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Groupon’s Andrew Mason: We want to be “the OS for local commerce”

Writing Google Places Reviews to Improve Rankings

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by Dave Cosper A business owner recently asked me how to go about building positive reviews in a way that would "optimize" their Google Maps listing. This is about as provocative a topic as it gets in the Local Search community, I know, but it's also an unavoidable subject worth...
Writing Google Places Reviews to Improve Rankings
Foursquare tweaks desktop version of site as it moves toward local search

Google Maps Mixes Search Results with Ads

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Google Maps has a new feature for business owners in the US: "for just $25 per month, businesses in select cities can make their listings stand out on Google.com and Google Maps with Tags". Google allows businesses to add yellow markers on the map and to promote their websites. The...
Google Maps Mixes Search Results with Ads

Groupon Acquires Glassmap, A Location-Based Discovery Startup

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Groupon has acquired Glassmap, the location-based deals discovery app, the start-up announced on Friday. Groupon confirmed the acquisition to AllThingsD. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Our goal when we started building Glassmap was to help people find what was interesting and relevant around them,” Glassmap said in a...
Groupon Acquires Glassmap, A Location-Based Discovery Startup

Foursquare gives business owners their own app to manage specials, track customer visits

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Foursquare just recently tweaked its privacy policy to share more user information with local businesses, and it looks like it's already putting some of that data to use in a new app now that the policy has gone into effect. Launched today for the iPhone and iPod touch, Foursquare...
Foursquare gives business owners their own app to manage specials, track customer visits

Google enhances local web search for US iPad users

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Google added a new feature to its web search for US iPad users on Tuesday. In addition to traditional web results, this new enhancement displays a virtual carousel with reviews and photos that detail local businesses matching your query. Selecting an image card reveals additional information, including a map...
Google enhances local web search for US iPad users
Piggybackr helps kids crowdfund for causes they believe in
SoLoMo: CityMaps Nabs $2.5M To Render Your City, One Block At A Time

Yelp Offers Local Businesses New "Revenue Estimate" Tool

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Today must be the day of ROI calculators. Google just introduced one for mobile and Yelp, last night, debuted its “revenue estimator” for small businesses. The tool is free to all businesses that have claimed their Yelp profiles. The Yelp revenue estimator is the same for advertisers... Please visit Marketing Land...
Yelp Offers Local Businesses New "Revenue Estimate" Tool

Google to Zagat reviewers: join Google+ or else...

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Zagat fans received an email this week saying the restaurant rating site will pull the plug on user reviews — unless, that is, they sign up for a Google+ account. I received a copy of the email by way of a disgruntled friend who harrumphed about the search giant finding...
Google to Zagat reviewers: join Google+ or else...

Gigwalk raises $6M from August Capital, signs deal with Microsoft to place 100k Gigs in 3,500 cities

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Gigwalk, the mobile workforce application, is announcing today that it has raised $6 million from August Capital for its Series A round of funding. This round will allow it to extend their work to help give businesses “instant access to talented, smartphone-enabled workers across the country”. Launched in 2010, it...
Gigwalk raises $6M from August Capital, signs deal with Microsoft to place 100k Gigs in 3,500 cities
The Future Of Google Maps: Social, Personalized And Way Smarter

Why Brick-And-Mortar Still Beats E-Commerce, An Analysis

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Editor’s note: Mike Ghaffary is the vice president of business development at Yelp. He also co-founded Stitcher and BarMax, the $1,000 iPhone app, and is a former VC. Follow him on Twitter at @newmike. Marc Andreessen and Reid Hoffman recently debated whether software would eat traditional retail, leaving no brick-and-mortar presence behind. Both articles noted that e-commerce...
Why Brick-And-Mortar Still Beats E-Commerce, An Analysis

Mobile marketplace Grabio aims to be a better Craigslist

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With Craigslist seemingly ignoring mobile entirely, the race is on for someone to offer the first great mobile marketplace. One contender is Grabio, which initially started out as a consumer to consumer marketplace, but is now seeking out local businesses to flesh out its ecosystem. Chicago-based Grabio launched version...
Mobile marketplace Grabio aims to be a better Craigslist
Roamz Roams Up To Version 2.0 And Gets A New Look — But Does It Work?

