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Sheryl Sandberg On What Facebook Is Doing For Small Businesses

Sheryl Sandberg On What Facebook Is Doing For Small Businesses

By Chris Crum April 23, 2015

In recent months there have been a lot of articles written about how Facebook is hurting or “failing” small businesses. In November, Tech Times wrote that “Facebook is killing small business entrepreneurs”. Last month, Fast Company published an article called …

Amazon Starts Handpicking Local Service Businesses To Put In Front Of Customers Amazon Starts Handpicking Local Service Businesses To Put In Front Of Customers

Amazon announced the launch of a new service called Amazon Home Services, which lets customers browse, buy, and schedule appointments with professional services via a marketplace of services in categories like home improvement, computer & electronics, lawn & garden, lessons, …

Yelp Documentary ‘Billion Dollar Bully’ Reaches Funding Goal Yelp Documentary ‘Billion Dollar Bully’ Reaches Funding Goal

Last week, a Kickstarter campaign kicked off to raise money for a documentary called Billion Dollar Bully, which delves into accusations about Yelp’s business practices that have haunted the company for years. Businesses often claim that Yelp salespeople call them …

Yelp Documentary: The Plot Thickens [Updated] Yelp Documentary: The Plot Thickens [Updated]

As previously reported, last week, Prost Productions announced a new documentary project called Billion Dollar Bully, which dives into the infamous Yelp “extortion” allegations that have persisted for at least six years. The basic story that we’ve seen brought up …

Exclusive Chat With Director Of Yelp Documentary Exclusive Chat With Director Of Yelp Documentary

UPDATE: The plot thickens. Last week, Prost Productions announced a new documentary project called Billion Dollar Bully. The film, which is about half shot, looks at those Yelp “extortion” accusations that have been swirling around for at least the past …

Square Cash Gets Business-Friendly With ‘$Cashtags’ Square Cash Gets Business-Friendly With ‘$Cashtags’

Square announced the launch of Square Cash for businesses in the U.S. Until now, the product has only been available to individuals. The company appears to be trying to kill checks, and so far, it’s made a pretty big splash …

Film Takes On Yelp Extortion Claims Film Takes On Yelp Extortion Claims

Well, it was probably only a matter of time. Someone is making a documentary about Yelp and its alleged “extortion” practices. It’s called Billion Dollar Bully, and it’s raising funds on Kickstarter as we speak. Would you be interested in …

Is Your Technology Saving Your Business Time and Money? Is Your Technology Saving Your Business Time and Money?

Everyone is familiar with the saying, “Time is money.” That phrase isn’t lost when it comes to running your business. I’m sure you’re all too aware that as time ticks away, money can be slipping out the door. Guess what? …

Here’s An Hour of Google Helping Small Businesses Here’s An Hour of Google Helping Small Businesses

If your’e a small business still trying to navigate this thing we call the web and to figure out how to best get Google to treat your site well, you might want to watch the latest video from the Google …

Google Tests B2C Chat From Search Results Google Tests B2C Chat From Search Results

Google is testing a new feature for businesses, which would enable them to live chat with prospective customers when the user finds them in search results. The feature appears to have been first spotted by Matt Gibstein, who pointed it …

Franchise SMBs To Spend 1/2 Of 2015 Ad Budgets Online Franchise SMBs To Spend 1/2 Of 2015 Ad Budgets Online

Franchise small and midsize businesses plan to spend about half of their annual ad budgets on digital, according to a new report from BIA/Kelsey. It found that these businesses, on average, spent $87,165 on advertising and promotion during the 12 …

Google Adds Call-Only Campaigns To AdWords Google Adds Call-Only Campaigns To AdWords

Google announced the launch of new call-only campaigns for AdWords. These let businesses reach customers by prominently showing their phone number, business description, and a call button on the search results page. “People are living their lives online and engaging …

Revleap Wants Businesses Wronged By Yelp To Help Fund Its Legal Defense Revleap Wants Businesses Wronged By Yelp To Help Fund Its Legal Defense

As previously reported, Yelp recently filed a lawsuit against a company called Revleap, claiming to “take a stand against misleading ‘reputation management’ companies”. Revleap, which seeks to get businesses a “large constant flow of positive reviews that stay on top …

Revleap: Yelp’s Allegations Completely False, Unsubstantiated Revleap: Yelp’s Allegations Completely False, Unsubstantiated

Last week, Yelp said it was “taking a stand against misleading ‘reputation management’ companies,” as it filed a lawsuit against a company called Revleap, which it said is a scam, and puts small businesses at risk because of the Yelp …

Yelp ‘Takes A Stand To Protect Business Owners’ Yelp ‘Takes A Stand To Protect Business Owners’

Yelp filed a lawsuit against a company called Revleap, which it says is a scam, and puts small businesses at risk because of the Yelp Consumer Alert program as well as federal and state regulation. Revleap has fired back, saying …

Yelp Is Beefing Up Its Sales Staff Yelp Is Beefing Up Its Sales Staff

Yelp released its earnings report for the fourth quarter and full year 2014 on Thursday, and as previously reported, the company grew its local advertising accounts by 48% over the course of 2014. Yelp execs discussed the progress of its …

Yelp Grew Local Advertising Accounts 48% Over 2014 Yelp Grew Local Advertising Accounts 48% Over 2014

Yelp just released its earnings report for the fourth quarter and full year 2014. Net revenue for the quarter grew 56% year-over-year as the company grew local advertising accounts by 48% to approximately 84,000. To be clear, Yelp considers local …