New Features from Facebook and Twitter, More Small Business News

New Features from Facebook and Twitter, More Small Business News

If you use livestreaming in your business, you’ve probably had to host those live talks all on your own so far. But a new feature from Facebook Live could change that.

And Facebook wasn’t the only social media platform to announce new features recently. Twitter also announced a new feature that lets businesses use bots to chat with customers via direct message.

You can read more about these updates and other small business headlines below in the Small Business Trends news and information roundup.

Social Media

Facebook Live With: Now You Can Invite a Friend on Your Livestreaming Adventure

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) is bringing the power of collaboration to Facebook Live. A new feature called Live With allows you to invite a friend or colleague to join you on your livestream. Having the flexibility of adding other participants but the control of doing so at your convenience seems like a key feature.

Twitter Direct Message Cards Let Customers Chat with Your Business via Bots

Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) recently announced the launching of a new feature called “Direct Message Card,” which offers businesses new ways to engage and build deeper relationships with their audiences on Twitter. Twitter Direct Message Cards Direct Message Card is basically a specially designed ad unit.

Twitter Media Library Aimed At Tempting Social Media Managers

Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) again pushed use of its Twitter Media Library this week. Announced back in March, the library collects all the images, videos and GIFs you have ever uploaded to Twitter to make re-posting the same visual content easier.


US Chamber of Commerce Releases First Small Business Index

Even in the face of economic uncertainty, small businesses are looking at 2017 as a year to grow. According to the first ever Small Business Index from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and MetLife (NYSE:MET), a majority of small businesses are expecting revenue growth this year. And 1 in 3 expect to hire someone for a new job.

New US Beef Export Deal with China Could Be Huge for Domestic Producers

Sonny Perdue, President Donald Trump’s secretary of agriculture, said once China begins importing American beef under a new trade deal, they will want more. “When the Chinese people taste our high-quality U.S. beef, there’s no doubt in my mind that they’ll want more of it,” Perdue said in a statement Friday.


Move Over Google and Facebook, Small Businesses are Attracting More Tech Talent These Days

Small businesses are no longer a second choice for tech professionals seeking the next step in their careers. According to new data from the job site, small businesses are increasingly attracting large numbers of job seekers in the technology field. Overall, though, the most popular jobs at small businesses remain in support roles.

Handmade Business

Amazon Launches Handmade Wedding Shop

If your business sells any handmade wedding goods, you now have a new option for getting those goods to consumers. Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), the eCommerce giant that wants to be the “everything store,” just launched a dedicated store for handmade wedding products. The Wedding Shop is part of Handmade at Amazon, the handmade products platform Amazon launched in 2015.

Local Marketing

Snapchat’s New Custom Stories Could Revolutionize Local Marketing

Snapchat (NYSE:SNAP) may have just changed local marketing forever. If you use Snapchat to market your small business, you can either post content to your story, where anyone who follows you can see it, or you can communicate with people individually. But now there’s a new option for businesses to consider.

Surefire Local Marketing Cloud Aims at Features with One Login

Wouldn’t you love to access your social media accounts, reviews, email marketing, organic search and Google AdWords with a single login? Well, that’s exactly what Surefire Local Marketing Cloud offers its users.

Retail Trends

What Barnes & Noble Can Teach Small Brick and Mortars About Survival

Traditional retail stores are struggling right now. And that’s not great news for Barnes & Noble (NYSE:BKS), a bookstore chain with 634 retail locations. But the company isn’t going down without a fight. Once Amazon announced plans to open its own physical bookstore, the business saw it as validation brick and mortar stores can still succeed.

Watch Out: This Yelp Program Punishes Online Review Manipulation

Yelp (NYSE: YELP), a website and mobile app that publishes crowd-sourced reviews to connect people with great local businesses, claims to have over 120 million reviews of businesses worldwide.

Hey, Small Designers, the Latest Jeans Are Already Out of Style

Blue jeans are generally considered to be pretty timeless in the world of fashion. But that doesn’t apply to all of the trends within that niche. Recently, some specific blue jean trends have gained a lot of attention — just not always in a good way. You can currently get jeans that look like they have mud on them, plastic jeans, detachable cutout jeans and clear mom jeans.

Small Biz Spotlight

Spotlight: Teamfluent Teaches Teams with Agile Learning

If you want to succeed in business, you need to be constantly learning. And if you have a small business team, you need your team members to be able to learn as well. That’s why Teamfluent offers a unique learning solution for teams. You can read more about the business and its philosophy below in this week’s Small Business Spotlight.

Small Business Operations

Small Business Regulatory Reform Bill One Step Closer to Reality

The Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2017 may be one step closer to reality. The bill,  sponsored by Senator James Lankford (R-OK),  made it through the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee recently. It is aimed at streamlining and improving the regulatory process for American small business.

Negative Press Has Impacted How 57 Percent of Consumers View Uber

If you think all press is good press, you might need to learn a little something from Uber’s recent string of controversies. The company’s scandals, which include lawsuits, self-driving car mishaps, allegations of sexual assaults in the workplace, executive missteps and more, have seriously hurt its reputation according to a recent report.


What Founders Can Learn from the On-Demand Economy

Has there been a business model that has earned as much attention, funding dollars, and as many spin-offs as the on-demand model? Certainly not in recent memory, and certainly not so quickly.

81 Percent Of Small Business Owners Say Entrepreneurship Makes Them Happy

If you’re like most entrepreneurs, you are probably happy to be one, a new study indicates. Are Entrepreneurs Happy? According to the 2017 American Express OPEN Small Business Monitor, the answer is, “Yes”. In fact, 81 percent of business owners say their happiness is due somewhat or entirely to being an entrepreneur.

Technology Trends

Cybercrime Explosion Creates Niches for Small Businesses

An influx of cybercrime in recent years has led to plenty of worry for small businesses. But it has also led to opportunities for some. Just ask Matt Loria. Cyber Security Business Opportunities Loria is the co-owner of Auxiom, a Michigan based company that provides IT and cyber security services to small businesses. And it’s a business that’s booming right now.

What Small Businesses Should Know About Neural Machine Translation

Among the list of technologies that have radically changed our economy in the last year is a handful that did not receive the same level of attention as artificial intelligence or self-driving cars. One, in particular, is called Neural Machine Translation (NMT), a major breakthrough in language technology that some believe is a turning point in how business gets done.

The Battery on the New Surface Pro from Microsoft Lasts 13 Hours

As expected, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) this week announced the latest generation of their Surface Pro tablet. The numbering system is gone, so it’s now just Surface Pro. But that’s not the only thing that has changed. In fact, the Surface Pro is now no longer a tablet. Instead, Microsoft calls it “the most versatile laptop.

98 Percent of WannaCry Hacks Were on Windows 7 Computers

The WannaCry (or WannaCrypt) ransomware hack that impacted businesses worldwide was most successful on Windows 7 computers. It was believed that computers running older systems were most vulnerable to the ransomware attack. That turned attention to systems like Windows XP and Vista, still in use on a large number of computers today.

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Joshua Sophy Joshua Sophy is the Editor for Small Business Trends and has been a member of the team for 16 years. A professional journalist with 20 years of experience in traditional media and online media, he attended Waynesburg University and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has held roles of reporter, editor and publisher, having founded his own local newspaper, the Pottsville Free Press.