LocalOnliner’s Top 10 Most Popular Postings of 2017 (+ Our Favorites)

It felt like local digital marketing’s evolution speeded up a lot in 2017, especially for enterprise companies targeting locally. The evolution of SMB marketing is not happening quite as fast. I think you’ll get a good sense of “what happened” in 2017 from my Top 10 “Most Read” and “Favorite” posts. Click on a link […]

LocalOnliner’s 2017 Recap and 2018 Predictions

Quiet progress was made in local commerce in 2017. This year: 1. Amazon brought the focus back to Brick & Mortar. Its purchase of Whole Foods and rollout of experimental Amazon Stores drove a broader “omni-channel” trend, as larger retailers delivered on fully integrated web. mobile and in-store services. WalMart and Target, for instance, are […]

Google Attribution and Its Impact on O2O ‘Close the Loop’

The idea for Online to Offline (O2O) is twofold. First, to understand how advertising impacts sales and provide advertising attribution. Secondly, it is to “close the loop” on a sale, getting customers to register credit cards; sign up for a club or e-wallet; and/or submit reviews. Customers can be incented to give up their personal […]

Betting on Local Wi-Fi: A Look at ZenReach and LinkNYC

Sometimes, you want to cut the telecom chord and rely on Wi-Fi and Skype. Well — Good luck with that! When you get beyond Starbucks, McDonalds and the public library, Wi-Fi signals can be kind of spotty. Currently, 28 percent of SMBs provide some type of Wi-Fi service, according to Unacast. Is there a good […]

Olivier Vincent: SMB Marketing ‘More than Google and Facebook’

Selling marketing services to SMBs is never going to be easy, and Google and Facebook get more than their fair share of business. But the SMB market remains a potential gold mine for platform providers and resellers. To gauge the current environment, we caught up recently with a longtime expert in SMB sales: LocalSphere founder […]

Local Onliner’s Top 10 List of Local Services and Features (2016-17)

All of us in local marketing have had awkward conversations with the local plumber or vacuum repair shop that could care less about Yelp, Google, Facebook or Groupon. But they are in the minority. Just 22% of SMBs aren’t using digital marketing this year, per InfusionSoft. Some national franchises also haven’t figured out how to […]