Local Curation Commerce: A Look at Peach’s Curated Lunch

“Best of” editions are great media properties for city sites, city magazines and alt weeklies. Can they make the shift to e-commerce? Can they generate leads for a business; generate incremental sales and new customers; and ‘scale’? The challenges and opportunities for what might be called “local curation commerce” is addressed in Monday’s profile of […]

Can ‘Local Curation’ Scale? A Look at Bean Box’s Specialty Coffee Business

Most relationships between search and discovery companies and local merchants and services are defined by ad sales (i.e. Yelp) or by their inclusion in paid delivery services (i.e. GrubHub, Uber Eats, Postmates, Amazon Restaurants). Can a search and discovery provider “curate” local merchants and services and help them add new customers and sales through the […]

Web.com Buys Acquisio; Eyes AI and Machine Learning Assets

Web.com announced today that it is acquiring the assets of Montreal-based Acquisio and adding them to its growing stable of small business digital products. Acquisio brings to the table a data science tools platform that increasingly focuses on artificial intelligence and automation. The platform will be added to Web.com’s other products, which now include templated […]

SMBs Are Stalled with FinTech; Its Long-Term Influence Remains Inevitable

As Money2020 concludes its 5th big show focusing on the new role of tech-based services in payments and marketing, FinTech has stalled for the SMB marketing channel. Once thought of as a game changer and disrupter for SMB marketing – and a key component in their very real move towards CRM — FinTech hasn’t really […]

@Seattle Interactive: On Demand Autos, Local Lifestyles, and BMW’s Reinvention

Transportation is a pillar of the local economy, along with shopping, housing, schools and entertainment/culture. All of them link with one another at some point. Next generation transportation concepts, like ride sharing, on-demand rides, autonomous driving and the Connected Car will all have have a significant bearing on local living and commerce. At The Seattle […]