companies on R&D…

How Big Is the Promise of Local AR (And When Can We Expect It)?

Real execution will require an extensive value chain. And that’s why location data will be increasingly valuable in an AR-driven world. Specifically, location data will be a key element in displaying the right business or product information graphically.

Street Fight Daily: Yelp Sells Eat24 to GrubHub, Brands Rankled by Amazon’s Third-Party Selling

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Yelp Is Selling Eat24 to GrubHub for $287.5M, and the Stock is Skyrocketing… Brands Bristle at Third-Party Selling on Amazon But Can’t Do Much to Stop It… Is Facebook’s Mobile Attribution Model Fair?…

Street Fight Daily: Businesses and Users Love Instagram Stories, Snap Rolls Out Measurement Program

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Half of Businesses on Instagram Use Stories As It Turns 1… Snap Rolls Out New Measurement Program… 10 Ways Brands Could Use Apple’s Augmented-Reality Platform…

Street Fight Daily: Snap’s Location Partnerships Yield Fruit, Paid Search Outperforms Social

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Snapchat’s Foursquare and Factual Partnerships Double Geofilter Usage… Paid Search Advertising Still Outranks Social in Performance… Amazon Might Launch Its Own Messaging App That Would Allow Users to Order Food…

Street Fight Daily: Instagram Steals Snap’s Business, Google Wades Further into Local

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Publishers Are Switching Affections from Snapchat to Instagram… Google Expands Reserve with Google, Adding Salon and Spa Bookings… Moz Founder Rand Fishkin to Step Away from Day-to-Day Operations, Will Remain Chairman…

Street Fight Daily: Snap Throws Publishers and Brands a Bone, Lyft Exceeds 1M Rides Per Day

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Snapchat Adds Linking Feature, a Boost for Publishers and Brands… Lyft is Doing Over 1 Million Rides Per Day.. Apple News May Let Publishers Sell Ads Their Own Way…

Street Fight Daily: Apple Innovates on Marketing AI, Facebook Makes a Case Against TV Ads

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Apple Accelerates AI for Marketers… Facebook Says Users Turn to the Platform During Commercial Breaks When Watching TV… Snapchat versus Instagram: What Marketers Need to Know…

Street Fight Daily: Apple and Google Spook Publishers, Pinterest Lands $150M for Visual Search

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… As Apple and Google Take Aim at Ads, Publishers Tremble… Pinterest Raises Another $150 Million As It Aims to Conquer Visual Search… Analytics Tools Are Still a Challenge for Many…

Street Fight Daily: Apple Manufacturing ‘Smart Home’ Speaker, Blue Apron Files for IPO

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… For Smart Home Speakers, a Possible New Competitor… Blue Apron Delivers $100 Million IPO Filing… Uber Says It Just Noticed Error on Pay, But It Was No Secret…

Street Fight Daily: Marketers Eye Apple’s Snap Clone, Retail and VR

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Marketers Have Begun Eyeing Clips, Apple’s New Camera App… The Realities of Virtual Reality and Retail… Facebook Messenger Bots Work in Groups Now — Just Don’t Expect Them to Chat…

ShopChat Comes Out of Stealth with a Mobile Shopping Keyboard

ShopChat’s newly debuted mobile shopping keyboard works with messaging apps such as Facebook Messenger and Apple iMessage, letting users find and share pictures of products through their smartphones with their friends. Those friends can then give feedback, including emojis, and recommendations about the products.

Street Fight Daily: Yelp Sees Growth in Local Ad Accounts, Facebook Agrees to Audit

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Yelp Stock Plunges After Sales Outlook Misses Mark, But Local Ad Accounts Grow… Facebook Agrees to Audit of Its Metrics Following Data Controversy… Lyft Has Hired the Head of Google Street View to Lead Its Mapping Team…

The AI Wars in Local Have Already Begun

This AI-centric battle is being waged by heavier contenders than any before it, including Apple (Siri), Amazon (Alexa), and Google (Assistant). They’re each basing battle plans on their current positioning and biggest assets, and the winner will sway the next era of local commerce.

Apple Gets Into Position for the Voice Search Revolution

As voice search becomes more prevalent, Apple will “retain an advantage over Amazon in ‘on-the-go’ searches, since our phones are always with us,” David Mihm tells Mike Blumenthal. “Unfortunately for Apple, people overwhelmingly conduct voice searches at home. “

Street Fight Daily: Signpost Brings AI-Driven Ads to Facebook, Snap to File Publicly for IPO This Week

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Signpost Integrates AI Tech with Facebook for More Effective Advertising… Snap Plans to File Publicly for Its Much-Awaited IPO This Week… How Automakers Are Cashing in on Connected Cars…

How Cisco’s Meraki Became the Largest Vendor of Bluetooth Beacon Gateways

While Meraki’s routers have long had the ability to broadcast iBeacon packets, in October they released a software upgrade which enables API access to these radios, activating a major new feature. Now customers can use their Wi-Fi access points to monitor beacons from third party vendors.

Street Fight Daily: Apple Taps Drones to Improve Maps Data, Brands Leverage Apps for Loyalty

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Apple Said to Fly Drones to Improve Maps Data and Catch Google… How Brands Are Leveraging Their Apps to Provide Value, Maintain Loyalty… Instagram to Overtake Twitter as Marketing Channel…