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April 28, 2014

Now on Yelp: Businesses that Accept Bitcoin

There’s a lot of information consumers can gather from the more than 53 million reviews that have been submitted to Yelp, but there are also times when people simply need to know some basic information before they decide to visit a local business.

Does the restaurant deliver?

Is that mechanic open?

What’s the dentist’s phone number?

Does the bowling alley accept credit cards?

Is it friendly for dogs?

Does the place have a “hipster” ambience?

Did this restaurant receive an “A” grade in its latest hygiene inspection?

All of these questions have something in common: they can be answered with a glance at a Yelp business listing.

We’re constantly thinking about how to make our business attributes more useful for consumers and businesses. That’s why we’re excited to announce that as of today, we’re adding a new attribute: “Accepts Bitcoin: Yes”

For an example of what it looks like, check out Little Lucy’s Mini Donuts in Austin:

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As a business owner, you can let your customers know you’re accepting Bitcoin by logging into your free business owner tools on biz.yelp.com and updating your payment attributes.

Why does this matter? For those who haven’t heard the buzz about Bitcoin, it’s a new payment technology that allows consumers and businesses to make fast, secure and low-cost digital payments from any Internet-enabled device. Bitcoin also allows for consumers and businesses to transact without having to store sensitive data like a credit card number. Finally, like cash, Bitcoin's transactions are one-way, so businesses don't have to worry about chargebacks.

We’re hopeful the introduction of the Bitcoin attribute will provide yet another way for consumers to connect with great local businesses.

April 24, 2014

Yelp Deals & Gift Certificates are Available in Canada Now, Eh?

When we launched Yelp Deals in 2011, we wanted to provide consumers with a great benefit - discounts at local businesses they were already searching for online. We know a whopping 82% of Yelp users turn to the site when they’re already planning to spend money, and finding a great deal on an oil change or fitness class is just one more reason to search Yelp before you buy. As of today, our neighbors to the north can join the party and start racking up savings at great local businesses in all categories with the launch of Yelp Deals and Gift Certificates in Canada.

More than 80,000 Yelp Deals are live on our site, offering consumers the opportunity to save on everything from spa treatments to moving services. In fact, the bestselling Yelp Deal to date is an offer from a moving company in Los Angeles that has saved money for the more than 1,800 people who have taken advantage of the $20 for $50 deal (that's more than $55,000 saved through just one offer!). Those customers, and those that have purchased one of the one million plus Yelp Deals sold to date, are not only getting a great deal, they’re also helping small businesses thrive by pledging to spend their money locally. While you’re at it, there’s also plenty of opportunity to share the gift of a five-star local experience with a lucky someone with over 40,000 Yelp Gift Certificates available.

For consumers looking to get in on this action, it’s easy to filter Yelp search results on the website and mobile app to see businesses offering a Yelp Deal. Go ahead, give it a whirl. More and more Deals will be available in Canada as this feature is utilized by Canadian business owners, like Mink Makeup & Hair in Vancouver, who is catching the eye of anyone looking for a makeup artist with a compelling $50 for $75 deal.

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For business owners wanting to attract new customers, setting up a Yelp Deal or Gift Certificate is super simple and takes only a few minutes. Start here, and give people searching on Yelp an additional reason to try your business over the competition.

April 08, 2014

Kimono’ver, Yelp has launched in Japan!

ついにYelpが日本に上陸!

サンフランシスコのYelp本社から太平洋を横断して5,144マイルほど進んだら、どこにたどり着くでしょうか? そう、沢山の島々(正確には6,852の島)が集まってできた国、日出づる国で知られる、日本です! 日本といえば、アジア大陸の玄関口として、そして驚くべき科学技術と素晴らしい文化を持った国として知られていますよね。 さらに、これから日本は、Yelpが上陸する26カ国目の国としても知られることになるでしょう!

