Are Website Builders the Next Big Growth Market in Local?

Website builders have been around almost as long as the internet itself. As you would expect, this is a busy market. Sitebuilderreport.com tracks 35 vendors. There are many more. Interestingly, only 4 of the 35 vendors get a good rating. Clearly, this is a large market that is ready for new and better solutions.

Street Fight Daily: SMBs to Ramp Up Digital Marketing, Snap Adds Ad Targeting Based on Third-Party Data

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Mobile Driving Marketing Spend Among SMBs… Snapchat to Enable Offline Purchase Ad Targeting… Marketing-Mix Modeling: A Road of Missed Opportunities for Brands…

Forget DIY, DIWM, and DIFM: ‘Do Nothing’ is the Best Approach to Capturing the SMB Market

The future of SMB marketing solutions isn’t do-it-yourself, do-it-for-me, or even do-it-with-me. Rather, it lies in a new go-to-market model called “do nothing” that combines context, content, software, and automation into solutions that are low-cost, have next to no barriers to entry, and require little in the way of learning or doing from customers.

Courting SMBs, Facebook Integrates Its Ad Platform With Wix Email Marketing

Facebook and Wix announced a new integration this morning that will allow businesses using Wix’s email marketing app to creating a Facebook ad within the platform, automatically taking the email’s content and images and translating them into Facebook’s format.

Hyperlocal M&A in 2015 — Here’s What Some Potential Acquirers Are Looking For

With the new year just around the corner, corporate development teams are undoubtedly gearing up for 2015 acquisitions. The local technology industry saw plenty of M&A activity in 2014 and remains poised for another busy year as established firms look to stay on top and a new batch of public companies come into capital…

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)…

Wix Buys Its Way Into Online Ordering

Wix, the Isreali-based website builder, has quietly pushed into the wider small business technology market since going public last year. Now the company has acquired OpenRest, a small Israeli-American startup that provides restaurants with the ability to accept orders through a website or mobile app…

With IPO Under Its Belt, Wix Plans to Move Beyond the Website

Street Fight recently caught up with Joe Pollaro, Wix’s vice president of strategic partnerships, to talk about the company’s plans to move beyond website development, its bet on self-service, and what it looks for in a partner…

Street Fight Daily: Apple Locks NFC to Apple Pay, Clear Channel Rebrands

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyApple’s iPhone 6 NFC Chip is Restricted to Apple Pay (Verge)… Clear Channel Rebrands As IHeartMedia (AdAge)… Is the Mobile Check-In Dead? (AdWeek)…

Street Fight Daily: Foursquare’s New App, Facebook Ads Costlier for SMBs

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyCan Foursquare Crack Local Search? (New York Times)… Facebook Ads Become ‘Costlier’ Choice for Small Businesses (Wall Street Journal)… Yelp Lied About Review Policies to Inflate Stock Price, Lawsuit Claims (GigaOm)…

Street Fight Daily: Eventbrite Hits $1 Billion, Clinkle’s Clunking Continues

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyEventbrite Tops Billion-Dollar Valuation With New Funding  (Wall Street Journal)… Clinkle’s Still a Hot Mess as Its Big Shot COO Departs (Recode)… Israel’s Wix.com Buys Mobile Commerce Firm Appixia (Reuters)…

Could Simple Website Builders Be the Next Hyperlocal Superstars?

Where is the next billion-dollar opportunity in hyperlocal? You might be surprised by the likely answer. Assuming they play their cards right, simple website builders like Wix, Weebly or Squarespace — and not the traditional hyperlocal platforms — have the best shot…