Daily News: Market Outlook – Rollups and Exits, The Engagement Challenge, Study from Facebook

Here is today’s roundup of news related to local marketing and advertising, local media, technology, local commerce, consumer behavior and more. LOCALOGY ENGAGE 19: Market Outlook – Rollups and Exits (June 12, 2019) LSA Insider: “Last week’s LOCALOGY ENGAGE: SaaS/SMB event finished off with a conversation about the environment for acquisitions and rollups featuring a…

LOCALOGY ENGAGE 19: What Drives Engagement?

Most SMB software products offer customers improved efficiency and time savings. But the upfront investment in learning and training is a big ask for busy SMBs. One of the key threads in the latest wave of LSA’s SMB survey research, now called the Modern Commerce Monitor, is that small business owners are underutilizing SaaS products,…

10 Best Directory Plugins for WordPress

WordPress 10 Best Restaurant WordPress Plugins Esther Vaati WordPress 5 Best Store Locator WordPress Plugins Esther Vaati WordPress Best Affiliate WooCommerce Plugins Compared Eric Dye Understanding Directories Suppose you’re on vacation in a city you’ve never been to before. You went to a popular website and read about the attractions the city offers. You read…

ARM shows SoftBank does tech PE the right way

Private equity firms get a bad rap — and not without reason. In the prototypical example, a bunch of men in suits (and these folks always seem to be men for some reason) swoop in from Manhattan with Excel spreadsheets and pink slips, slashing and burning through an organization while ladening the balance sheet with…

Helium launches $51M-funded ‘LongFi’ IoT alternative to cellular

With 200X the range of Wi-Fi at 1/1000th of the cost of a cellular modem, Helium’s “LongFi” wireless network debuts today. Its transmitters can help track stolen scooters, find missing dogs via IoT collars and collect data from infrastructure sensors. The catch is that Helium’s tiny, extremely low-power, low-data transmission chips rely on connecting to…