About Mike Boland

Mike Boland, senior analyst with the Localogy, was one of Silicon Valley’s first tech reporters of the internet age as a staff reporter for Forbes magazine starting in 2000. His comments have appeared in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

Hubspot Moves Up Market with Integrated CRM

Hubspot is targeting the ‘M’ in SMB. Its newest CRM tool caters to mid-market businesses in the 500 headcount range, where cross-functional integrations start to gain complexity. So rather than just sales workflows, it broadens functionality for integrations with system admins and other stakeholders. Announced this week at its Inbound conference, HubSpot Sales Hub

By |2020-10-05T10:28:26-04:00October 5th, 2020|Categories: Small Business|Tags: , |0 Comments

Funding Watch: The Localogy Global Investment Roundup

Funding Watch is Localogy’s series that tracks funding to SMB-focused startups and tech providers. See the rest of the series here. Things continue to heat up in SMB Saas. For those unfamiliar, this sector is represented by companies that build software tools for small businesses. It’s everything from “front of the house” marketing and customer acquisition tools,

By |2020-08-31T10:37:07-04:00August 26th, 2020|Categories: Small Business|Tags: , |0 Comments

Wix Spins Out Answers, Beefs Up Customer Support

This is the latest in Localogy’s Website Windup series. It examines the ongoing evolution and advancement of SMB-focused website builders, including acquisitions and feature expansion to enhance product bundles. Expansion activity in the website world continues to accelerate. Website builders from GoDaddy to Automattic expand functionality to create more attractive bundles. That includes things that stem naturally

By |2020-09-29T10:55:13-04:00August 20th, 2020|Categories: Small Business|Tags: , |0 Comments

3 More Local Commerce Technologies That Could Inflect

Data Scout is Localogy’s series that curates and draws meaning from third-party data. Running semi-weekly, it adds an analytical layer to the industry data that we encounter in daily knowledge building. For Localogy original data, see the separate Modern Commerce Monitor™️ series. As the world battles health and economic challenges, Covid-era lockdowns are having a polarizing

By |2020-09-29T10:57:43-04:00August 18th, 2020|Categories: Small Business|Tags: , |0 Comments

Yext Leans into “Answers” with New Interview Show

This is the latest in Localogy’s Skate To Where the Puck is Going series. Running semi-weekly, it examines the moves and motivations of tech giants as leading indicators for where markets are moving. Check out the entire series here, and its origin here.  Online information retrieval over the past decade has slowly evolved from link-centric search results and

By |2020-09-29T11:05:48-04:00July 18th, 2020|Categories: Small Business|Tags: , , |0 Comments

WhatsApp Reaches 50 Million SMBs

This is the latest in Localogy’s Skate To Where the Puck is Going series. Running semi-weekly, it examines the moves and motivations of tech giants as leading indicators for where markets are moving. Check out the entire series here, and its origin here.  Among the growing set of platforms available for SMB marketing, WhatsApp is a sleeping giant

By |2020-09-29T11:14:21-04:00July 15th, 2020|Categories: Social Media|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Instagram Doubles Down on Shopping

This is the latest in Localogy’s Skate To Where the Puck is Going series. Running semi-weekly, it examines the moves and motivations of tech giants as leading indicators for where markets are moving. Check out the entire series here, and its origin here.  Instagram continues to evolve towards a shopping/eCommerce engine. This mostly includes consumer products that are

By |2020-09-29T12:41:40-04:00July 10th, 2020|Categories: Social Media|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Where Does Location Data Live in the Marketing Lifecycle?

Data Scout is Localogy’s series that curates and draws meaning from third-party data. Running semi-weekly, it adds an analytical layer to the industry data that we encounter in daily knowledge building. For Localogy original data, see the separate Modern Commerce Monitor™️ series. Over the past two months, we’ve examined Foursquare’s ongoing data on local-commerce foot traffic patterns —

By |2020-08-03T15:37:28-04:00July 10th, 2020|Categories: Social Media|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Breaking: Facebook to Acquire Giphy for $400 Million

This is the latest in Localogy’s Skate To Where the Puck is Going series. Running semi-weekly, it examines the moves and motivations of tech giants as leading indicators for where markets are moving. Check out the entire series here, and its origin here.  Facebook has confirmed that it will acquire iconic gif platform Giphy. Facebook isn’t disclosing the

By |2020-07-10T11:24:22-04:00June 5th, 2020|Categories: Social Media|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The What, Why and How of Google/Apple’s Contact Tracing App

This is the latest in Localogy’s Skate To Where the Puck is Going series. Running semi-weekly, it examines the moves and motivations of tech giants as leading indicators for where markets are moving. Check out the entire series here, and its origin here.  By now, you’ve likely heard about Apple and Google’s contact tracing collaboration. It’s historic in

By |2020-07-10T13:35:00-04:00June 5th, 2020|Categories: Operations|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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