SMBs Are Stalled with FinTech; Its Long-Term Influence Remains Inevitable

As Money2020 concludes its 5th big show focusing on the new role of tech-based services in payments and marketing, FinTech has stalled for the SMB marketing channel. Once thought of as a game changer and disrupter for SMB marketing – and a key component in their very real move towards CRM — FinTech hasn’t really […]

Final Speakers Announced for B2SMB Summit

Five new speakers have been added to the lineup for The B2SMB Summit Oct. 3-4 in Chicago – next week. The latest additions to the program include: • Carrie Jacobson, VP, Tech Services, Office Depot • Tehsin Daya, Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships, ReachLocal • Peter Steger, Head of Business Development, Kabbage • David Turner, Senior […]

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 […]

Cisco’s Jenn Allen — Making Tech a Competitive Advantage

Wireless, AI and other tech enhancements, on some levels, represent new ways for SMBs to add value to their customers, bring in business, and create new operational efficiencies. It’s a big topic for us at The B2SMB Summit, where we’ll hear from a number of leaders in the space, including Cisco’s Go-to-Market Lead Jenn Allen, […]

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 […]

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 […]