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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. …

New Google Panda Update Should Help Small Sites New Google Panda Update Should Help Small Sites

There’s officially a new Panda update rolling out. If you have a small or medium-sized site, Google is suggesting this could potentially help you, though we’ve heard that before. Are you seeing any effects from the new Panda update? Good …

PayPal Here Hits Android Tablets PayPal Here Hits Android Tablets

PayPal Here is the card reader offering and Square competitor PayPal launched over two years ago. They’ve just now made the app available for Android tablets. “We want you, the businesses we work with, to be able to accept payments …

Etsy Teams Up With American Express For Small Business Saturday Etsy Teams Up With American Express For Small Business Saturday

It’s only September, but it’s certainly not too early to be thinking about Small Business Saturday if you are in fact a small business. Etsy, which gives many small businesses a marketplace to sell their goods, announced on Thursday that …

Report: SMB Local Media Spending To Surpass $50B Next Year Report: SMB Local Media Spending To Surpass $50B Next Year

BIA/Kelsey is estimating that spending on local media by SMBs will reach $50.4 billion in 2015 at 35.8% of total local media spending. SMBs, it says, will allocate $37.7 billion of their local media spend to traditional media and $12.4 …

Square Announces New Analytics For Sellers Square Announces New Analytics For Sellers

Square announced the launch of Square Analytics as a new feature of Square Register. It’s integrated with the full Square Register suite, including Pickup, Invoices, and Appointments, which launched earlier this month. The offering includes an Analytics homepage, which shows …

GoDaddy Buys Email Marketing Firm Mad Mimi GoDaddy Buys Email Marketing Firm Mad Mimi

GoDaddy announced on Wednesday that it has acquired email marketing company Mad Mimi, whose offerings have been geared toward small businesses. GoDaddy’s efforts of late have also been focused specifically on small businesses, so boosting its email marketing efforts for …

Is Yahoo Doing E-Commerce Right With Its New Stores? Is Yahoo Doing E-Commerce Right With Its New Stores?

The Yahoo Stores brand has been around for a long time, but on Thursday, Yahoo introduced the new Yahoo Stores, which it says will let people turn their ideas into businesses in less than two minutes. Are you interested in …