5 Remote Store Management Tools for Merchants

Using the latest in mobile and location-based technologies, merchants are beginning to look at real-time traffic patterns and other in-store data points to manage operations, merchandising, and marketing programs…

Street Fight Daily: Square Raises $100M, GoDaddy’s Turnaround

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Square Raises More Money to Make Small Business Loans (Fortune)… Liquor Distributors Invest in Tech Firm to Boost E-Commerce in Alcohol (Wall Street Journal)… Deal Talks for Here Mapping Service Expose Reliance on Location Data (New York Times)…

Street Fight Daily: Banjo Raises $100M, Apple’s Search Ambitions

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Banjo Raises $100M to Put Your Tweet (and More) on the Map (Street Fight)… Apple Challenges Google with Growing Web Search Program, Fueled by Topsy Acquisition (Apple Insider)… ClassPass, a Startup that Gym Rats and Investors Love, is Now a $400 Million Company (Business Insider)…

Behind the Counter: Why a New Coffee House Picked (and Stayed With) Square

When Bien Nguyen and her husband Yen decided to open a coffee shop in Atlanta a few months ago, they had a clear vision of what they wanted their business to look like. But they knew little about the technology needed to turn that vision into a reality…

Street Fight Daily: Google’s Coming Mobile-geddon, Yelp Wins in Court

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Google is Making a Giant Change This Week That Could Crush Millions of Small Businesses (Business Insider)… Court Prevents Yelp from Turning Over User Data (Hill)… Foursquare Turns To Location Data For Revenue, Joining Crowded Field (Marketing Land)..

Street Fight Daily: Yelp Launches Now, Local TV’s Jackpot

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Yelp Ups Its Search Game With “Yelp Now”: Adds Dinner Reservation & Food Ordering Search Filters (Search Engine Land)… Jackpots for Local TV Stations in F.C.C. Auction of Airwaves (New York Times)… Square’s Jack Dorsey Puts It All Together (BuzzFeed)…

Street Fight Daily: xAd Launches Blueprints, Square Buys Into Food Delivery

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… xAd Launches Blueprints To Track In-Store, Not Just Near-Store, Visits For Location Marketing (Marketing Land)… Square Acquires Fastbite To Add Cheap, Fast Meals To Caviar (TechCrunch)… Maps in iOS 8.3 Lets Business Owners Claim POIs, Removes Select TripAdvisor Reviews (Apple Insider)…

Street Fight Daily: Google Eyes Local Services, Square Adds Marketing Tools

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Google Wants To Send You A Plumber (BuzzFeed)… Square Is Using Customer Data to Create Targeted Email Campaigns for Brands (AdWeek)… Groupon Mulls Selling Off Checkout Software Business (Recode)…

Street Fight Daily: Mobile Spend Nears $100B, Uber Hires Security Chief

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Global Mobile Ad Spending Will Climb to $100 Billion in 2016 (AdAge)… Uber Hires a Security Chief From Facebook (New York Times)… Square Eyes Bars, Restaurants With Open Tickets (USA Today)…

Square Wants to Become a Platform — Here’s Why that Matters For Small Businesses

With millions of small businesses already using its application to process payments, Square needs to navigate through a complex and crowded small business software market to build a platform from which merchants can run their business…

Street Fight Daily: Facebook Likes Events, Square Becomes a Platform

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Facebook Is Making It Easier To Find Events You Want To Go To (Mashable)… How Groupon Not So Innocently Planned Its Most Popular Facebook Post Ever (AdWeek)… The Racists Next Door: Why Nextdoor’s Racial Profiling “problem” Isn’t The Company’s Fault — It’s Society’s (Pando)…

Local Startups Need to Focus Less on Consumers, More on Businesses

Founders mistakenly interpret the investment thesis of the local technology industry — the billions in local spending moving onto digital networks — and see a chance to rethink the way we buy before fully considering the vast changes occurring in the way the supply side of the market operates.

Street Fight Daily: Square Kills Order, Facebook Buys The Find

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…… .Square Kills Square Order, the Food Pickup App That Was Square Wallet 2.0 (Recode)… Facebook Acquires Shopping Search Engine, TheFind (Marketing Land)… Snapchat Launches Local Channel for New Yorkers (AdWeek)…

Street Fight Daily: Lyft Raises $530M, Google’s New Stores

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…Lyft Has Raised $530 Million In Series E Funding Led By Rakuten, Is Now Valued At $2.5 Billion (TechCrunch)… Local “Google Shops” Present New SMB-AdWords Opportunity (Local Search Insider)… Square Buys Payment Hardware Maker Kili Technology (ZDNet)…

Street Fight Daily: MaxPoint’s Shaky IPO, Square Eyes Small Business

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyAd Tech’s Rough Ride on Wall Street Continues With Latest IPO (AdAge)… The Payment Start-Up Square Expands Its Reach Into Small Businesses (New York Times)… Eddy Cue: Here’s how Apple Pay works on an Apple Watch (CNet)…

Street Fight Daily: Google’s New Payment Project, Real Estate’s Digital Decline

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…Google Said To Be Testing A Point-of-sale System Called Plaso (GigaOm)… Borrell: Real Estate To Scale Back On Digital (NetNewCheck)… An Attribution Standard? IPG, Horizon, Digitas and Others Agree to Use One Firm (AdAge)…

Street Fight Daily: Google Eyes Softcard, Lyft Seeks Mega-Funding

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyGoogle Is In Talks With Mobile Payments Company Softcard (TechCrunch)… Lyft Seeking New Mega-Funding to Battle Uber (Recode)… Are Facebook And Yelp Losing The Support Of Small Businesses? (Pando)…

Openings and New Hires at UberMedia, Yext, Google and Dex Media

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 Groupon, MenuPages, Square, Skyhook Wireless, and more…

5 Keys to Small Business Success From 2014

Given all the hyperlocal solutions aimed at small businesses, it’s no wonder merchants took a varied approach in 2014. Over the past year, merchants have become savvier about online marketing solutions, and as a result, many are now willing to try platforms they would not have been comfortable using in previous years…

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….