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Claim Your Free Yelp Business Profile
Published on Jun 2, 2010
Read 'Claim Your Free Yelp Business Profile' at 'Time to Start Up,' the small business blog by BizFilings.
There is yet another service available online to draw focus to your business that you may not have heard about. Joining the ranks of Twitter and Facebook, Yelp offers a cache of free tools for business owners. And with an opportunity to reach mass consumers, why not maximize additional online presence? According to its website, over 31 million individuals have visited Yelp in March 2010 to assist in making spending decisions. That's nothing to scoff at.
Here's the rundown. Yelp offers ways for you to:
Communicate with your customers privately and publicly
Track how many people take a peek at your business page
Add photos, a detailed business description, up-to-date information, history and specialties
Announce special offers and upcoming events
Recommend other businesses
The first thing you need to do is to claim your free Yelp profile. The folks at Yelp even make it easy for you with an online Howcast that walks you through the process. You will also learn how to use the free tools to not only attract customers but to engage with them as well.
Integrate Yelp into your social marketing strategies to boost consumer involvement and visibility in the marketplace.
Do you have prior experience with using Yelp for business owners? As a small business owner, how do you handle positive reviews and negative reviews for your business?