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Google: Panda 4.0 Brings in ‘Softer Side,’ Lays Groundwork For Future Google: Panda 4.0 Brings in ‘Softer Side,’ Lays Groundwork For Future

Back in March, Google’s Matt Cutts spoke at the Search Marketing Expo, and said that Google was working on the next generation of the Panda update, which he said would be softer and more friendly to small sites and businesses. …

Facebook Gives Restaurants New Menu Feature Facebook Gives Restaurants New Menu Feature

The web is getting better for restaurants this year. Facebook just announced a new feature that will help restaurants show off their menus to users. “When looking for a great meal, people often turn to Facebook to find a restaurant’s …

Here’s A Look At Groupon’s Square Competitor Gnome Here’s A Look At Groupon’s Square Competitor Gnome

Groupon announced the launch of a point-of-sale hardware solution for local businesses called Gnome. It would compete with Square Stand/Register. According to the company, the tablet stand will enable merchants to instantly recognize Groupon customers as they enter the store, …

Yelp Equates Asking For Reviews To Spam Yelp Equates Asking For Reviews To Spam

Yelp announced on Wednesday that it has issued a new round of Consumer Alerts, the warnings that appear on businesses’ Yelp pages informing users that they’re not to be trusted. The company didn’t say how many it issued this time …

Yelp Launches New Reservations Tool Yelp Launches New Reservations Tool

Yelp announced the launch of a new free tool for businesses to let customers book reservations online. The tool, called Yelp Reservations, follows the company’s acquisition of SeatMe last year. For now, it’s available for businesses in the restaurant and …

Yelp Calls On Small Businesses To Help Them Come Up With Ideas Yelp Calls On Small Businesses To Help Them Come Up With Ideas

Yelp has put a call out for new members of the Yelp Small Business Advisory Council. Any local business owner is encouraged to apply. Members participate in an annual summit at Yelp’s headquarter, provide input on products under development, brainstorm …

Yelp Wraps Up SBA Event Series, Calls It A Success Yelp Wraps Up SBA Event Series, Calls It A Success

Back in January, Yelp announced a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration to launch Success With Online Reviews, a series of events to take place in different cities around the country. That has now concluded, and according to Yelp …

Square Launches Pickup, Offline Mode, Inventory Tracking Square Launches Pickup, Offline Mode, Inventory Tracking

Square announced the launch of several new offerings aimed at helping sellers drive more customers to their businesses and simplifying operations: Square Pickup, Offline Mode, and Inventory Tracking. Square Pickup is a new Square Market feature, which integrates with Square …

Facebook Expands Business Manager Tool Facebook Expands Business Manager Tool

On Monday, Facebook announced the expanded availability of Business Manager, which lets advertisers manage all ad accounts, Pages, apps and permissions from one central location at business.facebook.com. The tool shows you the Pages, ad accounts and apps linked to your …

Yelp Lets Businesses Highlight Bitcoin Acceptance Yelp Lets Businesses Highlight Bitcoin Acceptance

Yelp announced that it is now showing when businesses accept Bitcoin on business pages. This comes as a new attribute in the “More Business Info” section. “We’re constantly thinking about how to make our business attributes more useful for consumers …

Google Removes Some Zagat Reviews, Says Overall Ratings For Businesses May Be Affected Google Removes Some Zagat Reviews, Says Overall Ratings For Businesses May Be Affected

Some businesses may soon find that their ratings on Google have changed for better or for worse. They’re doing away with old anonymous Zagat reviews – the ones where the person’s name is “A Zagat User.” Google’s Jade Wang wrote …

Businesses Frustrated With Yelp Reviews On Yahoo Businesses Frustrated With Yelp Reviews On Yahoo

Yelp has been in the headlines as business owners have been complaining. You’re shocked, right? This seems to be a narrative that the company just can’t shake. One of the big topics this week has been about a deal Yelp …

Small Businesses Struggle With Finding New Customers More Than Anything Else [Report] Small Businesses Struggle With Finding New Customers More Than Anything Else [Report]

Gallup and Wells Fargo recently released results from their Q1 2014 Small Business Index. The study found that attracting customers, targeting business opportunities, and finding new business were among the top challenges for small business owners in the U.S. 21% …

Groupon Adds In-Store Coupons To ‘Freebies’ Category Groupon Adds In-Store Coupons To ‘Freebies’ Category

Groupon is now providing in-store coupons in its Freebies offering, giving retailers another way to drive traffic to their stores. The company says it’s “providing national retailers with a programmatic way to reach millions of potential customers with targeted promotions …

A Montage Of Media Personalities Talking About Yelp A Montage Of Media Personalities Talking About Yelp

Yelp recently released this montage of its service being talked about and referenced in the media. It includes clips from everything from Ellen to Tosh.0. I couldn’t help but notice that The People’s Court was absent from the video: Image …

Facebook Answers Your Questions About The New Page Design Facebook Answers Your Questions About The New Page Design

Earlier this month, Facebook announced a new redesign for Facebook Pages. The changes began rolling out, but the company has been telling Page admins that they can get on a waiting list for the new design. It’s rare that Facebook …

Yelp To Businesses: Want More Customers? Try Our Ads. Yelp To Businesses: Want More Customers? Try Our Ads.

In a push to get more advertisers, Yelp put out a new blog post and video about why businesses should advertise on Yelp. Have you advertised on Yelp? Was the experience positive or negative? Are you considering giving it a …

Google Is Working On The ‘Next Generation’ Of Panda Google Is Working On The ‘Next Generation’ Of Panda

Google’s Matt Cutts spoke at the Search Marketing Expo on Thursday, and reportedly said that the search team is working on the “next generation” of the controversial Panda update, which will be softer and more friendly to small sites and …

Yahoo Launches Yelp Integration For Local Search Yahoo Launches Yelp Integration For Local Search

We heard last month that Yahoo and Yelp were teaming up to add local business reviews to Yahoo’s local search results. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer reportedly revealed the partnership in an employee meeting. These things never stay inside the company. …

Google Launches AdWords Format With Consumer Ratings, Says CTR Can Improve By 10% Google Launches AdWords Format With Consumer Ratings, Says CTR Can Improve By 10%

Google announced that it is rolling out a new consumer ratings annotations format for search ads, which gives users “detailed” consumer opinion data. Don’t worry. They highlight the good ratings. Specifically, Google says the ads will highlight one or more …

Yelp Gets Blasted By Business Owners And Celebrity Yelp Gets Blasted By Business Owners And Celebrity

Yelp is taking some harsh criticism in the media once again. Its handling of fake reviews is coming under fire, as is its worth to consumers. Business owners are speaking out (as usual), and celebrity chef/TV personality/food writer Andrew Zimmern, …