2016 Predictions: No.13 – Vertical Directories & Beacons

2016 will be a year of change and a year of new technology adoption. Let's start with the changes. Over the past few years Google has made many changes that have tied organic and local rankings closer together and relying more on their traditional algorithm. This will have several implications for those trying to gain popularity in local search.

Dec 22, 2015

2016 Predictions: No.12 – Abandoning the Point Solution Model

We'll see a leap forward in the ability of customer acquisition software & services for local small businesses to show they're making money for SMBs. This leap will be driven in large part by growing challenges & competitive pressure from Google, Amazon, and others who are trying to connect local service providers with in-market consumers.

Dec 21, 2015

2016 Predictions: No.11 – Autonomous Cars and Mapping

In order to deliver passengers safely from Point A to Point B, location mapping services like Google, OpenStreetMap and Here need to form an alliance to share navigational data. The power of a combined dataset and resulting location datapoints will deliver a higher order of accuracy guaranteeing safe transportation while on vacation in the future.

Dec 18, 2015

2016 Predictions: No.10 – Location and Time Take Over

Naturally, in the world of local information and discovery, there will be a continuous evolution of tools and data sets that help digital marketers and brands reach their audience. When I think about the growth we've seen recently in mobile technology and the spend migration to mobile by brands, agencies, and platforms, it’s obvious that mobile and local usage will continue to increase massively.

Dec 17, 2015

2016 Predictions: No.6 – R.I.P. Omnichannel

Buzzwords tend to have a short shelf life. In 2015, major retailers realized they had to connect their offline-and-offline customer services, including e-commerce, in-store pickup, social sharing, and mobile pay. Above all, stores needed to represent the “connected customer experience” via branded apps that would receive notifications and information via beacons.

Dec 11, 2015

2016 Predictions: No.5 – Customer Centricity Rules

2016 is will be dominated by more customer centric methods that many companies will utilize to create a better experience for their (potential) users. The times where it was enough to just be online, to have just a mobile friendly page are over. The diversity and redundancy of available products and services is enormous. The user has many more options than ever before

Dec 10, 2015