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Yelp Deals make sense for small businesses

You already know Groupon and Living Social, but did you know you can run a Yelp Deal right next to your Yelp listing? Pretty helpful for those that rely on Yelp for business.

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You’ve heard of Groupon, do you know about Yelp Deals?

Business owners across the country are turning to Groupon and LivingSocial and sites like them to promote their businesses and increase the number of their loyal patrons. Businesses can create deals that entice consumers to visit their locations or purchase something from their online stores. Now you can add one more site to that list. Yelp also gives business owners one more way to reach their target markets, and you can get in on the action, too.

Yelp lets you create deals that appear on your Yelp business page and in Yelp search results, ultimately bringing more traffic to your Yelp page. Promoting your business is easy with this new option.

Benefits of creating Yelp Deals

One of the great things about Yelp Deals is that you don’t have to pay them upfront for this service. When a customer purchases your deal, Yelp will collect the money for you. Then, they will take off their portion, which is 30%, and put the rest in your Yelp account.

You can customize the length of your Yelp deals. If you don’t set a goal number of deals purchased, your deal will go on until you put a stop to it. This way, you can gauge the interest in your deal so you don’t sell yourself short or make an unreachable target goal.

Yelp also makes it easy to keep track of your purchased deals. Each purchaser will have a unique redemption code. Once they come in or redeem their deals, you can login to Yelp and check them off the digital list. This will keep you on top of how many deals are left to be redeemed so you and your staff can be prepared for whenever they decide to pay your location a visit.

Yelp Deals helps small businesses

Also keep in mind that you can either wait until your deal runs out before transferring what you have in your Yelp account to your bank account or you can request a portion of it early. It makes being a small business owner a little less stressful, as you don’t have to wait until the end to get paid for deals that are already being redeemed.

Yelp lets you reach even more potential customers and bring more traffic to your Yelp page and even your business website. Because you don’t have to pay Yelp before your campaign, it doesn’t hurt to give it a try.

The American Genius Staff Writer: Charlene Jimenez earned her Master's Degree in Arts and Culture with a Creative Writing concentration from the University of Denver after earning her Bachelor's Degree in English from Brigham Young University in Idaho. Jimenez's column is dedicated to business and technology tips, trends and best practices for entrepreneurs and small business professionals.

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  1. Rose Powers

    February 6, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    No business makes any money off any yelp or groupon deal. It is supposed to be a form of advertising. It is supposed to give people a taste of your business. But most of the people who use these deals merely hop from deal to deal and rape your business and then go and complain on yelp after they plunder you.
    These type of deals hurt the very small business person and ruin the local economy as everyone is forced to lower prices to compete. It is a Race To The Bottom.
    Most of the deals are less than half price. The Groupon Yelp person is only looking for the DEAL. They are not looking to find a provider. The coupon clipper is a scammer looking to rip you off and then complain about it with a large megaphone on Yelp, thereby sealing your fate as a loser business.
    Boycott Yelp.
    Boycott Groupon.

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Gloves that translate sign language in real time

(BUSINESS MARKETING) A new wearable tech translates American Sign Language into audible English in real time.

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Advancements in technology never cease to amaze. The same is true right this moment as a new technology has been released that helps translate American Sign Language (ASL) signs into spoken English in real time.

This technology comes in the form of a hand glove – similar looking on the front side to what one would wear in the winter, but much more advanced when in view of the palm. The palm side of the glove contains sensors on the wearer to identify each word, phrase, or letter that they form via ASL, and is then translated into audible English via an app that coincides with the glove.

This is all done in real time and allows for instant communication without the need for a human translator. The signals are translated at a rate of one word per second.

The project was developed by scientists at UCLA. “Our hope is that this opens up an easy way for people who use sign language to communicate directly with non-signers without needing someone else to translate for them,” said lead researcher Jun Chen.

The hope is to make communication easier for those who rely on ASL, and to help those unfamiliar with ASL adapt to the signs. It is thought that between 250,000 and 500,000 people in the United States use ASL. As of now, the glove does not translate British Sign Language – the other form a sign language that utilizes English.

According to CNN, the researchers also added adhesive sensors to the faces of people used to test the device — between their eyebrows and on one side of their mouths — to capture facial expressions that are a part of American Sign Language. However, this facet of the technology is not loved by all.

