UBL and Advice Interactive to Merge, Signaling Potential Consolidation Among Local Marketing Firms

The deal will bring together UBL’s global listings syndication network with Advice Interactive’s reputation management, SEO and analytics products. Doyal Bryant, chief executive at UBL, said that the combined companies would become the second-biggest player in the industry, after Yext…

ReachLocal CEO: Digital Ad Industry Has a ‘Very Poor Reputation’ Among Small Businesses

Turnarounds take time — and no one is more aware of the challenges than Sharon Rowlands, who took the helm at ReachLocal almost a year ago. In an interview with Street Fight, Rowlands talks why she thinks ReachLocal is not the only company in small business marketing industry with brand problem, fixing the sales culture in local, and the need to move beyond top-line thinking.

7 Strategies SMBs Can Use to Promote Social Sharing

Rather than letting social sharing happen organically, local businesses are searching for ways to maximize the influence and generate more online buzz around their products and services. Here are seven strategies for how businesses can do just that…

How Google Is Fixing Its Small Business Problem

A few years ago, the paradox threatened to undermine the fundamentals of one of Google’s core revenues-generating products, AdWords. In 2011, the churn rate in its search advertising product spiked, leaving managers, including Joe DeMike, now the head of the customer experience lab at Google, scuttling to find a solution…

Booker Raises $35M More From First Data, Bain Capital and Others

The New York-based Booker, a software firm that built a big business selling to the service industry, has raised $35 million more from a range of investors, including a strategic investment from payment processing giant First Data…

5 Strategies for SMBs Looking to Leverage Wearable Tech

Although global companies are on the front lines of the wearables movement, taking advantage of things like Apple Watch for mobile payments and Google Glass for customer service, SMBs are taking a more reserved approach. Here are five strategies for SMBs that are interested in utilizing wearable technology…

Street Fight Daily: Facebook Gaining With Small Biz, Google Tests ‘Local Chat ‘

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…Now With 2 Million Advertisers, Facebook Is Gaining a Foothold With Small Businesses (AdWeek)… Google Search Tests “Chat” Button In Local Business Box (TechCrunch)… GoDaddy Takes Another Step To IPO (USA Today)…

5 Tools for Generating Personalized Video Ads

Hyperlocal technology is enabling businesses to go beyond the 30-second television spots most consumers are used to seeing, with personalized online videos ads that can be targeted by customer location and demographic to drive conversions and new acquisitions. Here are five online video advertising platforms that businesses of all sizes can try…

Study: Franchises Spend ‘Nearly Half’ of Marketing Budgets on Digital

Franchises, equipped with the resources of a large brand but the flexibility of a small business, could help provide a critical stepping stone for vendors looking to reach SMBs. New data shows they are substantially more digitally advanced than their independent counterparts…

For Facebook (And Others), Small Businesses Aren’t the Focus

Facebook’s decision to throttle organic reach has drawn ire among the small business community, and led some in the technology industry to question its future. The company is making very clear that the consumer is its real focus…

5 Tools for Publishing Product Inventory on Social Media

Small business owners are pulling out all the stops to drive traffic to their social media pages, but many aren’t giving enough thought as to what happens once people have agreed to “like” or “follow” their businesses online. Here are five tools that businesses can try to spur further engagement…

How Small Businesses Can Nail Social Marketing

A strong social media presence can be a hugely powerful tool for any small business. With even a limited amount of time and effort you can create new opportunities for customers to engage with or discover your brand and strengthen your relationships with your target audience…

5 Steps for SMBs Looking to Dominate the Local Competition

SMBs’ natural advantages are being eroded by the techniques that social and mobile technologies make available to larger businesses. But they can gain back the advantages they’ve always had by operating differently. Here are five steps that can serve as the starting point for competing more effectively in the new social economy…

Street Fight Daily: Yelp Buys GrubHub Competitor, Facebook Eyes Craigslist

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…Yelp Acquires Eat24, Bringing the Battle to GrubHub (Street Fight)… Facebook Update Looks a Lot Like Craigslist (Recode)… SMBs Divided On The Effectiveness Of Google My Business (Search Engine Land)…

Sponsored Post: Market2SmallBiz Helps Companies Understand Small Businesses

Market2SmallBiz brings together marketing professionals who focus on reaching small businesses. This is a day of of learning, networking, exchanging of ideas and problem solving…

On-Demand Local Services: The End of SMB Advertising as We Know It?

On-demand local services flip the traditional local advertising model. Instead of marketing proactively to generate demand, that demand is captured and revealed for service providers to react in real time. Put another way: Marketing is replaced with a commerce engine…

7 M-Commerce Strategies for SMBs

SMBs that don’t have mobile commerce enabled are practically inviting shoppers who can’t wait until they get home to make purchases to switch their business over to larger retail outlets. Here are seven m-commerce strategies from experts in the field…

Street Fight Daily: Twitter Courts Small Business, Apple Eyes Search

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyTwitter Seeks To Prove Value For Smaller Advertisers (AdExchanger)… Apple May Be About To Take On Google With Its Own Search Engine (Cult of Mac)… Groupon in Talks to Sell Majority Stake in Ticket Monster (Wall Street Journal)…

Street Fight Daily: Yahoo Spins Off Small Business, Groupon Founder’s New Startup

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyYahoo To Spin Off Small Business Unit With Alibaba Stake (Quartz)… Groupon Founder’s New App Offers Awesome GPS Walking Tours (Wired)… Gannett: More Digital Acquisitions (NetNewsCheck)…

How Mobile Has Reshaped Google’s Product Strategy For SMBs

James Croom, the head of marketing for Google My Business, spoke with Street Fight recently about why he believes small business adoption of the web has been slower than expected, and what he’s learned about building products for merchants..