Optable Integration Ushers in a New Era of Privacy-Centric Advertising

Optable Integration Ushers in a New Era of Privacy-Centric Advertising

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Since Google’s announcement regarding the eventual end of third-party cookies, the advertising industry has been actively seeking alternatives to ensure continued effectiveness while respecting user privacy. Among the proposed solutions, data clean rooms have emerged as a promising avenue, offering a secure environment for data collaboration in the absence of traditional tracking methods. Optable, a […]

Swiftly Connects the Cart to the Screen for Save a Lot

Swiftly Connects the Cart to the Screen for Save a Lot

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Large multi-location (MULO) grocery stores have the resources to develop technologies that enable consumers to make their shopping lists, see sales and coupons, and arrange for delivery or pick-up. But smaller stores may have been at a disadvantage — that is until Swiftly stepped in.  Swiftly, a leading provider of innovative technologies, partnered with Save […]

Placer.ai, ESRI Form Analytics Partnership

Placer.ai, ESRI Form Analytics Partnership

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What do you get when you cross a location-analytics company with a company that uses sophisticated geographic-information system (GIS) technology? It’s no joke, and this isn’t a punchline: Placer.ai and ESRI have formed a partnership to provide advertisers and their partners with new and advanced analytics and insight. The goal is to get deeper insights […]

The MULO Dozen: January Brands in Review

The MULO Dozen: January Brands in Review

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2024 is off to a fast start! As MULO (multi-location) retailers, restaurants, and service businesses head into a new year, they face new challenges and opportunities. And, of course, “The Big Game,” when brands get to flex their creative and digital muscle. Here’s what we saw this month. Have news? Please e-mail me. Fridays is […]

Empowering Brick-and-Mortar Businesses with Foot-Traffic Analytics for Effective OOH

Empowering Brick-and-Mortar Businesses with Foot-Traffic Analytics for Effective OOH

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In today’s competitive marketplace, brick-and-mortar businesses constantly seek innovative strategies to attract and retain customers. Recognizing this need, DOmedia, in partnership with location analytics leader Placer.ai, has launched PeopleToMySpot.com—a innovative website tailored to help local marketers and business owners harness the power of foot-traffic analytics to enhance their out-of-home (OOH) advertising efforts. The collaboration between […]

More Evidence Online Advertising Finished Strong

More Evidence Online Advertising Finished Strong

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When Tinuiti released its Digital Ads Benchmark Report for Q4 2023 on Jan. 25, the findings offered still more proof that the year finished strong, at least for online advertising.  “While we did expect stronger growth in Q4 2023 as the ad market continues to recover from 2022, there were still questions heading into the […]

How Many Storefronts Do You Need? MULO Logic

How Many Storefronts Do You Need? MULO Logic

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The mattress company Purple became a huge success on Shopify when it first launched. It then expanded into retail locations. Last year, the company took a close look at its brick-and-mortar retail storefronts and saw that a third of its physical stores were struggling. Like many brick-and-mortar MULO (multi-location) businesses, expanding from online sales to retail […]

Online Retail Did Well in 2023

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In hindsight, 2023 may not have been as gloomy an economic year as first thought. At least not for online retail in certain global regions. According to findings from data and insights company Consumer Edge, many online retailers and those in the pet products/services, discount/club stores, ground transportation, health products/services grocery and limited-service restaurants saw […]

StreetFight : Mini Golf Goes Maxi

BOOM: Mini Golf Goes Maxi

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Even if you may never be a star on an international golf tour, you can beat your friends and family to a rousing game at indoor mini golf. Puttshack, which opened two mini golf  locations in 2021 has rapidly grown to 11 nationally in: Nashville Boston Chicago Dallas Houston St. Louis Pittsburgh Miami Denver Scottsdale […]

This CTV Channel Could be Bowling Brands Over

This Channel Could be Bowling Brands Over

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Move over, Ralph Kramden. Bowling is becoming one of the most popular activities in the United States. According to data released last year from Ipsos, it was among the most “played” sports in 2022. Right after Cornhole, which 20% of Americans played, bowling drew 19%. Swimming was third at 18%. Statista posits that about 45 […]

