All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘small business’

Yelp Gets Blasted By Business Owners And Celebrity

Yelp is taking some harsh criticism in the media once again. Its handling of fake reviews is coming under fire, as is its worth to consumers. Business owners are speaking out (as usual), and celebrity chef/TV personality/food writer Andrew Zimmern, who has been critical of Yelp in the past, is calling it “worthless”. Do you agree with Zimmern or does …

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Facebook Redesigns Timelines For Pages

Facebook announced the launch of some changes to Pages, including a redesigned timeline, new options for admin tools and a new Pages to Watch feature. With the new Timeline design, all posts will appear on the right-side column, while the left side will display business info if applicable (hours, map, phone number, web address), photos and videos. “No matter where …

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Matt Cutts Was ‘Trying To Decide How Sassy To Be When Answering This Question’

Google has put out a new “Webmaster Help video” with the title “Can sites do well without using spammy techniques?” That’s a bit rephrased from the actual question that prompted the response: Matt, Does (sic) the good guys still stand a chance? We’re a small company that hired an SEO firm that we thought was legit, but destroyed our rankings …

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Google Changes Result In Duplicate Listings For Businesses

Google has run into some “complications” upgrading local businesses to the new Places dashboard. In some cases, businesses’ accounts and another accounts that they don’t control were both verified for the same business using the old Places dashboard. In other cases, the businesses may have verified multiple times from the accounts they do control. Either way, it has resulted in …

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Square Pickup Lets You Place Orders With Square-Using Restaurants

Square is testing a new app called Square Pickup, available by invitation only. The app reportedly lets users order food from restaurants who use Square, and is testing with “several San Francisco restaurants”. Presumably it would be used with non-restaurant businesses as well. Priceonomics.com first reported on the app after noticing it when picking up lunch. You can check out …

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Report: Square Tests Giving Merchants Money, May Delay IPO

According to a report from The Information, Square is testing giving merchants “thousands of dollars” in capital “to help them grow,” and is “considering raising another round of funding” that would delay an IPO. The company is also looking to offer custom rates to more merchants in an apparent bid to get more bigger brands using its services. Earlier this …

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Yelp CEO Pens Letter To Jan Brewer Urging Veto Of SB 1062

Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman has written an open letter to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, which was just posted to the company’s blog. Stoppelman urges Brewer to veto SB 1062, the controversial bill that would allow businesses in the state to refuse service to anyone based on religious freedom. Here’s the letter in its entirety: Dear Governor Brewer: I write to …

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LinkedIn Infographic Looks At How Small Businesses Are Using Social Media

LinkedIn recently put out a report based on a survey of small business owners, looking at how they use social media, and how it drives growth for SMBs. Now, the company has put together an infographic sharing some more findings. “You might be surprised by what we found,” says LinkedIn’s Davis Schneider. “94% of survey respondents who use social media …

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Google Updates Quality Guidelines For Businesses

Google announced that it has made some tweaks to the Google Places Quality Guidelines, specifically for business names. The changes illustrate how you can add descriptors. Jade Wang announced the update ion a post on the Google Product Forums. Under “Business Name,” it now says: Your title should reflect your business’s real-world title. In addition to your business’s real-world title, …

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Sprint Offers Its ‘Framily’ Plan To Small Businesses

In early January, Sprint introduced a new “framily” service plan that allowed users to add up to 10 people to their plan regardless of their actual affiliation. In other words, a customer and 9 friends could all sign up on the same family plan and each friend would be billed separately for their share of the costs. Now that same …

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Google Adds Regional Dialects To Business Categories

Late last month, Google announced that it was adding 1,000 new categories in the new Places dashboard for businesses. This is an effort to significantly expand the breadth of available categories internationally. The announcement was made in the Google product forums, and on Friday, that announcement received an update from Google’s Jade Wang, who had some additional news to share: …

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Business Owner Details Getting ‘Screwed By Square’

Alex Shvartsman runs a small store called Kings Games in Brooklyn as well as its e-commerce counterpart. He’s been a longtime Square Reader user, and was an early adopter of Square Market, the company’s online storefront for small businesses. “I’ve used the Square Reader (the little square dongle) for close to two years, and their e-commerce site almost literally since …

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