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  • Sep 20

    New Podcast: “Amplified Storytelling,” with iHeart’s Eric Hadley

    Posted: 09/20/2019

    Contributed by:Charles Laughlin

    In this episode of the Above the Cloud podcast, we ask iHeartMedia EVP of Marketing Eric Hadley to talk about the state of local radio and how it is evolving into “all things audio.”  Hadley will be speaking at the LSA’s upcoming Localogy Place conference, October 15-16 in Austin, Texas. We share some podcast highlights below...

  • Sep 20

    ICYMI: What’s New in SMB Tech

    Posted: 09/20/2019

    Contributed by:Charles Laughlin

    “ICYMI (in case you missed it) What’s New in SMB SaaS” is a periodic series on LSA Insider that curates and offers brief commentary on recent events related to the emerging SMB SaaS ecosystem that you may have overlooked. This week we look at development at Postmates, Grab, GoCardless, and Thryv.    On-demand delivery platform...

  • Sep 20

    Video: Foursquare’s Rise as the Location Layer

    Posted: 09/20/2019

    Contributed by:Mike Boland

    This is the latest in LSA’s Video Vault series. Running semi-weekly, it examines selected conference talks and video clips, including embedded video and key takeaways. Speakers’ opinions are their own. Check out the entire series here. One saying that’s come out of Adam Draper’s Boost VC incubator is “Be the cockroach.” Though rather pejorative-sounding at first,...

  • Sep 19

    Money Keeps Flowing into Restaurant Vertical

    Posted: 09/19/2019

    Contributed by:Charles Laughlin

    This week the Toronto-based restaurant point-of-sale player TouchBistro has raised CAD158 million in a Series E round led by OMER Growth Equity. TouchBistro claims 16,000 restaurant clients in more than 100 countries. The company says it processes $11 billion in sales annually. According to the press release announcing the round, “The funds will be used by...

  • Sep 19

    What’s the Best SMB Website Builder? Part III: Go Daddy Expands

    Posted: 09/19/2019

    Contributed by:Mike Boland

    This is part III in our series on SMB website builders. See the whole series here.  We’re starting to sense a pattern. Website builders continue to expand their functionality to gain competitive edge and “one-stop-shop” appeal. This is done for all the reasons explored in Part II of this series, such as greater ARPU and...

  • Sep 18

    What’s the Best SMB Website Builder? Part II: Constant Contact Enters

    Posted: 09/18/2019

    Contributed by:Mike Boland

    This is part II in our series on SMB website builders. Part III will publish tomorrow and others will follow. See the whole series here.  Email marketing powerhouse Constant Contact this week became the latest entrant to the website-builder competitive landscape. Along with websites, it’s also launching adjacent/complimentary services such as a logo maker, eCommerce...

  • Sep 17

    The Buy-it-Yourself Model Makes Landfall in Local TV

    Posted: 09/17/2019

    Contributed by:Neal Polachek

    Those of you who know me have probably heard my pitch for the buy-it-yourself ad platform for local and small businesses. Perhaps you’ve heard it more than once. I can’t recall the exact date when I first made the case for a BIY platform. I think it was about four years ago, when I was...

  • Sep 17

    Is There a Market Gap for a ‘Slack For Non-Desk Workers?’

    Posted: 09/17/2019

    Contributed by:Mike Boland

    Data Scout is LSA’s series that curates and draws meaning from third-party data. Running semi-weekly, it adds an analytical layer to the industry data that we encounter in daily knowledge building. For LSA original data, see the separate Modern Commerce Monitor™️ series. There’s lots of attention and innovation focused on productivity for the knowledge workers...

  • Sep 13

    ICYMI: What’s New in SMB SaaS

    Posted: 09/13/2019

    Contributed by:Charles Laughlin

    “ICYMI (in case you missed it) What’s New in SMB SaaS” is a periodic series on LSA Insider that curates and offers brief commentary on recent events related to the emerging SMB SaaS ecosystem that you may have overlooked.  WeWork IPO on the Rocks WeWork’s IPO woes do not appear to be abating. Tech Crunch...

  • Sep 13

    Video Vault: ‘Rundles’ (Recurring Bundles) are the New Norm

    Posted: 09/13/2019

    Contributed by:Mike Boland

    This is the latest in LSA’s Video Vault series. Running semi-weekly, it examines selected conference talks including embedded video and key takeaways. Speakers’ opinions are their own. Check out the entire series here. What can we expect from the worlds of tech and media over the next year? Oddsmaking in tech is always tough but NYU professor...