Posts Over At NextWaveSMB: Amazon Echo, Mapvertising, SMB Listings, Website Options, Video’s Next Generation

Here is a peek at the 5 most recent entries from my new blog: NextWaveSMB (sponsored by Booker). We’re taking a fresh look at some of the tech issues coming up for SMBs. 1. “Hey Alexa, Hire a Plumber” “Amazon Echo is an 9” wireless speaker that hears your spoken query and quickly retrieves “answers” […]

Sneak Peek at BIA/Kelsey NEXT Show: 6 Things I’m Watching For

BIA/Kelsey’s December event has been local’s flagship, and always ahead of the curve in all of local’s iterations. It has been widely imitated, but never totally duplicated! I‘ve been producing it for a long time, but this year, handed it off in midstream. I’ll be moderating some great sessions, though, and the conference team has […]

AOL’s Sale to Verizon: All Eyes on Mobile and Video

Verizon’s announcement today that it will buy AOL for $4.4 billion is a bid to get beyond dumb pipes and airwaves to get deeply into mobile and video. By doing so, Verizon, a $200 Billion company,  hopes to play on more of a level playing field with other major telecom players combining access to content and personalization […]

Google Offers’ Nitin Mangtani Set to Keynote at ILM East

Here’s what we’ve been waiting to announce: Google Offers’ head Nitin Mangtani will join our great list of keynoters at ILM East March 26-28 in Boston. We believe Mangtani’s appearance marks one of the first public debuts of Google Offers, which is playing a major role in Google’s vital local strategy, along with Google Places, […]

New Vertical Focus: On Demand ‘Maintenance’ Info

The focus for vertical sites is likely to shift in coming months. In addition to regular features, such as listings, many vertical sites will also begin to blend personalized or on demand “maintenance” information with various social media features such as scheduling and reviews. We’ve seen it with garden and health sites, and also, increasingly, […]