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Prime Day 2017 Marked Week of Lowest Foot Traffic for Retailers Last Summer

Joseph Zappa

Prime Day 2017 Marked Week of Lowest Foot Traffic for Retailers Last Summer

Those are the latest numbers on foot traffic and e-commerce from location data experts at Foursquare, which posted the information on Medium. As we suggested over here at Street Fight last week, Prime Day, which arrives this Monday and continues on through Tuesday, is a testament to Amazon’s power to disrupt all of retail when it so chooses.

Does Google Really Need a Social Network to Succeed at Local?

David Mihm and Mike Blumenthal

Does Google Really Need a Social Network to Succeed at Local?

“The driving vision of Google’s entire local arc is to be able to give a single eyes-free answer to any query with local intent. Social features like reviews, Guides, business owner data, and Q&A are just the means to that end,” writes David Mihm in his biweekly column with Mike Blumenthal.

Google Announces Machine Learning-Based Ads Designed for Foot Traffic, Attribution, Personalization

Joseph Zappa

Google Announces Machine Learning-Based Ads Designed for Foot Traffic, Attribution, Personalization

Google announced on Tuesday a suite of new machine learning-backed ad tools that promise to keep its brand partners happy at a time when digital advertising faces unprecedented brand safety concerns. Among the tools is one explicitly designed to maximize foot traffic.

How AR Will Fundamentally Change Search, Participating in an ‘Internet of Places’

Mike Boland

How AR Will Fundamentally Change Search, Participating in an ‘Internet of Places’

Online-to-offline (O2O) commerce is one area where AR will find a home. Just think: Is there any better technology to unlock O2O commerce than one that literally melds physical and digital worlds? AR can shorten gaps in time and space that currently separate those interactions (e.g. search) from offline outcomes.

Looking at Location Signals, GroundTruth Looks at Ways to Predict Behavior

April Nowicki

Looking at Location Signals, GroundTruth Looks at Ways to Predict Behavior

A recent study by the company focused on the foot traffic at mass merchandisers and grocery stores and airport traffic, and pointed to the NC city as the best choice for Amazon’s HQ2. “Being able to dig in to real world behaviors, it draws out real actionable recommendations,” says Sarah Ohle, VP of marketing insights.

How Showroom Concept Stores Are Changing the Retail Industry

Stephanie Miles

How Showroom Concept Stores Are Changing the Retail Industry

A number of major retailers and startups have been pioneering a local showrooming strategy, divorcing the purchasing of products from the distribution, and focusing more on experiences than in-person sales. Here are six examples of retailers that have been able to navigate this merchandise-free (or light) approach to local retail.

Street Culture: How Signpost’s Start Was Inspired By Family and Succeeded with Persistence

April Nowicki

Street Culture: How Signpost’s Start Was Inspired By Family and Succeeded with Persistence

CEO Stuart Wall says that many tech startups struggle with finding a perfect-fit co-founding developer, as Signpost did, but that finding the right people to hire is one of the most important things a leader can do. “I think it’s two things: skill and will,” Wall says.

Street Culture: Metrics for a Global Community

April Nowicki

Street Culture: Metrics for a Global Community

While some company founders sit down and write out their core values and identify what their company’s culture should be before they even find the people who will help them, others just go with their gut. For Pete Gombert, founder of local marketing company Balihoo, his gut feeling about culture has turned into a whole new company.

Street Culture: Pointy Focusing on People and Product, Not Process

April Nowicki

Street Culture: Pointy Focusing on People and Product, Not Process

Dublin-based digital search platform startup Pointy is still at that point where the culture is just what it is, without special definitions or structure. “The number of people on our team now is small, almost painfully small,” says co-founder Mark Cummins. “There’s not a lot of structure. Well, there is structure, but there’s not a lot of process around it.”

What Happens When SMBs Get Social?

Eric Groves

What Happens When SMBs Get Social?

Social networks are transformative, and are the most disruptive when they provide a market segment with opportunities previously unavailable. If you look at the history of how selling has traditionally been done, it’s evident that social will transform sales as well.

This Holiday Season, Brands Need to Pay Special Attention to Data Details

Sponsor

This Holiday Season, Brands Need to Pay Special Attention to Data Details

Many brands are already breaking out holiday decorations, hoping to attract the efficient crowds this early in the season. But glittery ornaments and fake snow only goes so far: 30% of local search users have cited “inaccurate” information as the issue they most frequently experience, and Google’s “near me” searches have increased 34-fold since 2011. Once the Brandify 360° Network completes initial listing corrections, the solution provides additional insights and value, such as pinpointing where online traffic originates from for specific listings and automating details to save time and energy for management.