Raise Report: New Funding for Kiip, Sprinklr, Shipt

Every two weeks, we round up some of the biggest fundraises taking place in hyperlocal marketing, commerce, and tech. This week’s edition includes funding for Civil Maps, Brandcast, Peek.com, and Density.

Street Fight Daily: Amazon Posts Record-Shattering Q2, Whole Foods Enters Meal-Kit Delivery

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Amazon Beats Expectations with $857 Million in Profits Driven by AWS, Prime… America’s Meal-Kit Craze Attracts a Big New Competitor… GrubHub Announces More Investments Following Strong Q2…

LBMA Podcast: Google’s Local Ads, 7Eleven Rolls Out Belly

On the show: Sprooki rolls out beacons in Singapore malls; Philipp Schmitt’s location-based light painting project; Runkeeper partners with KIIP; PitneyBowes’ location start-up incubator in India; QR codes to help Alzheimer sufferers from getting lost. Special guest is Peter Cahill, founder of Life Line Response…

LBMA PODCAST: Dwolla, Kiip, MoodMedia, and Now Founder Ben Broca

In this week’s episode, hosts Rob Woodbridge and Asif Khan talk about ISIS’s plan to bring loyalty to vending machines. Meanwhile, Dwolla closes their $16.5 million series C; Kiip powers the “sour to sweet” campaign for Sour Patch Kids; MoodMedia pinpoints you by the music your hear; Google Now! comes to the iPhone and leaves a lot to the imagination; Foursquare is about to sell your data; and PJs that tell stories. Plus special guest Ben Broca, founder of Now…

6 Tips for Increasing User Engagement On Mobile Apps

More and more businesses are developing branded apps as part of their mobile marketing programs, integrating location-based technology with product reviews, deal information, and even gaming elements to reach consumers. Here are six tips from experts on what brands of all sizes should consider when building their own custom apps…

Street Fight Daily: Seattle PD Tap Hyperlocal Tweets, Armstrong Talks Patch

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Hey, @SeattlePD: What’s the Latest? (New York Times)… AOL’s Tim Armstrong Talks Ads, Patch, and HuffPost Live (AdWeek)… The Future of Mobile News (Project for Excellence in Journalism)…

Location-Aware Games Are Engaging Consumers — And Marketers

One retail brand already taking advantage of Rovio’s real-world location-based gaming feature Magic Places is Barnes and Noble. Last summer the company announced that you could take your Nook Color into a physical Barnes & Noble store and use the Mighty Eagle for free to clear levels in Angry Birds. This kind of partnership can become a great method for retailers to drive additional foot traffic and sales…

Local Search: Will Mobile Overtake Desktop?

Location targeting and search ads (and their combination) will be the relevance drivers that create not only intent-driven user engagement and advertiser demand, but also a top source of premium ad units. It hasn’t happened yet but it will…