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Street Fight Daily: Google’s New Payment Project, Real Estate’s Digital Decline

The Editors

Street Fight Daily: Google’s New Payment Project, Real Estate’s Digital Decline

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…Google Said To Be Testing A Point-of-sale System Called Plaso (GigaOm)… Borrell: Real Estate To Scale Back On Digital (NetNewCheck)… An Attribution Standard? IPG, Horizon, Digitas and Others Agree to Use One Firm (AdAge)…

6 On-Demand Home Service Marketplaces

Stephanie Miles

6 On-Demand Home Service Marketplaces

By going beyond basic business listings and customer reviews, and allowing consumers to actually schedule and pay for their home service providers online, hyperlocal vendors are closing the loop and converting more online prospects into paying customers. Here are six examples of hyperlocal marketplaces that consumers can use to research, reserve, and even pay for home service professionals…

Why It’s So Hard to Create Marketplaces for Local Commerce

Steven Jacobs

Why It’s So Hard to Create Marketplaces for Local Commerce

Recognizing the success of Uber, startups and incumbents alike rushed to replicate the company’s model in other verticals, developing new products to help business and consumers buy and sell local services like car repair, house cleaning, and haircuts. MyTime, the 9-month old project launched by RedBeacon founder Ethan Anderson, is one of these and is staying the course. When I spoke with Anderson last week, he outlined a few key strategic decisions and clever hacks, which have helped the company get some early traction for its marketplace..

VIDEO: The Pains and Promise of an ‘Amazon’ for Local Services

Steven Jacobs

VIDEO: The Pains and Promise of an ‘Amazon’ for Local Services

As investors continue to pour funding into the local services space, the competition over one of the last white spaces of the consumer web is heating up. During a session at Street Fight Summit West earlier this month in San Francisco, Ethan Anderson, founder at booking service MyTime, and Booker CEO Josh McCarter debated the dynamics of building an “Amazon for local services”…

6 Strategies for Building a Local Online Marketplace

Stephanie Miles

6 Strategies for Building a Local Online Marketplace

Local marketplaces are notoriously difficult to build, and yet the rewards are significant for publishers who are successful. When done right, local marketplaces can create additional streams of revenue, and they can serve as page-view generators for the hyperlocal news sites they’re associated with. We spoke with several folks who have built marketplace products for local to get some insight…

Street Fight Daily: Directories File for Bankruptcy, Foursquare Searches for Funding

The Editors

Street Fight Daily: Directories File for Bankruptcy, Foursquare Searches for Funding

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Directory Firms Dex One, SuperMedia File for Bankruptcy (Reuters)… Foursquare Aims At A Moving Target As It Tries To Close Another Round Of Funding (TechCrunch)… Flashlight Apps, Location and Why Consumers Still Don’t Understand Privacy (The Next Web)…

6 Platforms For Booking Local Services

Stephanie Miles

6 Platforms For Booking Local Services

Platforms that allow consumers to book appointments with service-based professionals (like plumbers, electricians, and mechanics) are disrupting the way local services have traditionally been scheduled. Here are six platforms working to change the way local, service-based businesses schedule appointments with consumers…