StreetFight - The Skinny on FAT Brands Franchise Innovation

BOOM: The Skinny on FAT Brands

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FAT Brands sends us regular news announcements about their growth, menu updates, and company strategies. We’re wowed by their speed of franchise innovation. We reached out to their executive team to get insights into the FAT philosophy and forward-looking path. As a MULO (multi-location) brand, they are clearly one of the gentle yet powerful giants. […]

Technology MULO Brands Need Today, According to RizePoint

Technology MULO Brands Need Today, According to RizePoint

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Paul Damaren is the Chief Revenue Officer at RizePoint. The company develops technology for the restaurant, hospitality, retail, and processing industries. Although their tool suite helps these MULO brands with compliance, they are also designed to “help brands create a culture of excellence and ensure that every customer experience is as good (and safe) as […]

Beware the “Brobot?” The Women of AI

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At CES (where AI was the buzzword this year), a group of women gathered to discuss the role of women in technology, and specifically in artificial intelligence. AI is already having an impact on all aspects of the MULO (multi-location) retail and restaurant ecosystem — from real-time analytics to inventory management and security. According to […]

An Infusion of Franchise Savvy from Dana Kupper of PrimeIV

An Infusion of Franchise Savvy from Dana Kupper of PrimeIV

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Dana Kupper was inspired by her husband (a brand ambassador for PrimeIV since 2019)  to become the owner/operator of an IV franchise. (She also has a corporate job at American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts.) We’ve written about the BOOM of the needle and how MULO (multi-location) businesses that provide health-related infusions are on the […]

Get in the Game: Jeff Daniels of Mobivity Talks Mobile Gaming

Get in the Game: Jeff Michaels of Mobivity Talks Mobile Gaming

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Mobivity is a provider of technology connecting mobile gaming audiences to real-world brands and products. While mobile gaming includes casual games (like Solitaire, Candy Crush, etc.), gamification traditionally means turning regular tasks into games to increase fun and enjoyment. Mobile gaming (Mobivity’s focus)  has become an effective tool for customer acquisition and engagement. MULO (multi-location) […]

Ad Tech and Privacy

The Privacy Arms Race May Kill Ad Tech

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A dangerous digital advertising arms race is brewing as browser makers try to prevent cross-site tracking. The desire of digital ad companies to keep tracking users, despite browsers’ preventative privacy measures, is leading our industry down a hazardous path for users, browser makers, and ad tech. In an effort to protect user privacy, browsers are […]

BOOM: Courting the Racquet Sports Industry With Robyn Duda

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Tennis remains popular, badminton is having a moment says Pinterest, and paddle is, according to the Washington Post, the next big multi-location winner is racquet sports. We met with Robyn Duda, the co-founder of RacquetX, a new festival for both business and consumers that involves ALL racquet sports, to ask her about the trend. Why […]

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GenAI : Where Brand Marketers Need to Upskill for the Future

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Generative AI (GenAI) was one of the most talked about technologies in 2023. We saw it support Google searches, streamline A/B testing efforts, and even play center stage in last summer’s SAG-AFTRA strike. With the ability to automate repetitive tasks and streamline processes, GenAI is becoming an invaluable tool in marketing – and its potential […]

BOOM: Ramen Graduates From Dorm Room to MULO Brand

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Many of us know ramen as the instant noodles that served as an inexpensive and fast meal when we were students or recently-graduated professionals, with limited budget for restaurants and limited home cooking skills and equipment. Elevated ramen was introduced to the U.S. in 2004 with the opening of the Momofuku Noodle Bar. The brand […]

Unity – Walmart Partnership Redefines Gaming and Retail Collaboration

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In recent years, we’ve seen an increasing comfortability with traditional retailers and the gaming industry. Fortnite may have been the first to really make this big business – through can’t-miss concerts and exclusive in-game and IRL shoe sponsorships with Nike – but the industry has certainly grown its ability to attract high-end partnerships like Unity […]