Openings and New Hires at xAd, Placed, Upserve, and Schedulicity

Every two weeks, Geoff Michener covers some of the latest job changes taking place in this dynamic industry. This week’s edition includes moves and new openings at Xaxis, Signpost, and Buzzfeed.

With New Attribution Feature, Placed Can Tell Whether Your Billboard Is Hot or Not

Seattle-based Placed announced this morning that with Placed Attribution, which was unveiled back in July, the company can bridge the gap between OOH ads (billboards) and physical store visitations.

Street Fight Daily: Uber Rebrands, Amazon Rumored to be Opening Hundreds of Physical Bookstores

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… The Inside Story of Uber’s Radical Rebranding (Wired)… Amazon Is Said to Be Planning an Expansion Into Retail Bookstores (New York Times)… Yahoo to Cut 15% of Workforce, Explore Strategic Options (Wall Street Journal)…

Street Fight Daily: Alphabet Earnings Show Google Search Still On Top, Local Advertising’s ‘Context’

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Google Search Leads the Way as Alphabet Beats Earnings Expectations (Adweek)… Placed’s Shim: Location-Based Optimization Is the ‘SEO of 2016’ (GeoMarketing)… Yahoo Takes Declining Share of Worldwide Ad Revenues (eMarketer)…

Rating Street Fight’s 2015 Predictions

At the end of each year, Street Fight invites staffers, friends, and luminaries from the industry to share their predictions for what’s in store for the coming year. Today, we take a look back at some of the predictions for 2015 to see who was on target and who missed the mark.

10 Top Location-Based Marketing Campaigns of 2015

Beacons emerged two years ago but only seemed to come into their own in 2015. Despite hurdles to overcome in terms of consumer acceptance, marketers don’t lack impressive numbers for engagement and store visitation, particularly when combined with more commonplace techniques such as geofencing and targeted mobile ads. We asked our friends at GeoMarketing to look back at 10 campaigns that pioneered in the space in the past year.

PlaceIQ Teams Up with IRI to Tackle Online-to-Offline Attribution

Marketers face a number of big challenges today. One is pinpointing their audiences as they move from device to device — and then from platform to platform on those different devices. Another is making sense all of the data consumers generate in the scores of micro-interactions they have every day across the devices and platforms they use. A third is online-to-offline attribution. The partnership with IRI that PlaceIQ announced today is a step toward tackling these hurdles.

Online Reviews Providing Insights That Help Brands Compete

The evidence is in. Reviews on social media have a material impact on the capital investments made by nationwide brands. The key is strength in numbers: A national brand will be more likely to have the critical mass of reviews required in order to move beyond anecdotal evidence and glean statistically significant results.

Street Fight Daily: Google Goes After Robocallers in SEO Lawsuit, Apple Acquires Mapsense

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Google Files Suit Against SEO Firm Accused of Robocalling, Launches Complaint Center for Users (Search Engine Land)… Apple Acquires Mapsense, a Mapping Visualization Startup (Recode)… Amazon’s Prime Now Expands to L.A., Ramps Up for SoCal Grocery Deliveries (TechCrunch)…

LBMA Podcast: Beacons, WeChat and Proximity Messaging with NOD,

On the show: Visor let’s you see what’s happening around the globe; Michigan University opens up MCity to test driverless cars; Beacons + WeChat test from Chow Tai Fook brings in $16M; Hipcamp’s landsharing services. Member news from Canadian Tire, Placed and Wendy’s.

Placed Builds Out Attribution Platform, Connecting Store Visits to Dollars Spent

Location-based analytics provider Placed is looking to prove that mobile ads have the power to drive sales. The company today unveiled a new tool that collects data on whether consumers bought anything at a store for which they saw a mobile ad, and how much they spent.

Street Fight Daily: Yelp Shares Drop After Q2 Miss, Google’s Location Hours Feature for Mobile

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Yelp Drops 14% After Reporting Profit Miss In Q2 On Stronger-Than-Expected Revenue Of $133.9M (TechCrunch)… Google Now Featuring a Location’s Popular Hours on Mobile Devices (Blumenthals)… New Breed of Digital Publishers Just Say No to Ad Tech (Wall Street Journal)…

6 Tools for Linking Digital Marketing Efforts to Offline Sales

Only 18% of marketers currently say they feel “very confident” in their ability to measure mobile ad ROI. In order for that number to increase, marketers will need to partner with hyperlocal vendors that provide online-to-offline ad attribution. Here are six examples of vendors that they could work with…

Placed Adds New Partnerships to Attribution Network

Placed, which connects ads to in-store visits, has announced the addition of several new partners to its network of over 80 companies that use the service to measure the impact of advertising on offline store visits…

Street Fight Daily: Instagram’s Location Search, YP Spins Off Print

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Instagram Update Adds Search By Location, Revamped Explore Section For Trending Photos (The Next Web)… YP To Spinoff Print Yellow Pages Business, Stay Focused On Digital (Marketing Land)… Here’s What Facebook Wants Mobile Ads to Look Like (Recode)…

Street Fight Daily: Nokia’s Map Auction Heats Up, GrubHub Looks Beyond Restaurants

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Uber Joins Baidu as Nokia’s Maps Unit Draws Multiple Bidders (Bloomberg)… GrubHub Looks Beyond the Sit-Down Restaurant for Growth (Wall Street Journal)… New Platforms, Including BrightRoll, Plug Into Placed For In-Store Measurement (MediaPost)…

Street Fight Daily: Groupon Nears Big Deal, SMBs Balk at Social

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… KKR Investor Group Nears Deal for Ticket Monster (Wall Street Journal)… Small Businesses Are So-So About Social (eMarketer)… Linking Digital Ads To In-Store Visits Continues To Spread: Tapad, Placed Ink Dea (MediaPost)…

5 Tools for Location-Based Audience Profiling

With location-based audience profiling, marketers have the opportunity to connect online metrics to in-store sales. This allows for smarter media planning and results in a higher ROI on digital campaigns…

#LDS15 VIDEO: Payments, Panels, and the Push for Mobile Attribution

Offline attribution has become one of the defining challenges of the mobile advertising industry. Consumers are often using their devices to purchases in stores — not online — creating a measurement headache for brands and media buyers.

Street Fight Daily: Lyft Eyes Big New Round, Groupon Sells Beacons

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…Ride-Hailing Service Lyft Is Said to Be in Talks to Raise $250 Million (New York Times)… Expedia Buying Orbitz for $1.6 Billion (Skift)… Online-To-Offline Metrics Increasingly Available, Important To Marketers (Search Engine Land)…