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Yelp making grass-roots push to boost inroads in Indy

November 2, 2013
Dan Human
Internet reviewers aren’t always the kindest people when it comes to their opinions, which is a bit intimidating for a mom-and-pop shop. But not embracing Yelp can be outright foolish as the San Francisco-based customer-review website expands its reach in Indianapolis, business owners say.
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Slingshot is shifting aim away from SEO

May 11, 2013
Dan Human
After Google cracked down on some of the tools companies were using to improve their positions in search results, Indianapolis-based Slingshot SEO opted to launch a sister brand called Digital Relevance that will focus on earning media attention.
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Slingshot SEO branches out after Google throws it for a loopRestricted Content

August 11, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Search-engine optimization remains part of Slingshot SEO’s name. But one of the region’s fastest-growing tech companies is abruptly shifting strategy—in part because changes by Google have undercut its core business.
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Biz boosters embrace One Click, but it's no sure thingRestricted Content

May 19, 2012
Cory Schouten
Husband-and-wife entrepreneurs Randy and Angie Stocklin started Greenwood-based One Click Ventures out of their home with $20,000 in 2005. They now own a portfolio of niche retail websites, including SunglassWarehouse.com, HandbagHeaven.com and Scarves.net, which brought $5.3 million in revenue last year.
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Finish Line, HHGregg step up their e-commerce strategiesRestricted Content

October 12, 2011
Greg Andrews
Traditional retailers are trying to connect with customers, however and whenever they want to do business.
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Word getting out nationally about city's measured-marketing technology nicheRestricted Content

July 23, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The publication Online Media Marketing & Advertising noted that Indianapolis is home to about 70 companies in the sector.
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Tech firm Slingshot expanding, plans 114 more jobs

May 6, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Slingshot SEO Inc., founded by three friends from Zionsville High School, plans to expand operations in Indianapolis, adding 114 more employees by 2013, economic development executives announced Friday morning.
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ChaCha lands $3M investment

January 20, 2011
The Carmel-based company said the latest round of financing extends a $20 million investment it received in October to fund an expansion of its signature mobile service.
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SEO firm Slingshot hitting target from the start

June 5, 2010
Chris O'Malley
With $1.3 million in annual sales, Indianapolis-based Slingshot generates enough cash to fund its own growth—and turns away about half of its prospective clients, all of whom want to get their websites to pop up high on the first page of Google search results.
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Health care marketers taking the pulse of consumers' online habitsRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Christina Galoozis
Health care marketers can adapt to, and even use to their advantage, the online search habits of consumers. Understanding when and why people search for specific health-related terms is vital to attracting more visitors (i.e. patients) to a Web site.
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ALTOM: Go above and beyond Google for Web searchesRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
Tim Altom
It's getting so you have to use a search engine on the Internet to find a search engine. There are now dozens, perhaps hundreds, many of them highly specialized.
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ChaCha co-founder dancing to different drumRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Chris O'Malley
ChaCha Search Inc. co-founder Brad Bostic has stepped down as president of the human-assisted Internet search company, which is struggling to turn a profit in a dismal advertising climate, but he hasn't left. "Brad is still engaged with the company as a director, co-founder and consultant," said co-founder and CEO Scott Jones.
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There's more to 'tweets' than meets the eyeRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Tim Altom
I'm starting to rethink my initial reaction to dismiss Twitter and now see its benefits to gauging opinion, as well as gathering ideas and doing research.
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Local Conrad hotel honoredRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Conrad Indianapolis has been recognized as the No. 1 U.S. hotel by Expedia Insiders' Select List 2009.
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Fools log in: Google leads the pack in April gagsRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Jim Cota

Every year, as the first of April rolls around, there are people—and companies—everywhere scheming to take advantage of the gullible.

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Compendium casts eye on national blog marketRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Two-year-old tech startup Compendium Blogware has launched its first out-of-state sales force and said it signed on 70 new customers in the fourth quarter.
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When you've got to get gear, open up UncrateRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Jim Cota
Billing itself as "a Web magazine for guys who love stuff," Uncrate posts daily updates about the best guy stuff found across the Internet and around the globe.
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'Instant gratification moments' key to ChaCha's biz strategy

September 1, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Carmel-based ChaCha Search Inc. has been winning accolades and enough teen fans to rival Hannah Montana. But none of that makes it apparent how the company can make money giving free answers to random cell phone queries.
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Emmis swings unique advertising deal with GoogleRestricted Content

June 4, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Emmis Communications Corp. is turning to Google in its search for relief from a radio-industry slump. The local media company is tapping the power of the popular Internet search engine to sell advertising for its Indianapolis and New York radio properties.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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