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Top 10 SMB Predictions For 2011

We dusted off an old piece of tech -- the crystal ball -- to see what the New Year has in store for small and midsize business. 2011 will without a doubt be the year when "trend" becomes "normal" in a variety of business areas, from mobility to virtualization to social marketing. And while certain industry lingo might simply become part of the everyday vocabulary, the term "SMB" itself is likely to be thrown around even more loosely than it was in 2010, by vendors, politicians, and a host of oth
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Smartphone adoption among consumers and businesses alike will continue to rocket ahead, and as both user pools grow more sophisticated, so will location-based marketing. Services such as Foursquare, Yelp, and Gowalla have already been joined in the fray by players with deep pockets like Google and Visa. SMBs will embrace the marketing channel in mainstream numbers in 2011.


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