All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘small business’

Yelp Plasters Consumer Alert Warnings On More Business Pages

Yelp Plasters Consumer Alert Warnings On More Business Pages

Yelp announced that it is releasing a new round of consumer alerts covering 37 business listings. The number is down from last time when in September, Yelp slapped 51 business listings with the warnings. As usual, Yelp is calling out specific businesses in a blog post. “Before hiring Terrie L Culver & Associates, a law firm in Chicago, you’d probably …

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Salesforce Announces Global Launch of SalesforceIQ CRM for Small Businesses

Salesforce Announces Global Launch of SalesforceIQ CRM for Small Businesses

Back in September, Salesforce unveiled SalesforceIQ, which it referred to as “the future of selling for every business.” It was designed to help both large and small businesses and included two SalesforceIQ products: SalesforceIQ for Small Business and SalesforceIQ for Sales Cloud’s iOS, Android, and Chrome apps. The former is obviously geared toward small businesses, helping them manage deals, accelerate …

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GoDaddy Adds Logo Design To Small Business Services

GoDaddy Adds Logo Design To Small Business Services

GoDaddy just announced the launch of GoDaddy Logo Design Service, which gives customers a way to “refine their online image” with the help of a professionally designed logo, which can be designed and customized to their own requirements. With the service, customers can provide business and design guidelines to professional designers, who will craft a logo tailored to these specifications. …

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Small Businesses On What Would Help Them Sell More Online

Small Businesses On What Would Help Them Sell More Online

A study recently released by Assurant Solutions finds that over 40% of small-to-midsize businesses say the reasons they have a hard time competing with larger e-tailers is a lack of product expansion opportunities and IT integration skillset. The survey polled 450 merchants across the United States in an effort to gauge the state of ecommerce for smaller businesses. “SMB merchants …

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Here’s Who Small Businesses Are Voting For, According to Yelp

Here’s Who Small Businesses Are Voting For, According to Yelp

Yelp recently released its first annual Small Business Pulse survey finding that most small businesses expect to have a good year in 2016. The company reached out to U.S. 900 small businesses, finding that 85% that are active on Yelp expect revenues to grow. You can read more about the findings and check out a related infographic here. Yelp is …

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Yelp Analyzes Calls Made to Businesses On Holidays

Yelp Analyzes Calls Made to Businesses On Holidays

Yelp shared some new findings about the calls people to make to businesses during the holiday season. It says consumers call businesses more than a thousand times on holidays. Specifically, the company looked at calls made to businesses surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas last year. Calls to businesses in the nightlife category increased by 272% on Thanksgiving Day and 393% on …

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Apple Maps Is More Important To Your Business Than Ever

Apple Maps Is More Important To Your Business Than Ever

If you run a small business and aren’t taking Apple Maps seriously as a place where people will find your business, you may want to rethink that. Do you pay attention to your business listing in Apple Maps? Have you seen any indication that it’s an important tool for people to find your business? Let us know in the comments. …

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Yelp Finds Small Businesses Expecting A Good Year

Yelp Finds Small Businesses Expecting A Good Year

Yelp has released some findings from its first annual Small Business Pulse survey, which reached out to 900 small businesses in an effort to learn more about their focus in 2016. According to the company there is a great deal of optimism among these businesses. It found that 85% of American small businesses active on Yelp expect revenues to grow, …

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Google Lists Google My Business Listing Visibility Factors

Google Lists Google My Business Listing Visibility Factors

Update: Google has changed language to remove “clicks”. Very interesting. Your business listings on Google aren’t going to do much for you if people don’t see them. Just having one isn’t enough. You need to make sure it’s optimized. Google employee Rahul J posted on the company’s Advertiser Community site about how to optimize your listing. He gets into fundamentals …

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Yelp Findings Suggest A Great Week For Small Businesses

Yelp Findings Suggest A Great Week For Small Businesses

Last week, Yelp released findings from a Harris Interactive poll it commissioned to gain insight into consumers’ holiday plans when it comes to local businesses. It found that 64% of Americans plan to patronize local independent retailers, and that 7 in 10 Americans age 18-34 plan to do so – more than any other age group. As a small business, …

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What Does The New Google+ Mean For Businesses?

What Does The New Google+ Mean For Businesses?

People have been calling Google+ dead for nearly as long as it’s been around, but it just keeps on going in form or another. This week, Google announced a big revamp that puts the spotlight on two features in particular. But what do the changes mean for businesses? How do you expect your Google+ usage to change based on the …

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Facebook Tips To Prepare For Small Business Saturday

Facebook Tips To Prepare For Small Business Saturday

Black Friday is coming, but between that and Cyber Monday is Small Business Saturday, and small businesses throughout the U.S. stand to gain plenty if they prepare. Facebook, which has gone out of its way to offer small businesses more and more tools and features over the past year or so (despite the decline of organic reach for most pages), …

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Pinterest Updates Billions Of Place Pins With Location Data And Info

Pinterest Updates Billions Of Place Pins With Location Data And Info

Two years ago, Pinterest launched Place Pins adding a travel magazine-like experience to the popular social/search site. These enabled users to see information like the address of a place, phone numbers, etc. in a format designed to look natural to the Pinterest experience. This week, Pinterest announced the update of seven billion pins with new location data and info. This …

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Comcast Business Offers New Voice Mobility Service For SMBs

Comcast Business Offers New Voice Mobility Service For SMBs

Comcast Business announced the availability of a new service called Comcast Business Voice Mobility. It serves as a phone line specifically for small and medium-sized businesses, and includes a mobile app to help keep them from missing any business calls and messages while away from the desk. As a spokesperson for Comcast Business tells us, “Using the mobile app, you …

