Yext at NY’s Uncubed Event

The NYC Tech Scene made a strong showing at #Uncubed last week. Our recruiters had a blast hanging out and chatting with top talent at our Keg & Karaoke lounge. We’re growing quickly so recruiting is a top priority! We have 275+ employees and are looking for new hires in all of our departments.
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It was great to once again be a part of a recruiting event that showcases the most innovative tech companies in NYC that are disrupting their industries.
We were also excited to show off our new corporate branding and fun swag items!
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If you couldn’t make it to the event but are still interested in applying to Yext, you can browse our open positions on our careers page or email your resume to jobs@yext.com.
We’re growing fast, and need the best talent to help us achieve our goals even faster!
Hiring Departments:
Engineering
Product
User Experience
Operations
Partner
Marketing
Small Business
We look forward to hearing from you!
-Yext Recruiting Team

Introducing Pages

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2014 is the year mobile search is expected to surpass desktop search.  Since over half of mobile searches are local, this means GeoMarketers have a huge opportunity to reach customers in organic search.  

To help GeoMarketers reach even more local customers, today Yext is announcing Pages, a new product that allows marketers to easily create a store page site from local data and content already in Yext.  It’s Store Pages, ready right out of the box – and they work even better when integrated with your Listings.

Pages allows GeoMarketers to easily create web and mobile pages for each of their locations – in one directory site.  Powered by cutting-edge technology with built in SEO, you’ll be up and running in no time. All from the local data you already have in Yext.

  • Location Page: Unique websites for locations created with SEO optimization

  • Directory: Location directory build into your current website

  • Landing Page: Extend your campaign to the location level

Best of all, it’s completely integrated with your Listings and Social in the GeoMarketing Cloud, so you will maximize the performance of your local digital presence. Benefit from integrated Listings and Social in your organization and in your SEO.

This might not be the first you’re hearing of Pages. To help spread the news of Pages we created our biggest ever advertising campaign with AdAge and AdWeek.  Check out a behind-the-scenes look at the shoot and our idea for the campaign here.

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Your brand’s Listings and Pages work better together.

To learn more about the benefits of an integrated approach to your local presence, please download this complimentary whitepaper by local SEO expert, Andrew Shotland, here.

Pie for Pi Day

Every year on March 14th the world celebrates Pi, one of the most recognized and important mathematical constants in history, and the only appropriate way to honor this mathematical triumph is with a pie feast.

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The official celebrations began at 1:59 pm to symbolize the value sequence of Pi (3.14159).

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Nothing sets the mood like some Pi tunes (Yes, it’s a real thing!)

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Yexters love their pi(e)!

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uWaterloo Alumni Tech Panel

On Tuesday evening, we opened up our office to uWaterloo co-op students and alumni working in the NYC area. Students gathered in the Yext headquarters to learn more about what it’s like to live and work in the New York tech scene, including jobs, housing, and social life.

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Our panelists for the evening included (from left to right):

  • Shinji Kim, Product Manager at YieldMo
  • Matthew Eggertson, R&D Architect at AppNexus
  • Sean MacIsaac, CTO at Yext
  • Rakesh Malhotra, VP of Products at Apprenda
  • Jeromy Carriere, Engineering Director at Google
  • Michael Kane, VP of Product at Betterment

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Sean acted as our panel moderator and covered a range of topics throughout the evening. He kicked off the event with a discussion about the differences between working in Canada versus the United States, and then progressed to a comparison of work environments on the East and West coasts. The panelists then transitioned into a conversation about choosing career paths in technology and finished the discussion with advice on how to develop yourself professionally.

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Some of the tips that resonated with the audience were:

  • “Try as many things as you can… let it {your passion} find you” -Rakesh M.
  • “Engineering is not going away, it is only going to accelerate” – Sean M.
  • Always find mentors who can help guide you – unanimous

Inside Look at Yext’s Weekly ‘Manifesto’ Meetings

The most anticipated time of the week is when we come together on Friday for an all-hands meeting called ‘Manifesto.’ It’s an opportunity for our growing company (250 employees!) to spend some time together and hear important updates from our leaders, all while enjoying fresh pizza and beer on tap.

Let’s walk through a recent Manifesto so you can see what it’s all about.

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Manifesto_Listening It’s always a great way to reconnect and unwind at the end of the week!

AWS User Group Meetup

This week, Yext hosted the NYC AWS User Group to discuss techniques enabling migration applications to AWS. Education technology company Knewton, had their own unique perspective on the topic and joined in on the presentation.

We started the evening with drinks and networking. One of the guests was overheard joking about our idea of “light refreshments.” At Yext, there is never a shortage of good eats.

Speakers included Yext’s CTO, Sean MacIsaac and Knewton’s Director of Platform, Trevor Smith.

