LBMA Vidcast: Walmart and WhatsApp, Gucci Tries Out AR

On this week’s Location-Based Marketing Association podcast: Walmart Mexico accepts WhatsApp orders, Nex raises £2M for lunch discovery, Gucci lets try on shoes in AR, 7Eleven delivers to beaches & parks, Reveal Mobile launches foot traffic attribution, Trax acquires Shopkick.

LBMA Podcast: Honda France, American Eagle, UpCurve buys Closely

This Week in Location Based Marketing is a weekly video podcast from the Location Based Marketing Association with Asif Khan and Rob Woodbridge. On the show: Macallan, Locus Labs + Acuity Brands, Amazon & Fexy Media, Lufthansa, Brandify. Case Study from Shopkick.

Street Fight Daily: Walmart Leverages Brick-and-Mortar to Win Online, Local Search Ranking Factors Rundown

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Walmart to Discount Some Online Orders When Picked Up At the Store… Just Released: 2017 Local Searching Ranking Factors Survey Results… Uber’s Head of Communications, Rachel Whetstone, is Leaving…

Openings and New Hires at Shopkick, OpenTable, WebsPlanet

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 Verve, LMA, Propel Marketing, Search Influence and Navads.

Street Fight Daily: Apple Taps Drones to Improve Maps Data, Brands Leverage Apps for Loyalty

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Apple Said to Fly Drones to Improve Maps Data and Catch Google… How Brands Are Leveraging Their Apps to Provide Value, Maintain Loyalty… Instagram to Overtake Twitter as Marketing Channel…

The Physical World Is Eating the Web

Most beacon scenarios require users to jump through a set of compatibility hoops. But Google has been quietly working on an antidote: The physical web. To sidestep some of the opt-in friction, it positions the browser as the beacon interface and it transmits beacon content using URLs.

LBMA Podcast: xAd’s Global Blueprints, ShopperTrak Partners With Shopkick

On the show: MedNav tries to be the OpenTable for medical appointments; Sponda uses RFID to add location to malls; Freckle IOT partners with BlueBite; StudioTime tries to be the AirBnB of recording studios; Christophe Remillet of OneVisage…

Street Fight Daily: Google Wallet Opens Up, PayPal’s Big Change

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Mobile Payments Become Marketing Tool For Dunkin’ Donuts, Shopify, ChowNow (MediaPost)… PayPal’s Big Change: It Can Work With Amazon After eBay Split (Recode)… Google vs. Amazon: Does Small Business Benefit? (US News)…

Here Are the Top 5 Exits in Local Tech of 2014

The largest deals came on the public market, where some of the more established firms found late exits and others teamed up with rivals. But the startup scene saw its share of healthy M&A activity as well. Here are the five biggest deals in the local tech of 2014….

10 Top Location-Based Mobile Campaigns of 2014

In 2014, the use of geo-data, geo-fences, beacons, ultrasound, even LED lighting and magnetic positioning systems, have coalesced around geo-targeting consumers both outside and inside store locations. We asked the folks at GeoMarketing to look back at 10 campaigns that pioneered in the space in the past year…

Street Fight Daily: Uber Wars Thin Out, Jack Dorsey Denies Rumors

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyWhy A Taxi App With $100 Million In Funding Failed In The U.S. (Fortune)… Jack Dorsey On The Report That Square Is In Talks To Sell To PayPal — ‘FALSE’ (Business Insider)… Amazon and Rise of Mobile Challenge Google’s Search Position, Says Chairman (GigaOm)…

LBMA Podcast: Live From SM2 With Nestle, Mobiquity and Factual

On the show: We are LIVE from SM2 in New York City so this is a unique episode for us. We cover the top two stories of the week which are Shopkick selling to SK Telecom and PayPal’s partnership with Samsung for wearable payments. We also have four live guests…

LBMA Podcast: Google Outside, Urban Airship, and Thinknear’s Eli Portnoy

On the show: Geotargeted ads to help The Times Newseum; Weve is dead; Pigeonly’s Photopigeon; MoodMedia rolls out presence; and the strategy behind Macy’s committing 4000 stores to Shopkick…

Macy’s Expands Shopkick Beacons to Stores Across the Country

Macy’s just made a big bet on beacons — the proximity messaging technology widely hailed as a key ingredient in the future of retail. The company says it plans to expand its partnership with the Silicon Valley-based Shopkick from a small pilot in the retailer’s flagship stores in New York and San Francisco to a national roll out that will include over 4,000 beacons in Macy’s locations across the US.

Street Fight Daily: Apple Positions For Payments, Mobile-Local Ad Revenue Grows

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology.Don’t Count NFC Out of Apple’s Mobile Payment Plans Just Yet (GigaOm)… Location-Based Mobile Ads Forecast To Hit $10.8B In 2017 (MediaPost)… Shopkick Starts 100-Store iBeacon Trial For American Eagle, Biggest Apparel Rollout Yet (TechCrunch)…

LBMA Podcast: Placecodes, Pinterest, Shopkick and Verve Mobile

On the show: Placecodes helps you find your Friendly’s ice cream; Macy’s deploys ShopBeacon from ShopKick; PlaceIQ announces PIQ and PreVisit; Pinterest adds Place Pins; Bombsquare opens your city to virtual war against real friends; Philips and Desso create light transmissive carpet…

Shopkick, iBeacon and the Future of In-Store Tech

Thanks to a number of new technologies — namely, Bluetooth LE and Apple’s iBeacon protocol — in-store location is entering a new phase in its maturity. There are still a number of wrinkles in the technology to iron out — first and foremost, making it work across devices — but the new generation of beacons solve many of the issues that have traditionally limited in-store tech. Here’s where we are and what to expect…

Street Fight Daily: Uber Looks Beyond Taxis, Foursquare Launches Self-Serve Product

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technologyOn-Demand Everything? Uber Might Steer In A New Direction (CNet)… Foursquare Launches Self-Serve Promoted Listings For Small Businesses (MarketingLand)… Shopkick Adds In-App Purchases To Help Retailers Fight Amazon: ‘We Are The Anti-Amazon Coalition’ (TechCrunch)…

Local Retail Won’t Disappear — Mobile Will Transform the In-Store Experience

“The changes in the next five years in retail will be more profound and transformational than the last 100 years in retail have been because largely because of mobile,” said Cyriac Roeding, CEO of Shopkick. “I don’t think people will go [to stores] because they need something. I don’t even think they’ll go because they want something. I think they’ll go because they want to feel better.”

Street Fight Daily: Apple Buys WifiSLAM, NYU’s Hyperlocal Finds New Home

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Apple Acquires Indoor Location Company WifiSLAM (Wall Street Journal)… Changing Trains: The Local East Village, NYU’s hyperlocal blog, Moves from The New York Times to New York Magazine (Nieman Lab)… Local Search Service Roamz Shifts Again – Now “Local Measure,” Startup Brings Geo-Based Data To Businesses (& Gets Them To Pay) (TechCrunch)…