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Study Finds Most ‘Very Small’ Businesses Still Without Websites

Study Finds Most ‘Very Small’ Businesses Still Without Websites

GoDaddy recently commissioned RedShift to poll 4,000 “very small” businesses (5 employees or less) hoping to understand how they are using the web. They found that the majority (59%) have no website, and that this is impacting their ability to grow and market to new customers. The study also found that 55% are planning to come online within the next …

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GoDaddy CEO Talks Controversies, What Company Is Doing For Small Businesses

GoDaddy CEO Talks Controversies, What Company Is Doing For Small Businesses

Few Internet companies have drawn the amount of controversy that GoDaddy has over the years. If you look at its Wikipedia page, you’ll find a huge section specifically dedicated to its controversies with that section having 10 of its own sub-sections. It goes without saying that people have a lot of questions for CEO Blake Irving, and Irving took to …

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Yahoo Small Business Gets Name and Ownership Change

Yahoo Small Business Gets Name and Ownership Change

Yahoo announced that Yahoo Small Business is being rebranded as Luminate, and will belong to a new company called Aabaco Small Business, LLC, which is currently owned by Yahoo, but will become owned by Aabaco Holdings, Inc. when Aabaco is spun off from Yahoo to its shareholders. The spin-off was announced last month when Yahoo announced its SEC filing for …

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Here’s How LinkedIn Is Getting Better For B2B Sales And Marketing

LinkedIn is the best social media platform for engaging with B2B customers both before and after making a sale, according to new research. As studies have shown, the professional network is only growing in importance to marketers, but in the B2B space, it’s the most important social network of them all to a lot of businesses. Is LinkedIn a major …

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Yelp Reveals New Small Business Council

Yelp announced a new line-up for its Small Business Advisory Council. The company put a call out to business owners back in June seeking volunteers, which it said should be Yelp aficionados who wish to act as representatives for business owners around the world and share insights with Yelp execs. Much of the council is made up of people who …

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Instagram Ads For Businesses Of All Sizes Coming In The Fall

Last month, Instagram announced some new ad formats and ad targeting options and that it would open up its ad platform to businesses of all sizes in the coming months. eMarketer has a new interview with Jim Squires, the director of marketing operations at the company, and he says Instagram ads will be available to all this fall: We’ve spent …

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Google Shows More Local Business Results Than Bing Or Yahoo

According to a new report from local search marketing company BrightLocal, Google is more generous to local businesses than other search engines. Google, it says, displays more local pack results than Yahoo or bing, and is most confident inn the quality of its local data compared to Yahoo or Bing. Still, local businesses are being squeezed out of organic positions …

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Google Makes It Easier For People To Review Businesses On Mobile Devices

Google has made it easier for people to review businesses using their mobile devices. A tweak to Google’s functionality in mobile browsers has made the process simpler, and that could lead to more reviews for businesses. We’ve seen Yelp become increasingly mobile as mobile unique visitors grew 29% year-over-year while desktop visitors declined. This was two years after the company …

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Small Businesses Regret Not Doing More Of This

Branding is a key component to a successful business, and that includes when your’e first starting out. It seems a lot of businesses regret not spending more of their efforts on branding in the early days. Do you regret not putting more focus on branding? How high of a priority is it to you now? Share your thoughts in the …

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Facebook Challenges Pages To Get Better At Response Times

For weeks (at least), some Facebook admins have been getting a feature on their Pages that show how well they’re doing when it comes to responding to messages from fans. Facebook appears to be taking things even further now. Now some admins are seeing messages from Facebook accompanying the feature, telling them they an earn badges for doing well. AdWeek …

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Yelp Tells Businesses How To Respond To Reviews

Businesses have a tricky relationship with Yelp. On the one hand, it can be a great way for customers to find a business, and a positive Yelp presence can encourage the customer to actually visit. On the flipside, negative reviews can be very damaging, and have led to plenty of defamation suits. Do you interact with negative reviews of your …

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Etsy Expands Entrepreneur Program

A couple years ago, Etsy partnered with the city of Rockford, Illinois to develop an entrepreneur training program for the “Etsy economy”. It’s called the Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship Program. In 2015, Etsy is a public company, and the program is in many more locations now, including Dallas; Watsonville, California; Chattanooga; Albany; Newark, New York City; Albuquerque; St. Petersburg; Oldham, UK; …

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Alibaba Wants To Help US Small Businesses Sell More In China

Alibaba Group founder and Executive Chairman Jack Ma wrote an article for The Wall Street Journal in which he talked about the company’s strategy for the U.S. market. According to him, it’s “simple and clear” in that it wants to help U.S. entrepreneurs and small business owners, as well as businesses of all sizes, sell goods to a growing Chinese …

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Why You’re Probably Not Meeting Customers’ Expectations On Social Media

Businesses are falling behind on consumer expectations when it comes to social media. This isn’t anything new, but there is a new study out about it. The Northridge Group is sharing survey results finding that social media is basically being used a last resort with twenty-six percent of consumers turning to these channels when they can’t reach a rep through …

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Facebook Offers Place Tips To U.S. Small Businesses

You know how Facebook has been doing a lot of things that cater to small businesses lately? That continues as the company starts to roll out a major way for brick-and-mortars to get relevant content in front of potential customers. Facebook announced that it’s expanding Place Tips support to SMBs across the United States. This enables customers to better engage …

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Yelp Is Looking For Small Business Owners To Offer Advice

Yelp put out an announcement calling for small business owners to volunteer for its Small Biz Advisory Council. Specifically, they’re looking for Yelp aficionados who wish to act as representatives for business owners around the world and share insights with Yelp execs. Yelp manager of local business outreach Rosie Akenhead writes: Every year, Yelp selects a diverse group of people …

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