Expanding our Partnership With Yelp

We are excited to announce that we are expanding our international data partnership with Yelp. Yelp connects people with great local businesses, and to do that they need high quality data about businesses around the globe. Yelp has added additional international countries to the list of data sets they license from our Global Places data, which covers more than 65 million local businesses and other points of interest around the world, making it easier for Yelp users to search and find comprehensive, accurate information about the businesses they care about most.

“We are excited to have access to Factual’s extensive local database for our international country launches and efforts outside of the United States,” said Stephanie Teng, International Product Manager at Yelp.

We count ourselves among the millions of users who rely on Yelp to find great local businesses. We’re excited to be helping Yelp expand into new markets so we can use Yelp anywhere in the world that we may find ourselves.

Factualites Help Out At Local Webslam

On April 12, Factual’s own Ben, Eric, Melanie, Molly, and Morgan headed to Los Angeles Trade Tech College to volunteer at the YouthBuild Charter School of California’s first ever WebSlam. The event, part of the school’s “STEM Initiative,” gave students the opportunity to implement newly learned CSS and HTML skills to create websites from scratch for real clients. As mentors at the event, our engineers helped guide the students as they worked on the websites and also got to talk to them about life working in the tech industry.

On the Road Again: Viewing American Business Travel through a Mobile Lens

We are a truly mobile society. In 2013, Americans traveled nearly 600 billion passenger miles domestically by air alone1. Wherever we go, we take our mobile devices with us. Factual’s Geopulse Audience uses location data from mobile devices to develop insight about users’ behavior. I analyzed data from our partner, Smaato, to examine the behavioral patterns of some of the most mobile people around: business travelers2. The map below shows MSAs that are frequently visited by US business travelers (the larger the circle, the more unique travelers visit that MSA).

Keeping Up With the Times — Quarterly Changes in Factual’s Global Places Data

At Factual, we’re obsessed with data quality. The real world is constantly changing, so we continually update our Global Places data to ensure that it is the most accurate representation of reality possible. That means adding new businesses that pop up, removing ones that have closed, and updating attributes of those that have changed (like a new telephone number or address). There isn’t a places dataset in the world that’s perfect, but we’re working hard to ensure ours is the best.