10 Top Location-Based Marketing Campaigns of 2015

Beacons emerged two years ago but only seemed to come into their own in 2015. Despite hurdles to overcome in terms of consumer acceptance, marketers don’t lack impressive numbers for engagement and store visitation, particularly when combined with more commonplace techniques such as geofencing and targeted mobile ads. We asked our friends at GeoMarketing to look back at 10 campaigns that pioneered in the space in the past year.

PlaceIQ Teams Up with IRI to Tackle Online-to-Offline Attribution

Marketers face a number of big challenges today. One is pinpointing their audiences as they move from device to device — and then from platform to platform on those different devices. Another is making sense all of the data consumers generate in the scores of micro-interactions they have every day across the devices and platforms they use. A third is online-to-offline attribution. The partnership with IRI that PlaceIQ announced today is a step toward tackling these hurdles.

5 Geofencing Tools for Customer Acquisition

Marketers increasingly are using geofencing and proximity marketing to send push notifications to existing customers located at specific events or landmarks. However, this technology still isn’t being used to its full potential as a new customer acquisition tool. Here are five examples of platforms that marketers can use to deliver offers to nearby mobile users, with the ultimate goal of promoting new customer acquisition.

Holiday Shopping Data Roundup: $39 Billion to Be Spent Locally This Year

The holiday season isn’t just a big time of year for retail spending; it’s also a big time of year for retail spending data. The stats indicate one common trend: Purchasing is going to be more omnichannel than ever. Here’s a rundown on some key data points for this holiday shopping season.

Beacons to Shine a Light on Consumers’ Murky Path to Purchase

Retail activity this holiday season promises to be more omnichannel than ever, courtesy of the ever-present smartphone. That raises the stakes for retailers in terms of their preparedness and complicates their attribution metrics. With online-to-offline shopping dynamics in focus, this may be the long-awaited breakout year for beacon technology.

The Path to Purchase Is More Mobile than Ever: xAd Study

xAd’s fourth annual Mobile Path to Purchase study indicates the customer journey is more smartphone-dependent than ever, even for big-ticket, high-consideration purchases like cars. “Location is much more than a targeting tactic; it’s a powerful indicator of consumers’ intent and immediacy of needs,” said xAd senior director of global research Sarah Ohle.

Street Fight Daily: Facebook’s Q3 Success Fueled by Mobile, Jet.com’s Emergency Fundraising

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Facebook’s Transformation into a Mobile Company Is Complete (Gigaom)… Facing Cash Crunch, Retailer Jet.com Racing to Complete Funding Round (Wall Street Journal)… Hiku’s New Connected Grocery Scanner Lets You Order Groceries from Walmart and Peapod (TechCrunch)…

Street Fight Daily: Thumbtack Is Now a Unicorn, Amazon Leverages Existing On-Demand Workforce

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Thumbtack Becomes Latest Unicorn, Raises $125 Million at $1.25 Billion Valuation (Forbes)… Amazon Taps ‘On-Demand’ Workers for One-Hour Deliveries (Wall Street Journal)… Walmart Doubles Down on Online Grocery Shopping with Curbside Pickup (TechCrunch)…

LBMA Podcast: UberMedia’s Location Visit Optimization, Carmakers Buy Nokia’s HERE

On the show: The world’s first virtual reality theme park; the world’s first artificially intelligent ad; MotorMood’s emoticons for drivers; xAd’s Global Location Snapshot; Nordstrom’s rooftoop Instagram installation, and more.

Placed Builds Out Attribution Platform, Connecting Store Visits to Dollars Spent

Location-based analytics provider Placed is looking to prove that mobile ads have the power to drive sales. The company today unveiled a new tool that collects data on whether consumers bought anything at a store for which they saw a mobile ad, and how much they spent.

5 Ad Tools for Targeting Consumers Based on Offline Behavior

Offline behavioral data is becoming easier for businesses to track and manage thanks to a growing number of advertising marketplaces. Here are five examples of tools that brands can use to target consumers based on their offline behaviors or activities…

xAd CEO: Forget Mobile — Location is the New Category for Marketers

New York-based xAd has doubled its annual revenue in each of the past two years, expanding to London, China and India. We recently caught up with Dipanshu “D” Sharma, chief executive at xAd, to talk about mobile, data and why location is becoming the new category…

Street Fight Daily: Groupon Nears Big Deal, SMBs Balk at Social

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… KKR Investor Group Nears Deal for Ticket Monster (Wall Street Journal)… Small Businesses Are So-So About Social (eMarketer)… Linking Digital Ads To In-Store Visits Continues To Spread: Tapad, Placed Ink Dea (MediaPost)…

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)…

#LDS15 VIDEO: Payments, Panels, and the Push for Mobile Attribution

Offline attribution has become one of the defining challenges of the mobile advertising industry. Consumers are often using their devices to purchases in stores — not online — creating a measurement headache for brands and media buyers.

Street Fight Daily: Wall Street Defends Yelp, xAd’s Big Hires

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Stop Bullying Yelp, Analysts Say (MarketWatch)… Former Twitter Programmatic Head Gelb, 3 Others Join xAd (MediaPost)… Amazon Can Now Start Testing Out a Drone Delivery System in the US (Quartz)…

Here’s How Marketers Are Using Mobile This Super Bowl

In an age when marketers can reach a hundred million people each day by lunchtime, the draw of the Super Bowl’s 184 million viewers has lost some of its luster. But Madison Avenue is focusing on another number: $14.3 billion. That’s the amount that consumers plan to spend on food, beer and other goods for the big game…

Street Fight Daily: Facebook Ditches Clicks, Village Voice On The Block

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyHere’s How Facebook Plans to Help Brands Find Out When Their Ads Actually Worked (AdWeek)… Village Voice Parent Company Will Explore Sale Of Papers (Poynter)… Apple Maps Connect For Small Businesses Expands Beyond The U.S. (9to5Mac)…

Hyperlocal Execs’ 2015 Predictions (Part Two): Cir.cl, xAd, Yodle, VendAsta

As we have for the past three years, Street Fight recently asked a number of hyperlocal luminaries to weigh in with their predictions for where local is headed in 2015. We ran the first installment of their responses yesterday — now here are the rest…

10 Top Location-Based Mobile Campaigns of 2014

In 2014, the use of geo-data, geo-fences, beacons, ultrasound, even LED lighting and magnetic positioning systems, have coalesced around geo-targeting consumers both outside and inside store locations. We asked the folks at GeoMarketing to look back at 10 campaigns that pioneered in the space in the past year…