Last year was full of unexpected challenges and local businesses served as a mirror for the fluctuations that defined the U.S. economy. In our previous Yelp Economic Average reports in Q2 and Q3, we reported on business closures across the country and the resilience of local businesses evidenced through new openings and reopenings, respectively.
As we close out the decade, and think about the foods we can’t wait to try in 2020, we asked the Yelp data science team “what were the biggest food moments of the last 10 years?” Was it just last summer that we couldn’t get enough of the aperol spritz? Are people still crazy for… Read more
Today Yelp is releasing 198 Consumer Alerts this quarter, notifying consumers of biased review practices that, if left unchecked, would result in misleading business ratings. These alerts are one of the ways Yelp informs the public of egregious attempts to influence ratings and reviews, for example by offering compensation in exchange for reviews or spamming… Read more
Beware! With the season of ghosts, goblins and trickery upon us, Yelp has unearthed the spookiest cities in America. We determined the Most Haunted Cities in America by the percentage of reviews that contain words associated with haunted places, like “ghost,” “haunt,” and “creepy” – excluding businesses in the Haunted House category – and our… Read more