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Google Places Adds A Slew Of Business Categories Google Places Adds A Slew Of Business Categories

Google is working on improving and expanding the business categories for Google Places For Business for countries around the world. In fact, they’re adding over 1,000 new categories in the Places dashboard. Google Business community manager Jade Wang posted an …

Amazon Reportedly Has Kindle Checkout System, P2P Payments Offering On The Way Amazon Reportedly Has Kindle Checkout System, P2P Payments Offering On The Way

Late last year, Amazon acquired some technology and engineers from PoS solutions company Gopago. This was reportedly a catalyst for what will soon become a new Kindle-based checkout system for physical retailers as well as a PayPal-like P2P payments service. …

MapQuest Changes Business Listing Management MapQuest Changes Business Listing Management
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MapQuest announced that it has made some adjustments to the way businesses can manage their listings. The AOL-owned company says the changes make the process of handling information corrections more streamlined. In other words, it’s now easier to change contact …

More Unproven Yelp ‘Extortion’ Accusations Publicized More Unproven Yelp ‘Extortion’ Accusations Publicized
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The story has been going on for quite some time. Businesses accuse Yelp of “extortion” or holding their positive reviews hostage unless they spend advertising money, and Yelp denies it vehemently, citing a lack of evidence and research appearing to …

GoDaddy Expands To Latin America GoDaddy Expands To Latin America

Emerging markets are where it’s at these days. While there’s still plenty of small businesses in mature markets in the U.S. and Western Europe, companies are now targeting small businesses in emerging markets to take advantage of the explosive growth …

Yelp And SBA Team Up On Online Reviews Initiative Yelp And SBA Team Up On Online Reviews Initiative
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Yelp and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) have teamed up to launch the Success With Online Reviews initiative, which kicked off last week at the New York Stock Exchange. “Sharing what you dig and what you don’t is nothing …

Just How Bad Is Yelp’s Fake Review Problem? Just How Bad Is Yelp’s Fake Review Problem?
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You’re probably aware of multiple controversial issues surrounding Yelp reviews. There are several to choose from. You have some businesses accusing the company of holding positive reviews hostage (with advertising being the ransom). You have a court ordering Yelp to …

This Guy Wrote 1,712 Yelp Reviews Last Year Alone, Receives Praise From Yelp This Guy Wrote 1,712 Yelp Reviews Last Year Alone, Receives Praise From Yelp
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Oakland Yelp user Victor G. received some recognition from Yelp for posting the most reviews of 2013 with a total of 1,712 during the year. That’s a lot of reviews (about five a day). In all, he’s written over 7,000 …

5 Ways to Make Your Small Business Shine on Instagram 5 Ways to Make Your Small Business Shine on Instagram
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Instagram is one of the hottest social media platforms on the internet. When Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion back in 2012 it not only increased the popularity of Instagram, but it also really showed the true value of the …

How Optimistic Are Small Business Owners Going Into 2014? How Optimistic Are Small Business Owners Going Into 2014?
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The rise of the internet has certainly made it easier for small business owners to build and market their livelihoods. However, these opportunities are tempered by the fact that small businesses must work extra hard to stand out in the …

Facebook For Business Expands, Will Start Regular Blog Series Facebook For Business Expands, Will Start Regular Blog Series
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Facebook announced that it has expanded Facebook for Business, its site for news and info about marketing with Facebook, into eight new countries: Korea, Japan, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Brazil. The site has also launched in 11 new …

Small Businesses Had Facebook’s Attention On Saturday Small Businesses Had Facebook’s Attention On Saturday

Black Friday was followed by Small Business Saturday, and Facebookers made sure that their friends and followers knew about it. A spokesperson for the company shared some related stats. Mentions related to Small Business Saturday were 1,200% higher on 11/30 …

Groupon Reportedly Refuses To Fix False Deal Until It’s Over, Massage Therapist Furious [Updated] Groupon Reportedly Refuses To Fix False Deal Until It’s Over, Massage Therapist Furious [Updated]

Update: A Groupon spokesperson has now told us, “We have paused the deal, fixed the name and also contacted Google in order to de-index the link from search results (which typically takes 1-2 business days to process).” It’s getting to …

Foursquare Comes To HootSuite Dashboard Foursquare Comes To HootSuite Dashboard

HootSuite just announced that it has partnered with Foursquare to let SMBs manage their Foursquare presence from the HootSuite dashboard. This comes at a time when Foursquare has been greatly expanding its own offerings for businesses. “Currently, many companies do …

Google Helpouts Offer A New Way To Make Money Online Google Helpouts Offer A New Way To Make Money Online
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Google has officially announced the launch of Google Helpouts after several months of teasing us about what we’d be in for. Essentially, it’s a new offering that people and businesses can use to make money via live social video. Do …

Google Places For Business Gets A New Android App Google Places For Business Gets A New Android App

Google has launched a new Google Places for Business Android app, which lets businesses keep their listings up-to-date across Google. The app lets businesses update their info like hours, address, contact information, photos and description, and lets them post updates …

Google Helps UP Global Expand Startup Weekend For Entrepreneurs Google Helps UP Global Expand Startup Weekend For Entrepreneurs

Google announced a new partnership with UP Global, which will see the organization expanded to twice as many cities, going from 500 to 1,000. As part of this, Startup Weekend will be expanded, and is now powered by Google For …

GoDaddy Buys Media Temple, Will Keep It As Separate Company GoDaddy Buys Media Temple, Will Keep It As Separate Company

GoDaddy announced on Tuesday that it has acquired Media Temple, a web hosting and cloud services company based in Los Angeles. GoDaddy says the acquisition will give it direct access to Media Temple’s “hosting gurus”. These, the company says, will …

Any Small Business Can Now Advertise On Foursquare Any Small Business Can Now Advertise On Foursquare
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Foursquare announced on Monday that it is opening its ads to all small businesses. Last year, the company launched promoted updates, but they were only available to big chains. That changed this past summer when Foursquare started testing the offering …

Yelp Android App Adds Ability To Write Reviews Yelp Android App Adds Ability To Write Reviews
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About two months ago, Yelp launched an update to its iPhone app, adding the ability to write reviews for businesses from the app. Now, the functionality has come to Android. This is obviously a major part of Yelp, and it …

Groupon’s Breadcrumb POS App Gets New CRM, Management Features Groupon’s Breadcrumb POS App Gets New CRM, Management Features

At Money2020, Groupon announced a new update to its Breadcrumb POS app, adding some CRM and employee management features. A new CRM feature lets businesses track customers and learn more about them, while storing their contact info and analyzing purchase …