Openings and New Hires at Empyr, Vistar Media, LotLinx

Every two weeks, Geoff Michener covers some of the latest openings and new hires in this dynamic industry. This week’s edition includes moves and new openings at SurePath Capital Partners, Brandify, and Foursquare.

Empyr Partners with Vendasta to Expand Its SMB Reach

Online-to-offline marketing platform Empyr has announced a partnership with Vendasta that has the potential to rapidly scale up and deepen its customer base. The deal makes Empyr’s CPR (cost-per-revenue), performance marketing platform available on Vendasta’s marketplace, which sells digital solutions through more than 2,000 local marketing agencies.

Empyr Takes the Wraps Off New Cost-Per-Revenue, Performance Marketing Platform

Empyr has revealed a new performance marketing platform that can verify when campaigns send customers to brick-and-mortar locations to make purchases. The promise is that it would let marketers better focus their spending on ads that deliver verified foot traffic.

Yext Shares Up Sharply in Initial Day of Trading, Portending Well for Local

Yext’s shares jumped nearly 22% in the company’s initial day of trading, with the price rising as high as $14.25 per share before settling to $13.41 at close. The strong opening was a hopeful message from Wall Street for the local marketing industry, which has been looking to Yext’s IPO as a bellwether.

How Turning Loyalty Campaigns Into a Data Play Transformed Empyr

Coaxing more customers to walk in and shop is what every merchant wants out of a loyalty program, but it is not always clear how effective these campaigns are. That’s why attribution — knowing for sure that new business resulted from an SMB’s marketing efforts — is such a holy grail in local.

Street Fight Daily: How Brands Leverage Snapchat Spectacles, Mobile App Installs Drop Sharply

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… How 5 Brands, Including GrubHub and Hyatt, Are Using Snapchat Spectacles… Mobile Boom Stalls, with Double-Digital Decline in App Installs… What Makes People Buy from a Brand They Follow on Social Media?…

Connecting Dots in the Path to Purchase, Empyr Focuses on Pay-Per-Sale for SMBs

The company’s CEO Jon Carder says that when you can prove attribution to local marketers, their rate of attrition drops dramatically: “It just gets incredibly better because there’s proof of how well the advertising’s working.” Empyr’s solution for attribution connects credit card information with mobile impressions.

Street Fight Daily: Uber and Foursquare Join Forces, Twitter Disbands Commerce Team

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Uber and Foursquare Team Up to Make It Easier to Find Your Destination… Heavy-Hitter Investors Plan a For-Profit Launch Next Month in Denver… Twitter Disbands Commerce Team, Ceases Product Development on ‘Buy’ Button…

Openings and New Hires at Verve, LiveRamp, and Tapad

Every two weeks, Geoff Michener covers some of the latest job changes taking place in this dynamic industry. In this week’s column, Verve appoints a chief revenue officer, LiveRamp hires two new executives, and Tapad brings on new licensing talent.