Womply Blog

Small businesses drive the American economic engine. The country's 28 million small businesses account for 54% of all U.S. sales and 55% of all jobs. The influence of small business is only growing as merchants embrace the Digital Age.

As a technology and data partner to merchants in every corner of America, Womply has a unique vantage point on small business. This blog chronicles the trends, stories, and people shaping the front lines of American commerce on Main Street, U.S.A.

How new patients look for and choose medical help

You’re already committed to helping your patients. Google My Business, you’ll help them find you faster.

Feb 22, 2018

Three ways to know if today was a success

Most business owners measure success on one metric: daily revenue. But that doesn’t paint the whole picture or tell how successful the day really was.

Feb 21, 2018

Which states are the most expensive for eating out?

Eating out is one of America’s favorite pass-times. But it can also be a bit pricey, especially if you live in one of these ten states.

Feb 20, 2018

How long would your business survive if sales stopped?

Which cost small businesses more: theft, a flood in your store, or a negative review?

Feb 15, 2018

Keeping your business running is like keeping your car running

Monitoring your business health is key to preventing small hiccups from becoming total breakdowns.

Feb 14, 2018

Do local restaurants feel the love on Valentine’s Day?

When it comes to the most romantic day of the year, local restaurants aren’t feeling the love.

Feb 13, 2018

4 ways a digital customer management tool benefits your business

Protecting your sensitive information isn’t just a good idea, it’s never been easier or more beneficial for small business owners.

Feb 12, 2018

Is it time to automate your reputation management?

You want to be more proactive with your online reviews, but you’re already strapped for time. Is automation the answer? Start with these 7 questions.

Feb 08, 2018

Here’s why you need to claim your Yelp listing today

Yelp is a proven method to attract new customers and its not just for restaurants. Whether you’re just getting started or beefing up yours, here are some tips!

Feb 07, 2018

Finally, customer engagement that’s totally automatic for busy small businesses

Womply Engage helps small businesses get to know their customers and build better relationships without lifting a finger.

Feb 06, 2018

The fastest way to get to know your customers

It takes more than a good experience to keep customers coming back – they need a little encouragement, and that means you need to know them better

Feb 05, 2018

Super Bowl Sunday: a boost or bust for local restaurants & bars?

It turns out, restaurant and bar revenues are a few yards short of a touchdown on Super Bowl Sunday.

Feb 02, 2018

How technology can help you boost your online reputation

Harness the power of online reputation sites and boost your online reputation with automated alerts and notifications.

Feb 01, 2018

Even small businesses need to do competitor research

You don’t need to be a tax expert to file your taxes; you don’t need to be a business analyst to research your competitors.

Jan 31, 2018

The key to working smarter (not harder) is in your daily transactions

When it comes to measuring success, transactions and revenue are the King and Queen, but they’re hardly the only measuring sticks small businesses need to grow

Jan 30, 2018

How new patients look for and choose medical help »

Feb 22, 2018

Three ways to know if today was a success »

Feb 21, 2018

Which states are the most expensive for eating out? »

Feb 20, 2018

How long would your business survive if sales stopped? »

Feb 15, 2018

Keeping your business running is like keeping your car running »

Feb 14, 2018

Do local restaurants feel the love on Valentine’s Day? »

Feb 13, 2018

4 ways a digital customer management tool benefits your business »

Feb 12, 2018

Is it time to automate your reputation management? »

Feb 08, 2018

Here’s why you need to claim your Yelp listing today »

Feb 07, 2018

Finally, customer engagement that’s totally automatic for busy small businesses »

Feb 06, 2018

The fastest way to get to know your customers »

Feb 05, 2018

Super Bowl Sunday: a boost or bust for local restaurants & bars? »

Feb 02, 2018

How technology can help you boost your online reputation »

Feb 01, 2018

Even small businesses need to do competitor research »

Jan 31, 2018

The key to working smarter (not harder) is in your daily transactions »

Jan 30, 2018

5 simple strategies to keep your customers coming back »

Jan 25, 2018

The 6 elements of an effective customer loyalty program »

Jan 24, 2018

3 insights every small business owner needs »

Jan 23, 2018

5 things to discuss with your CPA about the new tax bill »

Jan 22, 2018

Presidential visits: Good for politics, bad for business »

