All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘small business’

Yelp Shows Businesses Some Love With New App

Yelp’s reputation among businesses is…let’s just say a mixed bag. By now, you’ve no doubt heard plenty of horror stories, regardless of whether or not they’re true (they’re often unproven), but the fact is that Yelp needs businesses to exist, and ultimately, the better its reputation among them is, the better off the company itself is bound to be. Yelp …

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Congressman Thomas Massie Voices Opposition To Marketplace Fairness Act

Congressman Thomas Massie on Tuesday voiced his opposition to the Marketplace Fairness Act, following in the footsteps of his Republican colleagues. Massie took to Facebook with the following message: Today I joined Senator Ted Cruz, Senator-elect Congressman Steve Daines, Congressman Walter Jones, Rep. Paul Gosar, Congressman Doug Lamborn and several groups at a press conference in opposition to the Internet …

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Square Launches New Gift Cards For Sellers

Square announced a new gift card offering, so sellers using its Register product can run gift card programs from their point of sale. Merchants can offer, redeem, and track gift cards within Square Register. Square began offering digital gift cards that could be redeemed with the now defunct Square Wallet app two years ago, but these new ones are real, …

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LivingSocial Launches New Merchant Tools

LivingSocial announced the launch of a new toolkit for merchants called Connect, which is geared toward letting them better engage and build relationships with customers acquired through the LivingSocial platform. The offering lets businesses personalize thank you emails, customize promotion expiration emails, send additional offers to customers who purchased deals, communicate with customers via multiple social media channels, and review …

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Square Opens Up Pre-Orders On Chip Card Readers

Square just unveiled its new Square Reader for chip cards, which is now available for pre-order. Don’t expect to get it for free though. It will cost you $29, though the company calls this the most affordable chip card reader on the market. Back in July, the company announced plans to release a reader for chip cards, an EMV solution …

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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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