Mobile devices are approaching half the traffic coming to restaurant websites — a sign that small businesses need to get smart about mobile website design.
Guest Post Expect to see Mom and Pop shops using the same cloud-based tools that Walmart uses for everything from marketing and Salesforce automation, CRM, and big data analysis to automated accounting and payroll, signing contracts, and much more.
You’re having a garage sale. Perhaps a neighborhood social. Or, you’re trying to drum up business for your local landscaping company.
Why not buy a mobile ad?
“There’s three legs of marketing automation,” Stuart Wall, CEO of Signpost, told me yesterday. “Presence, customer information, and remarketing. Most small businesses fail at all three steps.”
Guest Post While large companies have been tweeting their way to social media success for years now, too many small and medium businesses have been late to the Twitter party.
Online document library Docstoc has acquired BestVendor in an effort to “make every small business better.”
The cloud storage startup announced on its blog that it will begin offering a new starter plan for $5 a month per person, for up to 10 people, that grants 100GB of cloud-based file storage.
Chief executive Blake Irving said he wants to make it as frictionless as possible for anyone to set up a small business online, which made Locu a hot acquisition target.
Here’s your chance to land a 30 second ad slot at the Super Bowl.
This year Google made one of the biggest changes to the engine that drives its cash flow, ever. And that change was supposed to drive increased revenue and higher costs per click.
I guess someone forgot to tell Google.
Facebook announced today that the company now has one million active advertisers — companies or organizations that have advertised on the social network at least once in the last 28 days.
In addition to booking appointments, Beauteeze is designed to be a useful marketing tool for the salons, and it integrates with existing scheduling and customer relationship management (CRM) software.
Facebook fans are the holy grail of small business, according to a recent study by Staples.
These models are 36 percent thinner and 18 percent lighter than previous notebooks.
“It took us more than 16 years to get to one million paid households but just 18 months to double it.”
It’s the 16th day of the fourth month — four squared, in other words. Which means it’s Foursquare Day, and which means that you can visit Fourquare.com to get a personalized infographic of the past year year.
Guest Post In the past, small businesses could afford a certain lack of sophistication in their HR processes. It was common practice to rely on Excel, but health care reform is changing the game.
Facebook loves local business, apparently. And local business loves Facebook.
Kabbage just announced it has closed a credit facility of $75 million, its largest to date. With these funds, Kabbage aims to provide 100,000 advances by the end of 2013.
It’s no April Fools joke: Twitter is getting seriously serious about monetization. Just the latest indicator is a refreshed and updated help site the social network launched today for business users.
The initiative, known as “Hire Smart,” kicks off with a free event featuring a host of speakers, including “Apprentice” winner Bill Rancic, Intuit CEO Brad Smith, and LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner.
A startup that provides one click backup and recovery for small businesses has pulled in $11 million in funding.
Guest Post Let’s take a step back and understand the technology tools that can benefit the largest group of people who have been hardest hit by large enterprises and new technologies: the tens of millions of local merchants all over the world.
FourSquare is finally giving small businesses owners what they’ve always wanted: an app to call their own.
Radius raises $12.4 million for its database of small business data and the sales leads that come out of it.
Guest Post If you’ve ever thought about paying for inauthentic endorsements like this, you better pump the breaks because third party review sites are now making it as obvious as Snooki’s spray tan that you’ve invested in fake reviews.
For small businesses, Twitter’s offer of $100 free advertising credits might be a nice Thanksgiving weekend present.
90 percent of small businesses are Facebook, and 70 percent are on Twitter. LinkedIn, Google+, and Pinterest? Not so much.
LocalVox has raised $7.4 million for its online marketing platform that serves local businesses
Cloud accounting service Freshbooks launched its new iPhone app yesterday. To celebrate, the company is giving 160 entrepreneurs a little treat.
FreshBooks launched an iPhone app today so businesses can balance their books on the go.
ThriveHive, a startup that provides a comprehensive marketing platform for local businesses, just announced that it’s closed a $1.5 million seed funding round today. The money will contribute towards customer acquisition and further developing the software, which creates custom marketing plans and marketing tools for small businesses.
Small business startup Wave Accounting has raised $12 million in its second round of funding, the company announced today.
Software-as-a-service company Jobber has raised a seed funding round.
Being successful in business is about knowing what your competitors know and being able to act on it. If you could find out what kinds of work tools are helping your competitors stay lean and mean, it could be a real leg up. You can’t just call up a competitor and ask. But a new startup called BestVendor is creating a Yelp-like recommendations network around work apps to make that kind of tool discovery possible.