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Guest Post: Phil Simon on Cloud Computing

January 25, 2011 - Posted by Shama Kabani

In mid-2010, I started writing The New Small. I wasn’t sure about where my journey would take me, but I knew two things: I wanted to profile a wide range of technologies. I didn’t want to profile a bunch of tech companies. I was able to kill two birds with one stone when I came across a very progressive law firm based in Minnesota: Skjold-Barthel. The firm threw all of its data and apps into the cloud after some IT issues caused a number of problems, not the least of which was lost revenue. Brass tacks: the firm had to decide if it was in the law business or the IT business. It decided on the former and moved away from handling its on traditional IT needs. A cloud provider now handles that. In this post, Ben Skjold, the firm’s president, discusses the benefits and challenges of embracing cloud computing…. read more

How to Market a Resort or Vacation Destination Online

January 12, 2011 - Posted by Shama Kabani

The travel industry has perhaps the greatest potential to grow and market online. Sadly, most hotels and resorts treat online marketing very much like they do traditional marketing – they setup a brochure website, and then forget about it. To truly engage an audience and sell more rooms, you need to look at web marketing as a living, breathing, entity. These online marketing tips don’t apply to local motels which would be best served by billboards and local marketing. Instead, I want to focus on true vacation destination hotels and resorts. Places people research and book in advance. Get the Basics Right – I’ve said it before, and I will say it again. No amount of marketing will make up for a poor product or service. If the rooms are dirty or checking in is a hassle, don’t expect marketing to make up for it. Of all the things people… read more

2011: Social Media Marketing Consultants on the Decline and Other Predictions

January 5, 2011 - Posted by Shama Kabani

In 2010, we were all enamored by social media marketing. Stories about folks getting fired because of their tweets or getting caught cheating thanks to Facebook were all the rage at parties. Okay…well…at least they were at the social gatherings I was attending. Now, we see a greater concern for privacy emerge and more people suffering from information overload.  Here are 3  trends I see emerging this year  – Every Tweet Counts – In 2010, tweeting became a phenomenon. We saw hordes of people sign up, tweet about their lunch plans, and then promptly stop using the service after pronouncing it absolutely useless.  In 2011, we will see more people thinking before tweeting. We’ve passed the experimental stage. It is no longer cool to just tweet. What you say actually matters. (Imagine that!)  And, it goes beyond twitter. Businesses trying to reach audiences will have to give content (and content… read more

7 Steps to Marketing a Mobile Application

January 3, 2011 - Posted by Shama Kabani

2011 will be the year of the mobile application. Early adopters will roll their eyes at that sentence, but Joe Doe from suburbia, who just got the iPad for Christmas is nodding his head. This year, widespread adoption will take mobile applications from a buzz phrase at SXSW to an everyday term (like microwave or blender…). And, more and more  companies will lunge at creating mobile applications. But, creating an application and getting people to actually use it are two different things entirely. We’ve helped a few companies create and market their mobile applications, and here are 7 steps for marketing a mobile application. 1) Start by creating a good application that people actually will use on a regular basis. This may sound like good business sense 101, but I cannot begin to tell you how many applications I see that people would flat out not use. Or, applications that… read more