Facebook Announces Slew of Changes to Boost Local Businesses

A couple of weeks after Google announced changes to local event discovery, Facebook is announcing a bevy of updates intended to make connecting with local businesses easier for its 2 billion users. Here’s everything you need to know.

6 Vendors Using AI to Facilitate Live Events

Leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms, vendors are finding ways to streamline some of the most complex operations—such as estimating the number of attendees and anticipating how many products each attendee will need—in live event organizing.

Why Hasn’t a Killer App Emerged for Finding Local Events?

The local events space is still waiting on its ubiquitous app. There’s Yelp for restaurants. And Uber/Lyft for getting to and from. But there’s not yet a go-to for the crux of the night – the thing you do when you’re out on the town.

Street Fight Daily: Facebook’s New Listening Tool, Starbucks Orders Ahead

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyWhat Are Facebook Users Talking About? Advertisers Can Now Find Out. (Recode)… Starbucks Expands Mobile Ordering (TechCrunch)… Google Accidentally Reveals Its Own Mobile Events App (TechCrunch)…

Street Fight Daily: Bud Light On-Demand, Google Adds Events

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyAB InBev Launches App For One-hour Home Delivery Of Beer (MarketWatch)… Google Makes It Easier To Buy Tickets For Live Events, Straight From Search Results And Maps (The Next Web)… With The Booking Now App, Booking.com (aka Goliath) Just Arrived To The Last-Minute Hotel Game (Pando)…

Local Search for Events: The Great Missed Opportunity

My jumping off point for this week’s column is a recent post from Greg Sterling, where he observes that despite all the impressive innovation around local search in recent years, no one has launched a truly useful local events service. I have had this feeling for years and wasn’t sure if it was just me. But if Greg doesn’t know about a local events service that truly works, I think it’s fair to say one doesn’t exist. So pay attention, developers and entrepreneurs: local events need a killer app…

Street Fight Daily: Facebook Challenges Yelp, Foursquare Rethinks the Web

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Facebook Challenges Yelp With Mobile Pages Redesign Featuring Actions, Local Biz Details, And Ratings (TechCrunch)… Foursquare Revamps Business Pages to Take on Yelp as Web Visitors Hit 50 Million per Month (Verge)… Can Yelp Hold Off Foursquare and Facebook? (Screenwerk)…

Design: Rarely Has a Single Force Dominated the Mobile Ecosystem

The most successful players are focusing on one thing: How to make products, services, and devices as compelling and delightful as possible – both visually, and experientially. So whether you’re an enterprise company, publisher, developer, marketer, service, vendor, brand/retailer or infrastructure player, design is something you can no longer ignore…

Tackable Team Introduces New Hyperlocal App to Crowdsource Events

With Eventster, the developers at Tackable are hedging their bets on the belief that events discovery, not a down economy or general apathy, is the main reason why approximately 40 percent of industry tickets go unsold. To more effectively target users, the application will, over time, recommend events based on past preferences, in addition to location.