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More on U.S. Employment, Post-Trough

Reader rtd states “it is virtually guaranteed that after a nation’s business cycle trough, that same nation’s employment growth will display an upward trend.” I thought this an interesting enough assertion that it merited additional investigation. If one were looking at data in the US from the beginning of the nonfarm payroll series until the […]

Climate and Renewable Trends for 2015

Continued global job creation in the renewable energy sector, the increasing political clout of US renewable energy businesses, China's efforts to cut CO2 emissions and the evolution of global energy markets increasingly away from fossil fuels should provide plenty of opportunity for continued progress in 2015. read more

5 Tax Incentives to Help You Find and Keep Customers

The NFIB Small Business Economic Trends December 2014 (PDF) shows that business optimism reached the highest level since 2007. And that many business owners expect to expand and anticipate increased revenues. To do this, it goes without saying (but I’ll say it anyway) that you need to retain existing customers and bring in new ones. If...

App Annie Reveals The Top 9 App Trends From 2014

Mobile analytics provider App Annie, the market leader in the app measurement business today, is out this morning with its annual report that takes a look back at the app trends that defined the past year. The report includes a lookShow More Summary

12 Trends Search Marketers Can’t Ignore in Content Marketing

Content marketing is an increasingly important part of a search marketer's job. Here are 12 trends those in the SEO business can't afford to ignore.

FCC issues warning on WiFi blocking, cites “disturbing” trend

3 days agoTechnology : GigaOM

The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday sent out a public notice  warning hotels, convention centers and other businesses not to tamper with consumers' personal WiFi hot spots, or else face penalties. "In the…

Must You Send 1099 Forms to Contractors Paid Via PayPal or Credit Card?

The deadline for mailing 1099-MISC forms to recipients this year is February 2, 2015. Here’s a frequent question we get here at Small Business Trends.  It concerns payments you made to vendors, independent workers and service providers last year via PayPal or credit card: If my small business paid independent contractors or other businesses using...

Today’s Business Idea in the News: Teens Don’t Drive

Why aren't teens getting their drivers' licenses, and how you can profit from this trend, in today's Business Ideas in the News.

Are You A McDonald’s Or Chipotle Fundraiser?

The Shake Shack Economy, a recent article in The New Yorker, is far more than a terrific business story. It’s a thought-provoking piece about changing demographics and trends and what is possible for companies that take the far lesser worn — but far more profitable — path of category creation (i.e., fast-casual dining) versus the […]

This Week In Celebrity Twitpics & Instagrams!

What a busy, busy week for your favorite celebs! Cara Delevingne got to work with a LION CUB which is effing AWESOME! Oh, and she met Danny DeVito! Kim Kardashian got to go skiing with Kanye West and also modeled the newest trend in swimwear… a furkini… For when you wanna swim but you're cold? Yeah, we dunno [...]

Quasi-Stylized Fact about Employment after Troughs

Reader rtd writes: “…it is virtually guaranteed that after a nation’s business cycle trough, that same nation’s employment growth will display an upward trend”, but when asked about the euro area, argues “The Eurozone is a conglomerate of nations with varying fiscal policies, ideologies, cultures, and the list goes on and on. Please don’t compare […]

Third Eye on SEO: 2015 Guides, Tutorials, Education, and Trends

If you're a digital marketer or website owner in 2015, chances are your third eye is on search engine optimization (SEO) now more than ever. Why? SEO not only tops the charts for generating leads and creating new business, but it's also one of today's most sought-after skills and talents. Show More Summary

#WWBR Week of January 19, 2015

Start-Ups Are Helping Consumers Make Better Health Care Purchases Sachin Jain for Harvard Business Review “Sachin Jain’s analysis of the trend of consumer-directed health is spot on. While giving more control to consumers is an undeniably important issue, the specifics … Read more ›

Jasen Lew of Medallia: The Year Customer Experience Management Comes to SMBs

Medallia, a cloud-based customer experience management platform provider, authored a blog post citing eight major trends businesses should be on the lookout for in 2015. Alongside trends like the digitization of wallets and the Internet of Things connecting us with more sources of feedback, Medallia thinks this is the year small and mid-size businesses will get...

Hot Sustainability Management Trends for 2015

As businesses’ approaches to sustainability matures, leaders will find their attention drawn towards company specific risk-based thinking objectives and how to efficiently integrate alternative strategies, such as green infrastructure, into their plans for 2015 onwards, according to analysis by Verdantix. Show More Summary

Azure Machine Learning helps change businesses and lives, with Dr. Pig app as the latest example

Having the right data means that businesses can predict trends: What are the energy demands in buildings? What products should a company continue to stock, and which ones should they stop carrying? Azure Machine Learning provides the data to help make these kinds of decisions, changing the way business – and lives – are affected. Show More Summary

Pilot Season 2015: The ‘Empire’ Effect, Volume & Direct-To-Series Retreat + How Many Pilots The Networks Are Ordering

Television development has always been a reactive business, with the networks jumping on the latest trend, trying to replicate the formula of the most recent thing that worked despite the age-old adage that lightning rarely strikes twice. Show More Summary

2015 Digital Media: A Call For a Big Business Model Cleanup 

  by Frédéric Filloux Digital media are stuck with bad economics resulting in relentless deflation. It’s time to wake-up and make 2015 the year of radical — and concerted — solutions. Trends in digital advertising feel like an endless agony to me. Show More Summary

Where Should You Focus Your Social Media Efforts in 2015?

Welcome to 2015. I began blogging on Maximize Social Business in 2014 with my 6 social media trends to watch evolve post. I want to begin 2015 by both looking at how those trends have evolved as well as what new ones have appeared. What...Show More Summary

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