With Wi-Fi, Yelp Adds More Muscle to Growing Platform

Yelp added Wi-Fi to its growing set of value added, “beyond advertising” SMB features today, acquiring Turnstyle Analytics for $20 Million in cash. The Toronto-based company, which competes with other nascent SMB Wi-Fi providers such ZenReach and WaveSpot, has 30 employees. Wi-Fi definitely fits in Yelp’s present mission statement of “connecting people with great local […]

ChasePay Plays ‘Catch Up’ With LevelUp Investment

Banks and credit card companies are hoping that mobile payments help them build a deeper relationship with millenials and stave off disrupters such as Apple, PayPal, Samsung and Google. They definitely bring volume to the industry – Chase says that one million of its 24 million mobile customers have adopted ChasePay. But they generally haven’t […]

Facebook SMB Resellers Make Their Case

Are SMBs going to turn to middlemen to handle their Facebook advertising? As four million SMB advertisers know, Facebook advertising is accessible, low commitment and inexpensive. It is fairly ideal for promoting local awareness and events. Facebook also delivers an audience that’s much less fragmented than search engines. From a vendor’s point of view, it […]

Verizon, Visa Sees Local Synergies for Digital ‘Ecosystems’

Major brands with millions of users can leverage their digital activity and platform to really boost the fortunes of local players, according to industry leaders speaking at Money2020 this week in Las Vegas. While Starbucks and a few others may be able to go solo at the local level, others can really benefit from “frictionless” […]