Each month, we orient our coverage around an editorial theme. The list below represents the full range of our coverage and is updated from time to time. Click the links to view our coverage of each theme. Reach out to us if you have theme suggestions or if you’d like to offer your insight on any of our existing themes.

Beyond the Screen:  The screen has always been our primary interface but the world of tech is bringing us new formats including voice, computer vision and augmented reality. Beyond the Screen encapsulates these topics and the evolving set of front-end interfaces for local media and commerce. See our coverage here.

Word of Mouth: The oldest and still most effective form of local marketing is word of mouth. That’s taken a new form today in the art of reputation management. Under the Word of Mouth theme, we cover topics including social media marketing, reviews management multimedia strategies. See our coverage here.

Targeting Location: A central issue for location-based media and commerce is the moving target of how to pinpoint and optimize strategies around device location. We cover topics under Targeting Location like location-targeted ads, attribution, paid search, and location data strategies. See our coverage here.

Automating Local: How is AI impacting local commerce and marketing, and who’s doing what? This theme highlights topics like Amazon’s move to create intelligent and streamlined retail operations, as well as AI’s role in local search such as voice-enabled smart devices and personal assistants. See our coverage here.

Visualizing Local: How are marketers using visual content to boost visibility, presence, and conversions? With Visualizing Local, we examine topics like image search, visual strategies in local listings, and visually-oriented social media like Instagram Stories. See our coverage here.

Pursuing Privacy: In the wake of Facebook’s data collection misdeeds, the privacy backlash is swift and formidable. Pursuing Privacy is our theme for key issues like location intelligence and privacy regulations such as GDPR and CCPA. See our coverage here.

Disrupting Retail: Physical-world retail is at a crossroads as we see a growing divergence between success stories and victims of “retailpocalypse.” The difference is a function of digital adaptiveness. With Disrupting Retail, we cover topics like in-store innovation and Amazon’s strategic moves. See our coverage here.

Driving Local: The car is the ultimate mobile device. And it’s becoming local’s next battleground as more and more sensors are infused. Topics like autonomous vehicles are covered under Driving Local, as well as the car’s increasing role in the local search and discovery process. See our coverage here.

Mapping the Future: Of all of the technologies and consumer touchpoints to local commerce, mapping is perhaps the most relevant. Mapping the Future addresses maps as the primary tool for local search and discovery. We discuss UX innovations, visual mapping, and mapping as a component of local search and SEO strategies. See our coverage here.

Vertical Challenge: To verticalize or not to verticalize… that is the question in local commerce. The Vertical Challenge theme targets vertical-specific strategies and the pros and cons of zeroing in on local business categories. See our coverage here.

Holiday Blitz: All of the local commerce innovations throughout the year are given the chance to shine during the end-of-year holiday shopping blitz. We cover topics like shopping behavior, year-over-year trend analysis and retail strategies. See our coverage here.

Connected Consumer: How are we as consumers increasingly tapped into networked content and data. This includes topics like personal assistant apps, smart speakers, IoT and wearables. See our coverage here.

Theme of the Month: Pursuing Privacy

Street Fight’s September Theme: Mapping the Future

What does “Mapping the Future” entail? As a primary tool for consumer local search and discovery, mapping continues to undergo UX innovations and structural changes. We’ll examine these areas as well as mapping’s interplay with local search and SEO strategies.

Though mapping is more of a Street Fight staple than a trending topic, market signals indicate that the timing is right. In fact, we already got started last month with a look at Snapchat’s moves into local mapping — not just UX upgrades to Snap Map but also self-serve advertising for local businesses.

More Brands Are Scaling Digital Channels for Customer Engagement — Here’s Why

Communicating with brands on social media has become the norm for consumers. Surveys show that roughly half of all consumers who engage with brands on social media are reaching out about customer care concerns, and more than 65% of social media users across all platforms expect brands to respond, regardless of whether the initial outreach was via private messages or public posts.

Those expectations have only heightened over the past six months, and many brands have had to pivot their customer support and engagement priorities on the fly.

Earnings Season Teases Retail’s Next Normal

Earnings results that rolled out from retail giants over the past week further demonstrate what our next normal will look like. Specifically, Walmart and Target both hit record numbers. This is partly a function of Covid-era circumstances, but it is also due to each retailer’s active e-commerce momentum.

The earnings validate consumer acclimation to digitally infused local shopping. What’s more, other retailers and down-market businesses will look to replicate this success. This can all therefore be viewed as a leading indicator for retail’s next normal.