5 Tools for Publishing Product Inventory on Social Media

Small business owners are pulling out all the stops to drive traffic to their social media pages, but many aren’t giving enough thought as to what happens once people have agreed to “like” or “follow” their businesses online. Here are five tools that businesses can try to spur further engagement…

Hyperlocal Execs’ 2014 Predictions (Part Two): Locu, Radius, Placed

As we have for the past couple of years, Street Fight recently asked a number of hyperlocal luminaries to weigh in with their predictions for where local is headed in 2014. We ran the first installment of their responses yesterday — here are a bunch more…

Here’s What A Good Lead Looks Like in Local

Radius uses the core technology developed at Fwix — a system for aggregating and structuring the billion of references to places across the web — to track the activity of local businesses, and then packages the information in a business intelligence product for firms looking to sell to local businesses. Street Fight recently caught up with Darian Shirazi, the company’s founder, to discuss the digital traits of a great prospect and who’s winning (and losing) in the local marketplace…

LBMA Podcast, Google Patents Your Gaze, QR Code’s Plight

On the show: GoDaddy acquires Locu; Coors Light’s Refresh the Night campaign; Placeable emerges from LocationInsight to normalize location data for enterprises; Coca Cola uses location to help charities with Movement for a Movement campaign; Apple acquires Embark; Google chokes on Yahoo!’s dust; Chuck Martin looks at the plight of the QR code…

Transaction Overview: Go Daddy Acquires Locu for $70 Million

With the acquisition of Locu, Go Daddy is beginning to move beyond its legacy domain registration and web hosting legacy and showing that it has the strategic aptitude and willingness to acquire to provide a more complete solution for local businesses to manage and market themselves. We expect Locu to be a compelling value proposition to Go Daddy’s 11 million customers…

5 Strategies for Finding Funding as an Early-Stage Startup

Although it’s a given that the founders of most early-stage hyperlocals need funding to bring their ideas to life, many entrepreneurs are still unsure of where to turn for financing during the earliest days. To answer that question, we reached out to executives who’ve founded hyperlocal companies and asked what worked for them…

Street Fight Daily: GoDaddy Acquires Locu, Zillow Snaps Up StreetEasy

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technologyGoDaddy Acquires Merchant ‘Finder’ Startup Locu for $70 Million (AllThingsD)… Leaked Revenue Figures Illustrate Need For Hundreds Of Patch Layoffs (TechCrunch)… Internet Impacts Roughly $1.83 Trillion in Offline Buying (ScreenWerk)…

Openings & New Hires at Groupon, Locu, Bit.ly and Radiate Media

Every two weeks, Search Influence’s Kelly Benish — who knows practically everyone in hyperlocal — covers some of the latest job changes taking place in this dynamic industry. Moves this edition include new execs at SIM Partners and Accordant Media, plus job openings at AOL, JiWire, Weather Channel and more.

A Year After Big Scores by SinglePlatform and Yext, Locu Makes a Quiet Push

It’s been nearly a year since Yext announced a massive round of funding and SinglePlatform sold to Constant Contact within a week each other, and the value proposition for a real-time data and content network continues gain steam. As both firms put that capital to use, a third company, Locu, is trying to carve out its own share of the market with a similar model and sizable — albeit smaller — stack of cash…

Locu Adds Yelp to Its Growing List of Publisher Partners

The company has announced a new partnership with local reviews and discovery service Yelp. The partnership, which follows previous deals with OpenTable and CitySearch, means that Locu’s 15,000 local merchant customers will be able to distribute their location, coordinates, hours, and menus to Yelp with real-time updates…

Street Fight Daily: LivingSocial a ‘Stronger’ Company, Factual Founder’s Past

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.LivingSocial a ‘Better, Stronger’ Company, Says Grotech’s Don Rainey (Washington Business Journal)… Why The Man Who Already Changed The Internet Forever Is Trying To Do It Again (Business Insider)… 5 Reasons Foursquare Is Losing The Social Local Mobile Revolution (ReadWrite)…

Street Fight Daily: Facebook Threatens Yelp, Locu Expands

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Watch Out Foursquare And Yelp: ‘Places’ Really Shines On Facebook Graph Search (TechCrunch)… JiWire Serves Up Location-based Ads Over Airport Wi-Fi (GigaOm)… Locu Brings Up-To-Date Menus to Restaurants on TripAdvisor and Citysearch (The Next Web)…

#SFSNYC: Solving the Local Data Problem

“The job of getting local data right, much less international data, is bigger than any one company,” said Tyler Bell, VP of product at Factual, during an afternoon panel discussion at the Street Fight Summit.

Openings & New Hires at Locu, Groupon, Patch, Signpost, and More…

There’s lots happening in hyperlocal as the year comes to a close: Locu snags PayPal vet Mok Oh as an adviser, plus lands a hot ex-Googler. Booker brings on a dynamic duo in its hiring spree. Patch sees big moves at the top. And there are some shifts at Groupon and open gigs at Telenav, Signpost, Swipely, Yellowbook, Yelp, and more…

Case Study: Restaurant Focuses on Online Menus, Reservations

Jen Ziskin, co-owner of the restaurant La Morra, in Brookline, Mass., says she relies on a combination of email marketing, OpenTable, and menu management platform Locu to spur interest long before customers walk through her doors…

Street Fight Daily: Urban Airship Acquires Tello, Locu Snags Google Exec

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Urban Airship Acquires Tello, Maker Of PassTools For Apple’s Passbook, Because Not All Brands Need Fully Featured Apps (TechCrunch)… Locu snags Google Now exec Keir Mierle to head engineering  (Pandodaily)… As Mobile Maps Competition Heats Up, Google Fine Tunes Maps API for Android (GigaOm)…

7 Tools Restaurants Can Use to Post Menus Online

Menus are among the first things that a customer looks at when trying to decide which restaurant to visit, and restaurants with outdated menus on their websites — or even worse, no menus at all — are likely to be passed over by consumers. A number of marketing platforms have stepped in with solutions that make it easier for busy restaurateurs to publish and update their menus online. Here are seven popular options…

Street Fight Daily: Locu Launches Dashboard, eBay Pushes Into Services

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Locu’s Menu Dashboard Is a Rare Win for Developers and Merchants (PandoDaily)… EBay Is Now Selling Live Services, Launches Secretguru As A Beta Pilot In The UK (TechCrucnh)… Toyota Unveils Super-Compact Car With Location-Based Ads (PMashable)…

Street Fight Daily: DNAinfo Preps Expansion, Google Rethinks Local Discovery

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Joe Ricketts ready to launch DNAinfo in Chicago (Chicago Business Journal)… A New Google App Gives You Local Information — Before You Ask for It (New York Times)… Amazon Could Be Working On A Square Competitor (TechCrunch)…

Street Fight Daily: Mason Opens Up, Apple’s New Location Patent

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Andrew Mason Talks About Groupon’s Growth and Growing Up (Chigao Tribune)… Apple Patent Would Disable Smartphones by Location (Mashable)… Locu opens its local business data trove to devs with API (GigaOm)…