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[11 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

Yodle — part of the class of 2005-2007 SEM-focused Independent Sales Organizations that took on traditional local sales organizations — filed this week for an IPO that could raise $75 Million.
The filing provides insights into Yodle’s evolution, and the evolution of the local online sales space overall, which has moved towards cloud-based automation. As Yodle …

Conferences, Coupons/Deals, Facebook, Funding, Mobile »

[28 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

Wanderful Media, which has been tasked by the newspaper industry to remake the circular industry in the mobile social era. has raised a new round of $14.5 Million. Altogether, the company has raised $50.5 Million since its September 2012 launch.
The company is primarily known for Find&Save, which relaunched one year ago. It now serves 500 …

Funding, Online/Interactive, SMBs »

[24 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

Matt Booth hasn’t let any grass under his feet since taking the helm at Solfo/Yellowbot last year. The company has closed a $6.35 million Series A funding round, build up its team to include more focus on marketing and business development, expanded the product portfolio and, finally, changed its name to Connectivity.
As Solfo/Yellowbot, the company …

Funding, Online/Interactive, SMBs »

[9 Jan 2014 | No Comment | ]

Watch out Dun & Bradstreet. Radius Intelligence is coming.
Radius, a five year old, San Francisco-based firm formerly known as FWIX, is gunning for D&B’s SMB data business by scraping the Web for insights into how users find and engage SMBs, and then providing leads for them. Today, Radius announced that it has raised $13 Million …

Ad Sales, Funding, Mobile, Social »

[4 Nov 2013 | No Comment | ]

In light of Twitter’s upcoming IPO, slated for Thursday, BIA/Kelsey has developed its own projections of the social network’s future financial performance to arrive at what we believe is a reasonable stock price and achievable fair market valuation. We’ve also analyzed the micro-blogging service’s traffic and revenue trends and highlighted key strategic growth levers for it …

Funding, Hyper-Local, Mergers & Acquisitions, Online/Interactive »

[25 Oct 2013 | One Comment | ]

Jason E. Klein, Founder and CEO of On Grid Ventures, led a StreetFight Summit panel of investors exploring where the next billion dollar opportunities in hyperlocal might be. Joining Klein were Matt Turck, Managing Partner, First Mark Capital and Ben Siscovick, with IA Ventures.
Klein framed the discussion by calling Google’s June 2013 acquisition of Waze for $966 million …

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[8 Sep 2013 | No Comment | ]

Let’s just concede that Silicon Valley is the biggest hub for Web activity, and that it has some real advantages over other locales in terms of engineering and programming talent, fundraising and industry attention. But Silicon Valley’s tech-centric view –which is less oriented towards media and content smarts and culture doesn’t always hit the bull’s …

Funding, Online/Interactive, Reputation Management, Social »

[25 Mar 2013 | One Comment | ]

Significant news in the online presence/reputation management space came across the wire at BIA/Kelsey’s Leading in Local conference last week in Boston, as VendAsta announced $8.25 million in Series B funding to accelerate the company’s holistic identity/reputation/social management solution.
In just over two years, it has established a deep network of local publishers (Cox Media Group, …

Conferences, Funding, Leading in Local: The National Impact, Online/Interactive »

[19 Mar 2013 | One Comment | ]

This afternoon at BIA/Kelsey’s Leading in Local BIA/Kelsey launched its version of the Shark Tank start up competition, the LOCAL Liftoff Awards, where three finalist companies gave a short pitch, followed by a brief grilling by celebrity judges Randy Parker, the co-founder of Constant Contact, and David Kidder, author of the “Start-Up Playbook.”
Conference participants can vote …

Conferences, Funding, Leading in Local: The National Impact, Online/Interactive »

[19 Mar 2013 | No Comment | ]

This afternoon at BIA/Kelsey’s Leading in Local, David Kidder, serial entrepreneur, angel investor and author of the “Start-up Playbook” offered some tips that separate the truly great entrepreneurs from the also-rans. Some of his advice includes:
* Don’t do things you aren’t good at.
*Focus. Do a few things well, not everything poorly.
* Build pain killers, not vitamins. …

Conferences, Funding, Leading in Local: The National Impact, Online/Interactive »

[18 Mar 2013 | No Comment | ]

