Review: ‘Digital Vortex,’ a Strategy Guide for Incumbent Companies

Most business literature celebrates disrupters, but what should “incumbent” companies do to stay ahead of new competitors? How can they leverage digital capabilities and trends to steer themselves into the next generation? These are the questions addressed by a Cisco Initiatives/IMD team in a new book, “Digital Vortex: How Today’s Market Leaders Can Beat Disruptive […]

Being Tactical and Strategic: The Greatest Hits of ‘Next Wave SMB’

Where do we draw the line between “strategic” initiatives that define the future, and “tactical” approaches that can be readily applied? The average SMB or local marketer wants to be state-of-the-art, but doesn’t want to get too far ahead of customers, or invest in services that don’t ultimately catch on. Some things that we’ve watched […]

ZenReach’s Big Bet on SMB WiFi Access

Online to Offline (O2O) marketing hasn’t grown as quickly as expected, in part, because registering for it is too hard. Now, former eBayLocal head Jack Abraham is introducing ZenReach, a simpler O2O service with minimal “friction.” ZenReach is based on plain vanilla WiFi access that a network of SMBs will provide to consumers in exchange […]

“Hey Alexa!” HomeAdvisor, TalkLocal Are Customizing for Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo represents a new eco-system for commerce, and is arguably, one of the biggest innovations in recent years. By simply voicing a request triggered by a common command, (“Hey, Alexa”), users can tap into hundreds of apps that are being specially designed to link their Web info – from movies and music to medical […]

Review: Scott Brinker’s Hacking Marketing — MarTec’s Growing Impact on Local, SMB and Niche Marketing

MarTech — the integration of software and marketing — is a wild card in the new generation of marketing. The new era of Martech takes into account not only ads and promotion, but content and experience, social and relationships, commerce and sales, data and management. The question for us is how it all ultimately applies […]