Google’s Backdoor Shift to a Social Network

Mike Blumenthal and David Mihm: In the case of Q&A, reviews, and the coming sports commenting feature, Google is looking to gain a better understanding of the entity, and in the case of the sharing buttons and the new ability to follow a business, Google is looking to better understand the individual so that it can improve the search experience now and in the future. That would be a very Googly social network.

5 Hot Retail Strategies in Play This Thanksgiving Weekend

Top retailers aren’t leaving anything up to chance. In one of the biggest pushes we’ve seen in years, retailers around the country are embracing interactive technology and social channels in a play to capture a greater share of consumer holiday spending. Read on to learn about five innovative strategies.

The Future of Advertising in an Autonomous Vehicle Landscape

When autonomous vehicles begin to replace traditional cars, the local business advertising market will shift alongside. But SMB advertising might not actually look dramatically different than it does today; instead, today’s location-based, personalized marketing will reach new customizable extremes.

Street Fight Daily: The Latest in On-SERP Search from Google, Visual Search on Edge of Breakthrough

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING AND MEDIA… Google and the On-SERP Experience: We’re Just Gettin’ Warmed Up… Retailers Must Prepare for Visual Search, On Edge of a Breakthrough… What Will Advertising on Voice Look/Sound Like?…

Street Fight Daily: Mobile to Surpass Traditional Media Combined; Brands: Be Wise About AI Use for Customer Engagement

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING AND MEDIA… Mobile Ad Spending to Surpass All Traditional Media Combined by 2020… Despite AI Advances, Consumers Crave Human Interactions… Google Assistant, Search Add Best Buy and Nike as Shopping Partners…

Street Fight Daily: Square CFO to Lead Nextdoor, Breaking Down the Voice Ecosystem

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING AND MEDIA… Not All Voice Assistants are Created Equal… Square CFO Sarah Friar to Become Nextdoor CEO… Why Facebook Is Putting Its Skin in Local News’ Subscription Efforts…

Not All Voice Assistants are Created Equal

Several tech giants are chasing voice search and assistant apps. They’re motivated by different factors—each seeing voice as a way to support, grow, and protect their unique core businesses.

Synup Test Measures Voice Search Readiness for Brands

Voice is the future of online search, but not enough businesses are prepared for the transition. To that end, the local SEO firm Synup recently released a product it’s calling the Voice Readiness Test to help brands discover how their search results sound to consumers using popular hands-free systems such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

Street Fight Daily: A Test for Voice Search Readiness, Putting the Video Ad Boom into Numbers

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING AND MEDIA… Synup Test Measures Voice Search Readiness for Brands… Video Swells to 25% of Digital US Ad Spend… TripAdvisor Debuts API with MomentFeed Partnership, Helping Brands Reach Hungry Travelers…

Dstillery and CultureWaves Partner on Observed Behavior-Based Marketing

CultureWaves has partnered with Dstillery to launch VOICE, a product that offers behavior-based segmentation for marketers. The new tool will allow marketers to overlay behavioral analysis on mobile device data in order to dig into the reasons for customer behavior.

Street Fight Daily: Facebook to Cut Off Third-Party Data Oct 1, Amazon Wants to Monopolize the Smart Home

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING AND MEDIA… Ad Buyers Prepare for Headaches as Facebook Cuts Off Third-Party Data… Report: Voice Tech Not Meeting Consumer Expectations… Amazon Announces Slew of Voice-Activated Products, Leading the Way on Voice…

Report: Voice Tech Not Meeting Consumer Expectations

“When looking at this data, it’s clear that enterprises simply don’t understand consumer expectations when it comes to voice, or how frequently they’re already relying on the technology to make their everyday lives better,” explains Matt Chotin, senior director, technical evangelism at AppDynamics.

Street Fight Daily: Some Marketers Troubled as Google Automation Mounts, How Brands Can Localize

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING AND MEDIA… As Response Display Becomes Default, Some Marketers Push Back on Automation… How Brands Can Create Personalized Experiences for Each Local Market… Amazon Is Stuffing Its Search Results Pages with Ads…

Street Fight Daily: Foursquare Teams with AccuWeather; Civil Builds Community-, Blockchain-Based Media Ecosystem

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING AND MEDIA… Foursquare Will Fuel AccuWeather’s New Location-Based Recommendations… Civil’s Bold Plan for the News Crisis: ‘Flip the Business Model on Its Head’… The IoT Market Gap: Consumer Knowledge Low, Smart Device Ownership High…

Street Fight Daily: Facebook’s Latest Shot at Local, Mobile Search Habits May Undermine Loyalty

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING… Facebook Takes a Stab at Local—Again… As ‘Near Me’ Searches Spread on Mobile, Consumers Trade Loyalty for Convenience… Google Might Be Hiding the Fact That Its Own Reviews Are Shoddy…

Street Fight Daily: Uber Cash Burn Narrowing En Route to IPO, CallRail Engages User Base to Drive Product Dev

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING… Uber’s Losses Continue, But Narrow, In Its March Toward an IPO… At CallRail, Community Forums Prove Valuable for Product Development… How Yelp’s Revamped Ad Biz Powered a Great Quarter…

As Local Search Enters the Voice Era, Three Content Channels Dominate

You’re well covered today on the three top voice platforms if you have strong listings on Google, Apple, and Yelp. If you want to do even more, make sure your Bing listings are up to date for Cortana (note that Yelp reviews show up here as well), and submit your listing info to Here and Foursquare in order to be found in Samsung’s Bixby interface.  

Street Fight Daily: How Businesses Can Prepare for Voice-Driven Commerce, Google Pursues OOH in Big Way

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING… As Local Search Enters the Voice Era, Three Content Channels Dominate… Google’s Targeted Ads Are Coming to a Billboard Near You… DexYP (and Other Publishers) Transition to Digital, But Limited Revenue Suggests Bleak Long-Term Prospects…

Listen Up! Voice Makes Itself Heard in Delivery of Local News

“Voice is still in its early innings, but Edison Research data on smart speakers shows that the top things people are calling for is news. That’s enough for me to know that the time to get moving on this is right now,” says Amplifi Media CEO Steve Goldstein.

#SFSNYC: Making Conversational Interfaces the Frontline for Customer Interaction

The development of conversational language to interact with chatbots, digital assistants, smart devices, and other machines is changing the ways consumers make use of such platforms to find the information and services they want—and this change is only going to get more important for brands and local businesses to address.