Street Fight Daily: Integration of Listings & Reputation Management; Google Reviews, Yelp, and Antitrust

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING AND MEDIA… Latest Local Marketing Merger Aims for Scale in Critical Listings Management Sector… Yelp, Google Reviews, and Antitrust… Oath Integrates Its Ad Tech Assets—But What About the Verizon Data?…

Why This Select List of Local News Providers Includes Only One Daily Newspaper

A year-long study of newsrooms in the U.S. and Europe by two Danish journalists has singled out 16 local providers in the U.S. who are meeting the researchers’ main criterion: structural changes “to forge closer ties and stronger relations to their communities and audiences”—with a special focus on journalism over commerce, technology, and business models.

Street Fight Daily: Yelp Tests Offline Attribution, Gannett Bets on Local Businesses

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Yelp Tests Offline Attribution Using Guest WiFi and Email Matching… Gannett Leans Into Local to Grow Its Share of National Ad Pie… Walmart Fights a Bloody Battle Against Amazon…

Street Fight Daily: Facebook in Another Metrics Scandal, Big-Boxes Partner with Amazon/Google

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… A New Phase for Street Fight… Facebook Tells Advertisers It Can Reach More Young People Than Exist… Kohl’s and Home Depot Sign On to Sell Voice Assistants In-House…

Amid an Array of Metrics, Gannett Seeks to Know the ‘Why’ of User Choices

Gannett’s newspaper chain has 110 million unique digital visitors each month putting it in the exosphere of news and information sites. But these days Jason Jedlinski, VP of product management at the company, is more focused on quality than quantity — what those many millions of users want to read and why.

Street Fight Daily: Instagram Growing Rapidly, Gannett Earnings Suggest Bleak Outlook for Newspapers

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Gannett Earnings Forecast a Bleak 2017 for Newspaper Companies… Instagram is Growing Faster Than Ever and Now Has 700 Million Users… Waymo Is Hitting Uber Where It Hurts…

Street Fight Daily: Google Boosts Ads with Machine Learning, Gannett Acquires SweetIQ

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Google Leans on Machine Learning and Scale for Smarter Display Ads… Amazon’s Alexa Voice Tech is Now Available to Build Chatbots… Twitter is Testing a New Way to Show You News Articles…

Gannett Acquires SweetIQ, Building Out ReachLocal’s Suite of Digital Products

Gannett announced on Thursday afternoon that it has acquired Montreal-based listings management company SweetIQ, which will be rolled into its ReachLocal suite of software for small businesses and brands. SweetIQ’s products provide local businesses with tools to manage their listings and reputation, and measure consumer engagement.

Investment Firms Come to the Forefront Among Owners of Local Newspapers

Today seven investment entities control 349 daily newspapers, well ahead of either the 196 belonging to long-established private publishers that include companies like Hearst and Advance Publications or the 161 public publishers that include legacy chains like Gannett and McClatchy.

Street Fight Daily: GasBuddy’s Location-Based Strategy, Voice-Assisted Shopping On the Rise

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… GasBuddy Leverages Location-Based Marketing to Drive Purchases at Gas Stations… Mobile Shoppers Turn to Virtual Voice Assistants… Facebook, Google, Consolidation: What Drove Media Deals in 2016…

Street Fight Daily: Uber Redesigns App to Facilitate Location-Sharing, Yext Launches Developer Platform

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Uber Redesigns App to Streamline Ride Ordering, Facilitate Location-Sharing… Yext Launches a Developer Platform for Its Location Database Technology… Facebook Shares Sink as Company Announces Ad Revenue Growth Likely to Slow…

Street Fight Daily: Feds Restrict Data-Sharing, Speculation That Gannett/Tronc Could Fall Through

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Broadband Providers Will Soon Need User Permission to Sell User Data… Gannett and Tronc Shares Tank on Speculation Deal is Off… LivingSocial’s Lessons for the Experience Economy…

Street Fight Daily: Groupon Acquires LivingSocial, Businesses Use Ride-Sharing to Create Revenue

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Groupon is Buying LivingSocial, Plans to Downsize Business to 15 Markets from 27… Snaplytics Debuts Snapchat Revenue Measurement Tool to Inform Brand Marketing… Google Voice Search Comparison Shops on Mobile, Creating Audio Ad Opportunity…

Street Fight Daily: Gannett Purchase of Tronc Imminent, Facebook Launches Its Own Craigslist

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Gannett Deal to Buy Tronc is Likely Imminent… Facebook Launches Marketplace, a Friendlier Craigslist… Marketers Try to ‘Close the Loop’ On Customer Retention…

Street Fight Daily: Gannett Ups Offer for Tronc, QSRs Boost Business with Mobile

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Gannett Sweetens Bid for Chicago Tribune Parent Tronc… Quick-Serve Restaurants Use Mobile to Boost Order Value… Why Local Auto Dealers Are Steering Marketing Budgets To Digital…

Street Fight Daily: Facebook Profits Skyrocket, Gannett Expansion Faces Ad Difficulties

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Facebook Profit Nearly Triples on Mobile Ad Sales and New Users… Gannett’s Expansion Strategy Runs Into Bad News on the Ad Front… How Businesses Creating New Website Platforms Can Optimize for Search…

Street Fight Daily: Pokémon Go and Local Commerce, Millennials and Retail

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Foursquare President: ‘Huge’ Industry Developing Around Location Intelligence… Pokémon Go Gets Consumers Back to the Mall, But Will They Shop?… Lyft and GM Expand Express Drive Driver Rental Program…

Street Fight Daily: Gannett Acquires Jersey Papers, Walmart Responds to Apple Pay

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Gannett Buys the Bergen Record and Other New Jersey Papers… Walmart’s Answer to Apple Pay is Now Available in All Walmart Stores… Used-Car Mobile Marketplace, Shift, Launches…

Street Fight Daily: Facebook Demotes Publishers on News Feed, Yelp Launches ‘Knowledge’ Platform

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Facebook to Change News Feed to Focus on Friends and Family, Not Publishers… Yelp Announces Expanding ‘Knowledge’ Social Analytics Platform… Google Launches Two New APIs to Improve App Intelligence and Context…

Street Fight Daily: Foursquare’s Swarm Offers Check-in Rewards, Yahoo Debuts Chatbots

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Foursquare’s Swarm Now Rewards You for Check-Ins… Yahoo Enters the World of Chatbots… Google is Bringing New Ad Types to AMP…