Report: Half of Very Small Businesses Suffer Financial Losses from Website Hacks

Half of all the small businesses with five or fewer employees examined in a recent report by GoDaddy have suffered a financial loss due to website hacking, and for one in eight, that loss was more than $5,000.

Square’s Acquisition of Weebly and The Battle for the Modern Merchant

Square’s acquisition of Weebly, its largest to date, signals the beginning of a consolidation wave that we have been expecting at SurePath for some time. It also suggests the beginning of a competition to see which tech company can become the first all-in-one small-business solution.

#SFSW18: The Local Ecosystem in Flux

“Small businesses are people who are gutting it out,” said Andrew Morbitzer, VP of corporate development at GoDaddy. “They’re here to do a service or provide a product. They’re not here to use software. [Our job is] removing the decision to take on another capability.”

Street Fight Daily: GoDaddy Acquires Main Street Hub, New York Times Leads Way on Loyalty

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… GoDaddy Is Acquiring Main Street Hub, Social Marketing Platform for SMBs… How the New York Times Uses Interactive Tools to Build Loyalty and Subscriptions… Here’s Why the Epidemic of Malicious Ads Grew So Much Worse Last Year…

Street Fight Daily: Facebook Aims to Placate Publishers, AdTech Consolidation Continues

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Facebook Launches News Analytics Tool in Partnership with Nielsen… Sizmek Buys Rocket Fuel, Once Worth Roughly $1 Billion, for $145 Million… How the Right Media Partnerships Can Help Brands Build Trust…

#SFSNYC: SMB DIY — Is Local Getting Closer to Solving the Self-Serve Conundrum?

At Street Fight Summit on Wednesday, Street Fight columnist Damian Rollison sat down with three digital marketing insiders to discuss how their companies provide value to small and medium-sized businesses — and how to strike the right balance between automation and customer engagement.

Are Website Builders the Next Big Growth Market in Local?

Website builders have been around almost as long as the internet itself. As you would expect, this is a busy market. Sitebuilderreport.com tracks 35 vendors. There are many more. Interestingly, only 4 of the 35 vendors get a good rating. Clearly, this is a large market that is ready for new and better solutions.

GoDaddy Balances Tech and Self-Service in a Fragmented Marketplace

“The way that you cut through the noise is to build products and services that are loved by the people who use them so much that they proactively tell their neighbor next to them, or proactively tell the business group they are a part of,” says the company’s product chief, Steven Aldrich.

GoDaddy Launches Simple Way to Scale Up E-Commerce Sites

GoDaddy today is releasing a new Web hosting product that the company says makes it easier for anyone, regardless of their technical proficiency, to run high-traffic, e-commerce sites. It’s also a way for SMBs to gain access to more management and security options for their websites while sticking to a budget.

Street Fight Daily: GoDaddy Acquires Euro Rival for $1.8 Billion, How Foursquare Tackles Attribution

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… GoDaddy Acquires Rival Host Europe Group for $1.79 Billion… How Foursquare Leverages Location for Attribution… Don’t Expect To See Amazon’s Checkout-Free Grocery Store Mirrored by Local Retailers Anytime Soon…

GoDaddy Beefs Up SMB Offerings With WordPress Websites

The new offering gives small business owners a more streamlined way to create WordPress websites, with professionally-built themes, industry-specific images, and a visual page editor for website customization.

Openings and New Hires at Zenreach, Rocketspace, TruMeasure

Every two weeks, Geoff Michener covers some of the latest job changes taking place in this dynamic industry. This week’s edition includes moves and new openings at SweetIQ, AdviceLocal, and more.

New App From GoDaddy Wants to Help Entrepreneurs Brainstorm Business Ideas

The app is a community space that fields and vets ideas from its users. People can log on and anonymously enter a concept they have for say, starting a local gardening service and receive support and advice in the form of “loves” — which is sort of like a Facebook like.

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…

Street Fight Daily: Yelp’s New Home Services Feature, Return of the QR Code?

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Now You Can Get Price Quotes for Home Services Inside Yelp (BuzzFeed)… Will Facebook Salvage QR Codes from the Dustbin of Local Marketing History? (Blumenthals)… Cross-Device Campaigns 60% Better Than PC-Only for Offline Conversions (Marketing Land)…

Lesson From Yodle’s Acquisition: Scaling SMB Performance Marketing Isn’t So Easy

While the acquisition is likely welcome news for Yodle’s backers and Web.com’s shareholders, the resounding message for SMB performance marketing vendors is one of caution. The real problem facing large performance marketing vendors like Yodle is that of customer retention.

Openings and New Hires at GoDaddy, Revel Systems, Gatehouse Media

Every two weeks, Geoff Michener covers some of the latest job changes taking place in this dynamic industry. In this week’s column, Shopify appoints a new COO, the Morning Call has a new publisher, and a digital sales vet is promoted at CBS.

Street Fight Daily: Uber Reportedly Losing Money Despite VC Success, Yelp and ProPublica Team Up

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Here Are the Internal Documents that Prove Uber Is a Money Loser (Gawker)… ProPublica Teams Up With Yelp to Make It Easier to Find Good Local Health Care Services (NiemanLab)… Here’s How Facebook Is Turning Its Local Ad Unit Into a Customer Service Channel (AdWeek)…

Local Tech Businesses Diversify to Serve a Wider Range of SMB Needs — But Do They Really Know Their Customers?

In the rush to diversify their offerings, single-product local tech companies either move horizontally (reaching out to all the markets that could remotely utilize their product) or, more often, vertically (seeking to cater to all the nuanced needs of a niche market).

GoDaddy Is Changing Its Business — But Investors Worry the Change Isn’t Fast Enough

Five weeks after going public, and Blake Irving’s turnaround at GoDaddy appears to be working. But investors remain worried that the transitions is not happening fast enough.