Posts tagged trends

Businesses that cater to consumers’ fears for the future are reporting “robust sales,” writes OPEN Forum contributor Mark Henricks. 
"Doomsday may or may not be looming ahead, but it’s never been disadvantageous to be prepared," says David Sanders, owner of Atlanta-based e-commerce business Doomsday Prep. (He should know — his sales go up with every new season of AMC’s zombie survival hit The Walking Dead). 
Read more on OPEN Forum, “Dystopian Businesses: Profiting From Depressing Visions of the Future”

Businesses that cater to consumers’ fears for the future are reporting “robust sales,” writes OPEN Forum contributor Mark Henricks. 

"Doomsday may or may not be looming ahead, but it’s never been disadvantageous to be prepared," says David Sanders, owner of Atlanta-based e-commerce business Doomsday Prep. (He should know — his sales go up with every new season of AMC’s zombie survival hit The Walking Dead)

Read more on OPEN Forum, “Dystopian Businesses: Profiting From Depressing Visions of the Future

mashable:

Every year, CES (Consumer Electronics Show) both showcases new tech product launches and sets the tone for the tech industry in the upcoming year. Here are a few of the tech trends that you should look out for.

What’s going to be hot in marketing next year? Images. What’s not?  Useless apps. Read more Marketing Trends: What’s Hot And What’s Not For 2014.

Five Trends You’ll See More of in 2014:

  1. 3-D Printing
  2. Hyper-Upgrading
  3. Scent Tech
  4. National Heritage & Culture
  5. Transparency

springwise:

Personalized, barista-style coffee made by a robot
Public coffee machines have never been able to match the intricacies of a perfect flat white from the local independent bistro, never mind the latte art that comes with it. Although it hasn’t yet mastered that last one, the Briggo is a vending machine that can create high-standard speciality coffees and take orders from smartphones. READ MORE…

We bet this is the next big office trend, coming to a start-up or co-working space near you!

springwise:

Personalized, barista-style coffee made by a robot

Public coffee machines have never been able to match the intricacies of a perfect flat white from the local independent bistro, never mind the latte art that comes with it. Although it hasn’t yet mastered that last one, the Briggo is a vending machine that can create high-standard speciality coffees and take orders from smartphones. READ MORE…

We bet this is the next big office trend, coming to a start-up or co-working space near you!

theatlantic:

The 11 Most Fascinating Charts From Mary Meeker’s Epic Slideshow of Internet Trends

See more. [Images: KPCB]

It is important for all businesses, small or large, to keep up on internet trends in today’s digital age.

See what all the fuss is about in The Atlantic’s visual write up on Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends report from the D11 conference.

Are you re-vamping your marketing strategy this year? If so, look no further than the infographic.
This infographic proves why it is a great marketing solution for you to use.
(Via Mashable)

Are you re-vamping your marketing strategy this year? If so, look no further than the infographic.

This infographic proves why it is a great marketing solution for you to use.

(Via Mashable)

Beginner Social Media Tips for Local Business Marketing
        
        Local businesses that don’t use social media platforms are missing out on opportunities that could attract more customers and help them reach new markets. When you want a local business to thrive, you have to include social media in your marketing plan.  Start with these items below:1. Keep up with current trends2. Establish a brand identity3. Reach out to new customers4. Get your customers involvedRead More
        (via Beginner Social Media Tips for Local Business Marketing)
Beginner Social Media Tips for Local Business Marketing

Local businesses that don’t use social media platforms are missing out on opportunities that could attract more customers and help them reach new markets. When you want a local business to thrive, you have to include social media in your marketing plan.  Start with these items below:

1. Keep up with current trends
2. Establish a brand identity
3. Reach out to new customers
4. Get your customers involved

Read More

(via Beginner Social Media Tips for Local Business Marketing)

Tim O’Reilly’s Key to Creating the Next Big Thing“Create more value than you capture,” is the serial entrepreneur’s new catchphrase. Read on to know what his adage means, as well as his timeline of technology trend spotting throughout the years.
        (via Tim O’Reilly’s Key to Creating the Next Big Thing | Wired Business | Wired.com)
Tim O’Reilly’s Key to Creating the Next Big Thing


“Create more value than you capture,” is the serial entrepreneur’s new catchphrase. Read on to know what his adage means, as well as his timeline of technology trend spotting throughout the years.

(via Tim O’Reilly’s Key to Creating the Next Big Thing | Wired Business | Wired.com)

13 Predictions for 2013

Barry Moltz offers his top-13 predictions for small businesses in 2013:

  • Unemployment will dip, but
  • The economy will grow … slowly
  • There will be more sources for funding, including
  • Increased lending by banks
  • Housing prices will go up
  • Stock markets, too, will see increases
  • People will ditch their checkbooks
  • And daily deals will die

Find the complete list on OPEN Forum.