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LinkedIn Infographic Looks At How Small Businesses Are Using Social Media LinkedIn Infographic Looks At How Small Businesses Are Using Social Media

LinkedIn recently put out a report based on a survey of small business owners, looking at how they use social media, and how it drives growth for SMBs. Now, the company has put together an infographic sharing some more findings. …

Google Updates Quality Guidelines For Businesses Google Updates Quality Guidelines For Businesses

Google announced that it has made some tweaks to the Google Places Quality Guidelines, specifically for business names. The changes illustrate how you can add descriptors. Jade Wang announced the update ion a post on the Google Product Forums. Under …

Sprint Offers Its ‘Framily’ Plan To Small Businesses Sprint Offers Its ‘Framily’ Plan To Small Businesses

In early January, Sprint introduced a new “framily” service plan that allowed users to add up to 10 people to their plan regardless of their actual affiliation. In other words, a customer and 9 friends could all sign up on …

Google Adds Regional Dialects To Business Categories Google Adds Regional Dialects To Business Categories

Late last month, Google announced that it was adding 1,000 new categories in the new Places dashboard for businesses. This is an effort to significantly expand the breadth of available categories internationally. The announcement was made in the Google product …

Business Owner Details Getting ‘Screwed By Square’ Business Owner Details Getting ‘Screwed By Square’
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Alex Shvartsman runs a small store called Kings Games in Brooklyn as well as its e-commerce counterpart. He’s been a longtime Square Reader user, and was an early adopter of Square Market, the company’s online storefront for small businesses. “I’ve …

Yelp Launches New Interface, Business Pages Yelp Launches New Interface, Business Pages

Yelp announced that it is rolling out a new site design along with a new look for business pages. Rather than making a few teaks, the’ve elected to take the “from the ground up” approach. The new design plays up …

Yahoo And Yelp Partner On Local Listings Yahoo And Yelp Partner On Local Listings

Well this is interesting. We were just talking about how Yelp is growing like a weed, and seems to be unstoppable. We were also talking about how Yahoo is looking for a way out of its partnership with Microsoft, and …

Yelp Pushes Through The Controversies With Big Growth And A 5-Star Quarter Yelp Pushes Through The Controversies With Big Growth And A 5-Star Quarter
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Whether you think it’s a great business tool or you think it’s killing your business, Yelp appears to be unstoppable, and continues to grow substantially. This week, the company released its earnings report for the fourth quarter and full year …

Is Free Visibility On Facebook A Thing Of The Past? Is Free Visibility On Facebook A Thing Of The Past?

It would appear that for most businesses, it’s only getting harder and harder to get your messages out to your fans. Remember the days when everybody was signing up for Facebook, and you had an awesome free way of getting …

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 …