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Street Fight’s Predictions for 2016: Part Two

The Editors

Street Fight’s Predictions for 2016: Part Two

With 2015 drawing to a close, it’s time again to look ahead to what we can expect in the hyperlocal space in 2016. We asked Street Fight staffers and weekly columnists what they thought would be the biggest story (or stories) in local in 2016. We ran the first installment yesterday — now here are the rest.

#SFSNYC: ReachLocal, ShopKeep, and Swipely on Whether or Not Vertical Approaches to Local Inevitably Become Horizontal

Annie Melton

#SFSNYC: ReachLocal, ShopKeep, and Swipely on Whether or Not Vertical Approaches to Local Inevitably Become Horizontal

Small businesses have a lot of options when it comes to choosing tools that keep things running smoothly. In fact, they have a lot of options even when partnering with a single vendor because companies within the connected local economy are transforming into marketing one-stop shops for advertising, point-of-sale (POS), and other solutions critical to the daily operations of SMBs.

Editor’s Take: The Perils of Uberization for the Local Economy

Noah Elkin

Editor’s Take: The Perils of Uberization for the Local Economy

On-demand is a convenient rubric for speaking about a certain type of currently faddish platform, but not every underlying service or product is the same. Transportation is not the same as home services or restaurants. By extension, not everything Uber does will work equally well outside of its particular niche. Demand-based pricing is a prime example.

Street Fight Daily: How Surge Pricing Could Affect Retail, Walgreens’ Mobile Approach

The Editors

Street Fight Daily: How Surge Pricing Could Affect Retail, Walgreens’ Mobile Approach

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Uber-Style Surge Pricing May Catch on with Retailers (Forbes)… Why Walgreens Is Partnering with Postmates and Betting Big on Mobile (LinkedIn Pulse)… Kroger Tests ‘Smart Shelf’ Technology (Indianapolis Star)…

Editor’s Take: The Apps vs. Browser Debate Is a Distraction

Noah Elkin

Editor’s Take: The Apps vs. Browser Debate Is a Distraction

The venerable apps vs. mobile web debate continues to rage on but it is largely a distraction for local merchants. Business owners do need to understand the changing media landscape to make the most effective possible use of their limited marketing budgets, but their time and their dollars are better spent on marketing fundamentals rather than investing in the increasingly difficult and crowded race to acquire, retain, and monetize app users.

Locable Zeroes in on Marketing Solutions for Digitally Challenged Merchants

Tom Grubisich

Locable Zeroes in on Marketing Solutions for Digitally Challenged Merchants

There are 28 million small businesses in America, and Locable considers all of them candidates for its expanded “Main Street for the 21st Century” marketing services. Now Locable is reaching out to those millions of small businesses through its IMPACT Marketing Suite. We caught up with Locable founder and CEO Brian Ostrovsky to talk about his new initiative.

Executive Survey: What’s Hot and What’s Not in the Connected Local Economy

David Card

Executive Survey: What’s Hot and What’s Not in the Connected Local Economy

Preliminary results from our forthcoming executive survey suggest that industry players are investing the most in mobile, followed by data and analytics. Respondents indicated that mobile marketing and managing company websites were the biggest challenges for local merchants, along with SEO and listings management. More complete survey results will be revealed at our upcoming Street Fight Summit in New York City.

Is Local a Specialist or a Full-Service Game?

The Editors

Is Local a Specialist or a Full-Service Game?

Local startups have reached a tipping point — go big, or go home. The fifth annual Street Fight Summit on Oct. 20th in NYC will explore the shifting local landscape. Conversations will look at the future of beacons, retail marketing, the changing programmatic landscape, and the nascent battle in mobile.

Street Fight Daily: Google’s Coming Mobile-geddon, Yelp Wins in Court

The Editors

Street Fight Daily: Google’s Coming Mobile-geddon, Yelp Wins in Court

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Google is Making a Giant Change This Week That Could Crush Millions of Small Businesses (Business Insider)… Court Prevents Yelp from Turning Over User Data (Hill)… Foursquare Turns To Location Data For Revenue, Joining Crowded Field (Marketing Land)..