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Daily News: Thumbtack CEO to Speak at LSA16, Instagram Ads Widely Available, Key to Understanding Mobile Data

Here is today’s roundup of news related to location-based marketing, advertising, media, technology, sales, local commerce and more:

Thumbtack CEO to Keynote at LSA16 in San Francisco (October 2, 2015)
LSA Insider: “Thumbtack has raised $225M in the past 18 months and is now worth almost $1.3 billion and the CEO Marco Zappacosta will keynote at LSA16 in San Francisco March 7-9 at the Westin St. Francis.”

NinthDecimal’s Staas: Programmatic Will Become a Strong Opportunity for Small Business Owners (October 2, 2015)
Street Fight: “Street Fight caught up with NinthDecimal to talk about how NinthDecimal has evolved and where he sees opportunities for small business owners as digital media becomes progressively more automated.”

BDR and Neustar Extend Desktop Targeting To Mobile And Location (October 1, 2015)
GeoMarketing: “Cross-device ad solutions provider engage:BDR has expanded its desktop data partnership with offline analytics company Neustar to cover real-time mobile targeting.”

Instagram Ads Now Available to All Marketers, in More Countries (October 1, 2015)
Social Times: “Instagram ads are now available to all marketers and in several additional countries via parent Facebook’s advertising tools.”

Apple Devices Driving More Search Than Android In US [comScore] (October 1, 2015)
Search Engine Land: “Desktop search is flat or declining. Even though there is some ‘time-spent’ growth on desktop or laptop computers, search appears to have peaked; query volume growth is now all mobile (including tablets).”

Facebook Updates Pages For Mobile With New Offerings For Retail, Service Businesses (October 1, 2015)
GeoMarketing: “Facebook has updated its Pages offering, adding a host of features designed to allow businesses and consumers to communicate more seamlessly on mobile.”

There Is No Mobile Experience: The Key to Understanding Mobile Data (October 1, 2015)
ClickZ: “An Advertising Week panel on mobilizing data agreed that the most important thing to keep in mind is that there is no mobile experience. Mobile is now so omnipresent that there are many different experiences.”

Milestone Internet Marketing Acquires Micros eCommerce (September 30, 2015)
Press Release: “We are delighted to announce the acquisition of MICROS eCommerce business unit (formerly known as TIG Global), a provider of digital marketing solutions for the hospitality and retail industries, based out of Chevy Chase, MD.”

Urgent.ly Raises Strategic Funding led by Forté Ventures with Allianz Digital Corporate Ventures and Verizon Ventures (September 29, 2015)
Press Release: “In recognition of its success in reinventing the $10 billion roadside assistance market, Urgent.ly announced today that it has raised $7 million in Series A funding from Allianz Digital Corporate Ventures, Verizon Ventures, and Forté Ventures.”

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