Still think the grass is greener on the other side? Think Again! Google has just announced the winner of the Premier SMB Partner Award for Best Quality and drum roll,,,,,,,,,,,,, ReachLocal has won!
Not only is ReachLocal a Premier SMB partner (the highest level achieved available) but we are also the exclusive Global SMB Partner with offices in almost every major continent.
“Our participation in the Google AdWords Premier SMB Partner Program underscores our commitment to helping local businesses harness the power of digital to help attract customers and grow their businesses,” said Josh Claman, president of ReachLocal. “Receipt of these awards is an honor and validation of our online marketing leadership and proficiency.”
In what the Washington Times is calling a decision “that could reshape the rules for online consumer reviews,” a Virginia court has ruled that Yelp must identify seven anonymous reviewers who left negative reviews for a carpet-cleaning business. In turn, the carpet-cleaning business will then be allowed to sue the Yelpers for defamation.
“We are disappointed that the Virginia Court of Appeals has issued a ruling that fails to adequately protect free speech rights on the internet, and which allows businesses to seek personal details about website users — without any evidence of wrongdoing — in efforts to silence online critics,” Yelp spokesman Vince Sollitto said in a statement. “Other states require that plaintiffs lay out actual facts before such information is allowed to be obtained, and have adopted strong protections in order to prevent online speech from being stifled by those upset with what has been said. We continue to urge Virginia to do the same.”
Blogger Matt McGee writes “It’s been almost a year and a half since Yelp began issuing Consumer Alerts when a business on its site has been caught trying to get fake reviews; but after a cautious start, that program appears to be turning up the heat.”
This comes after news of an interview from the UK telegraph publication where Yelp chief executive Jeremy Stoppelman explains how the company is catching local businesses that pay for fake reviews red handed.