Review: Brad Stone’s Lively ‘The Upstarts’ Chronicles Uber, Airbnb and the Sharing Economy

Uber and Airbnb have radically impacted taxis/car rental, hotels and vacation rentals. If they have their way, they’ll soon be disrupting a whole new set of adjacent local industries, including food delivery, local tours and “experiences.” Business Week’s Brad Stone, author of “The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and The Age of Amazon,” and one of […]

Airbnb Lays Out Roadmap for Local ‘Experiences’

Airbnb announced at a large internal conference covered by Skift that it is branching out beyond linking travelers up with cheap rooms and will soon offer hosts and local communities opportunities to partner with it for tours, activities and hyper-local guides. Eventually, it hopes to allow its customers to book car rentals, restaurant reservations and […]

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 […]

Five Years of The Sharing Economy: A Look at Its Impact and Future

Five years into it, the Sharing Economy — and the $15.7 billion that’s been poured into it — hasn’t completely transformed most parts of the American economy. People still get hired for 40 hour weeks, and people still order goods and services via traditional means. And reviews aren’t written for everything. But in certain industries, […]

ShopTalk: Google and PostMates Make the Case for SMB Deliveries

Fast and Free (or cheap) delivery is being positioned to retailers and restaurants by a growing group of companies as a key strategic asset that helps them compete with Amazon. Google has entered the marketplace with Google Express. It competes against such companies as Postmates, InstaCart, DoorDash, Deliv and Uber. There are doubters out there […]

On Demand Trends: ‘People as a Service’ (PaaS)

We talk a lot about “on demand” jobs, or gigs. But does the on demand economy extend to full time, professional positions for administration, marketing and sales? Longtime local search and promotions vet Andy Steuer (IdeaLabs, Merch Engines) thinks so. Steuer is an investor in two sister companies based on the idea of “People as […]