Brick-and-Mortar Stores See Sales Slump in January

The New Year didn’t start out well for brick and mortar retail stores across the United States. Sales declined 7.0 percent year over year combined with a 4.4 percent drop in traffic. The numbers mark the fourth time in six months sales numbers dropped quicker than those for traffic. The latest Retail Performance Pulse Year over Year Report for January from RetailNext also saw a d [...]

26 February 2018

She Means Business – What All Female Entrepreneurs Need to Know About Business Financing

Are you a female entrepreneur facing the unique challenges many women-owned businesses share? Of course, plenty of small businesses are already headed by women — and the number is growing. The disparity comes when comparing the amount of funding women run businesses receive compared to their male run counterparts, according to our friends at Biz2Credit. To address this issue confronting [...]

24 February 2018

20% of All Searches are Made with Voice (INFOGRAPHIC)

A new and very interactive infographic by Adzooma takes a look at how online advertising will be trending in 2018. And one of the data points is the growth of voice search, which now makes up 20 percent of inquiries on Google’s mobile app and Android devices.Online Advertising Trends In addition to the upcoming trends in 2018, the infographic also provides tips to stay abreast of changi [...]

20 February 2018

Apply These 4 Secret Techniques to Turn Your Blog Visitors into Customers

To blog or not to blog? I get this question from our eCommerce clients all the time. Many of them have tried blogging, but are discouraged because “it hasn’t worked for them.” They publish several articles per week or per month and give up when they don’t see the sales coming in right way. One of the many reasons why they don’t see results is because of low website traffic. Un [...]

20 February 2018

What’s the Difference Between Celebrities and Influencers – and Which Does Your Brand Need?

For the past couple of years, influencers have played a major role in promoting brands — both locally and internationally. While some marketing campaigns solely relied on influencers, I noticed that many brands used influencers alongside traditional celebrities. At the same time, I also noticed that more and more businesses are taking a risk to invest in influencer marketing. This [...]

09 February 2018

Mobile App Development Trends to Continue in 2017

Smartphones and mobiles are an integral part of your everyday existence. Every aspect of your life is integrated with your smartphone or mobile and you simply cannot do without it. You wake up every morning thanks to the morning alarm set on your smartphone. You connect with friends, listen to music, read online news, visit social media platforms, watch videos, and read your emails or eve [...]

18 November 2017

The T-Mobile REVVL Plus Combines Features with Competitive Pricing for Business

The T-Mobile REVVL Plus has been released three months after the company launched the budget-friendly REVVL line. The addition of the plus is going to give T-Mobile (NASDAQ:TMUS) customers a bigger screen, battery, and a price increase of $75. At $200 the REVVL Plus is entering a segment with a lot of competition. However, T-Mobile is offering the phone with its JUMP! or Equipment Install [...]

16 November 2017

Xero HQ Apps Now Available to Small Business Accounting Companies in US

Xero (NZE:XRO) just announced the general availability of Xero HQ apps in the Americas. The release of the new apps corresponds with a growth of 43 percent in Xero’s business domestically. Ten apps have been launched in collaboration with the company’s partners to improve the Xero online accounting software for small businesses. The 10 apps have been selected to provide a comprehensive [...]

16 November 2017

Amazon Echo Spot Features Video Conferencing and Other Business Tools

Meet the new Echo Spot. An Alexa enabled device that is part personal assistant, alarm clock, video conferencing, calling and more solution.Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) announced the new Echo Spot at its 2017 hardware event, and by many accounts it was the device that got the most attention.Why all the attention? Because you can take Echo Spot anywhere, which makes it ideal for a small business trave [...]

02 October 2017

Constellation Energy’s “Dimes to Dollars” Webinar Provides Energy Conservation Tips for SMB’s

From changing the light bulbs you use to choosing tools to help you win the thermostat wars in the office and more, there’s a wide range of options when trying to keep energy costs low for your business.That’s why Constellation Energy and Small Business Trends have teamed up to bring you this webinar, “Dimes to Dollars: Use Apps, Conserve Energy and Recycle to Control Your Budget.”The webi [...]

27 September 2017

Small Businesses Drop Healthcare Coverage with Cost, ACA Given as Reasons

Fewer small businesses are offering healthcare coverage to their employees than have in recent years, according to recent research.Small Business Healthcare Coverage TrendsThe Kaiser Family Foundation found that only 50 percent of small businesses with between three and 49 employees offer healthcare coverage to employees. That’s down from 59 percent that offered coverage in 2012 and 66 [...]

23 September 2017

Warning: Cyber Security Breach, Could Negligence be Responsible?

What is the number one root cause behind data breaches across North America for small businesses? If you said negligent employees, you would be right. More than half, or 54 percent of respondents in the 2017 State of SMB Cybersecurity Report gave this very same reason.Top Causes of Data BreachesThird-party mistakes and errors in system or operating process rounded up the top three causes [...]

21 September 2017

Uber leaves Vancouver cold, Earnest Ice Cream admits 'mistake'

If the point of Uber Ice Cream was to get Vancouverites talking about the ride-hailing company, you can consider Friday’s promotional stunt, which saw Uber delivering free ice cream sandwiches all over the city, a success. But if the point was to get people talking positively about Uber, maybe not. On Thursday, Uber announced that their 25 mapping cars would be deployed throughout the [...]

26 August 2017

Major weekend road closures for Vancouver due to filming, construction

There will be a number of major road closures in Vancouver in the last remaining weekends of summer due to construction and filming.  They include full road closures well into the afternoon and evening for major downtown routes for the weekend of Aug. 26 and Labour Day weekend on the following routes. Saturday, August 26:  4am to 1pm PT: full road closure of West Georgia Str [...]

26 August 2017

Diner en Blanc delights in Vancouver

Thousands of diners, all dressed in white, descended upon Devonian Harbour Park in Vancouver for the annual Diner en Blanc event. The soiree sees attendees descend upon a secret location that is revealed just before the event is slated to begin, where they eat dinner, dance and watch the evening’s various live music and performances. Read more... [...]

26 August 2017

Vancouver woman named bartender of the year in Mexico City

A Vancouver woman has been named the world’s best bartender, adding more evidence that Vancouver is becoming one of the planet’s top cocktail cities. Kaitlyn Stewart, the bar manager at Royal Dinette on Dunsmuir Street, took top honours at the World Class Bartender of the Year competition in Mexico City this week. Stewart is the third Vancouver bartender to represent Canada at the [...]

26 August 2017

The secret life of Vancouver department stores

You know where you are with a beauty hall. It’s a large room – a hall, you might say – and it sells beauty products. Same goes for the men’s department, or the lingerie section. But department stores also have secret spaces, with names that give no clue to their purposes. They all sound the same, and they’re all a bit different, so we found out the lowdown, and now, we’re sha [...]

25 August 2017

Dan Fumano: City in protracted battle to cancel business licence of tea shop

The small tea shop, on Kingsway just east of Vancouver’s Little Saigon neighbourhood, appears innocuous and quiet, a calm respite from one of the city’s busiest thoroughfares outside. It was also the target of a four-month undercover police investigation last year leading to criminal charges related to the alleged black-market trade of purportedly stolen items, ranging from European [...]

25 August 2017