Toward a Better Definition of AI in Internet Communications

Under broad scrutiny, AI stands for “that thing we do with computer data manipulation that is somehow more complicated than layering algorithms on to data structures. But neither do we agree that the current state of AI represents actual computer or machine learning.

Voice Search Profoundly Changes the Way Consumers Interact on Mobile

Sponsoered content: Business listings are an important part of voice searches, particularly when “near me” searches are involved. Localized searches may see an even more rapid shift to voice than other searches, based on consumers’ increasing comfort with using hands-free devices in the car or when their eyes are otherwise occupied while outside the home.

#SFSNYC: Soleo Announces Version 2.0 of Local Search API

The local search company announced the launch of its new Local Search API at Street Fight Summit 2016, opening it up to developers to start using in their own projects. This new version brings together natural language processing and its database of over 20 million business listings.

Openings and New Hires at Factual, Yext, xAd and ZypMedia

Every two weeks, Geoff Michener covers some of the latest job changes taking place in this dynamic industry. This week’s edition includes a new company for SinglePlatform founder Wiley Cerilli, a new gig at Soleo for Jovana Riddle, and a chief people officer appointment at Verve.

Openings and New Hires at Verve Mobile, UpCity, xAd,Truecaller

Every two weeks, Kelly Benish — who knows practically everyone in local — covers some of the latest job changes taking place in this dynamic industry. (Plus, scroll down for jobs on offer now.) Brad Herman – Verve Mobile Verve Mobile announced the appointment of its first chief business development officer, Brad Herman. The announcement […]

Sponsored Post: Using Analytics to Optimize a PPC Campaign

When it comes to uncovering the real value behind a pay-per-call (PPC) campaign, analytics are key. Performance analytics provide the types of holistic insights that marketers need to determine what is working about their PPC campaigns — and what isn’t…

Sponsored Post: Category Granularity — Where Per-Per-Call Campaigns Perform Best

When it comes to running pay-per-call marketing campaigns, taking the time to select the most appropriate business categories is crucial for identifying high-quality leads and maximizing return on investment…

Sponsored Post: Ad Phrasing — Wording a PPC Ad for Best Performance

This post is sponsored by Soleo. Few marketers understand how ad phrasing and keyword specificity influence conversions. Thirty-nine percent of consumers say they “always” or “frequently” call a business when they are looking to make a purchase or a transaction…

Movers and Shakers: Openings and New Hires at MatchCraft, Verve and McClatchy

Every two weeks, Kelly Benish — who knows practically everyone in hyperlocal — covers some of the latest job changes taking place in this dynamic industry. In this week’s edition, new jobs and hires at RealMatch, Cxense, Gannett, Soleo, Moz and many more…

Choosing the Right Bid Strategy in a Pay-Per-Call Campaign

In order to build efficient pay-per-call campaigns, businesses have to decide on the bid strategies most suited to their industries and goals. Some of these may be borrowed from pay-per-click approaches, but there are additional ways to optimize for pay-per-call success…

Optimizing Your Pay-Per-Call Campaign

Basic pay-per-call campaign optimization strategies run the gamut from scheduling ad play according to hours of operation to selecting the most accurate categories for ads to play in. These optimization strategies help increase both the volume of calls that a business receives and the duration of those calls…

Openings and New Hires at Dex Media, Yext, Angie’s List, and LocalVox

Every two weeks, Kelly Benish — who knows practically everyone in hyperlocal — covers some of the latest job changes taking place in this dynamic industry. In this week’s edition, new jobs and hires at Microsoft, Colony Logic, Soleo, PlaceIQ, Fixya, and Placed…

4 Strategies to Increase Pay-Per-Call ROI for SMBs

Phone leads are inarguably effective. Nearly one in five incoming calls are what SMBs consider “quality leads,” a figure that beats those leads coming from email, online forms, Facebook, and even in-store visits…

Street Fight Daily: Angie’s List Shuffles Brass, Amazon’s One-Hour Delivery

\A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…… Amazon Brings One-Hour Delivery To NYC With Prime Now (TechCrunch)… Angie’s List Shuffles Brass, Names Third Tech Chief In Two Years (Indianapolis Business Journal)… Like Tinder, But For Creative Professionals: How Thumbtack Is Remaking The Gig Economy (Fusion)…