Archive for March, 2012

Thank You, Sponsors

Filed in Site News by Matt McGee on March 30, 2012 0 Comments
Thank You, Sponsors

Every month I like to give a shout out to the sponsors who are supporting me and this blog. These are companies that value you, my readers, enough to want to have their names in front of your eyes. I hope you’ll read their messages below and, if interested, click through to learn more about […]

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Twitter Writes a New Guide for Small Businesses … and It’s Pretty Good

Filed in Social Media by Matt McGee on March 29, 2012 7 Comments
Twitter Writes a New Guide for Small Businesses … and It’s Pretty Good

Small business owners that are looking to learn how to have a productive presence on Twitter could do a lot worse than to download and read a new guide that comes direct from the source. Twitter published the 22-page PDF last week to coincide with the rollout of its small business ad products. It covers […]

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Are Small Business Websites Really This Bad?

Are Small Business Websites Really This Bad?

I know there are some really bad small business websites out there, but some fresh numbers paint an alarming picture. The stats come from “SMB DigitalScape,” a data tool that’s being jointly promoted by BIA/Kelsey and vSplash, the company that created the tool. The numbers were distributed Monday in conjunction with the beginning of BIA/Kelsey’s […]

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Yext and UBL Partner on Local Listing Syndication

Filed in Local Search by Matt McGee on March 26, 2012 0 Comments
Yext and UBL Partner on Local Listing Syndication

This is an interesting partnership, and one that seems like it may make life a bit easier for small businesses and local marketers: UBL has partnered with Yext to add the latter’s real-time local listing syndication to UBL’s new “UBL Express” service. It’s not exactly cheap. UBL Express will run $599 per year. It expands […]

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Small Businesses: More Web Use = More Sales (Study Says)

Filed in Small Biz Marketing, Statistics by Matt McGee on March 23, 2012 4 Comments
Small Businesses: More Web Use = More Sales (Study Says)

After hemming and hawing for a bit about this post, I think it’s worth sharing even if you end up thinking Well, that’s a bit of a no-brainer, Matt. (Feel free to leave a comment to that effect if you’d like.) Anyhoo, this comes from a recent Boston Consulting Group study that covered a wide […]

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Google & Portland State are Violating Google’s Review Policy

Filed in Google, Local Search by Matt McGee on March 21, 2012 12 Comments
Google & Portland State are Violating Google’s Review Policy

Hey @Portland_State students! Remember that today’s the last day for you to review to win a tablet: goo.gl/niu5k — Google Portland (@GooglePDX) March 21, 2012 That’s one of a couple Google Portland tweets today promoting the latest violation of Google’s own review policy. The policy is spelled out pretty clearly in Google’s help system: Conflict […]

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