13 Essential Digital Marketing Resources for Small Business Owners


A few years ago, I’d published a post on Social Media Week, 10 Websites For High Quality Free Stock Photos, which shared some of my favorite sites for stock images. Today, I’ll contribute a few digital marketing resources for you to consider. Google My Business It bears repeating, unless you’re a small business owner who…

A History of Television & Future: Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality


Following up on last week’s post, titled Wonkskolaser: The Family Who Built Warner Bros, this week’s topic is television. The device that was once expected to cement the family as an institution, but ended up doing just the opposite. So, how did television come about? What innovations have been made to the device since? And…

Wonkskolaser: The Family Who Built Warner Bros


Two of my favorite things are a great book, and a great movie. It’s no surprise that movies begin as words written on a page. Through this post, I hope to share the story of Warner Bros from the standpoint of a family, Polish Jews, who’ve built the business which continues today. Warner Bros, one…

Listerine… For Your Floors, For Your Crotch, For Your Mouth


What we now identify with as a remedy for your unfortunate case of bad breath, actually started as a surgical antiseptic named for Sir Joseph Lister, a British surgeon and a pioneer of antiseptic surgery. Listerine, a less powerful version of the antiseptic, was formulated in St. Louis, MO in 1879 by Dr. Joseph Lawrence…

Smart Cities of the Future: Self-Healing Construction Materials


It only makes sense to start this post with the accepted definition for smart cities. Briefly, they integrate technology into urban infrastructure, usually to improve sustainability, maximize efficiency and minimize energy usage. In a recent newsletter published by Abundance Insider’s Peter Diamandis, he writes that the U.S. Department of Transportation estimates a $542.6 billion backlog…

Everyone’s Chatting About Chatbots, But… What Are They?


[Repost with changes: Original article published in 2016] During this year’s [the 2016] F8 summit, an annual global developer conference held by Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg introduced the integration of chatbots in the Messenger platform. Called “Bots on Messenger”, it will allow businesses to deliver automated customer support, e-commerce guidance, content and interactive experiences.  It even grants companies…

Local Search Optimization Helps Customers Find Your Business


Eighty-two percent of consumers  report they have used local businesses, and virtually every one of them (98 percent) will continue or increase shopping locally in the future. This stated in Yodle’s report titled, “Yodle Insights: What Consumers Want from Local Businesses,” which surveyed more than 6,000 consumers. That said, when searching for your products or…

9 Steps to Starting a Business in the State of Florida


The South Florida Business Journal reported that in a study from American Express, Florida ranked No. 1 in the country for growth in the number of women-owned businesses between 2002 and 2016. The number of women-owned firms increased by 67 percent in that period, according to the Amex OPEN 2016 State of Women-Owned Business Report. The Florida Department of…