Yext Launches Realtime Reputation Management System For Local Businesses

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Yext, a popular local business search engine, debuted Yext Calls last year at TechCrunch50, which is sort of like a Google Voice for businesses. Yext allows local businesses to use its software to process incoming phone calls and organize them based on what was said during the conversation. This gives...
Yext Launches Realtime Reputation Management System For Local Businesses

How Amazon can be a friend to small businesses

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I’ve been testing out the Kindle Fire tablet for the last several weeks. At $199, it’s a tremendous value. It’s no iPad — I just upgraded to the new iPad as well — but it provides a solid base-level tablet and reader. I can think of a lot of uses...
How Amazon can be a friend to small businesses

The Pakistan Cyber Army May Be Coming For Your Small Business Website

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Protests against the anti-Muslim “film” Innocence of Muslims have yet to metastasize into a something larger and scarier but religiously motivated hackers are waging a sustained war online. Muslims citing the offensive videos have been hacking, DDoSing and defacing hundreds of websites big and small. While DDoS (Directed Denial of...
The Pakistan Cyber Army May Be Coming For Your Small Business Website

Local Businesses Start Warming Up To Facebook Ads: 300K Tried Promoted Posts, 75K Were New Advertisers

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12.8 million small business have a free-to-use Facebook Page, and 8 million use it monthly. By making advertising easier, Facebook got 300,000 of them to buy its new Promoted Posts ads, Sheryl Sandberg explained on today’s earnings call. 25%, or 75,000 of them had never bought Facebook ads before. The...
Local Businesses Start Warming Up To Facebook Ads: 300K Tried Promoted Posts, 75K Were New Advertisers
ShopKeep POS banks $10M for iPad register system

Japan confirms it will extend digital goods tax to Amazon.com and other overseas firms

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The Japanese government is ready to finally apply local consumption tax to Amazon.com and other overseas companies that sell ebooks and other digital content in the country, according to local media. The Japan Times reports that government officials have confirmed that the tax — which is to be doubled to 10...
Japan confirms it will extend digital goods tax to Amazon.com and other overseas firms

Google shuts down SMS Search

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Google SMS Search allowed users to search Google via text message. This worked by sending an SMS to a Google phone number that contained the search query. Google then responded to the query with information, again via SMS and free of charge to the user.Many shortcuts were available to retrieve...
Google shuts down SMS Search

DealBook: Yelp Shares Surge on Debut

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Shares of the reviews site for local businesses jumped as much as 73 percent on Friday morning, after pricing above their expected range....
DealBook: Yelp Shares Surge on Debut

Why It's Time For Local SMBs To Get On Board With Mobile

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While attending BIA/Kelsey’s SMB Digital Marketing 2012 Conference in Chicago last month, I was surprised by the results of a recent LCM study, which showed that only 20 percent of local businesses said they have experience with mobile marketing. Small businesses today operate in a time when... Please visit Search...
Why It's Time For Local SMBs To Get On Board With Mobile

Groupon unveils Merchant Impact Report, a free service so merchants can justify their Deal performance

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Groupon has launched a new free tool for businesses called the Merchant Impact Report. Beginning today, those businesses that participate with the daily deals company can check to see how well their deal is performing, gain customer insights, and review a profit calculator. Groupon says that it’s letting local businesses...
Groupon unveils Merchant Impact Report, a free service so merchants can justify their Deal performance

Amazon recruits 5,000 UK corner stores for 'Collect+' delivery service

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Convenience stores, cornershops, newsagents, call them what you will -- nearly 5,000 local businesses in the UK have now been signed up by Amazon to receive and look after its customers' precious packages. The "Collect+" scheme is currently on trial but The Telegraph reports it's expected to roll out...
Amazon recruits 5,000 UK corner stores for 'Collect+' delivery service

Yelp’s Post-IPO Earnings: $27.6M in Revenue, Up 59% From A Year Earlier, But Net Loss Triples

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In its first ever earnings report as a publicly-traded company, Yelp said it earned $27.6 million in revenue up 59 percent from the $16.5 million it made in the same time a year ago. It lost $9.8 million, more than triple the $2.7 million it lost in the same time...
Yelp’s Post-IPO Earnings: $27.6M in Revenue, Up 59% From A Year Earlier, But Net Loss Triples

Google Tries To Kill Yelp, Offers More Tools For Local Businesses (GOOG)

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Google couldn't buy Yelp. So it's going to kill it by making its local business pages amazing.  The company announced more tools today for local businesses to have a stronger presence on Google and Google Maps. In a blog post, John Hanke, VP Google Maps, says "One out of five...
Google Tries To Kill Yelp, Offers More Tools For Local Businesses (GOOG)
Google Gives Webmasters New Tools For Adding Structured Data To Their Sites And Emails
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