BusinessWire: Suretypedia Converts to a #Crowdsourced Platform (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: Suretypedia Converts to a #Crowdsourced Platform (PRESS RELEASE). “Suretypedia, the free encyclopedia for surety bonds, launches a major upgrade to https://www.suretypedia.com/, which provides a brand new interface and allows surety experts to contribute articles, update information and submit forms on its vast encyclopedia of surety bonds. The new home page provides users a dashboard to easily navigate the thousands of dedicated surety bond pages, browse featured articles, news, upcoming events and legislative updates affecting the surety industry.”

Neowin: WhatsApp Business app gains catalog feature to help small firms

Neowin: WhatsApp Business app gains catalog feature to help small firms. “In order to make small firms sell goods more easily, WhatsApp has added a new feature to its WhatsApp Business app called catalogs. Catalogs are accessible via a business’s profile page and users can scroll through the different products to see a description and price. This will cut out the need for back and forward messaging between customers and businesses.”

BetaNews: Consumers shun social media and apps in favor of emails and texts

BetaNews: Consumers shun social media and apps in favor of emails and texts. “In recent years there has been an explosion in the number of different channels that businesses use to keep in touch with their customers. But a new study from cloud communications platform Twilio reveals that the newer channels aren’t especially popular, with 83 percent of global consumers saying they prefer email when receiving communications from businesses.”

University of Chicago: Comprehensive Database Offers New Tools for Examining Global Competition Laws and Policy

University of Chicago: Comprehensive Database Offers New Tools for Examining Global Competition Laws and Policy. “Two leading scholars from the University of Chicago Law School and Columbia Law School have released the world’s most comprehensive collection of competition laws and enforcement practices to date, providing researchers, lawyers, journalists, and policymakers with new tools to assess the economic impact of these laws across borders.”

University of Arkansas: University of Arkansas Press to Publish Open-Access Journal

University of Arkansas: University of Arkansas Press to Publish Open-Access Journal. “The University of Arkansas Press has announced the acquisition of Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts. It is the first open access initiative by the press. First published in 2012, Artivate publishes original peer-reviewed scholarship that engages with arts entrepreneurship. From 2015-2018, Artivate was published by the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University.”

Google Blog: Meet the most loved restaurants on Google

Google Blog: Meet the most loved restaurants on Google. “Are you on the hunt for the best deep dish pizza in Chicago? Or fresh guava pastries in Los Angeles? Now we have a list for that! To help you hunt down the greatest places to eat or drink in town, we started the Local Favorites lists. These lists highlight the most loved restaurants in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City.”

Search Engine Journal: A 50-Point Audit for Getting Started with Local SEO

Search Engine Journal: A 50-Point Audit for Getting Started with Local SEO. “Local SEO ranking factors are still a black box for many companies that value local traffic. Nobody actually knows what Google values. But studies and experience can reveal what is having an impact on ranking and placing in the coveted local pack.” VERY thorough. If you have any kind of physical presence that requires a listing on Google Maps, I recommend you at least read through this list.