#LDS15 Gil Elbaz: Location Isn’t Just Where You Are

“Location isn’t just where you are,” Gil Elbaz, chief executive at Factual, said during a fireside chat with Street Fight co-founder Laura Rich at Local Data Summit in Denver Thursday. “It’s also what’s happening, who else is there, events, what are people buying. There’s a lot of information to synthesize.”

#LDS15 Stefan Weitz: Machines Have Enough Data to Understand the Real World

“We now have enough data to allow machines to figure out what the real world is,” Weitz said during a presentation at Street Fight’s Local Data Summit in Denver Thursday. “Technology will not replace us — it will augment our lives; and search, in particular, is about to radically enhance reality.”

Street Fight Daily: Facebook Gaining With Small Biz, Google Tests ‘Local Chat ‘

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…Now With 2 Million Advertisers, Facebook Is Gaining a Foothold With Small Businesses (AdWeek)… Google Search Tests “Chat” Button In Local Business Box (TechCrunch)… GoDaddy Takes Another Step To IPO (USA Today)…

Street Fight Daily: Twitter Courts Small Business, Apple Eyes Search

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyTwitter Seeks To Prove Value For Smaller Advertisers (AdExchanger)… Apple May Be About To Take On Google With Its Own Search Engine (Cult of Mac)… Groupon in Talks to Sell Majority Stake in Ticket Monster (Wall Street Journal)…

Study: Mobile’s Data Problem Is Getting Worse

In the mobile advertising industry, where data is harder to come by, location data has emerged as a pricey asset. But a new report from Thinknear suggests that the quality of the location data on major exchanges is actually on the decline…

PlaceIQ Opens Up Mobile Advertising Data to Agencies

For years, mobile advertising firms have promised brands an opportunity to target their customers in the real world. Now mobile advertising startup PlaceIQ wants to help marketers better understand that behavior before a campaign starts and how it changes after the run is finished…

Designing a New Value Proposition for Consumer Location Data

In a paper published earlier this month, a group of researchers tried to put a price tag on the personally identifiable information that flows from our mobile devices. The results shine a light on the unique challenges facing companies interested in mining location data, and the divergent paths of two tech companies that have built businesses around that information…

Microsoft Research Project Tells You What a Neighborhood Is Thinking

HereHere, which launched earlier this year, profiles the 42 neighborhoods in New York City by collecting publicly available 311 data to reveal the most talked-about issues in the boroughs. By entering their zip code, a user can interact with an animated map displaying the neighborhood’s statuses, seeing updates like “delighted” or “uncomfortable.”

How Data is Transforming the Local Purchase Funnel

For years, the local marketplace largely missed out on a data revolution that has transformed commerce on the web. But the rapid adoption of the smartphone is quickly bringing the local shopping experience to parity with ecommerce, transforming the consumer journey and dramatically improving the targeting capabilities available to marketers today…

An Opportunity for Mobile in the Middle of the Marketing Funnel

The mobile industry has struggled to find its place in a crowded marketing landscape, sandwiched between an entrenched television industry, which controls billions in branding dollars, and a formative paid search sector that dominates the ready-to-buy consumer. But Michael Hayes, the executive in charge of turning UberMedia into a profitable business, believes that the mobile industry could find its sweet spot selling to consumers in the middle…

What Obama’s 2012 Election Can Tell Us About Using Data to Build Communities

The campaign’s technology team, comprised mostly of political newcomers, used data analytics to rethink the way television ads were bought, and where its army of volunteers were sent. One of the big breakthroughs, says Carol Davidsen, was in using data to navigate the twisted world of local television, finding audiences in unsuspecting — and often far less expensive — places…

With Perfect Information, Does ‘Awareness’ Becomes Obsolete?

In a world in which information is finite and often inaccessible, the ability for a business to be top of mind — to carve out a little spot in a consumer’s memory — was a powerful competitive advantage, and one that drove the way businesses sold goods and services to local consumers. But thanks to the rapid adoptions of mobile devices by consumers and the emergence of inexpensive cloud-based operations software, that’s changing…

Esri’s Amber Case: Why ‘Less Is More’ With Local Data

As far as technologists are concerned, few in the industry are more familiar with the nuts and bolts of how location data is made than Amber Case. A self-proclaimed “cyborg anthropologist,” she sold her startup Geoloqi, which built positioning algorithms for developers, to Esri last year, and today, she heads up the 45-year-old mapping firm’s R&D center. Street Fight recently caught up with Case to discuss what we might expect from location data in the years to come…