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Study Finds Businesses Are Still Pretty Bad At This

Study Finds Businesses Are Still Pretty Bad At This

Brands are getting more messages on social media than ever, but they aren’t getting much better at responding to them. This was a consistent narrative in the online business world last year, and in Q1 2016, it doesn’t look like much is changing. What can businesses do to be better at responding to messages on social media? Discuss. Last summer, …

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Amazon Gives Amazon Register Customers Square Readers

Amazon Gives Amazon Register Customers Square Readers

Amazon announced last fall that it was shutting down Amazon Local, its daily deals service, as well as Amazon Register, its Square competitor. Amazon Register had only been around a little more than a year before Amazon decided to pull the plug on it. Like Square, it enabled local businesses to accept credit and debit cards from a smartphone or …

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Facebook Shares New Research On Shopping Habits

Facebook Shares New Research On Shopping Habits

Facebook Insights (FBIQ) is sharing new research on what drives shoppers to use their mobile devices and the barriers they face. It found that 56% of omni-channel shoppers said that they made a purchase on a mobile device because they were already using it. 55% said it’s because they can do it anywhere, anytime. 60% say they’ll start purchasing or …

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LinkedIn Earnings Out, Revenue up 34%

LinkedIn Earnings Out, Revenue up 34%

LinkedIn reported its financials for Q4 and full-year 2015 with revenue up 34% year-over-year at $862 million for the quarter. Earnings per share for the quarter were $0.94, which was better than Wall Street expectations. Still, stock is plummeting after worse than expected Q1 projections like $820 million projected for Q1 revenue. The reported 414 million members (up 19%). Here’s …

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Yelp Puts ‘Extortion Conspiracy Theory’ Back Into Spotlight

Yelp Puts ‘Extortion Conspiracy Theory’ Back Into Spotlight

Well, the Yelp “extortion” (or lack thereof) narrative is back in the news. For years, the company has been accused by business owners of burying positive reviews when the owners decline to pay for advertising on Yelp. Yelp has always strongly denied such things, pointing to failed lawsuits, studies, etc., but the stories and accusations have never gone away. Do …

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Puerto Rico Is An Ideal Business Destination

Puerto Rico Is An Ideal Business Destination

This is a sponsored post written by WebProNews on behalf of Puerto Rico for IZEA. Puerto Rico is the perfect location to do business, and now is definitely the time to do it! Puerto Rico’s fiscal incentives package, lifestyle and business opportunities are as solid as ever. Puerto Rico is a Commonwealth of the United States whose top-notch economic incentives …

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New Square Reader Hits Apple Stores

New Square Reader Hits Apple Stores

Square just announced that its new card reader is available for $49 online and at Apple retail locations in the U.S. The reader accepts chip cards and contactless payments like Apple Pay. “Local businesses across the country are already using Square’s newest reader and have the same advanced payment technology in their own stores that the big chains have,” a …

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Microsoft Grabs SwiftKey To Boost its Productivity ‘Re-Invention’ Efforts

Microsoft Grabs SwiftKey To Boost its Productivity ‘Re-Invention’ Efforts

Microsoft announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire software keyboard company SwiftKey. “In this cloud-first, mobile-first world, SwiftKey’s technology aligns with our vision for more personal computing experiences that anticipate our needs versus responding to our commands, and directly supports our ambition to reinvent productivity by leveraging the intelligent cloud,” says Harry Shum, Executive Vice President, Technology …

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Kickstarter Launches ‘Projects We Love’ Badge

Kickstarter Launches ‘Projects We Love’ Badge

There are a ton of projects launched on Kickstarter all the time, and now, the crowdfunding platform has a new way to highlight stand-out projects. On Tuesday, Kickstarter announced the “Projects We Love” badge, which it considers a simple way to feature projects that “go the extra mile”. For example, take this campaign for the release of the already-completed film …

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Yelp Plasters Consumer Alert Warnings On More Business Pages

Yelp Plasters Consumer Alert Warnings On More Business Pages

Yelp announced that it is releasing a new round of consumer alerts covering 37 business listings. The number is down from last time when in September, Yelp slapped 51 business listings with the warnings. As usual, Yelp is calling out specific businesses in a blog post. “Before hiring Terrie L Culver & Associates, a law firm in Chicago, you’d probably …

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Alphabet Impresses On Revenue, Earnings

