All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘small business’

Sheryl Sandberg On What Facebook Is Doing For Small Businesses

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 “How Facebook is Failing Local Businesses“. Are these stories exaggerated? It really depends on the business, but in general, probably. …

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Yelp Gets Legal Victory In Privacy Case (Because Subpoena Was Issued In Wrong State)

Yelp has been embroiled in a legal battle for the past couple years as a Virginia carpet cleaning service has sought to get the names of reviewers it alleges left reviews without using the service in order to name them in a defamation suit. Things haven’t always gone Yelp’s way. It lost in the initial trial and in appeals court, …

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Does Your Business Have The Time To Get Online Marketing Right?

The fewer people a business has, the harder it is to do marketing right. Most small and medium-sized businesses don’t think they have the time or knowledge to manage their digital media efforts effectively, according to a new report from Thrive Analytics. 77% said as much, while 70% wish they could take advantage of digital media to help them expand …

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Square Gives Small Businesses Attractive New Email Marketing Option

Square just announced a new service that might make email marketing service providers a little nervous. It’s called Square Marketing, and comes with an email marketing solution for small businesses, who use Square for payments. It’s unclear exactly how many active merchants Square has under its belt, but according to stats the company released late last year, its merchants make …

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Yelp Documentary Puts Out Call For Stories From Businesses

Yelp documentary-in-the-making Billion Dollar Bully met its Kickstarter funding goal on Friday after generating a fair amount of exposure in the media, most notably with a back-and-forth between filmmaker Kaylie Milliken and Yelp VP of Corporate Communications Shannon Eis on CNBC. So far, the film has raised over $64,000 from 534 backers, and continues to seek additional funding to cover …

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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, automotive, and others. This appears to be what we learned about last summer, which was then called Amazon Local Services. …

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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 to try to get them to advertise, and when they decline Yelp responds by burying positive reviews and letting negative …

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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 in numerous press reports and internet comments over the years is that Yelp salespeople call businesses who are listed on …

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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 six years. Do you plan on watching the film when it’s released? Let us know in the comments. In less …

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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 in peer-to-peer payments. Square Cash only launched in late 2013, and it is already processing over a billion dollars a …

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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 seeing this film? Let us know in the comments. The project comes from Prost Productions and Director/Producer Kaylie Milliken, who …

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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? The technology services you select for your business can actually help you out in ways you might not have considered: …

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