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Still Wondering If You Should Use Bitcoin? Read This. Still Wondering If You Should Use Bitcoin? Read This.
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Bitcoin is getting a lot of attention in the news this week with the value of a single Bitcoin surpassing $100, and the currency’s total value topping $1 billion. Naturally, a lot of questions are being asked. Questions like: What …

Store Charges $5 Browsing Fee to Combat Showrooming Store Charges $5 Browsing Fee to Combat Showrooming
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In order to combat showrooming, one Brisbane, Australia store is taking to some rather extreme measures. The store is now charging people a $5 “just looking” fee in the hopes of deterring them from using the store as a physical …

Yelp Launches Revenue Estimation Tool Yelp Launches Revenue Estimation Tool

Yelp announced the launch of a new “revenue estimator” tool, which lets local businesses compare their Yelp-driven business to the national average as found in a recent Boston Consulting Group study. According to that study, local businesses with free Yelp …

Square’s $299 ‘Business in a Box’ Is a One-Stop POS Square’s $299 ‘Business in a Box’ Is a One-Stop POS

To help new and existing businesses get started with their transactions system, Square has unveiled a brand new package deal that starts at $299. It’s called the “Business in a Box” and according to Square is “all the hardware you …

What Google’s Enhanced Campaigns Mean For Small Businesses What Google’s Enhanced Campaigns Mean For Small Businesses
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It’s been a huge week of news in the online maketing industry, particularly when it comes to Google. For one, Yahoo announced that it has signed a contextual ad agreement with Google, which will see Google display ads appear on …

Foursquare Now Links to Businesses’ Twitter Accounts on Cross-Posted Check-ins Foursquare Now Links to Businesses’ Twitter Accounts on Cross-Posted Check-ins

Foursquare is making a small tweak that could make a big difference for businesses trying to connect with their patrons (and wishing to court new patrons). Starting today, businesses will be given the option to connect their Twitter accounts with …

Foursquare Launches App Specifically for Businesses Foursquare Launches App Specifically for Businesses

Foursquare has just unveiled their second app, and this one is targeted at business owners. Available today, Foursquare for Business is a standalone iOS app that allows business owners who manage a location on Foursquare to post updates, check analytics, …

Foursquare for Small Businesses Gets Better with Customizable Events Foursquare for Small Businesses Gets Better with Customizable Events
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Foursquare has just made a small tweak that will make the service much better for small businesses attempting to interact with customers via events. Starting today, location owners on the service can create their very own events that users can …

Groupon Teams Up With SCORE On Small Business Resources Groupon Teams Up With SCORE On Small Business Resources

Groupon announced today that it has partnered with nonprofit SCORE, which has developed a series of online educational resources about customer acquisition, retention and marketing for small businesses. “Joining forces with SCORE is a great way for Groupon to help …

Groupon Launches Breadcrumb POS System For Restaurants And Bars Groupon Launches Breadcrumb POS System For Restaurants And Bars
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Groupon announced today that it is launching Breadcrumb, a point-of-sale iPad app for restaurants, based on the software of the same name it acquired earlier this year. Here’s what it looked like pre-Groupon: The app enables servers to search for …

The Google AdWords Credit Card Expands The Google AdWords Credit Card Expands
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Last year, Google launched a pilot for AdWords Business Credit in the United States, giving small businesses an AdWords branded credit card. Now, Google is expanding the pilot into the UK, and says it will also send more invitations out …

Google Launches Google For Entrepreneurs Google Launches Google For Entrepreneurs
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Google announced the launch of Google For Entrepreneurs, an “umbrella” for its various programs that cater to startups and entrepreneurs. This includes: Campus London, Google for Entrepreneurs Week, Women 2.0, Startup Weekend, Women Entrepreneurs on the Web, Google Sudo, 1871, …

Square Closes New Round Of Funding From Starbucks And Co. Square Closes New Round Of Funding From Starbucks And Co.

Square announced today that it has closed a Series D round of funding from Citi Ventures, Rizvi Traverse Management, and Starbucks Coffee Company. The company said in its announcement: One year ago, Square had approximately 150 employees and processed over …

Restaurant Claims Yelp Is Deleting Their Positive Reviews Restaurant Claims Yelp Is Deleting Their Positive Reviews
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Do you use Yelp? If so, you probably let it decide which restaurant you’re going to visit when traveling. You don’t want to eat at a potentially bad place and Yelp helps decide what’s good in a community based upon …

Twitter Adds Manually Promoted Tweets, Reporting to Self-Service Ad Platform Twitter Adds Manually Promoted Tweets, Reporting to Self-Service Ad Platform

Today, Twitter is announcing two new features to their self-service advertising platform for small businesses – one focuses on functionality and the other on analytics. First, Twitter now lets businesses have more control over which tweets you promote. Before, they …

Square Launches Attractive, Flat Monthly Fee For Small Businesses Square Launches Attractive, Flat Monthly Fee For Small Businesses
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Square announced a new monthly payment plan for small businesses today, which would allow merchants to pay one flat $275 monthly fee, with 0% processing fees and no additional costs or contracts. The company says it is committed to offering …

Groupon Reimagines Its GrouponWorks Site, But Does Groupon Really Work? Groupon Reimagines Its GrouponWorks Site, But Does Groupon Really Work?
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Groupon announced today that it has revamped its GrouponWorks.com site for merchants. The company says it has been redesigned to better showcase merchant successes, as well as Groupon’s toolkit of marketing products and services. It features cases studies and video …

Facebook, AMEX Partner To Give Small Businesses A “Big Break” Facebook, AMEX Partner To Give Small Businesses A “Big Break”

For the second straight year, American Express and Facebook are teaming up for the “Big Break for Small Business” contest, which is “designed to transform the way small businesses connect and engage with customers online” – namely their social media …

A Few Best Practices for Managing Your Business Online A Few Best Practices for Managing Your Business Online

As the competitive landscape for small businesses continues to be challenging, it has become increasingly important for small business owners to regularly examine their marketing efforts to evaluate what is working and what is not. With the proliferation of marketing …

Google Tells You Everything You Need To Know About Google+ Local Google Tells You Everything You Need To Know About Google+ Local

Last week, Google revealed Google+ Local, which appears to be about merging Google+ business pages with Google Places. Google says it wants to show you “everything you need to know” about it, and it will do so in a Workshop …

Google Is Now Getting Serious About Local Businesses Google Is Now Getting Serious About Local Businesses
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Google has big plans for local businesses, and making billions for itself in the process. Google announced a major Google+ push into local search last week, when it revealed Google+ Local, which effectively turns Google+ business pages into the new …