Jan 18, 2018

When everything is online, everything is local »

Jan 17, 2018

Understanding your customer profiles »

Jan 16, 2018

How reviews make your team more cohesive »

Jan 15, 2018

Instinct isn’t enough »

Jan 11, 2018

Why small businesses need to leverage more technology »

Jan 10, 2018

Why customer management matters »

Jan 09, 2018

Small business owners: take the online-data advantage offline »

Jan 08, 2018

Why small business owners should care about reputation management »

Jan 04, 2018

A resolution all small businesses should make in 2018 »

Jan 03, 2018

The Instagram double-dip »

Dec 21, 2017

7 sites for free stock image for small businesses »

Dec 21, 2017

The shopper’s social media »

Dec 20, 2017

Greg Witten: Giving local restaurants the ingredients to win as consumer tastes shift »

Dec 18, 2017

3 stats that prove small businesses should be on Yelp »

Dec 14, 2017

Review sites: The local business gateway to in-store sales »

Dec 13, 2017

Are your forfeiting 90% of your foot-traffic? »

Dec 12, 2017

Turn your 1-star reviews into 5-star results »

Dec 11, 2017

Understanding your “Review Ratio” »

Dec 07, 2017

The most important email you’ll send this holiday season »

Dec 06, 2017

Why NEAR ME searches are the modern Yellow Pages… only better »

Dec 05, 2017

Holiday sales: The best is yet to come »

Dec 04, 2017

Willamette Valley Music: Striking a chord with consumers in the age of Amazon »

Nov 30, 2017

Report: Sales were down on Small Business Saturday this year »

Nov 29, 2017

4 ways running a business is like raising kids »

Nov 28, 2017

Should your small business be accepting payments from peer-to-peer apps like Venmo or Square Cash? »

Nov 27, 2017

Willamette Valley Music: Striking a chord with consumers in the age of Amazon »

Nov 20, 2017

Alaska, Maryland, and North Dakota are the friendliest states to local retailers on Black Friday »

Nov 16, 2017

When should your food & beverage business be open this holiday season? »

Nov 15, 2017

Black Friday is the top holiday sales day for small retailers, too »

Nov 14, 2017

Winchester Harley-Davidson: Revving up revenue growth with simple software solutions »

Nov 13, 2017

Study: Only 19% of small businesses are looking for a small business loan this year »

Nov 09, 2017

What does San Francisco’s Dreamforce conference mean for small businesses? »

Nov 08, 2017

7 creative ways to save time running your small business »

Nov 07, 2017

3 ways the Republican tax reform bill could impact small businesses »

Nov 06, 2017

How to decide when you should be open for business »

Nov 02, 2017

A year later, what do small business owners think of President Donald Trump? »

Nov 01, 2017

22 of the spookiest small businesses in America »

Oct 31, 2017

Archie Bengzon: Dishing up growth solutions to independent restaurateurs »

Oct 30, 2017

How to manage online reviews and stay HIPAA compliant »

Oct 26, 2017

What would tax reform mean for small businesses? »

Oct 25, 2017

Fort Worth Tire & Service: Thriving in spite of wrenching change since ‘83 »

Oct 24, 2017

Agent of change: Kimberly Guest-Hernandez brings small businesses into the Digital Age »

Oct 23, 2017

Local business owners: are you paying too much in rent? »

Oct 19, 2017

3 data points that show exactly why revenue is so important to small businesses »

Oct 18, 2017

8 ways for auto repair shops to get customer feedback »

Oct 17, 2017

Here’s how you could pay zero federal tax on gains from small business stock »

Oct 16, 2017

25 free listing websites every small business should be on »

Oct 12, 2017

What TripAdvisor reviews actually mean for hotel operators »

Oct 11, 2017

We just launched a tool that makes email marketing automatic »

Oct 10, 2017

Restaurant owners: Why Yelp is more important than your own website »

Oct 09, 2017

Here’s how small businesses can survive a hurricane »

Oct 05, 2017

The surprising impact of hurricanes on local businesses »

Oct 04, 2017

Tools of the trade for SMBs: Tyler Kaune »

Oct 03, 2017

We ranked the top political threats to small businesses »

Oct 02, 2017

How do local businesses protect themselves against major threats? »

