Tis’ the season to talk about small business 2012 predictions and trends and, this year, the online blogging community is delivering in spades.
Not that I’m complaining, mind you. I find predictions and trends posts fascinating for two reasons:
I love the preview of what’s to come, and
I love comparing this year’s predictions and trends to last year’s to see how the current year has changed the way we all think about doing business online.
The sheer number of predictions and trends posts makes it hard to pull out the top topics – the areas on which to focus in the year to come.
The only downside is that the sheer number of predictions and trends posts makes it hard to pull out the top topics – the areas on which to focus in the year to come.
Never fear however because I’ve done that work for you! That’s right, I’ve reviewed and analyzed 50 small business 2012 predictions and trends posts and broke them down into high-level topics for your consumption.
And, if you’re just looking for a quick look ahead, I’ve even compiled the top predictions and trends into a yummy infographic!
So read on and see what the future has in store for your small business in 2012.
Happy New Year!!!
Top Small Business Predictions and Trends 2012: The Infographic
Below is the “Top Small Business Predictions and Trends 2012” infographic. Below the infographic, you will find:
A closer look at the top small business 2012 predictions and trends, and
Links to the 50 small business predictions and trends posts for 2012 that I reviewed to gather data.
This is my first infographic so let me know if you like it in the comments below.
Feel free to share this image on your own site. All you need to do is include the link below either above or below the image:
Lastly, it seems like everyone and their uncle has, or wants, an app of their own these days. Expect that trend to continue as the lure of engaged consumers is strong.
Advertising and marketing continues to be a high-priority, with the race to stay afloat at the top of many a small-business owner’s mind. In 2012, more attention will be paid to new advertising and marketing platforms such as social media sites and mobile devices.
Many businesses realized the benefits of cloud computing and software-as-a-service (SAAS) in 2011 and the future looks even brighter as we move into 2012.
Social media continues to be a hot topic, but look for a much more concentrated focus on measurement and results. Return-on-investment is the clarion call for social media in 2012.
Finally, e-commerce is poised to move onto new platforms as social media sites and mobile devices become virtual shopping malls.
Security? Yes Security!
One of the big topics for 2012 is security. Apparently cyber-criminals are getting sharper and businesses, even small businesses, had better take precautions. Here are some posts to help get you up to speed: