Our Streetfight Post: The Shift in B2SMB (and Why We are Putting on The B2SMB Summit)

Businesses selling services to SMBs — a category we call “B2SMB” — currently bring in $500 billion a year. But major changes can be anticipated as the market shifts away from media towards cloud based services, artificial intelligence, marketing automation and location marketing. This cluster of tech movements represent real opportunities to help SMBs target […]

New Event: ‘The B2SMB Summit’ Focuses on Scaling SMB Sales Solutions

For all those that say that selling and engaging SMBs is critical but has to “scale”…here’s an exciting and unique new event on Business-to-SMB sales solutions. Powered by our friends at BizHive and sponsored by Business.com, The B2SMB Summit (Business to SMB) takes place Oct. 3-4 in Chicago at 1871 Accelerator (Precon) and Revel Fulton. […]

Betting on Local Wi-Fi: A Look at ZenReach and LinkNYC

Sometimes, you want to cut the telecom chord and rely on Wi-Fi and Skype. Well — Good luck with that! When you get beyond Starbucks, McDonalds and the public library, Wi-Fi signals can be kind of spotty. Currently, 28 percent of SMBs provide some type of Wi-Fi service, according to Unacast. Is there a good […]

ShopTalk17: Retailers as ‘Hyperlocal Shoppable Destinations’

Macy’s, Sears and JC Penney’s are closing dozens of store locations. Others will follow. So the question arises: Can stores use digital tech and e-commerce to save themselves? The value of their real estate, alone, certainly incents them to highlight their stores, instead of just selling online. At ShopTalk17 in Las Vegas last week, executives […]

Borrell LOAC17: Traditional Media Leaders Lay Out Digital Blue Prints

One doesn’t typically pick the large media conglomerates to lead the way in today’s search-and- find digital environment. But some of them have money, and have quietly assembled digital properties and toolsets that are evolving into a digital mindset. At Borrell’s Local Online Advertising Conference in New York this week, leaders from CBS, McClatchy, Nexstar […]

Media Cos Shifting ‘Labs’ Towards Productization, Revenue

Media companies – like their counterparts in Software, Hardware, FinTech, Telecom, Retail, Travel and Insurance – are seeking to get a jump on potential disruptions (and disruptors) with media labs focused on changes in technology, consumer habits, distribution and industry scale. Some are investing in next generation companies. Others have contributed to forward looking efforts […]

Making Next Generation Labs Front and Center

Many companies engage in “innovation theater,” where they showcase a new generation of products to highlight an executive’s vision, impress shareholders and investors, win favorable press, build their brand, and fake out the competition. Elon Musk has proved himself to be a master of innovation theater, most recently by showcasing the Hyperloop magnetic train connecting […]