5 Self-Serve Deals Platforms for SMBs

Groupon has generated significant press thanks to the recent rollout of its self-serve Deal Builder, which local merchants can use to create limited-time promotions for themselves. However, the daily deals giant is hardly the only vendor offering this type of service to SMBs. For years, a number of hyperlocal vendors have been providing self-service solutions to SMBs…

Street Fight Daily: Seamless Files for IPO, Norstrom’s Local Sales Slump

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology.GrubHub Seamless Joins the Tech IPO Crush (Wall Street Journal)… Sales at Nordstrom’s Department Stores Continue to Shrink (Wall Street Journal)… Are Companies Tracking us, or Merely “Observing” us? (Pando)…

Groupon Revenues Up, But Even Growth Disappoints the Market

Groupon reported stronger-than-expected earnings for the holiday quarter, but shares of the daily deal giant tanked in after hours trading due in part to poor first quarter guidance and concerns over declining margins. The company grew revenue by 18% from a year earlier, but it also saw double digit declines in margins decreased by as its less profitable ecommerce business continued to account for a larger portion of the wider revenue mix…

Street Fight Daily: Visa, Mastercard Back NFC, Skyhook Finds an Exit

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology.MasterCard, Visa back smartphone payment (Financial Times)… In Mobile Location Tie-Up, Skyhook Wireless Sold to TruePosition (Recode)… Why the Web’s Biggest Players are Gobbling up Location-based Apps (Digiday)…

Street Fight Daily: Fashion Retailer Tests iBeacon, Local’s Most Innovative Companies

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology.Fashion Retailer Tries on Apple’s iBeacon for Size (Street Fight)… The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Local (Fast Coppany)… Uber Car-Hailing App Expands in China’s Congested Market
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Street Fight Daily: Square Partners With Whole Foods, Bitcoin Enters the Store

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology.Square Lands Payments Deal With Whole Foods (Wall Street Journal)… Revel Systems Adds Native Bitcoin Transactions To Its POS Offering (TechCrunch)… Groupon Shares Drop as Executive Plans Departure (Chicago Tribune)…

Street Fight Daily: Groupon Embraces Self-Serve, PlaceIQ Raises $15M More

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology.Now You Can Finally Launch a Groupon Deal Without Ever Talking to a Human (Recode)…Datalogix Buys Shopper-Marketing Firm Spire to Extend Data and Market Reach (AdAge)…What Does the Yahoo-Yelp Partnership Mean for Foursquare? (Fortune)…

Street Fight Daily: Apple Preps Mobile Payments, Starbucks Readies Order Ahead

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology.Apple Pushes Deeper Into Mobile Payments (Wall Street Journal)… Starbucks is Getting Ready to Let You Order Coffee Before You Get to the Store (Quartz)… Care.com, The ‘Amazon Of Caregiving Services’ Popped 43% On Its IPO Day (Business Insider)…

Street Fight Daily: Icahn Calls For PayPal Split, Groupon Boosts Hotel Product

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology.Could Square be Collateral Damage in Carl Icahn’s War on Ebay? (Quartz)… Groupon Adds 20,000 Properties To Its Hotel Feature (Skift)… Tokyo Launches Cab-Calling Mobile App (Wall Street Journal)…

Street Fight Daily: Groupon Buys Fashion Site, Delivery Hero Nabs $88M

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology.Groupon Buys Flash Sales Fashion Site Ideeli (USA Today)… Berlin’s Delivery Hero Gobbles Up $88M in Series E Funding (GigaOm)… Lowe’s Backs Recommendation Site for Home Projects (New York Times)…

Street Fight Daily: Groupon’s Next Big Thing, Yelp Ad Growth Lifts Stock

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology.Groupon’s Next Big Thing? Helping Mom-and-Pop Shops Unload Extra Inventory. (Recode)… Yelp Reaches High as JPMorgan Says Ad Growth Will Lift Stock (Bloomberg)… Will (Local) Q&A App Jelly Succeed Where Others Have Failed? (Screenwerk)…

Street Fight Daily: Groupon’s Big Acquisition Closes, Shopify Revamps iOS App

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology.Groupon Finalizes $260 Million Deal for Ticket Monster, LivingSocial’s Korean Business (Recode)… Uber Driver Hits, Kills Six-year-old Girl. Is “Not our Problem” Still an Appropriate Response? (Pando)… Shopify Revamps Its iOS App With A Focus On Payments And Store Management (TechCrunch)…

Street Fight Hosted Three Events in 2013 — Here’s What to Remember

Street Fight hosted three events in 2013, two in New York during the winter (thanks to Hurricane Sandy) and fall, and another in San Francisco in late spring. The programming for the events, and the stories flowing out of them, reflect the continued transformation of the local marketing industry and the emergence of a new, technology-driven local ecosystem. With the year coming to a close, here is a look back at the biggest stories that came out of Street Fight’s Annual Summits…

Street Fight Daily: Nokia Yanks Maps App, Groupon’s Bowl Game Conundrum

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology.Nokia Yanks Here Maps From Apple’s App Store (AllThingsD)… When Bowl Tickets Go on Groupon, Colleges Pay the Price (USAToday)… Tribune Closes $2.7B Deal for Local Holdings Stations (Poynter)…

Lessons Learned From the ‘Daily Deal’

According to a study conducted by Street Fight, the two most important factors for merchants evaluating hyperlocal marketing campaigns are the ability to attract new customers and ensure the right people are being targeted. Since daily deals are falling short in accomplishing this, what hyperlocal marketing avenues should local merchants explore?

Street Fight Daily: Square CEO’s Gift, Groupon Expands Point-of-Sale

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology.Square’s Dorsey Returns 10% of his Shares (Fortune)… For Groupon, The iPad is its New Passport to Global Markets (Washington Business Journal)… UrbanSpoon Hires New Top Exec, Hopes to Emerge from Restaurant Discovery Pack (PandoDaily)…

Street Fight Daily: Yext Launches Pages, Square Buys Photo App

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology.Square Buys Photo-Sharing App Viewfinder (PCMag)… Newly Internationalized Yext Launches “Pages” To Help Businesses Sync Their Website Data (TechCrunch)… RetailNext Buys Eric Schmidt-backed Nearbuy Systems (Silicon Valley Business Journal)

Street Fight Daily: Retailers Embrace Showrooming, Pinterest Pins Main Street

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology.Retailers Seek Partners in Social Networks (New York Times)… Pinterest Piques Interest On The High Street (Financial Times)… Surprise: Everyone Hates Working for the 22-Year-Old’s Mystery Startup (Gawker)…

Street Fight Daily: Pinterest Pins Location, Macy’s Integrates iBeacon

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technologyPinterest Does Location: Not Just Pin Boards, but Now Pin Maps (AllThingsD)… Macy’s Is The First Retailer To Use Apple’s iBeacon For In-Store Presence (GigaOm)… Groupon Gets Into Coupons, Challenging RetailMeNot (USA Today)…

Street Fight Daily: How Google Maps Lost, Groupon’s Risky Initiative

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technologyApple Maps: How Google Lost When Everyone Thought It Had Won (Guardian)… The Risky Groupon Initiative That Beat Back LivingSocial Perhaps Once and for All (AllThingsD)… American Express Teams Up With Mightybell To Connect Small Businesses With Each Other Locally (TechCrunch)…