In conjunction with Small Business Saturday (that’s Nov. 24 this year), Twitter just announced a promotion to bring up to 10,000 new small businesses into its advertising program. The company says that the first 10,000 eligible small businesses that apply for the program will receive up to $100 in credits that can be used to pay for Promoted Tweets or Promoted Accounts. In order to qualify, businesses must be based in the U.S. and already active on Twitter, but not yet an advertiser on the site....
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