At the top of ecommerce headlines Thursday was a report by the Wall Street Journal that Amazon will open a physical "store" in Manhattan in time for the holiday rush. Should small business owners, including those with only an online presence, be concerned? Right now I have two answers to that … [Read more...] about Should Small Business be Concerned over Amazon’s First Physical Location?
I was inspired by a short, albeit deep, blog post by Seth Godin. He's an idea guru who writes about the post-industrial revolution, and is the founder of Squidoo. To many professionals, he is on the short list of people to follow on the internet, and hopefully one day meet in person. Last … [Read more...] about Mobile Design is Not a Replacement for Desktop
A simple act of kindness meets social experiment launched last month and hit the Internet by storm. A Providence, RI man, Jonathan Stark, deposited $300 on his Starbucks card then published the account snapshot to the world. Consumers needed only to transfer Jonathan's card image to their … [Read more...] about Bitter Coffee…
On Monday, uber-consultant Chris Brogan—who often uses personal experiences to teach or engage his followers—challenged us to find a way to create a chain reaction for online purchases. In his concise, logical post, Brogan explains how an order of fajita's passing through a restaurant dining room … [Read more...] about The Interesting “Sizzling Fajita” Effect
The Way I See It... I love what Facebook can do for a business. Yes, I think every small business needs a presence on the social giant. This doesn't change the fact, however, that Facebook itself is not that original. Yesterday, Facebook announced the overhaul of Facebook Groups, providing a new … [Read more...] about Facebook Isn’t So Original…
Part of my THE WAY I SEE IT series, where I quick-hit a few topics per week. Remember Everything. That's Evernote's motto... but, is it really? This company seems to have forgotten what it takes to "grow". Evernote is a cloud service that allows users to keep track of many things - such as notes, … [Read more...] about Evernote is Missing the Boat on webOS
Part of my THE WAY I SEE IT series, where I quick-hit a few topics per week. This week Practical eCommerce contributor Armando Roggio brought to light a common practice by shady companies, calling out BigCommerce in the process. In his article, An Eye on BigCommerce, Roggio shone the light on the … [Read more...] about Misattributing Quotes: Common Practice By Bad Companies
Last month I talked about the future of eCommerce being in the palm of our hands - that is, mobile commerce. I'm still met with many naysayers on the topic. So many online store owners simply don't see the value in making a portable version of their product catalog. But, consider this: Amazon … [Read more...] about Amazon Proves Mobile Site Worth Investment