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Last Minute Holiday Help for Small Businesses

For small business owners, the holiday season can engender mixed emotions. On one hand, the months leading up to the holidays – November and December- are usually the busiest months of the year for most small businesses. And when you own a small business, being busy is a good thing. According to the National Retail Federation, retail sales could rise 4.1% this year …

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Google Fiber For Small Business Gets Early Access Program

Google announced the launch of an Early Access program for Google Fiber for Small Business in central Kansas City. It’s available immediately in a “handful of fiberhoods” in both Kansas City, KS and Kansas City, MO. Businesses in the area can sign up for a gigabit connection. These will be the very first businesses to get Google Fiber. “A super-fast …

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AdWords Gets Local Google Forwarding Numbers

Google announced the launch of local Google forwarding numbers, which local businesses will be able to display on their ads. The point is that these have local area codes, and may inspire more clicks/calls. Google says in an update on Google+, “Many people who search for local businesses prefer to call a phone number with a recognizable area code. That’s …

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Report: Big-Spending SMBs Prioritize Search

Search engine marketing is the top digital marketing priority for most higher-spending small and medium-sized businesses, according to anew report from BIA/Kelsey. These are businesses spending over $25,000 a year on advertising and promotion. On average, they’re spending $79,000. 60.6% rated search advertising and marketing (including SEO) as an “extremely high” or “very high” priority for the coming twelve months. …

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Yelp: 8 In 10 Americans To Shop Local For Holidays

Yelp commissioned Nielsen to field a consumer survey on where Americans intend to do their holiday shopping this season and what gets them shopping at local businesses. According to this, eight out of ten are likely to shop at local businesses during the holiday season, and about half of the local shoppers expect to spend over $100 at small businesses. …

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Google My Business, AdWords Express Apps Get Updates

Google announced some updates to the Google My Business and AdWords Express apps aimed at making it easier for businesses to find the right customers. With Google My Business for Android, business owners can see reviews from across the web. This is coming to the iOS app soon. “Business users have told us how much customers appreciate a response, so …

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Google Wants To Watch You While You Work

Google revealed that it wants to start going to people’s places of business, and watch them work. It says it wants to learn about how it can help you manage your sites easier. Google’s Gary Illyes talked about it in a Google+ update (via Search Engine Land). “We are looking for companies, agencies, and website owners willing to let us …

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Etsy Just Got A Lot Better For Selling Stuff

Etsy just got a lot better for sellers. With one simple announcement, sellers are going to be able to offer their inventory in a whole new way. Well, it’s actually a really old way, but it’s a new for Etsy. The company announced that it’s giving U.S. sellers free card readers to accept credit and debit payments in person. The …

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Apple Gives Business Local Listing Tool For Maps

Apple launched a new way for businesses to verify listings on Apple Maps – Apple Maps Connect. Between the popularity of Apple devices and the company’s increasingly independence from Google services, it’s probably a good idea to make sure you appear there. First, you have to have an AppleID to log in. Then, you’re prompted to add your business. It …

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Groupon Wants To Get Your Business Found In The Search Engines

Groupon announced what it’s referring to as a “bold initiative to build a page that lives on Groupon and search engines for almost every local business in the United States.” The initiative is called Groupon Pages, and is essentially business listings on Groupon, but those that should turn up in a search on Google or Bing, not entirely unlike Yelp …

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Square is Testing ‘Square Payroll’ With California Businesses

Square is testing a new payroll product for small and medium-sized businesses. It’s called Square Payroll, and is currently in private beta in California. Re/code was first to report on the test, but Square has plenty of information about the product up on its site. According to Square, Square Payroll is a “simple solution for paying employees that saves time …

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Business Courts Negative Reviews As Middle Finger To Yelp

You’ve heard the claims before. If reader comments are any indication, many of you have even lived them. They’ve never been proven, but time and time again, small businesses accuse Yelp of “extorting” them by holding positive reviews hostage until they pay for advertising. Do you believe Yelp is really guilty of this practice, or is it just a myth? …

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