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Amazon Launches Local Register, A Card Reader & App For Local Businesses

Last month, we heard that Amazon was readying its own card reader, which would compete with Square. Now, the company has officially unveiled it, and it’s called Amazon Local Register. Like Square, It enables local businesses to accept credit and debit cards from a smartphone or tablet. Luckily, Amazon has elected not to make it exclusive to its own smartphone …

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Square Adds New Appointment Management Tool

Square announced the launch of Square Appointments, a new offering for its register service that lets businesses manage their appointments and avoid missing out on sales. The product has been in pilot mode for a while. Square acquired appointment-booking software maker BookFresh in February, though it remains as its own separate product. “Service businesses lose sales to no-shows, waste time …

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Foursquare Tells Businesses Its New App Is Better For Them Too

As you may know, Foursquare launched its new check-in-less app today. If you want a rundown on what to expect as a user, read this. Given that the focus of Foursquare has shifted from check-ins to local search, you can imagine that it might have some implications for small businesses. Naturally, the company is telling businesses that the new app …

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These Are The People Tasked With Helping Yelp Better Cater To Small Businesses

Back in May, Yelp put a call out to small businesses, seeking out new members for its Small Business Advisory Council. Any local business owner was eligible to apply. On Tuesday, the company announced the new members it has appointed. Over 1,000 business owners replied, and they have a list of 25 active members, which are supposed to represent local …

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Most ‘Very’ Small Businesses Are On Social Media, But Have No Strategy [Infographic]

90% of “very small businesses (or VSBs) are on social media, according to a new report from Endurance. This is based on nearly 600 such businesses that participated in a survey. While most are on at least one social network, they tend not to have an established social media strategy, the survey found. 71% said they don’t have a plan, …

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Facebook Has 30 Million Active Small Business Pages

Facebook’s director of small business Dan Levy announced at an event in New York City on Tuesday that Facebook now has 30 million active small business Pages worldwide. About two-thirds of them (19 million) are actively managing their Pages via mobile, which the company says is a testament to the “growing importance of having a mobile marketing presence.” The event …

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Comcast Launches Wireless Gateway For Small Businesses

Comcast just announced its new Business Wireless Gateway to provide WiFi to small and medium-sized businesses. A spokesperson for Comcast Business tells WebProNews, “A key difference of this product is how it keeps public and private WiFi separate, and all in a single device.” As the company explains, the offering enables entrepreneurs to assign one private wireless signal for their …

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Is Google’s Panda Update Helping Small Businesses?

Early last week, Google pushed out a couple of big algorithm updates: a new version of the so-called “Payday Loans” update and a new generation of the famous/infamous Panda update. Google has been talking up the latter for a while, saying that it would benefit smaller sites and businesses, and be gentler overall. Has it lived up to this promise? …

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Square Capital (Square’s Cash Advance Program) Gets Formal Launch

Earlier this year, Square began testing Square Capital, a cash advance program for business owners. On Wednesday, the company formally launched it. There’s no application process with Square Capital, and businesses get their money the next business day, according to Square. Businesses pay the company as a set percentage of their daily card sales, so they pay more back when …

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Google: Panda 4.0 Brings in ‘Softer Side,’ Lays Groundwork For Future

Back in March, Google’s Matt Cutts spoke at the Search Marketing Expo, and said that Google was working on the next generation of the Panda update, which he said would be softer and more friendly to small sites and businesses. Last week, Google pushed Panda 4.0, which Cutts reiterated is a bit softer than previous versions, and also said will …

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Facebook Gives Restaurants New Menu Feature

The web is getting better for restaurants this year. Facebook just announced a new feature that will help restaurants show off their menus to users. “When looking for a great meal, people often turn to Facebook to find a restaurant’s location, hours of operation and menu,” the company says on its business blog. “That’s why, beginning today, we’re making it …

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Here’s A Look At Groupon’s Square Competitor Gnome

Groupon announced the launch of a point-of-sale hardware solution for local businesses called Gnome. It would compete with Square Stand/Register. According to the company, the tablet stand will enable merchants to instantly recognize Groupon customers as they enter the store, and let them redeem Groupons. The solution will integrate with accounting programs like QuickBooks and Exero, and offer CRM tools, …

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