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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, …

Facebook Redesigns Timelines For Pages Facebook Redesigns Timelines For Pages

Facebook announced the launch of some changes to Pages, including a redesigned timeline, new options for admin tools and a new Pages to Watch feature. With the new Timeline design, all posts will appear on the right-side column, while the …

Matt Cutts Was ‘Trying To Decide How Sassy To Be When Answering This Question’ Matt Cutts Was ‘Trying To Decide How Sassy To Be When Answering This Question’

Google has put out a new “Webmaster Help video” with the title “Can sites do well without using spammy techniques?” That’s a bit rephrased from the actual question that prompted the response: Matt, Does (sic) the good guys still stand …

Google Changes Result In Duplicate Listings For Businesses Google Changes Result In Duplicate Listings For Businesses

Google has run into some “complications” upgrading local businesses to the new Places dashboard. In some cases, businesses’ accounts and another accounts that they don’t control were both verified for the same business using the old Places dashboard. In other …

Square Pickup Lets You Place Orders With Square-Using Restaurants Square Pickup Lets You Place Orders With Square-Using Restaurants

Square is testing a new app called Square Pickup, available by invitation only. The app reportedly lets users order food from restaurants who use Square, and is testing with “several San Francisco restaurants”. Presumably it would be used with non-restaurant …

Report: Square Tests Giving Merchants Money, May Delay IPO Report: Square Tests Giving Merchants Money, May Delay IPO

According to a report from The Information, Square is testing giving merchants “thousands of dollars” in capital “to help them grow,” and is “considering raising another round of funding” that would delay an IPO. The company is also looking to …