日本の人口は1億2,600万人を超え、世界で10番目に人口の多い国です。日本はアメリカと中国に次ぐ第三のGDPを誇り、任天堂、シャープ、東芝やソニーなど、世界の電化製品を支える会社の本社が存在する、エレクトロニクス産業国でもあるのです。なるほど、そう考えると日本には世界最古の企業(なんと創業1400年以上!)があるというのも頷けますね。

日本人は息抜きの仕方だってちゃんと心得ています。 時にカラオケボックスで大騒ぎしたり、 コスプレレストランでディナーを楽しんだり、森林浴でリラックスしたり。日本の国民的スポーツ、野球を観て過ごすのも大好きです。それから、動物愛好家が多いこの国には、子供の数よりペットの数の方が多いんですって。でも、ペットがいない人も心配ご無用。いつでも猫カフェで、疲れた心を癒せますからね!

Yelpは日本の首都であり世界最大の主要都市である東京と、日本の経済中枢部である大阪に着目。本日より、Yelpの日本サイトを一般公開し、利用いただけるようになりました! ビンテージのお店クラフトショップアートギャラリー、100円均一ショップなどなど、お手持ちのスマートフォンやウェブサイトから簡単に、日本全国のローカルビジネスにアクセスし、あなたのお気に入りを見つけることが出来ます!

皆さん、早速、Yelp.co.jp にログイン、もしくはYelpのモバイルアプリをダウンロードして下さいね! ビジネスオーナーの皆様もbiz.yelp.co.jpから無料で店舗登録し、プロフィールを作成してYelpをご活用下さい。

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If you skipped a stone from Yelp’s SF headquarters some 5,144 miles across the Pacific Ocean, what would you find? An archipelago of islands (6,852 of them to be exact) known as the Land of the Rising Sun. Not merely a gateway to the Asian continent, Japan is a technological and cultural marvel — and the 26th nation to enter the Yelp fold.

With over 126 million people, Japan is the tenth most populated country on the planet, and economically speaking, it’s no shrinking cherry blossom. Only the US and China have a greater nominal GDP, and Japan touts an unparalleled electronics industry with companies like Nintendo, Sharp, Toshiba, and Sony headquartered there. It’s no wonder that Japan was home to the world’s oldest continuously operated business (which ran for over 1,400 years)!

But hey, the Japanese know how to let off some steam too! You’ll find them belting away in a karaoke box, noshing down at a cosplay restaurant, forest bathing, getting tipsy with crab-like monsters, or enjoying their favorite sport, baseball. This nation of animal lovers also has more pets than children, but the petless need not worry: you can always snuggle up at a cat cafe!

Yelp’s efforts will begin in Tokyo, the largest metropolis on Earth, and Osaka, the country’s economic nerve center. And starting today, all of Japan can use Yelp to find their favorite local businesses: vintage stores, craft shops, art galleries, even ‘100 yen shops’ — all from their smartphone or the web.

Log on to Yelp.co.jp or download Yelp’s mobile app to start spreading the wisdom. Businesses can get in on the action too at biz.yelp.co.jp by claiming their page for free and building out their profile.

 

Yelp Platform is Growing: Did Someone Say Spa Day?

Before consumers decide to spend money at a local business, they turn to Yelp -- whether it’s to help them discover the best pizza joint, a trustworthy locksmith or a quaint B&B for a weekend getaway. This is exactly why we introduced Yelp Platform last year, to give people a seamless way to transact directly with the businesses they’re already discovering on Yelp. We launched with delivery.com and Eat24 for food ordering and delivery, and today we’re excited to expand Yelp Platform with Booker for spas and salons!

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Been dying to treat your better half to a pamper sesh? Now you can head to Yelp to find just the place, then schedule your appointment directly from a Booker supported salon or spa (like The H Salon in Beverly Hills). Not only can you book directly from your computer or Yelp’s mobile apps, you can choose to save your payment details so you won’t have to enter them again for the billionth time.

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A select number of spas and salons are available for booking on Yelp Platform today and we’ll continue to roll out more in the coming weeks.

We’re continuing to add new categories and partners in order to bring consumers more ways to transact directly on Yelp. For more information on partnering with Yelp, please check out yelp.com/developers or contact bizdev@yelp.com.