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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 …

America’s Entrepreneurs [Infographic] America’s Entrepreneurs [Infographic]

During 2011 there were 6.5 million new businesses created. That works out to about 543,000 per month. That’s an awful lot of new businesses. So why are there so many? One reason actually has to do the downturn in the …

Google Places Gives Small Business Bulk Upload Capability Google Places Gives Small Business Bulk Upload Capability

Google Places is playing their part to make managing small businesses with more than one location easier than ever. Essentially, people have been giving them feedback on what could make their site better, and they have been listening. Starting yesterday …

Startups.Com is Calling It Quits After One Year Startups.Com is Calling It Quits After One Year
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Startups.com regrets to inform you that their daily deals website is on the way out. According to founder Gonzo Arzuaga, “unfortunately we couldn’t make a go of it”. An email was sent out to mail list subscribers explaining his disappointment. …

Google Maps Business Photos Launched in Canada, Ireland, Netherlands Google Maps Business Photos Launched in Canada, Ireland, Netherlands
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At the beginning of 2012, Google Maps announced that it was now offering small businesses a chance to showcase their store interiors with Business Photos, the Street View-style interactive tour that can be stitched together with photographs taken by Google-associated …

More Small Businesses Utilizing Cloud-Based Apps More Small Businesses Utilizing Cloud-Based Apps

If you’re running a small business, finding great resources to support the back end of your shop is vital. Being a small business, however, typically means that you don’t have mountains of money to devote towards buying the biggest and …

YouTube Ambassadors: BBQ, Motorcycles, & Knitting YouTube Ambassadors: BBQ, Motorcycles, & Knitting

Google has caught on to the power of YouTube and what it has done for many small businesses. A handful of companies have been chosen by Google to become marketing ambassadors for YouTube based on their entrepreneurial success with the …

Consumers Choosing Independents Over Corporate Consumers Choosing Independents Over Corporate
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Milo.Com brings us this next infographic and I can honestly say I am happy to see it. There is no doubt America is a country driven by the corporate machine, but it wasn’t always that way. Our economic prosperity is …

PayPal Payments Launches With Standard, Advanced And Pro Versions PayPal Payments Launches With Standard, Advanced And Pro Versions

PayPal announced the launch of PayPal Payments, which is a single product with three tiers of functionality for small businesses in the U.S. The tiers are Standard (free), Advanced ($5 a month) and Pro ($30 a month). Her’s the full …

Google Boosting Pennsylvania Businesses With Free Websites Google Boosting Pennsylvania Businesses With Free Websites

When Google comes to town, you can hedge your bets that people are gonna be getting online. Pennsylvania businesses are going to get a bite of that particular Google-y candy bar in April as Google will be arriving to the …

Rush Limbaugh Fights Back Against Media Matters

Today in a tweet, @RushLimbaugh has brought to peoples attention the prevalent problem of media matters trying to put not only him, but other businesses out of business because they don’t share their political point of view. (image)@rushlimbaughRush LimbaughStanding up …

Cloud Usage Surging Among Small, Midsize Businesses Cloud Usage Surging Among Small, Midsize Businesses
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New research from Microsoft took a look at how small and midsize businesses are utilizing cloud computing services and found that SMBs are expanding their reach and opportunities in new ways thanks to the cloud. So many more SMBs are …

Small Business Online Marketing Use To Increase In 2012, AT&T Poll Says Small Business Online Marketing Use To Increase In 2012, AT&T Poll Says

Use of online marketing by small businesses is set to increase in 2012, according to a recent poll. AT&T’s Small Business Technology Poll found that 60% of small businesses planned to spend as much or more on online marketing in …

New Yelp Metrics Improve Its Use For Business New Yelp Metrics Improve Its Use For Business
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Yelp is one of the better social media services for small businesses that want to track how their brand is doing out in the real world. The site has introduced some new metrics that makes the site even more attractive …

Pay With Square Replaces Square Card Case As PayPal Is Now “Here” Pay With Square Replaces Square Card Case As PayPal Is Now “Here”

Last May, Square unveiled an app called Card Case, which included a mobile tab system, where users could set up tabs at various places and order their purchases with automatic payments. Now, the app, available for iOS and Android, has …

Twitter Launches Advertising Platform For Small Business Twitter Launches Advertising Platform For Small Business

As you might remember, Twitter partnered with American Express last month to offer advertising space to select merchants. Now the partnership has released a promotional video on how to advertise on their platform and the ways it is going to …

Groupon’s “Commitment To Customers” Is UK-Only Groupon’s “Commitment To Customers” Is UK-Only

In a recent article, we asked if Groupon will be better now, following regulation from the UK’s Office of Fair Trading (essentially, the UK’s version of the FTC). In a blog post called “Groupon’s Commitment to Customers,” the company responded …

New Google Changes: Really A Matter Of Mom And Pop? New Google Changes: Really A Matter Of Mom And Pop?
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In a recent webmaster Q&A session at SXSW, Google’s Matt Cutts briefly discussed some changes Google is making that will “level the playing field” between smaller, mom and pop sites and “overly optimized” sites, as bigger companies have a lot …

Groupon Scheduler Made Widely Available in US, Canada Groupon Scheduler Made Widely Available in US, Canada

Groupon announced the beta release of Groupon Scheduler, its new online appointment calendar tool, for free to all appointment-based small businesses in the U.S. and Canada (except for Quebec). Groupon Scheduler was initially launched to two cities in December, and …