Alphabet Impresses On Revenue, Earnings

Google parent Alphabet announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2015. The company beat Wall Street estimates for the quarter on earnings per share ($8.67) and revenue ($21.32 billion). Cost per click on ads was down 13% year-over-year. Paid clicks were up 31%. CFO Ruth Porat said, “Our very strong revenue growth in …

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Microsoft Extends Office 365 Migration Service to SMBs

Microsoft Extends Office 365 Migration Service to SMBs

Microsoft is now offering SMBs assistance with moving to Office 365 by extending onboarding and migration support to customers between 50 and 149 seats through its Microsoft FastTrack service. FastTrack was previously only available to customers with 150 seats or more. “Microsoft partners who serve SMBs say companies reach a breaking point with Google Apps around the 50-employee mark, the …

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The ‘New comScore’ is Here

The ‘New comScore’ is Here

comScore announced that it has completed a merger with Rentrak and that the two are now one as the “new comScore”. What does this mean? According to comScore, it means “a new model for a dynamic, cross-platform world.” The company says it will use massive data scale to establish “new currencies” for understanding consumers’ multiscreen behavior, and provide a more …

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For Buisnesses, More to Come with Facebook Messenger

For Buisnesses, More to Come with Facebook Messenger

Last year at its F8 conference, Facebook introduced business features for Messenger, though so far, things have been pretty limited. The ecommerce businesses that have been using it, however, have been happy with it so far. That is according to Mark Zuckerberg. Are you looking forward to more business feature availability for Messenger? Do you think it’s something your customers …

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Microsoft Earnings Out, Revenue $25.7 billion

Microsoft Earnings Out, Revenue $25.7 billion

Microsoft just announced its earnings report for its fiscal year 2016 Q2. The company beat Wall Street expectations for revenue and earnings per share at $25.7 billion and $0.78 respectively. The company says its results are highlighted by its cloud strength. CEO Satya Nadella said, “Businesses everywhere are using the Microsoft Cloud as their digital platform to drive their ambitious …

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Amazon Earnings Out, Sales up 22%

Amazon Earnings Out, Sales up 22%

Amazon just announced its earnings for Q4 with sales up 22% to $35.7 billion. Operating cash flow was up 74% to $11.9 billion over the year with free cash flow up to $7.3 billion. EPS was $1, which was significantly lower than Wall Street expectations. CEO Jeff Bezos said, “Twenty years ago, I was driving the packages to the post …

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Google Ends AdWords Support For Old Versions of IE

Google Ends AdWords Support For Old Versions of IE

Earlier this month, Microsoft ended its support for older versions of Internet Explorer, including 8, 9, and 19. Support ended on the 12th. On the 11th, we looked at a survey from Manta, which found that a whopping 61% of small business owners who use Internet Explorer were still using version 10 or older. Google announced on Wednesday that it …

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Facebook Earnings Out, Mobile Ad Revenue 80% Of All Ad Revenue

Facebook Earnings Out, Mobile Ad Revenue 80% Of All Ad Revenue

Facebook just released its earnings report for the fourth quarter and full-year 2015. Full-year revenue was $17.93 billion, up 44% year-over-year. Net income was $3.69 billion. Mobile ad revenue represented 80% of all ad revenue in the fourth quarter. That’s up 69% from the fourth quarter in 2014. The company announced that it hit 1.04 billion daily active users (on …

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eBay Earnings Released, Active Buyer Base Grows 5%

eBay Earnings Released, Active Buyer Base Grows 5%

eBay just reported its earnings for the fourth quarter and full-year 2015. Highlights include gross merchandise volume of $21.9 billion, revenue of $2.3 billion, 5% growth in active buyer base (to 162 million), Non-GAAP and GAAP EPS per diluted share of $0.50 and $0.43, respectively, and a $550 million repurchase of common stock. eBay President and CEO Devin Wenig said, …

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Apple Earnings Released, Company Has ‘Biggest Quarter Ever’

Apple Earnings Released, Company Has ‘Biggest Quarter Ever’

Apple just announced its earnings for its fiscal 2016 first quarter ended December 26, 2015. Once again, the company announced record profit at $18.4 billion for the quarter. Apple also posted record quarterly revenue at $75.9 billion. Net income was $3.28 per diluted share. The company beat analysts expectations on profit, but missed on revenue. CEO Tim Cook said, “Our …

