Thanks For Helping Us Get To A Million!

We’re about to reach 1 million user reviews and The Judy’s Book team would like to thank our dedicated users for helping us hit this milestone.  Have a favorite business you’d like to reward?  Share your opinion!  As part of the celebration we’re showcasing the 1 millionth review and giving away a 1 year Pro Subscription (Valued at $1490) to the business that receives it.

 

Judy’s Book has become the first review site to add owner reputation management tools for premium business listings.

  • Enhance your profile and stand out.
  • Get notified when users review your business.
  • Get hints on managing your reputation.
  • Respond to reviews.
  • Track rating and user sentiment trends on your review page.

Find out more at www.judysbook.com/Biz

Top Kid Friendly Restaurants and Places in the USA

We’ve been getting a lot of feedback from Parents on helping them identify kid friendly places and so we’ve partnered with KidScore™ to test out the concept on Judy’s Book. We’ve also been asked exactly what the score means. Here’s a breakdown and our top kid friendly restaurants, doctors’ offices, activities & attractions, and shopping in our top cities.

Top Kid Friendly Restaurants and Places In:

KidScore™ Kid Friendly Rating Scale:

90-100 Kid’s heaven- Service, products, and place speaks to kids. Families seek it out and recommend it for kid accommodations, amenities, attitude, menu, product, health and cleanliness, play area, toys, etc… Primarily in business to serve families and children.

70-90 Kid friendly – Beyond factoring in the items below. Families recommend it and compromise a large percent of the patrons. The staff and other patrons are friendly and comfortable with children. Works for infants, toddlers, children, and tweens. There are numerous child friendly details that make this place practical and fun.

60-70 A step above the basics- Products, ambiance, and service can be considered kid friendly. Easy parking, prices, quick service, and hours are factors.

50-60 Contains the basics to serve and accommodate children like changing tables, kids menu, and high chairs.

30-50 Adult targeted but can accommodate children. Although it might have a few basics, it lacks kid specific items like high chairs, changing tables, menus, etc…

0-30 Not recommended for kids or we lack sufficient data.

For more info on KidScore or to see the Kid Friendly places in your city go to: www.judysbook.com/KidScore

Judy’s Book is the first local rating and review site to add Pinterest sharing to it’s photos.

Judy’s Book adds Pinterest sharing to local business images, becoming the first rating and review site to allow users to quickly pin images of their favorite local places.

Pinterest a fairly new social network that leverages images and pin boards is growing at a phenomenal rate, in the last 6 months of 2011 the site experienced exponential traffic growth and shows no sign of slowing in 2012.

The Pin it button on a Judy’s Book listing is unique since in addition to allowing users to pin businesses and organize them into Pinterest, it attaches unique message to encourage viewers to engage with and links back to the businesses profile page with just a click of the button.

Seattle, WA – Judy’s Book, the premier Social Search® site that helps consumers get the trusted scoop on local businesses, announced today that users are now able to pin images of their favorite places on Judy’s Book with the click of a button to their Pinterest account. Images uploaded can be categorized by type of places (favorite restaurants, kid friendly places, attractions, etc..) to pin boards, text to encourage engagement is automatically added in the description of the image, and include a unique back link to the businesses page on Judy’s Book.

Pinterest provides virtual pinboards which users can ‘pin’ collections of images to connect people through shared tastes and interests. Pinterest makes it really easy to create pinboards for any category and upload images to it. These can be pictures they have taken themselves or images collected from around the web. Followers get to see images a person has posted and re-pin, allowing other members to see it and cause it to go viral.

At this time, Judy’s Book is the only major rating and review site to leverage Pinterest. Not only do users benefit through organizing and sharing their favorite places, but local businesses can leverage another outlet to increasing their social media presence and improve SEO. Judy’s Book will only display the Pinterest button for businesses and places that have images loaded. For a business to truly benefit from this we encourage and recommend owners to add compelling and rich photography to their profile that would encourage re-pins.

To follow Judy’s Book on Pinterest and discover pics of great places go to www.pinterest.com/judysbook

Pinterest with Local business

Pinterest is a theme based photo sharing website. It allows users to create and share certain theme based photo collection. Since its launch, Pinterest has created a buzz in the social marketing world. Marketers are even predicting that Pinterest tends to generate more traffic leads as compared to other sites such as Google+, YouTube and LinkedIn. It is the hottest social networking site available on the internet world today. Pinterest doesn’t have any brand pages for business and you need to have an invitation to create an account. As for now this site does not have an open ‘sign-up’ process.

Pinterest works on the simple principle of image sharing; where users can create boards of their choice. They can follow each other based on their interest and the pictures are shown as a pin board sized theme. Brands and companies can effectively use this social platform for their advantage. Here are some proven ways to increase your click through rate for your business:

1. Like any other social networking site, you need to spend ample amount of time on Pinterest, before your followers list starts blooming. You will have to spend time among your potential customers, know their interest, likes before they notice your products. Use the various features of Pinterest like “pins” and “like” bottoms to your advantage; such as to improve your relation with your clients.

