NEW YORK, March 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Yodle, a leader in local marketing automation, today announced two new products – reviews management and photo syndication. The products help small businesses gain additional credibility online, improve organic ranking, and find and keep more customers. Yodle's reviews management solution makes it simple for small businesses to generate, promote, and respond to online reviews from their customers, while its photo syndication offering enables clients to easily upload pictures of their business that Yodle then rapidly distributes across multiple online channels.
"We secured more than 20 customer reviews in just our first month of working with Yodle and it was easy to make it happen. These reviews give our business a lot more credibility," said Corey Phillips, owner of P & M Services, a tree care company in Englewood, Florida, and a Yodle client since January 2014. "Being able to share photos has also made a huge difference because it increases awareness of the type of work that we do and enables us to better showcase our business."
Court Cunningham, CEO at Yodle, stated: "Research shows that having reviews and sharing new photos significantly impacts a small business' ability to acquire and retain customers. We are offering powerful online tools to small businesses that provide them with an effective and efficient way to market themselves."
Despite the difference that reviews make, Yodle found in its recent "Small Business and Online Reviews Survey" that 55% of small businesses don't get any reviews, just 13% ask their customers for reviews, and less than half that receive reviews and have a website are posting those reviews to their website. Through its reviews management offering, Yodle makes it easy for small businesses to collect reviews from their customers through review forms, hosts all customers' reviews at RateABiz.com for free, and automatically posts positive reviews to customers' websites as well as their Facebook pages. Yodle also provides specific tools to small businesses for responding to negative reviews.
Yodle's photo syndication feature provides similar ease-of-use. Yodle clients simply need to upload photos of their business from either their desktop or mobile device. Yodle then uses automated technology to distribute and syndicate the photos within 24 hours across the small business' website, social media pages and 45 directories.
"Early results and adoption rates for these new offerings are very positive," added Mr. Cunningham. "These new products are just another sign of our ongoing commitment to providing a full platform of marketing essentials to our small business clients."
For more information, see this video testimonial from P & M Services about their experience using Yodle's reviews management and photos syndication offerings: http://www.yodle.com/success-stories/video-testimonials/video-testimonial-pm-services/.
Yodle empowers local businesses to find and keep their customers simply and profitably. Yodle offers all the online marketing essentials that local businesses need through one easy-to-use, affordable and automated platform, fully supported by a live customer service team. Today, Yodle simplifies success for 40,000+ local businesses with a comprehensive desktop and mobile web presence, social media automation, reviews management, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), listings distribution to 50+ directories, photos syndication, plus proprietary and optimized paid search technology – transparently reporting results in a performance dashboard. Also offered by Yodle is Lighthouse 360™, an award winning automated patient communications system that improves medical office efficiencies and reduces missed appointments. Additionally, Yodle for Brand Networks™ (YBN™), a division of Yodle, delivers Centermark™, a distributed marketing automation platform that helps network businesses unify, scale, and optimize their local and national marketing strategies. YBN's 130+ current clients include Merry Maids, Miracle-Ear, and Two Men and A Truck.
Yodle is ranked #9 on the 2014 Forbes list of America's most promising companies and has won multiple awards for its business growth, job creation, technology innovation, and workplace and culture. For more information, visit www.yodle.com, www.lh360.com, www.yodlebrandnetworks.com or www.yodlecareers.com.
Director of Corporate Communications, Yodle