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Hyperlocal Retail Directories Go After ‘Shop Local’ Consumers

Patrick Kitano

Hyperlocal Retail Directories Go After ‘Shop Local’ Consumers

Two key reasons why consumers shop local is immediacy of purchase and physical confirmation of product, (i.e. making sure a shoe fits). Fab and Etsy can’t ship their products to you for delivery this afternoon — and it’s tedious for a consumer to filter product offerings based on retail location. That leaves room for hyperlocal retail directories like GatherLA.com , which curates designers in Los Angeles for discovery by local consumers…

Using Groupon for Customer Acquisition

Stephanie Miles

Using Groupon for Customer Acquisition

Everyone’s heard a horror story about a Groupon deal gone awry, but there’s a reason why daily deals have become so ubiquitous among small-business owners in the last three years. When done right, a targeted Groupon offer can pump up customer acquisition rates and boost immediate sales…

Using LevelUp To Build Brand Loyalty

Stephanie Miles

Using LevelUp To Build Brand Loyalty

Forget the paper punch cards and plastic key fobs that most people associate with small business rewards programs. In an effort to grab the attention of customers and promote true brand loyalty, today’s SMBs are looking for digital alternatives. LevelUp, the mobile-payments-meets-loyalty program, has quickly become the frontrunner in this race…