Openings and New Hires at JiWire, UBL, Groupon, Booker, Telenav & More

JiWire gets a new CEO in a year of big executive changes; Groupon tries for third-time’s-a-charm COO; UBL staffs up; Living Social loses an exec; and LocalResponse brings on a new vice president of technology. And that’s just what’s highlighted in industry moves from this week. Plus, openings at LocalVox, Booker, Apple, Google, Twitter, Facebook, Telenav and more…

Report Identifies ‘Avid Local Search Users,’ 50% of All Searches

Twenty-four percent of consumers who conduct “local” searches are highly tech-savvy early adopters who own multiple mobile devices, use mobile shopping apps, purchase daily deals and post reviews of businesses more than the average population, according to a new white paper. The report also notes that this group accounts for 50% of all local searches.

Who’s Coming and Going at Groupon, Delivery.com, LocalVox, YP & more

Big changes at Delivery.com with several new members of the management team; a new head of marketing at LocalVox; Groupon brings on an executive to focus on accounting from the C-level; and lots of jobs on offer in sales, marketing and business development at Foursquare, Patch, LocalVox, Factual, Apple and more.

Mobile Local Monetization Is Starting to Happen — For Real This Time

Facebook’s mobile Sponsored Story is already showing boosted performance over display ads. For many others, the mobile-first principle will come from location targeting, as its congruence with the use case similarly boosts performance and thus ad rates. For that and other reasons, I’ve forecast location-based ads to lead mobile ad revenues by 2016…

7 Mobile Ad Networks for Local Publishers

The biggest question for local publishers today isn’t whether they should run mobile advertising, but which networks they should use. Here are seven mobile ad networks that local publishers can use to serve ads and fill unsold inventory on their mobile websites and apps…

Street Fight Study: 33% Search Daily for Local Businesses via Mobile

Local search and discovery is quickly becoming one of the most routine and ubiquitous activities for the local consumer, according to a new “Consumer Insights Report” released by Street Fight and YP at Street Fight Summit West today. Nearly 90% of consumers surveyed reported searching for a local business on a PC, tablet, or mobile device within the last week — and over 30% said they do so on a daily basis…

Street Fight Daily: Groupon Tests Payments, Belly’s 1 Million Check-ins

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology...

Groupon Is Testing A Payments System To Compete With Square And PayPal (Business Insider)…

RIP Yellow Pages? Phone Books Re-shape Themselves for Life After Listings (PaidContent)…

Loyalty Startup Belly Hits 1 Millionth Check-In; Active Merchants Say Belly Check-ins Top Foursquare (TechCrunch)…