Sean MacIsaac, kicked off the discussion with a presentation on how Yext Engineering uses MySQL replication with RDS to enable Yext’s migration to AWS.

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Trevor Smith’s presentation on their migration from an in-house graph DB to Cassandra-backed Titan, raised a lot of questions.

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Trevor’s key advice for the evening, ”spend a lot of time understanding your problem.”

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Finding Local Love: A Tale of Two Robots

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we decided to share a beautiful love story that’s blossoming at Yext.

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As the best love stories do, it all started on Tinder. Boy Robot took a break from his hectic work day to do some swiping.

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He stumbled upon this profile and liked what he saw. They set up a date to meet at a great local spot, The Snack Kitchen.

Girl-Robot-TinderBoy Robot headed to The Snack Kitchen, but when he arrived his lady friend was nowhere to be found!

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Boy Robot checked into Foursquare and discovered that there was incorrect geodata, and that the Girl Robot had accidentally gone to The Engineering Snack Kitchen on the other side of the office.

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He raced off to catch her before it was too late!

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They ran into each other in the hallway and hit it off immediately.

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Time flew by and before they knew it, they were sneaking off to the Nap Pod for some “alone time.”

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 Don’t let bad geodata keep you from finding love! Happy Valentine’s Day from Yext.

Celebrating Our One-Year Anniversary On Madison Avenue

This week marks the one-year anniversary of Yext’s move from Chelsea Market to our new offices on Madison Avenue. As we all bundle up inside during this cold January, we can’t help but think back nostalgically to all of the fun we had during our office housewarming party last winter. As you can see below, Yexters love a photobooth!

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Yext Named #20 on Forbes’ Most Promising Companies List

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We have some exciting news to share today: Yext has been named #20 on Forbes’ Most Promising Companies List!

Every year Forbes ranks America’s private companies based on variables such as revenue growth, quality of management team and investors, and market size – and this year we’re proud to be included among other great companies.

It’s been an incredible past few years thanks, in large part, to all of our partners who have joined us along the way.

You can see the full list of Forbes Most Promising Companies here. Also be sure to check out Forbes’ recent feature on Yext’s journey to success.

Onward!

Adding Citymaps and 7 Publishers to PowerListings Network

When your customers are looking for things and businesses locally they use different sites and tools to find different information. They’re looking for details that distinguish your business from the next based on more than just where it’s located (though that matters, too). And since each site, map or app offers its own context, your business needs to be everywhere.

To help customers find your business on whatever device and service they might be looking, we’re excited to announce eight new publishers in the PowerListings Network: Citymaps, Opendi, YellowPagesGoesGreen, Citybot, ABLocal, Pointcom, VoteForTheBest, 2findlocal!

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Citymaps is the world’s first social map.  Described as the “Pinterest for Places,” Citymaps is the fastest and easiest way to make maps of your favorite places, see your friends’ maps, and check out personal maps by celebs and publishers.  Discover the best places around you, wherever you are.  The award-winning logo map covers 15mm places in America — including real-time Instagram photos, menus, tips, navigation, and directions.

We’re excited to partner with Citymaps, another NYC startup right up the road from our office.

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Opendi is a local directory that contains over 6 million local businesses across the globe. Along with their business pages, there are thousands of reviews to help searchers find exactly what they are looking for.

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YellowPagesGoesGreen provides an environmentally friendly search engine while supporting the green movement and promoting awareness by helping consumers opt-out of the delivery of the printed yellow pages. As the original opt-out registry, their “going green” mission continues as they provide a simple and effective online alternative to print.

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Citybot is an app that makes travel planning easy for people who don’t just want to find one place but want a full itinerary including the best attractions, restaurants, bars, and other must-sees in a new city.

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ABLocal is a curated local business directory, which helps people find great local businesses they’ve never tried before. Their search algorithm favors businesses who have taken the time to curate their listings. They believe business owners who want to talk about their business, and what makes it unique, are more likely to run a cool, local shop.

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Pointcom has been offering great services to the world wide web since the 1990′s and as we venture further into the 21st century they have looked for new ways to expand on what this site has provided in the past and bring great websites to the forefront. Each site they review is given a stamp of approval that they have quality content that would be essential for any visitor to check out.

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VotefortheBest is a straight-forward business directory that ranks businesses in every town in the country based on a simple yet powerful voting system. VotefortheBest is quickly becoming the go-to destination to find out what businesses are popular in any city.

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2findlocal is a local search directory that helps consumers make big finds from small businesses. Made in New York, 2findlocal connects consumers to businesses in their towns selling the products and services they need. Consumers can even see what searches are trending in their town, providing them with another way to find local businesses.

In addition to these eight sites, maps and apps, we’re adding new ones all the time to help your customers find you. You can learn more about each one in our PowerListings Network here.