Sep 28, 2017

Study: Top threats to U.S. small businesses »

Sep 27, 2017

This group spends half its food budget eating out »

Sep 26, 2017

What Deloitte’s new accounting platform says about SMB tech »

Sep 25, 2017

Here’s what payment data reveals about Hurricane Harvey’s impact on local businesses »

Sep 21, 2017

3 ways to get feedback about your restaurant »

Sep 20, 2017

SMBs need more than credit card processing »

Sep 19, 2017

What impact did Hurricanes Harvey & Irma have on small businesses? »

Sep 18, 2017

Should I pay for positive online reviews? »

Sep 14, 2017

You got a negative review. Now what? »

Sep 13, 2017

10 ways your business can compete with Amazon »

Sep 12, 2017

The Inn at Elk River: Quantifying success in high-touch hospitality »

Sep 11, 2017

4 ways to get customer feedback »

Sep 07, 2017

Here’s how online reviews help you get more customers »

Sep 06, 2017

3 reasons for small businesses to celebrate this Labor Day »

Sep 04, 2017

Want to retain more customers? Get to know them first »

Sep 03, 2017

The summer’s most talked about restaurants: Miami »

Aug 31, 2017

The summer’s most talked about restaurants: Washington D.C »

Aug 30, 2017

The summer’s most talked about restaurants: Las Vegas »

Aug 29, 2017

4 tips for building a great business website »

Aug 28, 2017

The summer’s most talked about restaurants: NYC »

Aug 26, 2017

Irish Channel Pub: The power of knowing how your business stacks up »

Aug 25, 2017

OnTarget Range: Hitting the mark with online reviews »

Aug 24, 2017

Interior Motif: A window into delivering high-touch customer experience »

Aug 23, 2017

Escape This: Cracking the code of comparative revenue »

Aug 22, 2017

The Gables Restaurant: How to turn complaining customers into repeat visitors »

Aug 21, 2017

The summer’s most talked about restaurants: Chicago »

Aug 17, 2017

The summer’s most talked about restaurants: L.A. »

Aug 15, 2017

What are the most popular restaurants in the U.S. this summer? »

Aug 14, 2017

What keeps small business owners up at night? »

Aug 10, 2017

Minnesota: #5 for small business hiring intent »

Aug 09, 2017

How to spot a great SMB employee »

Aug 08, 2017

LC’s Bar-B-Q: Making a local restaurant a national phenomenon »

Aug 07, 2017

Alabama: 49% of small business owners feel “very optimistic” »

Aug 03, 2017

Seafood Kitchen: Hooking customers for repeat business »

Aug 02, 2017

6 tips for creating a seasonal promotion »

Aug 01, 2017

Is your business your main income or a side hustle? »

Jul 31, 2017

Washington: Business regulation concerns weighing heavy »

Jul 27, 2017

Iowa: Business optimism means more jobs »

Jul 26, 2017

Pacific states: small business by the numbers »

Jul 25, 2017

How to create a customer loyalty program today »

Jul 24, 2017

Do you expect your small business to make you rich? »

Jul 19, 2017

Small businesses are making more money from card transactions »

Jul 19, 2017

Avoid these 5 customer service pet peeves »

Jul 18, 2017

3 creative solutions for shift management »

Jul 17, 2017

How to get started with email marketing »

Jul 13, 2017

3 steps to take the leap and start a business »

Jul 12, 2017

Start now to claim these 5 tax benefits in April »

Jul 11, 2017

Arizona: Economic, regulatory concerns dampening optimism? »

Jul 10, 2017

New Mexico: #8 for small business optimism »

Jul 06, 2017

5 ways small businesses can increase customer engagement »

Jul 05, 2017

Womply salutes veteran-owned businesses! »

Jul 03, 2017

5 of Shark Tank’s most memorable entrepreneurs »

Jul 03, 2017

Worried about getting hacked? Try this free cybersecurity course »

Jun 29, 2017

Aquarius Books: You don’t have to be psychic to get in customers’ heads »

Jun 27, 2017

Michigan: National politics depressing SMB optimism? »

Jun 26, 2017

Get to know your patrons with Customer Directory »

Jun 22, 2017

How does the stock market affect small business confidence? »

