As of January 2015, Zomato acquired Urbanspoon for a reported $50-60 million. You may ask, who is Zomato? How can they easily buy out an online monster in the world of Restaurant Local Search? Zomato is actually the largest Restaurant Review Site in the world, even more popular than Yelp in every country except the US (we’re actually late adopters for once). The acquisition was the first US venture for the New Delhi based company, spreading its platform to 22 Countries, boosting its restaurant listings from 330,000 to 1 Million. So popular, that Chatmeter has decided to add the Review/Search Site to it’s list of provider partners and display all information within our platform.
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Mobile search is heating up and Google is responding. Last month, Google announced its plans to expand the use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. According to Google Webmaster Central Blog, two important changes to help users discover mobile-friendly content include more mobile-friendly websites and more relevant app content in search results.
Facebook mobile now includes a feature that lets you to tell your friends when you are visiting a specific business location. Facebook calls this “checking-in.” This means that you can use a smartphone device to receive a list of local businesses in your area and subsequently “check in” at the one you are frequenting. This “check-in” is then visible to all of your friends through your newsfeed and a posting on your personal Facebook wall. Businesses are taking advantage of this new concept and adding certain deals and specials that are available only to those people who have “checked in” to the specific location. With a constant increase in the number of mobile Facebook users, we can’t help but wonder what effects this will this have on local SMB owners. Some of the early participants of Facebook Deals included 24 Hour Fitness, Alamo Draft house Cinema, American Eagle Outfitters, Chipotle, Gap, Golden State Warriors, JC Penney, McDonald's, and Starbucks. Gap was one of the first to advertise their Facebook Deals through commercials. The first 10,000 customers to “check-in” to the Gap location received a free pair of jeans. This got people lined up at 8 am to take advantage of the Facebook Deal.