Today’s BIA/Kelsey’s Leading in Local Conference began with a pre-conference workshop on “Valuation and Funding in Local Digital Media.”
The workshop began with a rundown of BIA/Kelsey’s new M&A database, which includes an analysis of 598 deals, including 438 deals with values, totaling $16.75 billion in deal value, covering the years 2011-12. The database allows BIA/Kelsey to …

Coupons/Deals, Funding, Online/Interactive, Verticals »

[22 Aug 2012 | No Comment | ]

In a reflection of the industry’s ongoing interest in developing SMB promotional and loyalty services, Yodle founder Nate Stevens’ venture fund announced last week that it is putting $1.7 Million into Punchey, a new mobile-oriented payments and promotions platform.
The 12 person, Boston-based firm was founded in late 2011 and is focused on SMB “upstream marketing …

Coupons/Deals, Funding, Online/Interactive »

[2 Aug 2012 | No Comment | ]

The card-linked loyalty and rewards space is seen by a lot of the smart money as the next Groupon. Today, we saw new money being poured into FiveStars ($13.9 Million), LevelUp ($9 Million) and LocalBonus ($900,000). The companies have now raised $16 million, $21 Million and $1.4 Million respectively — about half the $78 Million …

Facebook, Financial Results, Funding, Mobile, Social »

[4 May 2012 | No Comment | ]

via CNN
If anybody wonders whether the considerable “legs” of Facebook justify a valuation now set for $83 billion, have a listen to a terrific BIA/Kelsey webinar on Facebook’s IPO, featuring Trada CEO Niel Robertson Wildfire CEO Victoria Ransom and Plink Cofounder Peter Vogel (and BIA/Kelsey analysts Jed Williams, Matt Booth and Jeanne Dattilo).
People have to …

Coupons/Deals, Funding, Social »

[11 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]

One of the big bets in 2012 is that merchants will transition from one-time deals to loyalty efforts that keep bringing customers back. Swipely is one of the more ambitious efforts in a loosely defined space that also includes players such as Cartera Commerce, Edo Interactive, LevelUp, CardSpring and Kostizi.
Swipely’s ambition is to provide a …

Funding, Online/Interactive, SEO, SMBs »

[3 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]

Manta announced today that it received a $44 million minority equity investment from Silicon Valley venture capital firm Norwest Venture Partners. The exact proportion of the holding sold to the firm is undisclosed, but its minority stake puts the valuation of Manta at a minimum of $90 million. Jon Kossow and David Su of Norwest …

AT&T, Brand Marketing, City Guides, Classifieds, Conferences, Coupons/Deals, Funding, Google, Hyper-Local, ILM East, Mobile, News, online, Newspapers, Online/Interactive, Paid Search, SEM, SMBs, Social, User-Generated Content, Verticals, Video »

[7 Mar 2012 | No Comment | ]

Here’s what we’ve been waiting to announce: Google Offers’ head Nitin Mangtani will join our great list of keynoters at ILM East March 26-28 in Boston. We believe Mangtani’s appearance marks one of the first public debuts of Google Offers, which is playing a major role in Google’s vital local strategy, along with Google Places, …

City Guides, Funding, Google, Social »

[2 Mar 2012 | One Comment | ]

Yelp is IPOing today at $15 a share, allowing it to raise $123 million on a valuation of $900 million — $400 million more than it was apparently offered by Google a couple of years ago.
We know from the S-1 that Yelp earned $58.4 million in net revenues in the first nine months of 2011, …

Display Advertising, Facebook, Funding, Online/Interactive, Social »

[2 Feb 2012 | No Comment | ]

By now, much of the connected universe, and certainly all of technolphilia, is aware of Facebook’s IPO, which seeks to raise up to $5 billion (and perhaps eventually $10 billion) when its shares go public this spring. The net effect is a valuation of $75 billion to $100 billion for the 8-year-old social network.
Mining the …

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[31 Jan 2012 | 2 Comments | ]

Local isn’t easy, or even worthwhile. Chris Devore, Seattle-based co-ounder of Judy’s Book, wants to remind entrepreneurs to stay away. In a new blog post, Devore gives three top reasons NOT to do a local + online start-up:
1- There’s no money in it.
2- It doesn’t scale.
3- It’s too obvious.
“Combine expensive, high-touch selling, small budgets and high churn …