July Focus: Retail Transformation in the Amazon Age

Street Fight is rolling into July with the monthly theme Disrupting Retail: a look at how retail continues to transform, driven by competition from Amazon and key trends like “retail-as-a-service.”

But why is this important to Street Fight (and to you)? As we continue to evolve the definition of “local,” one key component of its market opportunity is offline brick-and-mortar shopping. After all, about 90% of all U.S. retail spending, to the tune of about $3.7 trillion, is completed offline in physical stores. And that’s usually in proximity to one’s home (thus, local).

Heard on the Street, Episode 28: Location-Based Survival of the Fittest, With Gimbal

According to Gimbal’s SVP of location platforms Adrian Tompsett, the key to the location business is having a long-term and holistic view of customer value. That means using location intelligence to go beyond just triggering promotions to increase the customers’ basket size, instead using the technology in ways that will provide additional value in the long term.

The Power of Micro-Location Technology

The location market has matured beyond push. The value of micro-location technology is now built on hyper-accurate analytics on where users go in the physical world, allowing advertisers to re-target them with a variety of omnichannel marketing efforts. Here are a few exciting use cases that highlight the power of hyper-accurate location-based marketing technology.

LBMA Podcast: Gimbal, Grabb-IT, Uberall & Navads

On this week’s edition of the LBMA podcast: GivePay + NYC ATM, Grabb-IT, Gimbal, Uberall acquires NavAds, Posterscope + HUQ Industries, Chevron + Visa.  Special Guest: Helen Maxfield – Aimia (with Pointr Labs).

Street Fight Daily: Google Adds Video to Showcase Shopping Ads, Snap Helps Publishers Deploy UGC

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING AND MEDIA… Google Rolls Out Video Ads in Showcase Shopping and Shoppable Image Ads… New Hires at Uber, JumpCrew, Freckle IoT… A New Snapchat Feature Lets Publishers Create Live Stories Out of Users’ Posts…

Street Fight Daily: AMP Delivers on Ads, Agencies Try to Cash In on Voice Tech

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Google Says Faster Mobile Ads Are Boosting Clickthrough Rates Up To 200 Percent… What Advertising Companies Are Doing to Capitalize on Voice Tech… Quality, Transparency of Location Data Top Concerns for Marketers…

Street Fight Daily: Brands Using Apps to Drive Revenue, Facebook Tweaks News Feed (Again)

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… How Three Brands Use Apps to Drive Loyalty and Revenue… Facebook Tweaks News Feed to Favor ‘Personally Informative’ Stories… How AMP Will Affect the Wider Web…

Gimbal Launches Proximity Data Platform for Mobile App Publishers

While more consumers own smartphones than ever before, they also face an unprecedented number of options when it comes to mobile apps. For app publishers, it can be hard to stand out in the crowd — even if your service is perfect for a a specific kind of user. As a way to help publishers […]

Street Fight Daily: Google Launches Retail Ad Update, Pokémon Go to Host Local Ads

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Google Courts Retail and Hotel Marketers with New Features… Ads for Specific Locations Are Coming to Pokémon Go… Why Location Isn’t Enough for Mobile Advertising…

LBMA Podcast: Twitter/Foursquare, Amazon Dash, Verve/Roximity

This Week in Location Based Marketing is a weekly video podcast from the Location Based Marketing Association with Asif Khan and Aubriana Lopez. On the show: Pinterest, Danone + INRIX, KWIK, Dolce & Gabana, Rover, KFC India, Gimbal + Health Media Network, xAd + Comscore.

Gimbal CEO Says Getting Beacons Right Means Moving Beyond the Coupon

“When people started thinking of beacons, they thought it was the place to [deliver] the coupon offer,” says Jeff Russakow, “but what we’re finding is that there is a broader and richer experience to be had through beacon deployment.”

Street Fight Daily: Amazon Could Buy Stake in HERE, New Subscription Service from Postmates

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Amazon In Talks to Buy Stake in Mapping Company HERE (Yahoo Finance)… Postmates Launches Subscription Service, Hits 1M Monthly Deliveries (TechCrunch)… More Brands Mean Many More Buttons for Amazon Service (New York Times)…

Street Fight Daily: How Ad Blocking Affects Ecommerce, Is Food Delivery the New Gold Rush?

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Ecommerce Links Become the Latest Unlikely Casualty of Ad Blocking (Digiday)… The Food Delivery Wars: A Little Bit of History Repeating? (PYMNTS.com)… FiveStars Gets $50M to Help Small Retailers Run Loyalty Programs Like Their Bigger Rivals (TechCrunch)…

Street Fight Daily: Bing, Yahoo Take Bite of Google’s Search Share, Native Ads Get FTC Guidelines

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Microsoft and Yahoo Search Share Grows, Still Trails Google by Miles (Ad Age)… The FTC Is Cracking Down on Native Advertising (Fortune)… A Former Topsy Employee Has an Interesting Theory on Why Apple Shut Down This $200 Million Acquisition (Business Insider)…

Openings and New Hires at Moasis, EBTH, and Tout

Every two weeks, Geoff Michener covers some of the latest job changes taking place in this dynamic industry. In this week’s column, Moasis hires two ex-Googlers to its c-suite, Everything But The House makes a spree of executive hires, and video network Tout woos away a Deseret Digital Media leader.

LBMA Podcast: Pinterest Adds Location to Every Place Pin, Niantic Labs Raises $20M

On the show: Pinterest Place Pins to add automatic location data; Niantic Labs raises $20 million from Google, Pokémon, and Nintendo; Australia’s Westfield malls and CommBank team up for beacon play; Drinkeasy SMS craft spirits delivery service; Onomichi map provides “cat’s-eye view;” MoveLoot does the heavy lifting; RetailNext acquires Pikato. Plus, news from Shoe Carnival and SIM Partners; Tostitos Canada; and Gimbal and Phigital.

LBMA Podcast: Banjo’s Raise, Pizza Hut Adds Location

On the show: Gimbal partners with Tillster for restaurants; SpotMe App lets you pay and track debts; Battersea puts dogs on digital screens; Wall’s Ice Cream brings the truck inside your office; Shadow WiFi; UrbanClap from India…

Six Months After Spin-Off, Gimbal Continues to Grow

It’s been a busy few months for Gimbal, the beacon company formerly owned by Qualcomm. After being spun off from the tech giant in May, the company went on a hiring spree, bringing its team to more than 30 employees. Then earlier this month, the company entered into its first big partnership with push notification company Urban Airship…

LBMA Podcast: Urban Airship and Beacons, MapQuest Commutes

On the show: Urban Airship and Gimbal cozy up to beacons; MoPub and Juice Mobile team up; Estimote maps the indoors; AirPatrol secures two patents; xAd teams with Captivate Networks; and special guest is SchneiderMike from Skyhook Wireless…

Street Fight Daily: Gannett Buys Rest of Cars.com, Angie’s List Struggles

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…Gannett Buys the Rest of Cars.com for $1.8 Billion (Businessweek)… Why Angie’s List Is In Trouble (Time)… PayPal Taps an Outsider to Push It Into a New Era (New York Times)…