Facebook Marketing Partner Summit 2019: What’s All the Hype about Messaging?

Facebook led the Summit with this very interesting statistic: “There are now more messaging users than social users globally.” While the semantics of “messaging” vs. “social app” draw a fine distinction, on raw user count alone, WhatsApp and Messenger account for 2.9 billion users, and Facebook alone sits at 2.4 billion.

With these numbers in mind, Facebook’s contention is that conversation should be a larger part of the consumer journey when it comes to advertising, even noting that consumers are increasingly expecting to be as well, creating a virtuous cycle of sorts.

LBMA Vidcast: Walmart and WhatsApp, Gucci Tries Out AR

On this week’s Location-Based Marketing Association podcast: Walmart Mexico accepts WhatsApp orders, Nex raises £2M for lunch discovery, Gucci lets try on shoes in AR, 7Eleven delivers to beaches & parks, Reveal Mobile launches foot traffic attribution, Trax acquires Shopkick.

Report: Upon Unlocking Phones, People Flock to Social, Messaging

Anyone with a smartphone unimmune to our pervasive cultural addiction with digital communication will be unsurprised: It’s WhatsApp, Snapchat, and Facebook that currently capture most of the attention when we mindlessly unlock our mobile devices.

That’s according to media measurement company Verto Analytics, which released a report just this morning on the earliest part of the mobile journey: what happens right when we unlock our phones some 50 times per day.

Facebook to Integrate Technical Infrastructure of WhatsApp, Instagram, Messenger

While the move indeed indicates that Facebook’s chief executives are looking to centralize acquired properties that once operated with relative autonomy, the integration also marks a response to growing concerns over user privacy. Under this new technical configuration, all the messaging platforms will be endowed with end-to-end encryption, warding off the possibility that people other than those taking part in conversations will ever read messages sent on the platforms.

Street Fight Daily: Faltering Snap Courts Publishers, WhatsApp Rolls Out App for Small Biz

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… As Facebook Retreats from Publishers, Snap Goes on the Offensive… WhatsApp Launches a Separate App for Small Businesses… Mobile Phones Driving Search Ad Growth…

Street Fight Daily: Target Acquires Shipt, Facebook to Stop Paying Publishers for Video

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Target Acquires Instacart Competitor Shipt to Compete with Amazon… Facebook Plans to Stop Paying Publishers to Make Videos for News Feed… Uber Under Criminal Investigation, Justice Department Confirms…

Street Fight Daily: Verizon Offers Rewards for User Data, LinkedIn Sharpens AdTech Strategy

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Verizon Wants to Build an Advertising Juggernaut. It Needs Consumer Data First… LinkedIn Bolsters AdTech Game, Launches Audience Network… WhatsApp Tools and Features for Businesses Are Coming…

Street Fight Daily: Instagram Growing Rapidly, Gannett Earnings Suggest Bleak Outlook for Newspapers

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Gannett Earnings Forecast a Bleak 2017 for Newspaper Companies… Instagram is Growing Faster Than Ever and Now Has 700 Million Users… Waymo Is Hitting Uber Where It Hurts…

6 Ways Retailers Are Using Messaging Apps for Marketing

Popular consumer-facing apps like Viber, Kik, and WhatsApp, are pushing hard to become known as more than just messaging services, and one of the ways they’re doing that is by beefing up their social commerce capabilities. Here are six examples of innovative ways that retailers are using them to market to consumers.

Street Fight Daily: Amazon Tackles Brick-and-Mortar, WhatsApp Tests Chat Tools for Businesses

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Amazon Confirms Plans for a 10th Book Store, Demonstrating Commitment to Brick-and-Mortar… WhatsApp Tests Business Chat Tools in Search for Revenue… Joe Ricketts, Local News Publisher and Trump Backer, Acquires Gothamist Websites…

Street Fight Daily: Facebook-WhatsApp Data Sharing Blocked Abroad, OpenTable Scales Back

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Facebook Runs Into Roadblock Abroad Taking User Data from WhatsApp for Targeted Ads… As OpenTable Struggles to Take Hold Abroad, Priceline Scales It Back… Uber Rival Karhoo Shuts Down After Blowing Reported $250M in Funding…

Street Fight Daily: Marketing Tech Brings in Big Bucks, Consumers Still Unsure About Mobile Wallets

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Why Venture Capitalists Are Betting on Marketing Tech Over Ad Tech… How Connected Cars Are Turning Into Revenue-Generating Machines… Brands Debate Pros and Cons of Reaching Consumers via WhatsApp…

Street Fight Daily: Uber Racks Up Big Losses, Businesses Coming to WhatsApp

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Uber Loses At Least $1.2 Billion in First Half of 2016… WhatsApp to Let Business Operate on its Platform… Major Quick-Serve Restaurant Deploys Drones for Food Delivery…

Street Fight Daily: Alphabet Earnings Show Google Search Still On Top, Local Advertising’s ‘Context’

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Google Search Leads the Way as Alphabet Beats Earnings Expectations (Adweek)… Placed’s Shim: Location-Based Optimization Is the ‘SEO of 2016’ (GeoMarketing)… Yahoo Takes Declining Share of Worldwide Ad Revenues (eMarketer)…

LBMA Podcast: Apple’s Big Event, TalkLocal Rebrands

On the show: Into the Storm’s augmented reality street sign; Unicef’s Digital Drum Project; Budweiser brings beer to your Facebook friends; WhatsApp and Skype add location sharing; Twitter brings buying to your stream; iScent thinks we want to smell our emails; T-Mobile becomes the UnCarrier….