“The tech is redundant because deaf signers already make extensive use of text-to-speech or text translation software on their phones, or simply write with pen and paper, or even gesture clearly,” said Gabrielle Hodge, a deaf post-doctoral researcher from the Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre (DCAL) at University College London. “There is nothing wrong with these forms of communication.”

What are your thoughts on this advancement? Comment below!

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Stand out with video as part of your resume (but be careful)

(MARKETING) This new tool helps you stand out in the job market, as video now dominates – so it’s possible to use this to your advantage (with caution).

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In the midst of a pandemic, people are finding themselves thrust back into the job market sooner than expected due to mass company layoffs or underemployment as a freelancer. Fields are oversaturated and jobs are sparse so it can be hard to stand out in today’s job market.

Although standing out in the job market is hardly a new problem, that doesn’t mean it couldn’t use some new and creative solutions. One company, VCV.ME has designed a tool to help you get creative and stand out from your competition.

VCV.ME turns your traditional resume into a video à la Instagram stories.

The process is simple. You answer a few questions and upload a video of yourself then the tool will provide you with a sharable link.

VCV Founder and CEO, Arik Akverdian, believes that video is the future saying, “Video will represent 80% of all internet traffic by 2021 according to Cisco, and according to eMarketer 94.1% of millennial internet users were streaming digital video in 2019. With growing demand for video social media such as TikTok, Snapchat, Instagram stories, and others, we’re bringing the short video format to the job market.”

There are some obvious limitations to using this tool in your job hunt.

First, not all employers will take videos as part of an application both for technical and legal reasons.

On the technical side, many automated tracking systems are not designed to filter that kind of file, so there may not even be an opportunity to showcase it. That’s not to say there aren’t some work-arounds. Many job applications will have a place for applicants to link to their portfolio or websites. An alternate option for this tool could be to place the video introduction on your website.

Another problem with the tool is how it exposes candidates and hiring managers to bias.

As more companies work to remove bias from their hiring practices and hire more diverse candidates, a video intro just won’t fly. Some companies have removed names and even alma maters from their applicants in order to make more unbiased hiring decisions. A video introduction would expose many characteristics that people have conscious and subconscious biases towards such as race, gender, age, and ethnicity.

Although VCV.ME’s intentions are to help candidates stand out in the job market, it’s worth questioning whether they would be standing out for the right reasons, so tread carefully.

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Why should you take Facebook’s ‘Summer of Support’ courses

(BUSINESS MARKETING) Every company can use a little marketing advice, well Facebook has partnered with big companies to give you some free digital marketing courses.

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Our world has turned into a place of upheaval and unrest and we are continuously surrounded by more and more evidence of it. One thing that the majority of us are constantly seeing is announcements from companies. Some of those are about closing hours, but others are more helpful. As they all attempt to get used to this new world that COVID-19 has created we begin to see some different tactics. Some are only politically motivated, but others are more focused on helping out their communities.

Earlier this week Facebook announced that they will be putting on a six-week digital marketing education series. This series will be an extensive collection of videos with a full in depth set of courses that will cover a large amount of topics. The company has put together a cast of renowned entrepreneurs for the presenters as well.

The topics will be done in themed weeks starting on June 24th, and running through the month of July. They include categories such “The Changing World” & “Resilience”. Focusing primarily on the world that is here and now, with recommendations on how to adapt to it. With this world in a constant state of flux the push for adapting to change and staying in front of the tide is crucial for a small business.

The next two courses will be going forward with discussing “Reinvention” & “Re-Emergence”. Encouraging struggling companies to take a serious look at their potential for moving forward, or changing the things that they can to stay more on top of their client base. They also plan on attacking the confusing world that we will have when things get closer to normal.

The last two weeks are focused on community and customer care, which is actually their names as well: “Customers & Commerce” & “Community”. These will help develop a sense of how your business affects your community and the impact you have on it. Keeping that in mind you can then develop a plan for how you want your community to see you and shape things within it.

These courses are all set up for free and open to anyone. With a completely online set up with their new “Summer of Support” mini-site they are prepped to reach millions of people. They’ve organized this with a range of partners as well: Dell, PayPal, American Express, & Small Business Roundtable. A helping hand for people who wouldn’t currently be able to source things like this.

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