Jun 20, 2017

Wisconsin: Could SMBs create 136k new jobs this year? »

Jun 19, 2017

Colorado: #1 for entrepreneurship, #13 for small biz optimism »

Jun 15, 2017

Maryland: Optimism high, but economic concerns loom large »

Jun 13, 2017

Metropolitan Furnishings: Getting comfortable with online reviews »

Jun 12, 2017

3 steps to help your business appear in search engine results »

Jun 08, 2017

Does your website give customers what they need? »

Jun 07, 2017

Ohio: #10 nationally for small business optimism »

Jun 06, 2017

Is your business website doing its job? »

Jun 05, 2017

Indiana: Is Trump the reason for 90% small business optimism? »

Jun 01, 2017

Ask these 3 questions to better understand your customers »

May 31, 2017

Pennsylvania: 47% of small business owners say Obamacare repeal would have “no impact” »

May 30, 2017

Georgia: #5 nationally for small business optimism »

May 25, 2017

Is your small business prepared for a cyber security attack or data breach? »

May 25, 2017

How optimistic are small business owners in major U.S. cities like New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles? »

May 24, 2017

Illinois: #7 nationally for small business optimism »

May 23, 2017

Virginia: #17 nationally for small business hiring intent »

May 22, 2017

North Carolina: Can pro-business tax reform boost optimism in the Tar Heel State? »

May 18, 2017

Missouri: #2 nationally for small business optimism »

May 16, 2017

Kansas: #1 nationally for small business optimism »

May 15, 2017

Junction Kitchen & Provisions: Using online reviews to make better biscuits »

May 11, 2017

New York: #1 revenue not translating to optimism for local business owners »

May 10, 2017

Save time responding to online reviews with Suggested Reply by Womply! »

May 10, 2017

Florida: #12 nationally for small business hiring intent »

May 09, 2017

Texas: #15 nationally for small business optimism »

May 08, 2017

Oregon: #3 nationally for small business hiring intent »

May 05, 2017

What do small businesses think about Obamacare repeal, tax reform, and the Trump presidency? »

May 04, 2017

Utah: #3 nationally for small business optimism »

May 04, 2017

California: Concerns over Trump presidency a drag on small business optimism? »

May 03, 2017

1 in 9 small businesses will accept mobile payments like Apple Pay or cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin in 2017 »

May 03, 2017

Womply study: What’s driving optimism, anxiety, and action for small businesses? »

May 02, 2017

Celebrate National Small Business Week! »

May 01, 2017

Mardo Cigars: Smoking the competition by proactively getting more positive online reviews »

Apr 27, 2017

Are you effectively tracking revenue at your small business? »

Apr 25, 2017

Sewtime Sewing Machines: Modernizing a legacy business with marketing and revenue analytics »

Apr 24, 2017

Safeguard your small business with Womply Protect! »

Apr 20, 2017

Can small businesses remove negative online reviews from sites like Google, Facebook, and Yelp? »

Apr 18, 2017

Letcher Bros. Auto Repair: Driving a better business with daily revenue snapshots »

Apr 17, 2017

Study: Public confidence in small business is at an all-time high »

Apr 13, 2017

Here’s how online reviews on sites like Yelp, Facebook, Google, and TripAdvisor affect small businesses — and what to do about it »

Apr 11, 2017

LM Restaurants: Serving up a fresh take on customer feedback for multiple locations »

Apr 10, 2017

How Womply Insights reduces merchant attrition for credit card processors and merchant acquirers »

Apr 03, 2017

The Gun Cleaners: Taking aim at proactive customer feedback »

Apr 02, 2017

6 last minute tax tips to help small businesses avoid overpaying Uncle Sam »

Apr 02, 2017

Introducing Get Reviews by Womply! »

Apr 02, 2017

Pokémon Go – Avoiding the Pitfalls of Media-Driven Statistics »

Oct 14, 2016

Pokémon Go – The Truth Behind the Game’s Economic Impact »

Oct 14, 2016

Mother’s Day vs. Father’s Day – Non-Restaurants »

Jun 21, 2016

Mother’s Day vs. Father’s Day – Restaurants »

Jun 21, 2016

Cinco de Mayo – A Case Study in American’s Love Affair With Celebrations »

May 09, 2016