Local Market Launch Raises $1.5 Million in Series A Funding, Bringing Total Capital Raised to $2.7 Million

Business listings management startup Local Market Launch, launched in 2012 by ValueClick founder Brian Coryat , has secured $1.5 million in Series A funding from Rincon Venture Partners, adding to $1.2 million of founder contributed seed funds, bringing total capital raised to $2.7 million. The funds will be used to support rising demand for Local Market Launch's local presence solutions by multi-location national brands … Continue reading Local Market Launch Raises $1.5 Million in Series A Funding, Bringing Total Capital Raised to $2.7 Million

Independent Retailers Lag as Mother’s Day Shopping Goes Digital

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Fortunately for many of us, spring has sprung. In some parts of the world we are seeing the first roses of the season. And in other parts of the world the fall colors are nearing their peak performance. Whether or not you live in the northern or southern hemisphere, later this month Mother’s Day will … Continue reading Independent Retailers Lag as Mother’s Day Shopping Goes Digital

Sloan-C and Nevada State College Team Up to Bring ‘Career Forum’ to Emerging Technologies for Online Learning Conference

The Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) and Nevada State College(NSC) have teamed up to bring a new networking opportunity to attendees of the 6th Annual Sloan-C/MERLOT Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium (ET4Online), which takes place April 9-11, at the Planet Hollywood Resort, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The “Career Forum,” which is being managed by conference sponsor NSC, was … Continue reading Sloan-C and Nevada State College Team Up to Bring ‘Career Forum’ to Emerging Technologies for Online Learning Conference

80% Independent Pizzerias Not Offering Online Ordering

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Data from PMQ Pizza Magazine shows that market share of independent pizzerias in the US is down 25% since 2010, while that of top chains is up as much.   Top chains are making it increasingly easier for customers to place orders, by leveraging online and mobile initiatives such as 1-click ordering, text ordering, advance ordering (by which a … Continue reading 80% Independent Pizzerias Not Offering Online Ordering

BIA/Kelsey Report on Loyalty and Transaction Marketing Explores Investment, Revenue Streams, Competition and Merchant Adoption

According to a new report by BIA/Kelsey, investors have poured more than $222 million into the loyalty and transaction marketing space since 2008, with expectations for significant revenue growth from merchant services, loyalty incentives, commissions, transaction processing and other areas. The report titled, “The New Marketplaces: Loyalty & Transaction Marketing,” offers an in-depth look at the … Continue reading BIA/Kelsey Report on Loyalty and Transaction Marketing Explores Investment, Revenue Streams, Competition and Merchant Adoption

Sloan-C Announces ‘Best-in-Track’ Sessions for Upcoming ‘Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium’

The Sloan Consortium today announced “Best-in-Track” sessions, recognizing exceptional speaker submissions for the 6th Annual Sloan-C/MERLOT Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium, which takes place April 9-11, at the Planet Hollywood Resort, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Best-in-Track Awards are given to the proposal in each track that has achieved distinction in the review process. The selection … Continue reading Sloan-C Announces ‘Best-in-Track’ Sessions for Upcoming ‘Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium’

Protecting Your Social Media Channels

Jeep and Burger King’s social media channels were recently hacked raising awareness of the importance of keeping social networks secure. While small businesses have less of a chance of being the target of hackers, there is still a significant security risk if you don’t protect or even know your own social media passwords. Small businesses, … Continue reading Protecting Your Social Media Channels

Raining Roses

In just over a week, millions of loved ones around the world will celebrate Valentine’s Day. And there is a ton of commerce at stake – greeting cards, flowers, chocolates, diamonds – to name just a few of the ways in which valentines will say “I Love You.” According to the 2013 Valentine’s Day spending … Continue reading Raining Roses

New Study: Over 6.7 Million Students Learning Online

The 2012 Survey of Online Learning conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group reveals the number of students taking at least one online course has now surpassed 6.7 million.  Higher education adoption of Massive Open Online Courses remains low, with most institutions still on the sidelines. “The rate of growth in online enrollments remains extremely … Continue reading New Study: Over 6.7 Million Students Learning Online

New BIA/Kelsey Report Emphasizes ‘Localization’ Opportunity for National Mobile Ad Campaigns

BIA/Kelsey, advisor to companies in the local media industry, today announced the release of a new foundation report which explores the advantages, performance indicators and challenges in location-based mobile advertising. "From National to Local: Mobile Advertising Zeros In" profiles top players, examines best practices, and determines the best opportunities for growth and value generation in … Continue reading New BIA/Kelsey Report Emphasizes ‘Localization’ Opportunity for National Mobile Ad Campaigns