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Google Rolls Local Update Out To More Countries Google Rolls Local Update Out To More Countries

Back in July, Google launched an algorithm update that shook up local search results in the U.S. While Google never gave it an official name like Panda or Penguin that we’re aware of, Search Engine Land started calling it the …

Yelp Shows Businesses Some Love With New App Yelp Shows Businesses Some Love With New App

Yelp’s reputation among businesses is…let’s just say a mixed bag. By now, you’ve no doubt heard plenty of horror stories, regardless of whether or not they’re true (they’re often unproven), but the fact is that Yelp needs businesses to exist, …

Congressman Thomas Massie Voices Opposition To Marketplace Fairness Act Congressman Thomas Massie Voices Opposition To Marketplace Fairness Act

Congressman Thomas Massie on Tuesday voiced his opposition to the Marketplace Fairness Act, following in the footsteps of his Republican colleagues. Massie took to Facebook with the following message: Today I joined Senator Ted Cruz, Senator-elect Congressman Steve Daines, Congressman …

Square Launches New Gift Cards For Sellers Square Launches New Gift Cards For Sellers

Square announced a new gift card offering, so sellers using its Register product can run gift card programs from their point of sale. Merchants can offer, redeem, and track gift cards within Square Register. Square began offering digital gift cards …

LivingSocial Launches New Merchant Tools LivingSocial Launches New Merchant Tools

LivingSocial announced the launch of a new toolkit for merchants called Connect, which is geared toward letting them better engage and build relationships with customers acquired through the LivingSocial platform. The offering lets businesses personalize thank you emails, customize promotion …

Square Opens Up Pre-Orders On Chip Card Readers Square Opens Up Pre-Orders On Chip Card Readers

Square just unveiled its new Square Reader for chip cards, which is now available for pre-order. Don’t expect to get it for free though. It will cost you $29, though the company calls this the most affordable chip card reader …

Last Minute Holiday Help for Small Businesses

For small business owners, the holiday season can engender mixed emotions. On one hand, the months leading up to the holidays - November and December- are usually the busiest months of the year for most small businesses. And when you own a small …

Google Fiber For Small Business Gets Early Access Program Google Fiber For Small Business Gets Early Access Program

Google announced the launch of an Early Access program for Google Fiber for Small Business in central Kansas City. It’s available immediately in a “handful of fiberhoods” in both Kansas City, KS and Kansas City, MO. Businesses in the area …

AdWords Gets Local Google Forwarding Numbers AdWords Gets Local Google Forwarding Numbers

Google announced the launch of local Google forwarding numbers, which local businesses will be able to display on their ads. The point is that these have local area codes, and may inspire more clicks/calls. Google says in an update on …

Report: Big-Spending SMBs Prioritize Search Report: Big-Spending SMBs Prioritize Search

Search engine marketing is the top digital marketing priority for most higher-spending small and medium-sized businesses, according to anew report from BIA/Kelsey. These are businesses spending over $25,000 a year on advertising and promotion. On average, they’re spending $79,000. 60.6% …

Yelp: 8 In 10 Americans To Shop Local For Holidays Yelp: 8 In 10 Americans To Shop Local For Holidays

Yelp commissioned Nielsen to field a consumer survey on where Americans intend to do their holiday shopping this season and what gets them shopping at local businesses. According to this, eight out of ten are likely to shop at local …

Google My Business, AdWords Express Apps Get Updates Google My Business, AdWords Express Apps Get Updates

Google announced some updates to the Google My Business and AdWords Express apps aimed at making it easier for businesses to find the right customers. With Google My Business for Android, business owners can see reviews from across the web. …

Google Wants To Watch You While You Work Google Wants To Watch You While You Work

Google revealed that it wants to start going to people’s places of business, and watch them work. It says it wants to learn about how it can help you manage your sites easier. Google’s Gary Illyes talked about it in …

Etsy Just Got A Lot Better For Selling Stuff Etsy Just Got A Lot Better For Selling Stuff

Etsy just got a lot better for sellers. With one simple announcement, sellers are going to be able to offer their inventory in a whole new way. Well, it’s actually a really old way, but it’s a new for Etsy. …

Apple Gives Business Local Listing Tool For Maps Apple Gives Business Local Listing Tool For Maps

Apple launched a new way for businesses to verify listings on Apple Maps – Apple Maps Connect. Between the popularity of Apple devices and the company’s increasingly independence from Google services, it’s probably a good idea to make sure you …

Groupon Wants To Get Your Business Found In The Search Engines Groupon Wants To Get Your Business Found In The Search Engines

Groupon announced what it’s referring to as a “bold initiative to build a page that lives on Groupon and search engines for almost every local business in the United States.” The initiative is called Groupon Pages, and is essentially business …

Square is Testing ‘Square Payroll’ With California Businesses Square is Testing ‘Square Payroll’ With California Businesses

Square is testing a new payroll product for small and medium-sized businesses. It’s called Square Payroll, and is currently in private beta in California. Re/code was first to report on the test, but Square has plenty of information about the …

Business Courts Negative Reviews As Middle Finger To Yelp Business Courts Negative Reviews As Middle Finger To Yelp

You’ve heard the claims before. If reader comments are any indication, many of you have even lived them. They’ve never been proven, but time and time again, small businesses accuse Yelp of “extorting” them by holding positive reviews hostage until …

Yelp Wants To Help You Respond To Reviews Yelp Wants To Help You Respond To Reviews

Yelp wants to help businesses respond to their reviews, which is something a lot of businesses seem to struggle to do in a productive manner. The company is hosting a webinar on Wednesday that will walk businesses through some best …

Square Reportedly Raises New $150M Round At $6B Valuation Square Reportedly Raises New $150M Round At $6B Valuation

There has been no official announcement so far, but according to a report from The New York Times, Square has raised a new $150 million round of funding, valuing the company at $6 billion. The report cites a person briefed …

GoDaddy Teams Up With Stripe For Small Business Sales GoDaddy Teams Up With Stripe For Small Business Sales

GoDaddy announced on Thursday that it has partnered with Stripe to make it easier for small businesses to sell online. The partnership will enable businesses to get instant credit approval, begin accepting credit card payments and access funds more quickly. …