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  • Jul 19

    Are We All Cloud Brokers Now?

    Posted: 07/19/2019

    Contributed by:Charles Laughlin

    Earlier this week, we covered Vendasta‘s C$40 million venture round, which was a major milestone for the Saskatoon-based SaaS company. One thread from our discussion with CEO Brendan King involved the new language Vendasta is using to describe its resellers, and more importantly, what it says about the type of company it is pursuing to...

  • Jul 18

    Hey Google, What’s the Real Local Search Number?

    Posted: 07/18/2019

    Contributed by:Greg Sterling

    Google over time has taken a very conservative public position on the percentage of queries that carry local intent. It said years ago (2011) the local search percentage of desktop queries was 20%. For mobile it has said “nearly one-third of all mobile searches are related to location.” But there’s considerable evidence that these statements...

  • Jul 17

    Vendasta VC Round Shows Investors Love Scalable SMB Solutions

    Posted: 07/17/2019

    Contributed by:Charles Laughlin

    Vendasta’s C$40 million VC round this week places the SMB SaaS platform company among the elites in its home base of Saskatoon. No Saskatchewan based tech company has ever raised that much money. What’s more interesting to us about the deal is what it says about what investors are looking for when they pour money...

  • Jul 16

    Amazon Promotes SMB E-commerce Success on Prime Day

    Posted: 07/16/2019

    Contributed by:Greg Sterling

    Amazon put out a mid-Prime Day press release touting, among other things, the success of small businesses (SMBs) on its platform. The company has in the past few years increasingly sought to present itself as a primary channel for SMB e-commerce. According to the release, “Worldwide sellers – predominantly small and medium-sized businesses – saw...

  • Jul 16

    Study: 84% of GMB Search Is Category Based, Only 16% Direct

    Posted: 07/16/2019

    Contributed by:Greg Sterling

    What does an analysis of 45,000 GMB listings tell us? BrightLocal just released a study that analyzed that number of Google My Business (GMB) listings from the US, UK, Canada and Australia in 36 industries. Most of the listings are associated with small businesses rather than franchises, presumably. Here are the top-level findings in the...

  • Jul 15

    DexYP Makes it Official, Changes Name to Thryv

    Posted: 07/15/2019

    Contributed by:Charles Laughlin

    It’s a move we’ve anticipated for some time, and now it’s finally here. DexYP has officially changed its name to Thryv Inc. This announcement makes it clear once and for all that the company no longer wants to be seen as a publisher of Yellow Pages directories (a business that still generates a meaningful share...

  • Jul 15

    Banks Morphing into “Bank as a Platform” Players

    Posted: 07/15/2019

    Contributed by:Neal Polachek

    Forbes published an interesting piece last week offering more evidence that banks understand they must go beyond offering narrow banking services to small businesses. They need to broaden their offering to remain relevant to SMBs and capture a greater share of their wallet. BNP Paribas – the French bank that owns San Francisco-based Bank of...

  • Jul 15

    A Day in the Tech Life of an SMB, Pt. III

    Posted: 07/15/2019

    Contributed by:Charles Laughlin

    Last week we shared the second in the video series that we’re calling “A Day in the Tech Life”. The series has a simple premise. We visit small businesses and ask them to describe how they use technology to run their businesses. And in some cases, they tell us why they choose not to use...

  • Jul 12

    NinthDecimal’s Local Multi-Touch & PlaceIQ Returns to Its Data Roots

    Posted: 07/12/2019

    Contributed by:Greg Sterling

    Attribution remains a major pain-point for most enterprise marketers, several years after the advent of location intelligence and various multi-touch attribution (MTA) solutions. Many still rely on a first or last-click methodology because they’re simpler, if myopic and inaccurate. Now like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, NinthDecimal has combined MTA and location intelligence. I haven’t seen...

  • Jul 12

    Google Has Another Go at (Local) Social Networking

    Posted: 07/12/2019

    Contributed by:Greg Sterling

    Google has taken several runs at social networking, most recently with the shuttered Google+. It appears to be making another go now with Shoelace, a local-social app. Right now it appears to only be operative in New York but Google plans to take it nationwide. The pitch on the website — the app is invitation...