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.

Introducing Womply CRM for small businesses!

We’re leveling the playing field for businesses that can’t use traditional CRM software.

Sep 25, 2018

A complete look at Labor Day’s impact on local business revenue

Today, we’re taking a look at the impact Labor Day has on local businesses, as well as Labor Day Weekend […]

Aug 30, 2018

Imagine Sports + Fitness: Working out a new small business marketing model

A gym in South Carolina is adapting to the new rules of marketing, which starts online for local businesses.

Jul 18, 2018

Womply study: Southern states lead the nation in small business optimism

South Carolina, Georgia, and Texas lead our annual small business optimism ranking.

Jul 03, 2018

3 steps for dealing with negative online reviews

You can’t remove negative online reviews in most cases, but you have options. Follow these steps to take control of your online business reputation.

Jul 02, 2018

Womply study: Half of small business owners think Donald Trump is doing a good job

We polled 4,700 small business owners on topics including taxes, health care, interest rates, congress, the Trump presidency, and more.

Jun 09, 2018

American consumers go (do)nuts on National Doughnut Day

It’s National Doughnut Day and as American’s get their glaze on they’re helping local bakeries and donut shops make some serious dough of their own.

May 31, 2018

A complete look at small business sales on Memorial Day

Local businesses see significant transaction increases in the days leading up to Memorial Day which results in substantial revenue lifts.

May 24, 2018

Kroll Auto Sales: Revving from 0 to 60 by getting more online reviews

Starting a business from scratch is tough sledding. Adam Kroll is using online reviews to shorten the path to success.

May 14, 2018

Mother’s Day, mimosas, and the biggest money-making weekend for local restaurants

Have you made your Mother’s Day brunch reservation yet? Better hurry. It’s the biggest and busiest weekend for local restaurants in America.

May 11, 2018

4 big things: preventing a reputation crisis, using your reputation to attract new customers, and more

Our top tips this week from small business experts around the Web.

May 10, 2018

Keep your revenue in high spirits with this local bar and lounge analysis

Take a look at daily, weekly, and monthly sales trends and seasonality for local bars and lounges in America.

May 09, 2018

How digital changed word of mouth

Social proof has migrated online to sites like Yelp and Google My Business. That’s a good thing for small, local businesses.

May 08, 2018

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum: Illuminating online reviews as a revenue driver

For a Florida destination for tourists and students alike, online reviews management is shining a light on new revenue opportunities.

Apr 30, 2018

4 big things: 4 ways to get more reviews, how online reviews attract new customers, and more

Our top tips this week from small business experts around the Web.

Apr 26, 2018

Introducing Womply CRM for small businesses! »

Sep 25, 2018

A complete look at Labor Day’s impact on local business revenue »

Aug 30, 2018

Imagine Sports + Fitness: Working out a new small business marketing model »

Jul 18, 2018

Womply study: Southern states lead the nation in small business optimism »

Jul 03, 2018

3 steps for dealing with negative online reviews »

Jul 02, 2018

Womply study: Half of small business owners think Donald Trump is doing a good job »

Jun 09, 2018

American consumers go (do)nuts on National Doughnut Day »

May 31, 2018

A complete look at small business sales on Memorial Day »

May 24, 2018

Kroll Auto Sales: Revving from 0 to 60 by getting more online reviews »

May 14, 2018

Mother’s Day, mimosas, and the biggest money-making weekend for local restaurants »

May 11, 2018

4 big things: preventing a reputation crisis, using your reputation to attract new customers, and more »

May 10, 2018

Keep your revenue in high spirits with this local bar and lounge analysis »

May 09, 2018

How digital changed word of mouth »

May 08, 2018

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum: Illuminating online reviews as a revenue driver »

Apr 30, 2018

4 big things: 4 ways to get more reviews, how online reviews attract new customers, and more »

Apr 26, 2018

Improve your revenue mileage with this local auto services analysis »

Apr 25, 2018

Why maintaining a 4-star rating is the key to attracting more customers »

Apr 24, 2018

Fresh new features: making customer retention easier than ever »

Apr 23, 2018

4 big things: how to make better business decisions, using big data at small businesses, and more »

Apr 19, 2018

April showers bring more than May flowers to local gardens and nurseries »

Apr 18, 2018

Introducing the Small Business Almanac »

Apr 17, 2018

4 big things: how to retain customers for life, 8 ways to attract customers on slow days, and more »

Apr 12, 2018

When are the busiest times for legal and financial businesses? »

Apr 11, 2018

What’s a small business customer really worth? »

Apr 10, 2018

4 big things: why independent bookstores thrive, why customers dump you, and more »

Apr 05, 2018

When are people spending money at local, independent bookstores? »

Apr 04, 2018

‘Location, location, location’ has gone digital for local businesses »

Apr 03, 2018

3 misconceptions small business owners have about online review management »

Apr 02, 2018

Analysis: Easter lays an egg for independent retailers »

Mar 30, 2018

4 big things: small business challenges podcast, rethinking Instagram, and more »

Mar 28, 2018

How smartphones re-wrote the customer acquisition playbook for small businesses »

Mar 27, 2018

The modern business owner’s approach to competitor research »

Mar 26, 2018

4 big things: Small business events, SEO secrets, and more »

Mar 22, 2018

The “Freakonomics” of small business in America  »

Mar 21, 2018

Womply’s hottest new features for customer engagement »

Mar 20, 2018

Still relying on customer receipts for returns and exchanges? »

Mar 19, 2018

5 states where restaurant sales spike during Spring Break »

Mar 15, 2018

St. Patrick’s Day vs. St. Valentine’s Day: Restaurants edition »

Mar 14, 2018

March Madness predictions for local businesses »

Mar 13, 2018

Are you losing customers and sales because of broken website links? »

Mar 12, 2018

Daylight Savings or winter storms: which has a bigger impact on restaurant revenues? »

Mar 08, 2018

3 spring-cleaning tips that will make your online business listings more attractive »

Mar 07, 2018

How treating your reviewers like your friends will improve sales »

Mar 06, 2018

Are you getting the most out of your credit card processor? »

Mar 05, 2018

Your March forecast for restaurant sales »

Mar 01, 2018

Customer relationships are a two-way street »

Feb 28, 2018

It’s time to secure your business on all fronts »

Feb 27, 2018

3 things to consider before trying to remove a negative review »

Feb 26, 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 you 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