Thursday, September 6

Dump Facebook for Yelp?

Dump Facebook Invest in Yelp

Unlike Facebook, shares in YELP soared 64% on their opening day back in March from their opening price of $15.

Yelp is an online consumer-review site and it's price has held its own around $25 while Facebook has been slumping over 50% and some say it is on its way to $10. Mr Zuckerberg has said he will not sell his shares for 1 year but apparently he initially said, before the float, that he had no intention of selling any shares at all.

Yelp makes money from advertising (don't we all! Maybe I should float on the stock market). Most of their ads come from the local businesses that are reviewed by the users. In 2011, it had revenue of $83.3 million, up 74% from 2010. Still, it had a net loss of $16.7 million last year and $9.6 million the year before. gets 66 million monthly unique visitors and had 25 million reviews at the end of 2011. People used the company's mobile application, on 5.7 million mobiles a month. There is a possibility however that Google and Facebook "could grab more of the local advertising pie".
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My feeling is that at some point Yelp will be bought out by a bigger shark, maybe even Facebook?