Sneak Peek at BIA/Kelsey NEXT Show: 6 Things I’m Watching For

BIA/Kelsey’s December event has been local’s flagship, and always ahead of the curve in all of local’s iterations. It has been widely imitated, but never totally duplicated! I‘ve been producing it for a long time, but this year, handed it off in midstream. I’ll be moderating some great sessions, though, and the conference team has […]

The Economics of Sidecar’s Local Delivery System

Will logistics and delivery provide a key strategic advantage in local commerce? That’s the hope of players like Google, Amazon, Uber, Sidecar and Postmates. As we have previously noted, each hopes to get a leg up on the economics of local commerce and time-to-customer by cutting out the middleman: USPS, Fedex and UPS. Sidecar, in […]

WorkWave: Tackling ‘Last Mile’ Marketing for Local Services

A lot of attention has been paid to “last mile” delivery, marketing and management issues for businesses. Most of it has been focused on retail solutions (i.e. Walmart, Amazon, Google and eBay). But what about last mile issues for local services that take products from distribution centers and deliver them to homes and businesses? Can […]

Benzing’s MyNeighbor Provides Household Items for On Demand Rentals

The last player standing in the hyperlocal neighbor wars might be considered NextDoor, which has raised over $210 million from several major VCs on the basis of converting a mountain of neighborhoods and neighbors to targeted advertising dollars. We’d like to see an update on Next Door’s volume and frequency of usage — it is […]

On Demand is New Focus for Some Home Service Providers

Competition in the home services leads space has been heating up – and so are the tensions. Just this week, Angie’s List has filed suit against Amazon, contending that Amazon Home Services has been egregiously signing up for the member’s- only service around the U.S., and grabbing proprietary service recommendations. On Demand home services is […]

HomeAdvisor Is Rolling Out ‘Instant Booking’ Nationally

HomeAdvisor, formerly known as ServiceMagic, is set to roll out its Instant Booking service in July on a national basis. The Instant Booking service, which is now live in 20 cities, represents a different business model for the company, which previously only provided leads from its network of paid professionals. The rollout of Instant Booking […]