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Virginia Yelp Review Suit Goes To Trial Virginia Yelp Review Suit Goes To Trial

A little over a year ago, a Virginia judge ordered a Yelp user to change a negative review on the site. Jane Perez was sued by Dietz Development, a building contractor who claimed to have lost business because of her …

More Unproven Yelp ‘Extortion’ Accusations Publicized More Unproven Yelp ‘Extortion’ Accusations Publicized
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The story has been going on for quite some time. Businesses accuse Yelp of “extortion” or holding their positive reviews hostage unless they spend advertising money, and Yelp denies it vehemently, citing a lack of evidence and research appearing to …

Yelp And SBA Team Up On Online Reviews Initiative Yelp And SBA Team Up On Online Reviews Initiative
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Yelp and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) have teamed up to launch the Success With Online Reviews initiative, which kicked off last week at the New York Stock Exchange. “Sharing what you dig and what you don’t is nothing …

Just How Bad Is Yelp’s Fake Review Problem? Just How Bad Is Yelp’s Fake Review Problem?
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You’re probably aware of multiple controversial issues surrounding Yelp reviews. There are several to choose from. You have some businesses accusing the company of holding positive reviews hostage (with advertising being the ransom). You have a court ordering Yelp to …

Court Orders Yelp To Identify Anonymous Reviewers Court Orders Yelp To Identify Anonymous Reviewers
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Once again, the subject of free speech with regard to Yelp reviews has been brought up in court. A new decision has proven controversial because if the court is wrong (which is very possible due to an apparent lack of …

This Guy Wrote 1,712 Yelp Reviews Last Year Alone, Receives Praise From Yelp This Guy Wrote 1,712 Yelp Reviews Last Year Alone, Receives Praise From Yelp
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Oakland Yelp user Victor G. received some recognition from Yelp for posting the most reviews of 2013 with a total of 1,712 during the year. That’s a lot of reviews (about five a day). In all, he’s written over 7,000 …

Yelp Discloses Lobbying Efforts, CEO Sells 15,000 Shares Yelp Discloses Lobbying Efforts, CEO Sells 15,000 Shares

A couple of interesting pieces of Yelp news have surfaced in that the company is lobbying for patent reform and copyright laws, and CEO Jeremy Stoppelman has sold nearly 15,000 shares of the company. As first reported by The Hill, …

Yelp Gets Friendly With Amazon And The Kindle Fire HDX Yelp Gets Friendly With Amazon And The Kindle Fire HDX
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Yelp has been working with Amazon on a new Yelp app for the Kindle Fire HDX, and it’s now available on the device right out of the box. Yelp compares the partnership to those it has with Apple and Bing. …

Will Businesses Embrace Yelp For Ecommerce? Will Businesses Embrace Yelp For Ecommerce?
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Yelp may be well known as a reviews site, where you can go to find out what people have said about a restaurant your thinking about trying or a plumber you’re considering calling to fix your sink. Through most of …

Yelp Adds SeatMe Reservation Booking To Business Listings Yelp Adds SeatMe Reservation Booking To Business Listings

Yelp announced today that it is finally incorporating SeatMe directly into the Yelp experience. Yelp users can now book restaurant and bar reservations from the venue’s Yelp listing. Yelp announced the acquisition of SeatMe back in July. The price was …

Yelp Explains The Recommended Review Process Yelp Explains The Recommended Review Process
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Yelp is trying to educate users more about how its review recommendations work. As the company acknowledges, most people probably don’t really even think about it, but others certainly wonder how they come up the ones that they do. “Well, …

Yelp CEO Addresses All Your Favorite Accusations On Reddit Yelp CEO Addresses All Your Favorite Accusations On Reddit
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Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman engaged in a reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) today, taking on an assault of questions about extortion, fake reviews, lawsuits, wages, and just about everything you’ve ever heard people allege about the company. Not that he …

Brace Yourself For A Lot More Yelp Reviews Brace Yourself For A Lot More Yelp Reviews
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Yelp released its earnings report for the third quarter this week, and during its conference call, revealed some staggering numbers related to its recently added mobile review feature. The bottom line is that the feature is hugely popular, and continues …

Yelp Earnings Released, Revenue Up 68% Yelp Earnings Released, Revenue Up 68%

Yelp has just released its earnings report for the third quarter. Revenue was up 68% year-over-year at $61.2 million for the quarter. The company beat Wall Street expectations for revenue, but earnings per share weren’t as good as expected at …

Yelp Android App Adds Ability To Write Reviews Yelp Android App Adds Ability To Write Reviews
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About two months ago, Yelp launched an update to its iPhone app, adding the ability to write reviews for businesses from the app. Now, the functionality has come to Android. This is obviously a major part of Yelp, and it …

Yelp On Fake Reviews: Don’t Worry, We’ve Got This Yelp On Fake Reviews: Don’t Worry, We’ve Got This
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Last week, a study from Harvard Business School came out looking at Yelp review fraud, suggesting that about a fifth of Yelp restaurant reviews are fake. Do you trust reviews you read on Yelp? Let us know in the comments. …

Yelp: We’d Love To Work With More Law Enforcement Officials To Crack Down On Fake Reviews Yelp: We’d Love To Work With More Law Enforcement Officials To Crack Down On Fake Reviews
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This week, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that nineteen companies agreed to stop writing fake Yelp reviews and pay over $350,000 of fines. “Consumers rely on reviews from their peers to make daily purchasing decisions on anything …

Nearly One-Fifth of Yelp Restaurant Reviews Are Phony, Shows Study Nearly One-Fifth of Yelp Restaurant Reviews Are Phony, Shows Study

Earlier this month it was reported that business review website Yelp had sued an individual who won against the company in small claims court. Julian McMillian, a San Diego lawyer, had sued Yelp over an ad deal. Yelp is now …

Will Yelp’s Lawsuits Curb Phony Reviews? Will Yelp’s Lawsuits Curb Phony Reviews?
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As phonebooks become a thing of the past, local and small businesses now rely more than ever on the internet to get the word out about their services. However, the social nature of today’s web makes it hard work for …

Yelp Will Help Your Business, According To This Study Yelp Will Help Your Business, According To This Study
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There’s been a lot of controversy surrounding Yelp and the impact the online review service can have on small businesses. This has included everything from fake reviews to alleged extortion, with numerous businesses speaking out on the Internet, in the …

Businesses Continue To Bash Yelp As Investor Bets It’ll Be Dead In 2 Years Businesses Continue To Bash Yelp As Investor Bets It’ll Be Dead In 2 Years
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It hasn’t been a great week of PR for Yelp. While the company made its own news by expanding into Brazil, much of the media coverage has been about businesses bashing the company and its alleged practices and even included …