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AOL Announces ONE by AOL: Publishers

AOL Announces ONE by AOL: Publishers

At the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s Annual Leadership Meeting, AOL announced the launch of ONE by AOL: Publishers bringing together the company’s content and distribution capabilities. The company says the offering will simplify “an overly complex ecosystem and provide holistic, tailored solutions for publishers.” It comes as the result of six years of AOL investing over $1 billion in publisher technologies. …

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LinkedIn Study Looks At The B2B Buyer’s Journey

LinkedIn Study Looks At The B2B Buyer’s Journey

LinkedIn is sharing the results of its B2B Buyer Research study, which found that despite an apparent alignment between sales and marketing, “some of the same issues still persist.” The company surveyed over 6,000 buyers, marketers, and salespeople in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Based on the findings, LinkedIn says that marketers must …

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Salesforce Announces Global Launch of SalesforceIQ CRM for Small Businesses

Salesforce Announces Global Launch of SalesforceIQ CRM for Small Businesses

Back in September, Salesforce unveiled SalesforceIQ, which it referred to as “the future of selling for every business.” It was designed to help both large and small businesses and included two SalesforceIQ products: SalesforceIQ for Small Business and SalesforceIQ for Sales Cloud’s iOS, Android, and Chrome apps. The former is obviously geared toward small businesses, helping them manage deals, accelerate …

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Netflix Is Earning Well, Surpasses 75 Million Members

Netflix Is Earning Well, Surpasses 75 Million Members

Netflix just released its earnings report for Q4, exceeding Wall Street expectations on earnings per share at 10 cents. Revenue was $1.82 billion, up from $1.48 billion in Q4 2014. Netflix says that on January 1, just after the quarter closed, it crossed the 75 million member mark. For 2015, it had 17 million net additions for the year. The …

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Pinterest Turns To New Email Platform For Personalization

Pinterest Turns To New Email Platform For Personalization

Pinterest has a new email delivery service. It has tapped SparkPost Elite to consolidate the sending of engagement and transactional emails and improve personalization. As SparkPost says, its platform streams real-time event data via webhooks for use in personalization and sending. VentureBeat recently shared some words from Seth Weisfeld, who leads Pinterest’s notifications efforts: “Email is an extension of the …

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Microsoft Makes Another Skype for Business Acquisition

Microsoft Makes Another Skype for Business Acquisition

Microsoft announced that it has acquired management, reporting, and analytics technology from Event Zero in order to enhance Skype for Business Online. More specifically, it has acquired the tech assets from the UC Commander product suite. The company says the acquisition will enable it to expand and improve the built-in management tools for Skype for Business. “Our goal is to …

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Microsoft Launches ‘Envision’ Event For Business Leaders

Microsoft Launches ‘Envision’ Event For Business Leaders

Microsoft recently announced the launch of Microsoft Envision, which it describes as a new flagship event for business leaders. The event will feature keynotes and interactive sessions with “a broad slate of visionaries, experts and innovators” as well as industry-specific content and networking opportunities. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will deliver the opening keynote. Hear from @satyanadella and a host of …

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Facebook’s WhatsApp Goes Completely Free, Eyes Business Use

Facebook’s WhatsApp Goes Completely Free, Eyes Business Use

Facebook’s WhatsApp will no longer charge users for its services. Not all users have been paying for it anyway, but now nobody will have to. Even though they’re doing away with charges, they’re still not introducing ads, as you would likely expect. A post on the WhatsApp site says: For many years, we’ve asked some people to pay a fee …

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Foursquare Names Jeff Glueck CEO As Dennis Crowley Changes Roles

Foursquare Names Jeff Glueck CEO As Dennis Crowley Changes Roles

Foursquare just announced that CEO and co-founder Dennis Crowley is dropping the former title and taking on the new role of Executive Chairman. Jeff Glueck, who has been COO for the past year is taking over as CEO. Steven Rosenbaltt, who has been with the company for four years is also becoming President, and will oversee revenue and B2B offerings …

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Shopify Launches POS for Android

Shopify Launches POS for Android

Shopify launched Shopify POS for iOS all the way back in 2013. Now, the system is available for Android, which has a much larger share of the mobile operating system market. Shopify POS allows merchants to accept payments with their smartphone or tablet, making it easier to sell at markets, popups, trade shows, in-store, etc. Shopify says in a blog …

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