The Top Small Business Posts and Trends of 2012

 

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Well that was fast. 2012 is over and it feels like the year just began. Like any smart growing business, we took a step back and analyzed the past year’s accomplishments.

Here are some of the milestones we’ve achieved this year thanks to our Firmology audience!

We also took a look at our top posts of 2012 and noticed some interesting trends:

  • Six out of the top ten posts are about small business and their mobile needs. Interesting! Mobile is certainly playing a greater role in society and small businesses are clearly looking to get in on the action. We’ll be sure to ramp up our mobile resources in 2013!
  • Four of the top ten posts are about LinkedIn or contact management apps, proving once again that the old guards of professional networking and business cards continue to experience disruption. The business card and old contact management methods are on life support.
  • Tech support for small businesses is in demand. We were completely surprised by the success of our Geek Squad for small businesses post, which highlights the need for inexpensive tech support for small businesses.

Top Small Business Posts of 2012

  1. An Alternative to LinkedIn’s CardMunch: How to Build a Business Card Database Using Evernote Hello
  2. Forget LinkedIn CardMunch & Evernote Hello. 5Degrees is the Best Mobile Contact Manager We’ve Seen
  3. Geek Squad Wants to Be Your Small Business Computer Guy
  4. 10 Powerful iPhone Apps for Your Small Business
  5. Here Are the Top 50 Small Business Influencers You Should Follow on Twitter
  6. COMPARISON: Outlook.com versus Gmail versus Hotmail
  7. LinkedIn Relaunches CardMunch, the iPhone App That Will End the Use of Business Cards
  8. Mobile Contact Manager Evernote Hello for Android Helps Business Professionals Remember New People
  9. Qualaroo (Formerly KISSinsights) Changes Pricing Plan and Releases Enhancements for Free Users
  10. The 16 Best Mobile Apps for Small Business

January 2012

  1. The Ikea of Children’s Retail
  2. What Kind of Entrepreneur Are You? [INFOGRAPHIC]
  3. 10 Powerful iPhone Apps for Your Small Business

February 2012

  1. 10 Powerful iPhone Apps for Your Small Business
  2. The Ikea of Children’s Retail
  3. LinkedIn Relaunches CardMunch, the iPhone App That Will End the Use of Business Cards

March 2012

  1. 10 Powerful iPhone Apps for Your Small Business
  2. The 16 Best Mobile Apps for Small Business
  3. Warby Parker: The Toms Shoes and Zappos of Eyeglasses

April 2012

  1. 10 Powerful iPhone Apps for Your Small Business
  2. Dollar Shave Club Lathers Up and Shaves Off a Slice of the $13 Billion Men’s Razor Industry
  3. How to Use LinkedIn Plugins to Make Your Small Business Website More Engaging

May 2012

  1. 10 Powerful iPhone Apps for Your Small Business
  2. WARNING: Google’s Penguin Search Algorithm Update Hurting Small Businesses
  3. Top 10 U.S. Cities with Most Social Media Savvy Small Businesses

June 2012

  1. Here Are the Top 50 Small Business Influencers You Should Follow on Twitter
  2. 10 Powerful iPhone Apps for Your Small Business
  3. Dwolla Empowers Small Businesses to Ditch Visa and Mastercard [Techweek]

July 2012

  1. Forget LinkedIn CardMunch & Evernote Hello. 5Degrees is the Best Mobile Contact Manager We’ve Seen
  2. Here Are the Top 50 Small Business Influencers You Should Follow on Twitter
  3. An Alternative to LinkedIn’s CardMunch: How to Build a Business Card Database Using Evernote Hello

August 2012

  1. COMPARISON: Outlook.com versus Gmail versus Hotmail
  2. An Alternative to LinkedIn’s CardMunch: How to Build a Business Card Database Using Evernote Hello
  3. Tips on How Your Small Business Can Effectively Manage a Virtual Team

September 2012

  1. An Alternative to LinkedIn’s CardMunch: How to Build a Business Card Database Using Evernote Hello
  2. Geek Squad Wants to Be Your Small Business Computer Guy
  3. How to Avoid and Deal with Spam on Twitter

October 2012

  1. An Alternative to LinkedIn’s CardMunch: How to Build a Business Card Database Using Evernote Hello
  2. Geek Squad Wants to Be Your Small Business Computer Guy
  3. Forget LinkedIn CardMunch & Evernote Hello. 5Degrees is the Best Mobile Contact Manager We’ve Seen

November 2012

  1. An Alternative to LinkedIn’s CardMunch: How to Build a Business Card Database Using Evernote Hello
  2. Forget LinkedIn CardMunch & Evernote Hello. 5Degrees is the Best Mobile Contact Manager We’ve Seen
  3. Geek Squad Wants to Be Your Small Business Computer Guy

December 2012

  1. An Alternative to LinkedIn’s CardMunch: How to Build a Business Card Database Using Evernote Hello
  2. Forget LinkedIn CardMunch & Evernote Hello. 5Degrees is the Best Mobile Contact Manager We’ve Seen
  3. COMPARISON: Outlook.com versus Gmail versus Hotmail

2012 was a solid year for growth and we expect 2013 to be even better. Our goal is to make it easier for small business owners to run their business, so let us know in the comments below what you’d like to see more of on Firmology (or drop us a note on any of our social media channels).

Happy New Year!

Philip

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Written by Philip Nowak

Philip Nowak is the founder of Firmology, a small business news and information media company focused on helping small business owners grow their business through technology and innovation. You can find Philip on Google+Twitter and LinkedIn.

About The Author

Philip Nowak is the founder of Firmology, technology focused news and insight for small businesses and online startups. He honed his entrepreneurial chops while working for his family's Chicago-based window manufacturing business. Philip graduated from Indiana University with a BA in Economics.