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Will Yelp’s Lawsuits Curb Phony Reviews? Will Yelp’s Lawsuits Curb Phony Reviews?
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As phonebooks become a thing of the past, local and small businesses now rely more than ever on the internet to get the word out about their services. However, the social nature of today’s web makes it hard work for …

Say Goodbye To GoDaddy Girls And Hello To ‘Ass-Kicking’ Small Businesses Say Goodbye To GoDaddy Girls And Hello To ‘Ass-Kicking’ Small Businesses
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If you haven’t seen it yet, GoDaddy has a new ad out, and it stars Jean-Claude Van Damme. Yes, that Jean-Claude Van Damme. Why are we telling you about this? Well, it’s not just a commercial. It’s significant because it’s …

Yelp Will Help Your Business, According To This Study Yelp Will Help Your Business, According To This Study
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There’s been a lot of controversy surrounding Yelp and the impact the online review service can have on small businesses. This has included everything from fake reviews to alleged extortion, with numerous businesses speaking out on the Internet, in the …

Yahoo Is Bigger Than Google, And That Should Mean Something To Your Business Yahoo Is Bigger Than Google, And That Should Mean Something To Your Business
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I bet you didn’t see this coming after years of Google domination. Yahoo is back as the top web property (in the U.S.). This comes from comScore Media Metrix, which releases monthly lists of the top 50 U.S. web properties. …

People’s Court’s Judge Milian ‘Horrified’ By Business Owner’s Yelp Story People’s Court’s Judge Milian ‘Horrified’ By Business Owner’s Yelp Story
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Yelp is looking for increased user trust as it recently announced more consumer alerts aimed at letting users know about businesses who have been caught with fake reviews. Businesses, on the other hand, continue to voice their frustration with the …

It’s Official: Yahoo Acquires Lexity It’s Official: Yahoo Acquires Lexity
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Earlier this week, rumors emerged that Yahoo was close to acquiring e-commerce app platform provider Lexity. It was unclear just how close the companies were to a deal, but apparently it was really, really close, because Yahoo and Lexity just …

Foursquare Opens Up Ads to Thousands of Small Businesses Foursquare Opens Up Ads to Thousands of Small Businesses
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In their continuing attempt to monetize the platform, Foursquare has just expanded their “Explore”-based self-serve ads to a few thousand small businesses. Foursquare first launched Promoted Updates about a year ago, and up until June of this year the company …

Square Market Launches As Online Storefront for Small Businesses Square Market Launches As Online Storefront for Small Businesses
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Not content to simply exist as a mobile payments platform, Square is expanding into the world of ecommerce with a new online marketplace for local businesses to display their wares. It’s called Square Market, and it lets any Square-using small …

Google Gives Businesses New Dashboard Google Gives Businesses New Dashboard

Google announced the launch of a new Google+ Dashboard, which is designed to help businesses manage their presence across Google properties, including Google+, AdWords, Google Maps, YouTube, etc. Google’s Pavni Diwanjhi made the announcement in a Google+ post in which …

Foursquare Tests Small Business Promotions in Attempt to Better Monetize Foursquare Tests Small Business Promotions in Attempt to Better Monetize

Foursquare may be looking to take their promoted ads product to smaller businesses in an attempt to further monetize the 4-year-old company. AdAge reports that the company is currently testing a promotion program for small businesses in the New York …

Yelp: We Don’t Extort Small Businesses Yelp: We Don’t Extort Small Businesses
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Yelp has been accused of extorting businesses by burying positive reviews for businesses who won’t advertise with them, and surfacing those reviews if they do advertise. The company staunchly denies that this is happening, but there have been multiple reports …

Groupon POS For iPad Launched In App Store [Updated] Groupon POS For iPad Launched In App Store [Updated]

Update: This was just an unintentional leak. Here’s what Groupon has really released. Groupon has released a new POS solution for the iPad. The app, which can be found in the App Store, is described as “a beautiful and simple …

Google Talks Online Reviews For Ten Minutes Google Talks Online Reviews For Ten Minutes
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As part of the “Friday 15″ series for small business owners, Google has shared a video discussing the importance of online reviews. It features Whitney Lemon from Google’s’ “Get Your Business Online” team and Cody Julian, the associate marketing manager …

Senate Votes In Favor Of Moving Forward With Online Sales Tax Bill Senate Votes In Favor Of Moving Forward With Online Sales Tax Bill
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The Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill that would force online retailers to collect sales tax regardless of its physical location, has gained quite a bit of support in recent days. The Senate and White House are united in passing a …

Foursquare Day Celebrated with Cool Visualization of Your Year of Check-ins Foursquare Day Celebrated with Cool Visualization of Your Year of Check-ins

Well guys, it’s 4/16, April 16th, which means its officially Foursquare Day (four, squared). It’s the fourth annual celebration of Foursquare, an event that was first begun as a grassroots effort and has morphed into a much larger-scale app-holiday that …

Foursquare Gives Businesses Incentive to Offer Specials on 4sqDay Foursquare Gives Businesses Incentive to Offer Specials on 4sqDay
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If you’re a local business and are thinking about celebrating the upcoming 4sqDay 2013 with a special, Foursquare is giving you another little incentive to make that decision easier. Foursquare has just announced that they will be automatically featuring any …

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 …