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 […]

Final Speakers Announced for B2SMB Summit

Five new speakers have been added to the lineup for The B2SMB Summit Oct. 3-4 in Chicago – next week. The latest additions to the program include: • Carrie Jacobson, VP, Tech Services, Office Depot • Tehsin Daya, Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships, ReachLocal • Peter Steger, Head of Business Development, Kabbage • David Turner, Senior […]

B2SMB Summit Preview: Boomtime’s Mark Canon — Rethinking SMB Marketing

Mark Canon, a member of the B2SMB Summit Advisory Board, has been in leadership positions at Yell Group, Autobytel, AOL and Switchboard. He is currently President and CEO of Boomtime, which provides word-of-mouth marketing solutions for SMBs. Recently, Canon shared some observations and advice for selling to and serving small business customers. Are SMBs happy […]

LocalOnliner Insights: Wanderful Media’s Sale to OwnLocal

OwnLocal’s acquisition today of Wanderful Media marks the end of an era, as Wanderful Media’s newspaper and TV owners basically stepped away from efforts – as a combined, industry group — to control the next generation of value added local merchant advertising, deals and coupons. OwnLocal, which is independently owned, will leverage hundreds of Wanderful […]

B2B Power: Townsquared Seeks to Add Messaging Platform for B2Bs

Will local businesses ever use all the digital resources at their disposal to share information and help others succeed? It’s a social media concept that, on paper, always makes a lot of sense. MerchantCircle was an early version of it. Bizhive, Perch and Alignable provide various incarnations of it. San Francisco-based Townsquared is another. Founded […]

Snap’s IPO: Some Data From The Geo-Filter Based ‘Camera Company’

Snap has issued its highly anticipated IPO filing, and hopes for raising up to $4 Billion. The IPO filing revealed a lot of new data, and repositioned the Venice,CA-based social player as “a camera company” that “represents an opportunity to improve the way people live and communicate.” Snap’s appeal to advertisers is its real power […]