Pinterest raises $200 million funding round. Unilever signs on as Facebook video ad client. These stories, and more, in today’s Morning Social Media Newsfeed.
Yelp launches free tool to let businesses accept reservations through the site. Microsoft revamps Outlook.com. These stories, and more, in today’s Morning Social Media Newsfeed.
Restaurants’ Mobile Facebook Pages Integrated with OpenTable; Listings Added to Mobile Pages for TV Shows, Movies (AllFacebook)
Mobile Facebook pages for restaurants, TV shows, and movies will become much more useful shortly, as the social network announced two updates to its mobile pages that will launch later this week. For restaurants, Facebook users will be able to make reservations directly on their pages following an integration with online real-time restaurant-reservation service OpenTable, eliminating the need to visit the mobile sites of the approximately 20,000 U.S. restaurants that support OpenTable, or to launch the OpenTable application.
Groupon today launched “Reserve,” a platform that allows users to get discount pricing at upscale restaurants by booking at off-peak times. The feature, which is live in 10 major U.S. metropolitan markets, will also soon include discounts at other upscale venues, including spas, salons, hotels and entertainment brands, Groupon said.
Yelp is perhaps best known for bar and eatery reviews, but shopping is the dominant category on the site, leading the company to consider supporting e-commerce on its side, CEO Jeremy Stoppelman said in a presentation at the LeWeb conference in London today.
Evernote iOS apps now allow users to scan business cards and make dinner reservations.
In a move to make its Facebook app more viral, the online restaurant reservations tool OpenTable has introduced a new Facebook app called Places I’ve Eaten.
The tool is designed to let Facebook users share their favorite restaurants and their dining history with their social network. Foodies can use the app to make recommendations and rate establishments. The idea is that friends will browse each other’s profiles to scope out places to eat. Users can use the app to pick a friend-recommended restaurant and then book a reservation through OpenTable.
“Places I’ve Eaten makes it easy for diners to share and be inspired by memorable dining experiences and to tap into their friends’ knowledge of local dining scenes,” explained Scott Jampol, VP of consumer marketing at OpenTable, on the company’s blog. “We hope the app will help diners discover new hot spots, share recommendations with friends, and experience their favorite restaurants all over again.”
Google will now allow users to sign in to third-party apps using their Google+ log-in, the company said today.
OpenTable co-founder Glenn Allen has teamed up with former Zynga mobile designer Alan Wells to launch Glyder, a CRM tool for iPhone that allows small business owners to push content out across platforms.
OpenTable, the free online restaurant reservations site, launched its redesigned mobile web site this month. The site uses HTML5 to provide a new look and feel to visitors. It makes use of HTML5′s ability to work with integrated geolocation features in a phone to find and make reservations at nearby restaurants.