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Top Tech Trends Today

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Technology is changing rapidly

It used to be that when you owned a business, all you had to do was run that business. But those days are long gone. Today, if you are self-employed, you have to be one-part entrepreneur and one part techno-geek. Now, it may be that you don’t want to deal with technology, but the truth is, if you are going to compete, you have to.

It behooves you to keep up with emerging trends because today’s trend is tomorrow’s technology.

As such, it behooves you to keep up with emerging trends because today’s trend is tomorrow’s technology.

The Top Trends Today

3. Social media grows up: By now the news that, as a small business owner, you need to get on board with social media is old hat. Most small businesses have gotten that message. But there is a definite difference between getting on board and using it right. What seems clear is that a lot of small business people are figuring out that it’s not the quantity of contacts you get and have via social networking, but rather the quality of those connections.

The beauty of social media is that aside from branding and increased visibility, it enables you to meet new people, people you would otherwise not normally meet. By tapping into those connections, you can grow your business — and not just your online brand.

2. Groupon and its brethren get refined: Groupon exploded on the scene in 2010 and 2011 and it seemed like an amazing things for small businesses: Thousands of people getting to hear about your business and being offered incredible deals to check you out.

And in many ways it was. Except when it wasn’t. Not a few small businesses learned the hard way that accommodating a Living Social or Groupon deal meant:

* Having to deal with sometimes unhappy existing customers

* Figuring out how to convert looky-loos who were often more interested in cheap deals than your particular product or service

* Handling the rush

So one thing we are seeing now is both the small business and the deal-of-the-day sites like Groupon refining the model, and that’s a good thing.

And the top trend today is

1. Mobile mania: Whereas mobile mania may have referred to wireless networks and laptops at one time, today it means that people are increasingly on their smart phones. Consider: Search Engine Land says that more than 20% of all searches are now done on a mobile device.

And that represents both opportunity and danger for the small business owner. Yes, there is another technological advance to learn about, but that same advance can also help you grow your business. At a minimum, small businesses should

1. Make sure that their websites are mobile friendly, and
2. Consider mobile ad campaigns as part of their marketing mix

This is an amazing time to be in business for yourself. There are more tools than ever to help you succeed. All you need do is take advantage of them.