As SMB Investment in Digital Increases, So Does the Need for Better Performance Metrics

With all the noise in local marketing, how can SMBs reliably answer the ROI question? How can they increase the signal-to-noise ratio in their marketing metrics even as they increase their investments in online marketing? A good place to start is by focusing on one metric, above all else: Lead Acquisition Cost…

6 Ways SMBs Can Use Mobile to Reach Targeted Audiences

Whether or not a mobile campaign proves successful for a small business hinges less on the content of the campaign than on whether the right audience is being targeted. In many cases, it’s up to hyperlocal vendors to educate SMB clients about the possibilities in mobile audience targeting. Here are six takeaways that vendors should focus on in those discussions…

Street Fight Daily: Expedia Buys Travelocity, Private Equity Eyes Digital First

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyExpedia Buys Travelocity, Merging Two of the Web’s Biggest Travel SitesCerberus, Apollo Bidding for Digital First Media (Capital New York)… For Digital, SMBs Need Somebody—and Money—to Lean On (eMarketer)…

Survey Highlights the Challenges of Marketing to Smaller SMBs

The evidence suggests that marketers who can tell a simple and compelling story tying ROI to hard evidence will stand the greatest chance of winning SMB confidence. The trick is doing this at sufficient scale to be profitable…

The Importance of Responsive Web Design for SMB Sites

It’s critical for local businesses to have a beautiful site that doesn’t just scale down to low resolutions, but also looks great on all devices — from a 27” desktop display to a “smart” refrigerator, and every tablet, phablet, and phone in between. That’s why for the majority of local businesses, responsive design is the best mobile strategy…

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)…

Street Fight Daily: Apple Watch’s Hyperlocal Ads, GM Eyes Local Search

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyApple Watch Will Deliver ‘Hyper-Local’ Ads On Your Wrist (Business Insider)… GM Turning Its Cars Into Rolling (Local) Search Engines (Search Engine Land)… Secret Wants To Be The Stream Of Consciousness For Live Events, Starting With CES (TechCrunch)…

5 All-In-One Automation Platforms for SMBs

Marketing automation platforms have long been considered a driving force behind the success of large companies. Now, hyperlocal vendors have set their sights on the SMB market — developing customized marketing automation tools for merchants…

Street Fight Daily: Cities Sue Uber, Postmates’ Delivery API

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…Uber’s Background Checks for Drivers Come Under Scrutiny (New York Times)… Postmates’ Plans Go Way Beyond Bike Messengers: Web Orders, Inventory Management And Major Partners (VentureBeat)… Porch Goes Beyond Data Services, Launches Tools To Connect Homeowners With Pros (TechCrunch)…

Street Fight Daily: Facebook Expands Search, Amazon Tests Same-Day Delivery

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…Hands-On With Facebook Post Search: Strong Recommendations, Yelp Should Worry (TechCrunch)… Amazon Tests Bike Messengers For One-hour Delivery In New York City (MarketWatch)… Decline In Organic Reach Changes Facebook’s Value Proposition For SMBs (AdExchanger)…

Street Fight Daily: The Classifieds Wars, Uber Expands Delivery

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…Documents Show How Ebay’s Meg Whitman And Pierre Omidyar Conspired To Steal Craigslist’s Secrets (Pando)… Uber Expands Grocery Delivery Pilot, Renames It UberEssentials (The Next Web)… The Post-Google Local Survival Guide (Search Engine Land)…MA roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…Documents Show How Ebay’s Meg Whitman And Pierre Omidyar Conspired To Steal Craigslist’s Secrets (Pando)… Uber Expands Grocery Delivery Pilot, Renames It UberEssentials (The Next Web)… The Post-Google Local Survival Guide (Search Engine Land)…

Street Fight Daily: Stores Slide on Black Friday, Jack Dorsey’s New Legacy

MA roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…Bricks-and-Mortar Sales Edge Lower At Start Of Holiday Season; Online Surges (Retuers)… This Man Was Supposed To Become Steve Jobs 2.0 — Here’s What Happened Instead (Business Insider)… New Facebook Rules Will Sting Entrepreneurs (Wall Street Journal)…

Street Fight Daily: On-Demand’s Labor Problem, Square Drops Free

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…Handy Sued For Being a Hellscape of Labor Code Violations (ValleyWag)… Square Eschews Free, Starts $29 Pre-Orders For Chip-Based Card Readers (TechCrunch)… HomeAway Integrates Gogobot, Uber and Instacart Into Mobile Services (Skift)…

Street Fight Daily: Retailers Disable Apple Pay, Yelp Buys German Competitor

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyApple Pay Is Disabled by Rite Aid and CVS as a Rival Makes Plans (New York Times)… Yelp Buys Restaurant-Kritik To Expand Its Presence In Germany (TechCrunch)… Why NFC In The iPad Air 2 Is A Big Deal For Small Businesses (GigaOm)…

Street Fight Daily: LightSpeed Raises $35M, Small Businesses Spend on Social

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyRetail Software Startup LightSpeed Raises $35 Million From iNovia (Recode)… Small Businesses Spend More on Social Than Any Other Media (AdAge)… For Mobile Marketers, The More Crowded The Better (Wall Street Journal)…

Street Fight Daily: Yelp’s Case Against Google, Urban Airship CEO Resigns

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyLeaked Documents Show How Yelp Thinks It’s Getting Screwed By Google (TechCrunch)… CEO Of Startup Urban Airship Leaves Company After Being Accused Of Sexually Assaulting His Ex-Girlfriend (BusinessInsider)… Finding Ways to Use Big Data to Help Small Shops (New York Times)…

6 Strategies For Helping SMBs Understand the Importance of Mobile

According to a Manta survey, 67% of small business owners don’t expect mobile to impact them this holiday season. Only 8% of the 1,003 SMBs surveyed said they expect mobile to drive shoppers to their brick-and-mortar locations. This presents a challenge for hyperlocal vendors looking to sell their mobile products and services, however it’s something that can be overcome through a combination of education and original thinking…

Street Fight Daily: Locu Launches Dashboard, eBay Pushes Into Services

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Locu’s Menu Dashboard Is a Rare Win for Developers and Merchants (PandoDaily)… EBay Is Now Selling Live Services, Launches Secretguru As A Beta Pilot In The UK (TechCrucnh)… Toyota Unveils Super-Compact Car With Location-Based Ads (PMashable)…

7 Social Media Strategies for Small Business Owners

Investing in free social media tools is one of the most cost-effective things a small business owner can do to increase brand recognition and awareness, and yet fewer than 20% of SMBs currently have websites that link to popular social media networks. Here are seven tips from experts in the social media marketing industry about how business owners can take advantage of the social media tools available today…

Local Businesses Plot Expansion Via Crowdfunding

Even before the passage of the JOBS Act in early April, SMBs across the country were increasingly turning toward crowdfunding websites such as Indiegogo to facilitate expansion. Now, with the law on the books and pressure on the SEC to finalize regulations around it in the next seven months, some foresee crowdfunding, not venture capital, grants or loans, as the next innovative way to stimulate local business and job creation…