LSA16: Thumbtack Focuses on Creating an ‘SMB OS’

Thumbtack is an SMB sleeper. It has raised $275 million, using it to develop a profile-based, one click referral system. Last quarter, 200,000 service SMBs bought some level of lead bundles, which can be purchased in packages ranging from $10 to $600 per week. Under Thumbtack’s model, service pros only buy the number of leads […]

Vistaprint Adds ‘Local Listings’: Our Interview with Scott Bowen, VP of Digital Services

What’s really important to SMBs in digital marketing? SEO/SEM, social media, Websites, mobile optimization and promotions immediately come to mind. The core feature probably remains listings (and “enhanced” data related to listings such as location info, hours and photos.) Listings are seen as the #2 offering after Websites by Vistaprint, which has just launched Local […]

Getting from Search to ‘Close the Loop’: Chatting with FreshLime’s Jay Bean

SEO remains key for SMBs in 2016, but the goalposts have moved. With a surfeit of “close the loop” technologies being added to Big Data analytics, search has become just the tip of the iceberg. Companies like SignPost are working closely with SMBs to provide close the loop information and action for SMBs. Service lead […]

Milking the Big Data Around Local Events

No one has really been able to build much of a business around “events.” While Zvents, Eventful, GoldStar and others have built great, increasingly granular databases of events, business models have never really been developed to leverage that data. What if the focus was on the meta data around an events database? With mobile based […]

My Podcast Predictions for 2016: I’m on ‘The Digital CMO with Mike Orren’

Can the daily deals model recover? Will beacons be big in retail? Why is the home services space set to soar? How will custom deals be more sophisticated in the new year? And how can marketers decide which “unicorns” to bet on and which to ignore? Speakeasy CEO and social and hyperlocal media pioneer Mike […]

The Rise of Google Now and Deep Linking: Few Rules, Big Opportunities

Deep linking was originally thought of as sordid play by Google to bypass information providers. Yelp would certainly think so. But deep linking has taken on a new context, as Google, Apple and a host of search startups seek to re-engineer the search ecosystem to get consumers want they really want. It also acts the […]

At BIA/Kelsey NEXT: Local’s New Linking Technologies and Intersection’s LinkNYC

We always like to call out the “laboratories” of locals, and efforts to embrace and leverage the latest technologies. At BIA/Kelsey’s NEXT conference Dec. 9-10 in Hollywood, we heard a lot from the laboratories, and their various goals. Interestingly, most were not focused on simply extending media properties, or making them more efficient (except, perhaps, […]