By Eric Groves via AllBusiness.com
In the spirit of National Small Business Week, we turned the tables and gave small business owners the opportunity to rate one of the most powerful forces in the industry today—ratings and reviews giant Yelp. Over 450 small business owners on Alignable, the small business network, took the opportunity to give Yelp a Net Promoter Score. The result? A negative 49, or--in Yelp parlance--1 and ¼ stars.
By Eric Groves via Street Fight
There's no shortage of hype around mobile payments. Since the release if Apple Pay, pundits have claimed that your smartphone will soon replace your wallet. But a revet survey of small business owners suggests that it may be some time before credit cards are threatened.
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By Janet Attard via Business Know-How
Small local businesses can bring in more business and improve sales by communicating and working with each other to bring business downtown and to cross promote each other's stores. Here's how the Alignable social network makes it easier and less time consuming for local businesses both to work together and to manage their social media outreach.
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By Steven Jacobs via Street FIght
A groundswell of new technology companies are building services that rethink the way local businesses buy, sell, and even pay employees. More and more, these companies are networking businesses, allowing small businesses from across the country to share and pool assets in a way that was never before possible. Take the two year-old project from Constant Contact co-founder Eric Groves and Venkat Krishnamurthy, the mind behind dental giant Invisalign. Called Alignable, the Boston-based firm allows small businesses owners to share information, ask questions, and seek answers from other merchants nearby (as well as those in similar industries across the country). Think Nextdoor — but with worried store owners instead of overbearing parents.
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By Greg Sterling via Local Search Insider
A new startup, Alignable, aims to create a B2B social network for small business owners. Part Facebook, part LinkedIn, the site seeks to be a place that business owners can find support and unbiased advice to help overcome the isolation that often accompanies running a small business.
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By J. J. Ramberg via MSNBC
Recently, we've been interviewing businesses on Main Streets around the country to see how they're doing. The successful ones have been really good at coming up with hyper local ways to promote their products and services. In this week's Business War Chest, Eric Groves, CEO and Co-Founder of Alignable, Inc. joins us. He shares some of the most effective local marketing ideas for us.
By Scott Kirsner via Boston.com
Here's an unlikely startup pairing: the co-founder of Invisalign, the transparent teeth-straightening system, and a former senior executive of Constant Contact, the Waltham email marketing company. They've banded together to work on a venture that wants to help local businesses amplify their marketing reach.
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By Anthony Ha via TechCrunch
With all of the hand-wringing about the future of local business, a startup called Alignable aims to connect those businesses and help them work together.
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By Rieva Lesonsky via Small Biz Daily
When I was growing up, my dad owned a neighborhood men's clothing store. Started before the advent of the malls, neighborhood stores would attract people who lived in a few block radius.
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By Steve Strauss via USA Today
That is why I am happy to share a great new site/service the connects businesses, neighborhoods, and communities for mutual support and growth in a very 21st Century way. It's called Alignable. Alignable is a powerful, easy-to-use online patform that connects and amplifies local businesses.
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By Sara Castellanos via Boston Business Journal
Alignable, Inc., a startup co-founded by Eric Groves, former senior executive of Waltham-based online marketing giant Constant Contact, has raised $3.54 million in equity backing, according to a regulatory filing.
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By Eric Blattberg via Venture Beat Alignable CEO Eric Groves thinks local businesses do better when they work together. Read the full story on Venture Beat.
Via American Genius
Owning a local business can be massively rewarding, but is never easy--the challenge to grow and earn loyalty is a constant effort that must be made no matter how busy the day is, and no matter how many hats a business owners wears, a notion that tech startup Alignable has tapped into.
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