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Street Fight’s Predictions for 2016: Part Two

The Editors

Street Fight’s Predictions for 2016: Part Two

With 2015 drawing to a close, it’s time again to look ahead to what we can expect in the hyperlocal space in 2016. We asked Street Fight staffers and weekly columnists what they thought would be the biggest story (or stories) in local in 2016. We ran the first installment yesterday — now here are the rest.

Street Fight Daily: Yahoo to Discuss Selling Internet Business, Google’s New Pinterest-Like Feature

The Editors

Street Fight Daily: Yahoo to Discuss Selling Internet Business, Google’s New Pinterest-Like Feature

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Yahoo Board to Weigh Sale of Internet Business (Wall Street Journal)… Google Turns Image Search into Pinterest with New ‘Collections’ Feature (TechCrunch)… Uber Teams with Enterprise to Let Drivers Rent Cars for Ride-Sharing (Denver Business Journal)…

Retail, Restaurants, and Roofers: Where Does On-Demand Work (and Not)?

Mike Boland

Retail, Restaurants, and Roofers: Where Does On-Demand Work (and Not)?

A year into the on-demand revolution, the question persists: Where’s it going next? So far, it’s gone into nearly every local vertical, but there are still areas with the right conditions for on-demand models to take root, some of which remain underdeveloped. These include higher-end professional services like lawyers and doctors, project-based work like design and writing, and, of course, SMBs, especially when it comes to local marketing and advertising.

Street Fight Daily: Amazon Food Delivery Expanding to More Major Cities, Google Maps Goes Offline

The Editors

Street Fight Daily: Amazon Food Delivery Expanding to More Major Cities, Google Maps Goes Offline

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Amazon Plans to Roll Out Restaurant Delivery in Cities Across the Country (Recode)… Google Maps Is Adding Offline Navigation and Search (The Verge)… Brand Advertising in Programmatic Era Fattens Margins for Big E-tailers (Ad Age)…

Street Fight Daily: Facebook’s Location-Centric Notifications Update, Etsy’s Same-Day Delivery

The Editors

Street Fight Daily: Facebook’s Location-Centric Notifications Update, Etsy’s Same-Day Delivery

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… With Updated Notifications, Facebook Pulls People Down the Rabbit Hole (GigaOm)… Etsy ASAP Brings Same-Day Delivery to NYC (The Next Web)… Square Reports Another Loss as IPO Roadshow Approaches (Wall Street Journal)…

#SFSNYC Recap: 5 Key Takeaways from This Year’s Summit

Noah Elkin

#SFSNYC Recap: 5 Key Takeaways from This Year’s Summit

The annual Street Fight Summit assembled more than 350 marketers, solutions providers, technologists, and media executives to discuss pressing issues and developments in the connected local economy. Here are five key takeaways from the day’s keynotes, panel discussions, and fireside chats.

#SFSNYC: Button, Urgent.ly, and Pager on Whether or Not On-Demand is Really Necessary in Local Commerce

Annie Melton

#SFSNYC: Button, Urgent.ly, and Pager on Whether or Not On-Demand is Really Necessary in Local Commerce

Of all the changes mobile has wrought, on-demand arguably has made the biggest splash. The emergence of companies offering products and services immediately, with only a tap or two of a phone or tablet screen, is pushing incumbents to change their business models to stay on top of their industries. Three of these young-gun threats — Button, Urgent.ly, and Pager — made an appearance at the Street Fight Summit, speaking on a panel about on-demand in local commerce.

Transfernation Tackles Food Waste and Hunger with a Local, On-Demand Twist

Tobi Elkin

Transfernation Tackles Food Waste and Hunger with a Local, On-Demand Twist

In New York City each week, up to 1,000 lbs. of food is rescued from lavish events, office functions, and charity fundraisers. Instead of being discarded, the extra food finds its way to soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and other service organizations through Transfernation, a New York City-based nonprofit that’s at the forefront of the food rescue movement.

Urgent.ly’s Spanos: On-Demand Is How Everybody’s Going to Get Service for Everything

Annie Melton

Urgent.ly’s Spanos: On-Demand Is How Everybody’s Going to Get Service for Everything

“I’ve long been a believer that on-demand is going to revolutionize every service sector in the economy. There will be different flavors of it, based on the characteristics of particular verticals. Five years from now, this is how everybody’s going to get service for everything,” said Urgent.ly CEO Chris Spanos.

Editor’s Take: The Perils of Uberization for the Local Economy

Noah Elkin

Editor’s Take: The Perils of Uberization for the Local Economy

On-demand is a convenient rubric for speaking about a certain type of currently faddish platform, but not every underlying service or product is the same. Transportation is not the same as home services or restaurants. By extension, not everything Uber does will work equally well outside of its particular niche. Demand-based pricing is a prime example.

Street Fight Daily: Thumbtack Is Now a Unicorn, Amazon Leverages Existing On-Demand Workforce

The Editors

Street Fight Daily: Thumbtack Is Now a Unicorn, Amazon Leverages Existing On-Demand Workforce

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Thumbtack Becomes Latest Unicorn, Raises $125 Million at $1.25 Billion Valuation (Forbes)… Amazon Taps ‘On-Demand’ Workers for One-Hour Deliveries (Wall Street Journal)… Walmart Doubles Down on Online Grocery Shopping with Curbside Pickup (TechCrunch)…

Street Fight Daily: Zomato Buys Urbanspoon, Ford Opens Dashboard

The Editors

Street Fight Daily: Zomato Buys Urbanspoon, Ford Opens Dashboard

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyZomato Food Portal Buys Urbanspoon to Expand in U.S. (Businessweek)… With Applink 3.0, Ford Lets You Choose Your Navigation App (GigaOm)… 75% Of Small & Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs) Say Internet Marketing Is Effective (Street Fight)…