PlaceFull Partners with Judy’s Book to Help Merchants with Online Booking

SEATTLE, Wash., (August 12th, 2014) — Two Seattle startup companies, PlaceFull.com and Judy’s Book, have partnered to help small businesses get discovered and booked online. The online booking website PlaceFull.com is rolling out 11 new directories of over fifty thousand merchants to help Judy’s Book consumers get booked online. This will enable consumers to search businesses online and book anytime, anywhere using PlaceFull’s booking engine.  As part of the partnership, PlaceFull will enhance its pages by displaying Judy’s Book reviews (currently over 1.2 million) on business listings to its consumer audience. PlaceFull announced its new directories seeded with data from Judy’s Book will feature a multitude of professional service providers, such as Photographers, Home Inspectors, Artists, Carpet Cleaners, Painters, Window Cleaners, Roofing Services, Gutter Services, Garage Door Services, Pet Services, and Handyman Services. All merchants in the directory will have a dedicated page, which includes three referral listings, images, reviews, business information, the merchant’s Yelp Reviews and the merchants Judy’s Book Reviews. The merchant will then have the ability to convert their referral listing to real-time bookable listings to make it seamless for consumers to book instantly online. PlaceFull also announced that merchants that sign up for PlaceFull get full access to PlaceFull’s online booking capabilities (dashboard, calendar, free mobile app, credit card reader and more), which includes immediate booking on their website and Facebook page.  In addition PlaceFull merchants will have the option to enhance their Judy’s Book profile and drive more referrals to their online booking page. General Manager of Judy’s Book, Ali Alami said, “Many of our merchants are looking for a complete booking solution while our consumers are looking to save time and book on the go. This partnership with PlaceFull fills this need by providing 24×7 online and mobile booking capabilities to help our merchants grow their revenues while removing friction in booking for our consumer users.” Founder and CEO of PlaceFull, Ryan Hamlin said, “We are excited to partner with one of the leading Social Search tools available to consumers today to search, review and now book events, activities and services online, in real-time. PlaceFull.com is an online booking service that allows small business owners to create and publish bookable listings online, delivering ultimate convenience for both merchants and consumers. Its newly unveiled mobile application with credit card reader allows business owners to take bookings online, in-store, and on-the-go. Judy’s Book is the Social Search tool that brings the trusted scoop on local places. This Seattle, WA startup has grown to more than one million monthly pageviews and over 600,000 members.  Judy’s Book features local reviews, recommendations, and Kidscore on kid-friendly businesses, making it easy to share places with friends and family.

Judy’s Book Partners with GoDaddy to Help Local Businesses Get Found

We’re excited to announce that Judy’s Book is working with GoDdady’s Locu team on the launch of Get Found.

How many times have you tried to contact or visit a local business only to find out their phone number or physical address is out of date? Using GoDaddy Get Found, businesses can publish critical information like location, phone number, hours-of-operation, as well as service lists, menus and photos on search engines, social media, top local sites and mobile apps. Additionally, having updated and accurate information across various popular websites increases a customer’s visibility in search engine results.

GoDaddy Web Scanner Results

As part of the agreement Judy’s Book will ingest new listings and updates to existing listings from GoDaddy and display eatery menus on Judy’s Book and KidScore.  GoDaddy is also calling the Judy’s Book API from its Get Found tool that allows business owners and managers to quickly view their listing information across popular sites to ensure correctness and easily submit corrections to top sites.

KidScore with locu menu

This is a great example of tools small business owners can leverage to save time and drive more business while giving consumers more power to make decisions.

Ali Alami

General Manager (Interim CEO)

Judy’s Book shows TrustScore® To Showcase Suspicious and Honest Reviews

Judy’s Book shows TrustScore® to showcase suspicious and honest businesses.

TrustScore Scale

We just rolled out TrustScore®  for business listing pages.  A Judy’s Book TrustScore®  lets users gauge the reliability of the businesses reviews.  The Judy’s Book review filter has flagged and filtered out multiple reviews on Low TrustScore®  businesses, these are typically places that engage in attempts to game the system.