2. Try to keep everything simple. Pinterest is social platform which is easy to access and has a user friendly structure. Users have different boards where they can pin their photos of different sizes or may be of same size. So the main thrust point here is to create boards that are elegant, clean and easily accessible. Add a link back to your site with every picture, to increase the audience for your business.

3. Post theme pins on day to day basis to promote your brand. The main aim should be to create a catchy one liner that can attract your customers instantly or get re-pinned. The more your photos get re-pinned the better are your chances of getting acknowledged.

4. Share such content related pictures which your customers will love. When you are building strategies to brand your business on Pinterest, walk in the shoes of your customers. Work on what interests your customers and then advance further. Like if you have a business of selling cakes then you should be focused on posting digital images related to cakes, enticing them to your business.

5. Brands and business personal can host several contests to create a buzz among their customers. Organize an event such as to create best photos, regarding a particular board. Contests can be anything like “creating the best board” or “getting the most re-pins”. This will not only increase your potential customer’s lists but you will also get to know about their interests.

6. Pinterest is a new social platform so it may happen that you may not get a bunch of customers initially to draw the attention. In that case you may use the other social platform to feed into Pinterest. Install a “Pin it” button on your site, blog, or ensure you have rich images on your third party listings, allowing your users to directly pin your content from the site. Here’s an example on Judy’s Book.

Pinterest on Judy's Book

Getting feeds from social networking sites that have been around for some time will increase your audience on Pinterest; they have a vast number of users and you can divert your traffic using these pre-existing social networks.
Pinterest has a tremendous potential for brands to interact with their audience and entice them into following their products. Use the power of digital images to create a buzz among your audience providing more social experience for them.

About the author: Claudia is a blogger by profession. She loves writing on luxury and technology. She recently read an article on expensive that attracted her attention. These days she is busy in writing an article on mobile tv.

Judy’s Book is Proud to Sponsor MamaCon!

MamaCon is the conference moms have been asking for.  Something fun, relaxing all the while providing moms the REAL tools they need to support them in their parenting.  Forward on to friends and share on Facebook and Twitter.  We recommend grabbing a friend or two and attending together.

Each MamaCon event will have power presentations by today’s top notch parenting experts as well as lifestyle specialists. Food, wine, entertainment and self-care make the MamaCon event the most talked about parenting conference for today’s modern Mama!

The first MamaCon is kicking off in Bellevue WA on May 18th and 19th.  This is an event for local Seattle and visiting moms.  Here’s a taste of the events, but you should really visit the Mamacon site for more info.

All day Saturday you will be in mini-workshop sessions learning about topics relevant to you and your work as a mom.

List of sample track topics

  • If Mama Ain’t Happy, No One’s Happy: How to Make it Happen!
  • Eat Your Veggies! How to Avoid Conflicts Over Food
  • Raising Helpful, Happy and Confident Kids
  • Getting Your Groove Back – Sex for the Exhausted Mommy
  • Preschoolers, Private Parts and Playmates
  • Sharing the Work: Get Your Partner to Step Up!
  • Raising Confident Kids: Ending Approval Junky Syndrome
  • No, You Can’t Wear THAT!
  • Staying Home Alone: Surviving Your Tween’s Growing Independence
  • Charming Your Kids Into Doing their Chores
  • Defeating the Dinner Dilemma
  • You are NOT Your Mother, So Don’t Dress Like Her
  • Getting Them The %#*&@ to Bed

The Judy’s Book Team!

352Media’s recent blog post on Judy’s Book

Judy’s Book is a consumer site first but we do focus on helping local businesses too.   Part of that includes working with Marketing and SEO firms to help their clients.  I recently chatted with Erin Everhart a Marketing Executive at a digital marketing and web design company and avid SEO blogger to discuss Judy’s Book renewed focus on Moms and Families.  Here’s the blog she wrote on the 352media site.  Do you agree with our direction?  Have a kid friendly feature you’d like to see?  Let us know by commenting.

Ali Alami

Business Owners- Submitting Your Business Listing to Judy’s Book.

One of the questions we get often from business owners is how can I get my business on Judy’s Book without subscribing to a paid listing.  We did not want to block out places that consumers are interested in so we allow new listing to be created by a customer submitting a review.  This allows our consumers to give feedback and discover great places while allowing a business to list basic information (Name, Address, Phone, Web URL without the SEO benefit, and Google Street view) for free including their reviews from Judy’s Book and our partner sites.

If one of our upgrade options isn’t an option the way to get listed on Judy’s Book is to ask one of your customers to write a review, as part of the review submission process if you business is not listed we allow the consumer to add it.  We strongly discourage business owners or other non-customers from writing reviews, this can backfire on the businesses and if a review is identified as fake Judy’s Book will filter out or remove it.

If your business is new or you don’t want to ask customers to write a review,  our average paid subscription has been shown to pay for itself 4 times over through more customers, better targeting, conversion, and SEO value.  Find out more at www.judysbook.com/Biz.