Local Search Needs a Standard Business Listing

Search engines are the preferred medium for local search — Moz’s David Mihm estimated that about 7.5 billion searches a month have local intent — and business listing information is the foundation on which these local queries are served. Whether you’re a listing publisher, data aggregator, consumer or local business, a verifiable business listing that complies with a standard will help everyone win in local search…

Hyperlocal Industry Leaders to Gather in NYC on Oct. 24-25

Street Fight, the leading voice of the hyperlocal industry, will host its third annual Street Fight Summit in New York in October, bringing together decision makers and influencers from key areas of local marketing and commerce. Topics will focus on the most dynamic areas of hyperlocal, such as indoor targeting, mobile payments, hyperlocal advertising models, and local commerce strategies…

How Local Search Looks to the Rest of Us

It seems like many recent conversations, webinars, articles, and studies have pointed to the same conclusion: local search as an industry is insufficiently aware of how its products are actually used by consumers and small businesses. Many of the solutions put forward by consumer-facing local publishers and by business-facing services overestimate our appetite for new products and the amount of time and energy we want to spend using online tools…

The Local Search Shadow Economy

We know that there exist a great number of businesses in our local communities that service a variety of needs at their clients’ homes or business locations. Aside from specialized services like Angie’s List and Service Magic, there are few local search outlets that serve potential clients or service providers well in terms of their ability to connect a need with the appropriate provider…

Managing Local Presence on Mobile Devices: A Developing Challenge

The continued strong growth of mobile local search combined with the high value of mobile customers indicates a shift in attention is required on the part of local search publishers, in order to make it easier for businesses to manage their listing content on the devices consumers are turning to in ever increasing numbers.

Street Fight Daily: Making Advertising ‘Glocal,’ LivingSocial Partners With Custora

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Great Advertising Is Both Local and Global (Harvard Business Review)… LivingSocial Takes Andrew Mason’s Advice with New Targeting Tech From Custora. But is It Too Late? (PandoDaily)… Facebook App Used More than Mapquest, Bing for Local Search (Screenwerk)…

Local Mapping Services and the Public Trust

The towering presence of Google in the mapping world today is testament to its success in product development, but this also indicates something else. People don’t just think of maps as a product to be consumed. It seems that we have begun to consider mapping services as a public trust…

How Social Search Changes the Way We Find Local Businesses

As online maps, directories and social media evolve, consumers are finding new ways to locate local businesses — and social search has become increasingly important, as users integrate the recommendations of friends into their local searches. Street Fight recently spoke with Wajam, a company that integrates social media into online searches, about how social media is changing the way people find merchants, and what social search might mean for the future of Yelp reviews…

How Can Local Search Better Serve Service-Oriented Businesses?

Local search isn’t just about brick and mortar. In fact, a very large number of the local businesses we interact with on a frequent basis are service-area oriented. And yet service-oriented businesses make something of a poor fit in a local search model that is oriented toward my physical location and the proximity of nearby businesses on a map…

Street Fight Daily: Ebay Sees Mobile Surge, Bing Adds Foursquare

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.EBay’s John Donahoe Seeing a “Staggering Surge” in Mobile Shopping (All Things D)… LocalResponse Teams Up With ShopLocal For In-Store Mobile Ads (TechCrunch)…

Street Fight Daily: Square Loyalty, LocalResponse Nears Profit

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

Square Gets Into the Loyalty Game with Digital Punch Cards (GigaOm)…

LocalResponse: Our Ad Network Has 7 Billion Impressions Per Month And Is Almost Profitable (TechCrunch)…

On The Heels Of Its Funding, Yext Gets A New Interface And Review Monitoring (TechCrunch)…

Street Fight Daily: Yelp to Bing Local, IAB Launches Mobile Tools

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

Yelp to Feature Reviews on Microsoft’s Bing Local Search Pages (Bloomberg Businessweek)…

IAB Launches Hub For Mobilizing Web Sites (MediaPost)…

Anyone Who Thinks Mobile Advertising Is Going to Be Huge Needs to See These Charts (Business Insider)…

PODCAST: This Week in Location-Based Marketing — Foursquare, Project Noah

In this week’s episode, hosts Rob Woodbridge and Asif Khan look at the IOC Foursquare campaign, and at whether Fox’s breakout television series Touch can help AT&T’s airgraffity. Plus news from Navizon, Bing, Geofeedia, Exec App and Scoutmob as well as our resource of the week and special guest Yasser Ansari of Project Noah…

Street Fight Daily: Groupon Restates, Bing Eliminates Local Targeting in Some Markets

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

Groupon Restates Q4 Earnings (Crain’s Chicago Business)…

LivingSocial Finds That Full-Price Offers Work Better on Mobile Than Discounts (AllThingsD)…

Funding Circle, a Kickstarter for SMBs, Picks Up $16M From Index, Union Square Ventures (TechCrunch)…

Street Fight Daily: 02.01.12

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

Facebook Set to IPO Today (New York Times)…

Shopkick Scored $110M for Partners in 2011 (GigaOm)…

Top Three Reasons NOT To Do a Local + Online Startup — And What To Do Instead) (Crash Dev)…

Street Fight Daily: 10.11.11

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

Microsoft appears to be readying the formal launch of a Bing-branded daily deals website powered by white-label group buying platform service provider Tippr. This offering is notably different from Microsoft’s earlier launch of Bing Deals, which basically features links to aggregated deals from a number of partners. (TechCrunch)…

The daily deal industry has jolted a formerly sleepy corner of the $30 billion online advertising market: the local part of the paid search marketing business. Local search ads that included references to towns and cities were not in demand until daily deal companies started paying handsomely to track down people interested in neighborhood goods and services. (Reuters)…

Bing is Good for Daily Deals — And Deal Buyers

A few weeks back Microsoft’s Bing! was the first search engine to roll out a daily deals search feature. The deals feed includes 200,000 offers perusable by geography and timing. It’s impressive. The Bing! Team has been aggressive about quickly putting in place customer-centric features like enhanced travel search and visual shopping search that address the way we live now with useful tools. This is the logical extension of the daily deal aggregation game, where the big fellas in the online search biz take the lead. And it both validates and improve my deal experience…