TrustScore low sample reviews page

TrustScore® works off about a dozen factors before making a determination.

Trustscore trusted reviews

Judy’s Book hopes to encourage honest reviews and businesses by exposing this new feature to consumers.  To find out more about the TrustScore simply click on the TrustScore icon or page.

New Judy’s Book Review API

We’re excited to announce the recent release of the Judy’s Book reviews API.   By accessing the API websites and apps can now get access to over 1 million reviews that span many categories, we also include full details of the business.  Most of the Judy’s Book reviews come from moms and dads and tend to be weighted towards family type establishments.

This allows brands to use and display Judy’s Book reviews on their properties to increase user engagement and deliver more content to their audience.

Brands can get an API Key by contacting partners@judysbookteam.com .

For those with limited development resources we also support a reviews feed through XML files.

Here’s a few of brands that leverage the Judy’s Book Reviews:

Judy's Book Reviews API Partners

The Most Kid Friendly Wineries in Washington State

Washington State is world renowned for its wines.  One difference between the Northwest and many other areas in the US is that WA tends to have a more relaxed family atmosphere when it comes to wine tasting.   Bringing the kids to a winery can be a fun event for all.  Here’s our top Wineries that are also kid friendly in WA State.

  1. Chateau Ste Michelle Winery (KidScore 85)  Chateau St. Michelle Winery is an adult heaven. But it’s also kid friendly enough to keep the kids entertained for a few hours. The main appeal is the grounds and park atmosphere. Children can feed ducks; view the gardens, giant barrel, and sculptures. Picnicking on a sunny day is a must.

Chateau Ste Michelle Winery Kid Friendly

Grounds

  1. Patterson Cellars (KidScore 68) Patterson offers excellent wine from several WA vineyards. Kid friendly staff and nice outdoor seating with a cool rock fountain. There is a play field next door and plenty of parking. The best kid friendly attribute of Patterson is The Station Pizzeria.

Patterson Cellars Outdoor Tasting Area Next To Station Pizzaria

Patterson Cellars Outdoor Tasting Area Next To Station Pizzaria

  1. Cave B Estate Winery (KidScore 88)  Cave B is in a spectacular location with great views, hiking, and exploring with kids. The Tendrils Restaurant has a delicious variety of Northwest fare and a healthy kids menu and high chairs. For families the best option is to explore the local desert trails, wild horses monument, pool, and beach by the nearby Columbia River.

Cave B Winery and Columbia River Sunset

Cave B Winery

  1.  Bonair Winery and Vineyards (KidScore 78) Bonair is a kid friendly winery with welcoming staff.  Children can feed the ducks, pet the friendly dog or play with the collection of toys in the corner of their tasting room.
  2. Northstar Winery (KidScore 78): Sip some of the best Washington Merlot, including winery-only releases, while your kids read a book in the tasting room’s living room-style facilities or play in the lawn outside. (1736 J.B. George Road, Walla Walla’s Southside)
  3. Vin Du Lac of Chelan Winery (KidScore 75) Vin Du Lac is a good option for wine loving parents who want to go wine tasting and enjoy good food with the kids. The grounds, tasting room, bistro are kid and parent friendly. They have a nice selection of healthy items on the kids menu and lots of space for kids to be kids.

Family Friendly Vin Du Lac Winery & Bistro in Chelan

Vin Du Lac Winery & Bistro in Chelan

Here’s some tips for families with kids at wineries, even the kid friendly ones:

  • Children should remain attended at all times, especially inside.
  • Remind them to use their indoor voices.
  • Bring a juice packet or bottle they can sip from.  A good option is Apple or Cranberry Juice with a plastic cup so they don’t feel left out when mom and dad are tasting.
  • Bring snacks, books, and a few small toys.
  • Remember to select an adult designated driver or limit your alcohol consumption to a responsible and legal level.

Got a family friendly winery you’d like to recommend?  Let us know by writing a review at KidScore.