Turf Talk

    • Post in the Machine: How Blockast is Taking a Shot at Local News Collection

      Were I to count the ways mainstream news outlets, hyperlocals and other hopefuls have tried to tackle the challenge of successfully covering local news for a mobile audience (which is to say… everyone), I’d need more hands. This is not to imply prior efforts have been in vain. Rather, for me, it’s evidence this nut is far from cracked.

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  • The Buzz on Wikileaf: Compare Pot Prices Then Map a Route to Your Next High

    … A GasBuddy for pot? Why not? At least that seems to be the conclusion of one Seattle-based entrepreneur, whose location-based pricing-and-reviews service wants a slice of what he estimates will be an $8 billion industry in 2017. Dan Nelson started Wikileaf as a guide for those looking to legally purchase marijuana (in all its forms) and become…

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  • Mobile 1.0 Had Its Own Uber: Recalling the Birth of the Future

    … When mobile devices first arrived, they promised to unlock entirely new consumer behaviors around products and services — with the most successful experiences still rooted in core human desires to connect and interact, as on the desktop. And it was all going to happen soon (at least that was my premise in 2000 as head of the spanking new AOL…

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  • Pingup and EatStreet Set the Table for Simple Digital Food Ordering

    … Pingup and EatStreet Set the Table for Simple Digital Food Ordering September 27, 2016 by Rick Robinson Leave a Comment Filed Under: Turf Talk Ordering dinner is getting a little bit easier. Two powerhouses in the chain that links that Chicken Phad Thai to the plate on your table are partnering to simplify the process of actually getting…

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  • App Connects Travelers With Revelers, Parties Ensue

    … So you’re finally taking that big trip to Athens, Greece — the one you’ve talked about ever since daydreaming over pictures in a fifth-grade history book. You’ve got mental sketches of the incredible sights waiting to be colored in by reality: The Acropolis! The Parthenon! Zeus’s Temple! Beers with Mary! Wait, what? Well, maybe not necessarily…

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  • Can Augmented VR Turn Window Shoppers Into Buyers?

    … For starters, nobody wants to wear the headgear — those myriad virtual reality headsets that open a second life for our senses. Heck, people wouldn’t even wear the slender Google Glass to achieve an augmentation of their reality. As for the gamers and experiential entertainment enthusiasts, they’ll likely suffer the headsets just fine — during…

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  • Local Loyalty: Klosebuy Plans to Bring Powerful Marketing to Main Street

    … I’ve never really taken advantage of loyalty programs — at least not those that require me to do more than verbally communicate a number, like I do at my grocery store. Cards, coupons and their ilk (even when digitized) seem to slip into a clutter of potential savings that I have never seemed to tidy. But that’s me, and that was then. New…

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  • TRAY Cooks Up Ways to Make Restaurant Checkout More Mobile and Social

    … Dauman Jr. (COO). Their growing 12-person startup is seeking to reinvent service businesses for both customers and proprietors by bringing a different experience to the table. With backgrounds from MIT to Google & Twitter, the team has been working three years to deliver a cloud-based “self-service checkout made easy” by providing a suite…

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  • Your Local Broadcast: Centric Finds the Cameras in Your Neighborhood

    … Couple of thoughts: 1) I appreciate aggregation. Why ask me to traverse several sites when one destination pulls them all together in an easily digestible package? RSS feeds have enabled this sort of thing, as have many content plays over the years. 2) Anyone who has read my column knows that I more than appreciate great geo-centric services…

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  • Picking the Locksmiths: Bizyhood Unlocks the ‘Ghosts in the Data’ Problem

    … is suddenly very expensive and not so nice. As I said, these folks are shrewd. Now one startup is taking the practice on by combing their data (from two of the four major data aggregators) and painstakingly removing the offenders. Surely they aren’t alone in the fight but Bizyhood is an example of a small startup trying to deliver the best result…

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  • Inevitably, There’s a ‘Bot of Bots’ Pointing Up Local Services

    … If Facebook’s bot-centric announcements this week served as the call to arms to anyone hoping for a more automated future, one response came from a couple guys in New York arming up in a rather meta way. Brothers Pablo and Omar Pera launched — what else? — a “bot of bots” called Bot Hunter. “We thought what a better way to discover new bots…

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  • TableHero Serves Up Restaurants, But Can it Be the OS of Local?

    … digital presence management aspects to their pages, as does Google. I think the key difference is that we’re essentially empowering restaurants to leverage their own websites, their own space to tell their story, to talk to customers. Google and Yelp, at the end of the day, will always be democratized platforms; end users can always go to those…

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  • Augmenting the Local Shopping Reality

    … and select, via VR headsets, from a huge range of inventory that would otherwise that would otherwise be impossible to display,” Dann said. “But it is with AR that I see greatest [local] opportunities,” said Dann. “At Amplified Robot we have, for instance, created and an amazing AR shopping experience called iRewards. Using your smartphone you can…

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  • Bot Local: Making Appointments Is Getting a Lot More Fun

    … all be handled inline? Turf Talk recently caught up with Pingup CEO Mark Slater to get his thoughts on the evolution of bots, his company’s plans for the API, and where we should expect it to see it in the wild. You have a history in thinking about consumer bots … can you talk about that? When we thought about “chat” and how people could…

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  • /Local: ‘Slashing’ the Local Web Into Tiny Nearby Slices

    … How does a guy go from talking to Martha Stewart about the complex Federal spending data-viz he created to launching an endeavor that entirely rethinks local in the digital realm? Silos. Designer Jess Bachman recently found himself working at home (a well-known, self-taught designer with a past at Mint and Visual.ly where his work was widely…

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