Whether building websites, creating content or even communicating with team members, there are plenty of online tools business owners can use to help build and grow their businesses. Recently, businesses got some new options from the likes of Shutterstock, Wix and Skype.
Read about these updates and more in this week’s Small Business Trends news and information roundup.
Find Photos with Mobile Reverse Image Search from Shutterstock
Shutterstock, a leading global provider of imagery and music is boosting its artificial intelligence credentials with mobile reverse image search feature within its iOS app. The New York-based company houses more than 80 million images and it can become quite a chore to find the right image for your blog or campaigns.
Wix Unveils New Innovation: Websites That Design Themselves Using AI
You’ve heard of artificial intelligence — AI — the machine-learning process that can drive cars, answer questions and beat humans at chess? According to an announcement released today from website builder Wix, you can now add web design to that list.
Skype for Android Tablets Gets a Makeover
About a year ago, Skype launched a major update for Skype for Android smartphones that was “inspired by” Google’s Material Design mantra. At the time, Skype said that the app had been redesigned on Android phones, but didn’t mention anything about Android tablets. Now, Skype for Android tablets finally gets material design in the version dubbed Skype 7.0 for Android.
How to List Your Small Business on Bing Places for Business
If you run a local business with a physical location, then you absolutely should take advantage of the enormous potential that listing your small business on search engines brings.
Mobile App Publishers Should Focus on High CTR, MoPub Report Says
For mobile app publishers, choosing the right advertising networks to work with is an important part of maximizing revenue potential. A report, just released from MoPub, an ad serving platform for mobile app publishers, reveals insights that, it says, can help publishers drive more revenue from their ad network partnerships.
UnREAL: Automatic Selfie Stick is Fake Product for Reality TV Spoof
Sick of your plain old selfie stick that only extends your phone out to take photos? Interested in a more advanced model that can provide a full selfie taking experience? Well, you’re in luck. The automated selfie stick is here! The automated selfie stick has the ability to hold your smartphone extended several feet away from you just like regular selfie sticks.
13 Top Restaurants That Have Adopted a No Tipping Trend
The no tipping policy trend in restaurant chains and eateries is slowly gaining traction across the U.S. According to a recent restaurant trade survey (PDF) released by American Express ahead of the 27th annual American Express Restaurant Trade Program, 29 percent of restaurant operators plan to adopt the no-tip policy in their establishments, while 18 percent report they already have.
Mobile Shoppers More Likely to Make In-Store Purchases, Study Finds
For many, online marketing is a tool to drive online sales, improve customer engagement and boost brand equity. But what many small business owners may not realize is that online marketing can play a significant role in driving in-store sales too.
Why Now is the Best Time to Start a Handmade Business
When I started the Indie Business Network in 2000, this nation’s economy was booming. Within the next five years, it was sliding toward disaster. My husband lost his job, and his profession began to die off as new technologies slowly replaced many of his skills. We had two babies and a mortgage. Just when our incomes needed to be climbing, they were taking a nose dive.
74 Percent of Small Business Websites Have No eCommerce
If you’ve been dawdling capitalizing on the ecommerce movement, you’re not alone as a small business owner. New data from SurePayroll’s monthly Small Business Scorecard shows that only 26 percent of small businesses have an ecommerce site or even use their website in any way to conduct sales.
Small Biz Spotlight
Spotlight: HangBee Adds More Privacy to Social Networking
Privacy is a major issue when it comes to social networking. That’s one of the big reasons that HangBee got started. The team wants to create a private social networking experience that is more natural and privacy focused. Read more about the company in this week’s Small Business Spotlight.
Small Business Operations
SkySlope Lets Real Estate Brokers Manage Business Online
Real estate has always been one of America’s most lively industries. Every year, some two million licensed agents and 86,000 brokerage firms work day and night to move billions of dollars worth of commercial and residential properties. Bearing that in mind, it’s not difficult to imagine why so many young professionals flock to join the industry.
PowerPoint Alternative Prezi Introduces Analytics, Collaboration
Prezi, a visual presentation platform and alternative to PowerPoint, today announced the launch of Prezi Business, a version tailored specifically for corporate use. But don’t let the tool’s “corporate” focus throw you. The platform can benefit small businesses too, the company says, though some small businesses may find it pricey.
Where Should Americans Not Travel for Business Right Now?
American small business owners who travel abroad need to stay updated on all the latest news developments about no travel zones for U.S. citizens. Sadly, terrorism, political unrest and disease exists in just about every corner of the globe and, as an American, it’s prudent to be aware of the latest travel guidelines and restrictions.
Will You Work During Your Summer Vacation? [Poll]
Most of us have endured the first big heat wave of the year and thoughts, inevitably, will turn to summer vacations. The big question? Will you work during summer vacation? Only about half of all small business owners actually take a vacation throughout the year. For some, the hotel has been booked and the bags are already half-packed.
Overnight is Poised to Give Airbnb a Run for its Money
Same-day accommodation apps have exploded in popularity over the past couple of years. Led by industry titan Airbnb, the hotel industry has been turned on its head by a gaggle of increasingly dynamic startups. Overnight stays will never be the same again.
Need a Gigantic 2-in-1 Device? Meet Dell’s 17-inch 2-in-1
How big is too big for a laptop? With the miniaturization of computing devices, anything over 13 inches is now considered big. So the new Dell Inspiron 17-inch 7000 2-in-1 is a behemoth that probably has many scratching their heads, and asking why? It isn’t the first time Dell has taken things to extremes.
New Dell Lineup Includes Colorful Laptops in Bright Colors
The dreary colors of yesteryear’s computer devices have been left behind. In fact, the laptops Dell just announced come in some vibrant colors. Think your staff would get a kick out of a laptop in Tango Red or Bali Blue? It definitely beats the different shades of grey and the go-to black many customers have become accustomed to.
New Wireless Epson Printers are Designed for the Home Office
The new line of WorkForce 2700 series printers from Epson are designed to give the home office a piece of equipment that can effortlessly connect with a smartphone, tablet or computer wirelessly and print from anywhere. This type of connectivity is key to the way many work today, because the office is no longer a static location.
ZTE Axon 7 Offers Low Cost with High End Features
The capabilities of smartphones are growing as collaboration in the workforce now greatly rely on mobile devices. In addition to the workplace, the increased capabilities are also used to deliver services to consumers by businesses large and small.
3D Virtual Reality Camera VUZE Offers Affordable Option
With the introduction of the 3D virtual reality camera VUZE, virtual reality is finally becoming a practical option for a wider audience. The potential of this technology has been hyped for many years. And entrepreneurs have begun to speculate about how virtual reality might be used to grow a business too.
Look At This Crazy Bendable Smartphone Screen from Oppo
Remember when having a flip phone was considered cool and trendy? Well, times have changed and seeing someone with one now might get you wondering why they still own such an outdated piece of technology. But don’t be too quick to judge. Having a flip phone could soon be trendy again — well, sort of — if leaked images of a bendable smartphone screen from Oppo are any indication.