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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 …

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 …