California’s Gig Economy Bill Becomes Law

The landmark California gig economy bill that may force companies such as Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash that employ thousands of drivers as independent contractors to hire those people as employees became law today. Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom signed the bill.

If the bill does ultimately affect Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, and other companies in the so-called gig economy thriving on venture capital for the last decade, it will severely disrupt their business models, which rely on cheap labor. 

GrubHub or GrabHub? Thoughts on the Latest Predatory Industry to Target SMBs

“Growth hacking” along these lines is enough to gag a maggot, but there is the more “benign” approach of Google that says, “Let’s add an order button to every restaurant for the ‘benefit of the customer’” that is equally reprehensible. The business is effectively paying a searcher “head tax” to the food delivery companies on brand searches where the consumer just wanted to get the restaurant phone number, and the searcher was offered a big order button that is so much more convenient to click. 

In Google’s case, it would be a simple matter to provide the local restaurant the option to turn off the Order CTA in the dashboard. Instead, if a business complains to Google, they foist them on the delivery service for resolution. (Or not.) 

LBMA Vidcast: Square Adds DoorDash and Postmates

On this week’s Location-Based Marketing Association podcast: AppNexus rebrands to Xandr Invest with AT&T data, Cerebro Platform hyperlocal DOOH, Welcome travel itinerary app, McDonald’s McNugget experience in the UK, Square adds DoorDash & Postmates, iOS 13 to be much more location-sharing friendly.

Outsourced or In-House Delivery? We Did the Math

Local delivery is rapidly becoming a must-have for all kinds of businesses—people have become accustomed to online ordering and speedy delivery. According to a Go People survey, 65% of retailers will offer same-day delivery by the end of 2019, and according to Technomic, food delivery volume will grow by 12% year-over-year from 2019 to 2023. The question isn’t whether your business should offer delivery, but how.

DoorDash Will Put an End to Old-School Delivery—And Smaller Rivals

What does the big money for DoorDash mean for the crowded on-demand delivery space? The market is growing as a whole, but there isn’t all that much growth share to go around. DoorDash CEO and founder Tony Xu has said as much.  “If you look at where the U.S. is, there’s two players gaining share. It’s DoorDash and Uber. And DoorDash is growing 65% faster,” Xu said in a conversation with Recode editor-at-large and co-founder Kara Swisher earlier this year.

LBMA Vidcast: Coachella and Amazon Lockers, DoorDash Raises $500M

On this week’s Location-Based Marketing Association podcast: Coachella + Amazon Lockers, Colruyt uses Google Assistant, DoorDash raises $500M, Kroger launches mobile pay app, Crate & Barrel + Handy. Special co-host: Carsten Szameitat.

In On-Demand Economy, Brand Partnerships Could Mean Big Paydays

Partnerships between on-demand technology providers and global restaurant brands are generating big bucks and creating buzz about what’s possible for the ever-evolving on-demand delivery industry. Tech companies allow retailers and QSRs to keep up with the latest standards for convenience, and partnering with a brand name like Starbucks or McDonald’s can expand the audience of potential users for a growing on-demand startup.

Street Fight Daily: Google Bought MasterCard Data for Attribution, Free Coffee for Consumer Data?

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING AND MEDIA… Google and MasterCard Cut a Secret Ad Deal to Establish Attribution… Why Publishers Are Transitioning to Affiliate Marketing… Possibly Foreshadowing Retail Trend to Come, a Shop Exchanges ‘Free’ Coffee for Data…

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.

Raise Report: Drawbridge, DoorDash, Karma Lock Down New Funding

Every two or three weeks, we round up some of the biggest fundraises taking place in hyperlocal marketing, commerce, and tech. This week’s edition includes funding for Carmera, Simple Feast, Nylas, and PebblePost.

LBMA Podcast: Postmates & DoorDash, Foursquare, Uber

This Week in Location Based Marketing is a weekly video podcast from the Location Based Marketing Association with Asif Khan & Aubriana Lopez. On the show this week: Mercedes Benz, Landmark + Sony Music, China’s BingoBox, Gordon’s Gin teams up with Weve, Foursquare’s new API, Uber expands bike sharing.

Street Fight Daily: Mobile to Take the Lead in U.S. Ad Spend, GDPR Spooks Location Firms

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Mobile Ad Spending to Surpass TV in 2018… The GDPR Is Spooking Location-Targeting Companies… Amazon’s Other Jeff Steps Into the Spotlight…

5 Ways to Make Your Startup Culture Stand Out

After three years reporting on “Street Culture,” Street Fight looks back on five ways that company leaders are making their company culture stand out—and some of the best pieces of advice for doing the same at your business.

Street Fight Daily: Leave In-Store Shoppers Alone, Google Courts Publishers as Facebook Flails

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… In-Store Shoppers Lean on Tech, Want to Be Left Alone in Stores… While Facebook Battles Fires, Google Rolls Out Pro-Publisher Initiatives… Media Rating Council Considers Bumping up Video Ad Standards…

Raise Report: New Funding for DoorDash, ZenBusiness, Tinyclues

Every two weeks, we round up some of the biggest fundraises taking place in hyperlocal marketing, commerce, and tech. This week’s edition includes funding for Intello, Industrious, Justworks, and Virtualitics.

Street Fight Daily: Investments in Search Will Diversify, Inside Uber’s Social Strategy

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Search Spend to Diversify, Spreading Among Platforms Beyond Google… Uber Relies on Automation to Keep Its Paid Social Strategy Humming… Getting Detailed Insights Is Top Challenge for Programmatic Marketers…

Street Fight Daily: Amazon & Walmart Disrupt Grocery, Facebook Pulls Plug on Separate Feed

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… With Competition from Amazon and Walmart, It’s Getting Tougher for Local Grocers… Facebook, Diverging from Snap, Decides Separating News from Friends and Media Unwise… Attribution Blind Spots Are Eating Into Your Performance…

Street Fight Daily: 2018 Local Ad Spend Projections, Mashable Pivots Away from Video

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… 2018 Local Ad Spend to Top $151 Billion… Mashable Is Reeling in Its Video Ambitions After Ziff Davis Sale… SoftBank Is Negotiating a DoorDash Investment Up to $300 Million…

Case Study: Jack in the Box Explores Autonomous Delivery Robots

While the company is keeping a tight lid on which other technology platforms it’s testing out currently, Alter says consumers can expect that its new robot delivery fleet is just a part of its experimentation with hyperlocal tech.

Street Fight Daily: Google Makes Maps Interactive, Amazon Rolls Out ‘Instant Pickup’

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Google Brings Q&A to Maps, Further Entering the Local Recommendation Space… Amazon Adds ‘Instant Pickup’ in U.S. Brick-and-Mortar Push… Aiming for Transformation via Acquisition, Non-Tech Companies Buy Tech Firms…