Search Engine Journal: Study Finds Nearly Half of Business Listings Have Incorrect Information

Search Engine Journal: Study Finds Nearly Half of Business Listings Have Incorrect Information . “A study of online business listings finds that nearly half are missing crucial pieces of information. Uberall, a leader in location marketing technology, analyzed 73,000 online business location listings across SMB, mid-market, and enterprise.”

The Verge: For Some Small Businesses, Instagram Has Replaced Word-of-Mouth

The Verge: For Some Small Businesses, Instagram Has Replaced Word-of-Mouth. “Self-styled as DirtQueenNYC, [Jarema] Osofsky got her start selling plants on a Brooklyn street. But like many Instagram users finding new ways to use the platform — whether it’s creating safe havens through secret finsta accounts, garage sale-style selling, photo fan-fic, or repurposing memes — she’s past posting flashy photos to the main grid. DirtQueenNYC is something else: a modern take on word-of-mouth marketing. “People post a picture of a plant that they got from me and tag me,” she says. From there, her service spreads among their friends.”

European Commission: New database for EU geographical indications aims to increase transparency and simplify search

European Commission: New database for EU geographical indications aims to increase transparency and simplify search. “Launched today 1 April 2019, the new public database ‘eAmbrosia – the EU Geographical Indications registers’ will give easy access to information on all EU Geographical Indications (GI), including their status (applied, published or registered), their product specification, and a direct link to the legal basis when they are officially protected.” I didn’t have a clear idea of what geographical indications were but WIPO helped me out: “A geographical indication (GI) is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin.”

Inc.: What You Need to Know About the Women in VC Directory

Inc.: What You Need to Know About the Women in VC Directory. “You already know women are few and far between in the venture capital world. Sutian Dong and Jessica Peltz-Zatulove want to change that. On Monday, the venture capital investors officially introduced their Global Women in VC Directory, an online database of nearly 1,000 women investors, which Dong and Peltz-Zatulove hope will help encourage more women investors to enter the field and grow within it.”

Search Engine Land: The majority of listings for car accident attorneys on Google are fake

Search Engine Land: The majority of listings for car accident attorneys on Google are fake. “If you work with attorneys, you may have noticed recently that there is a massive amount of spam that seems to be growing like weeds in Google’s local results. Let me explain what I mean. This was a search done earlier this week in a prominent zip code in Manhattan, New York. All three of these listings in the three-pack are fake.”

Kokomo Perspective: How social media devastated two local restaurants

Kokomo Perspective: How social media devastated two local restaurants . “It may only take seconds to click post, but in the internet age, social media posts can almost instantly devastate restaurants that have existed for decades in the community. That’s what two business owners have learned in recent months, falling victim to social media posts that cost them thousands of dollars in lost profit. One restaurant, Great Wall, is in the midst of informal legal negotiations that may or may not result in a civil suit after one Facebook user falsely claimed maggots were in the establishment’s napkin dispensers.”

Spotted on Reddit: A Database of Companies that Use Remote Workers

Spotted on Reddit: a database of companies that use remote workers. I can’t find too much of an “about” section with this one, but it does seem to have a substantial number of companies and an excellent number of filters for sorting them (not only the type of company, but whether they offer health insurance, profit sharing, whether the teams are large or small, etc.)