All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘small business’

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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Yelp Equates Asking For Reviews To Spam

Yelp announced on Wednesday that it has issued a new round of Consumer Alerts, the warnings that appear on businesses’ Yelp pages informing users that they’re not to be trusted. The company didn’t say how many it issued this time around, but it did call out a few businesses by name. The company is also discouraging businesses from asking customers …

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Yelp Launches New Reservations Tool

Yelp announced the launch of a new free tool for businesses to let customers book reservations online. The tool, called Yelp Reservations, follows the company’s acquisition of SeatMe last year. For now, it’s available for businesses in the restaurant and nightlife categories in the US, Canada, UK, and Ireland. “Business owners can set up the free Yelp Reservations capability through …

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Yelp Calls On Small Businesses To Help Them Come Up With Ideas

Yelp has put a call out for new members of the Yelp Small Business Advisory Council. Any local business owner is encouraged to apply. Members participate in an annual summit at Yelp’s headquarter, provide input on products under development, brainstorm new ideas for company executives to consider, and serve as a resource for other business owners who have questions about …

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Yelp Wraps Up SBA Event Series, Calls It A Success

Back in January, Yelp announced a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration to launch Success With Online Reviews, a series of events to take place in different cities around the country. That has now concluded, and according to Yelp it was successful. The series was meant to educate businesses about “what it takes to have success in a world …

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Square Launches Pickup, Offline Mode, Inventory Tracking

Square announced the launch of several new offerings aimed at helping sellers drive more customers to their businesses and simplifying operations: Square Pickup, Offline Mode, and Inventory Tracking. Square Pickup is a new Square Market feature, which integrates with Square Register, and lets sellers fulfill orders customers place either in-person or online. It’s available to all sellers at 8% processing …

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