Big Ideas, Trends, and Predictions for 2012

New year can always bring new ideas and also new trends. To welcome 2012, some small-business owners nationwide predict what trends and big ideas they think will take center stage next year. Here’s their opinions:

Gesture-recognition Technology

Voice is only the first step, according to Microsoft. The company envisions an interactive landscape that involves touch and gesture recognition as well as voice input. In fact, Microsoft is also beginning to bake that functionality into products such as the Xbox Kinect, where the user’s body functions as the onscreen controller. – Ilya Bukshteyn, Microsoft’s Tellme

No (Shopping) Boundaries

Forward-looking brands and retailers are creating a new, universal shopping environment for consumers, giving the green light for their customers to shop across all channels. You wanna buy online? No problem. In-store? Certainly! You wanna shop online while in the store? Of course! Buy it online and pick it up at the store? You can do that, too. This whole division of online shopping versus brick-and-mortar will slowly fade into memory. – Mark Grondin, Shopatron.com

Proximity-based Social Network

Talking to strangers will become a big trend in 2012. Proximity-based social networks will allow you to identify like-minded individuals who are near you. As you ride a bus or attend a seminar, your smart phone will identify individuals nearby you should probably know. Our smart devices will thus evolve to become a way to meet new people in realtime, taking networking, hiring, marketing, dating and other human-to-human interactions out of the Stone Age and into a new and much-more-efficient era. –Ken Gaebler, Walker Sands Communications

Social Media for Hiring

More than 80 percent of surveyed HR professionals said they are using social networks to help them recruit candidates. Specifically, 79 percent search LinkedIn, 65 percent have a company page on LinkedIn, and 63 percent have a dedicated Facebook page established for jobs and careers. – Anne Berkowitch, SelectMinds

Cloud-based Documents and Informations Resources

After decades of being a resource primarily accessible to the wealthy and/or those with serious problems, specialized advice and situational training will go mainstream through a combination of on-demand experts, social graphing and mobile devices. Think of it as OnStar for your personal and professional life. – Jason Nazar, DocStoc

In conclusion, I can say that most of those predictions are true. This article can be really helpful for you who want to start business in 2012. At the end of the article, David Rusenko, co-founder and CEO of Weebly.com, says that by the end of 2012, making a website will not be something you pay thousands of dollars for, it will be something you create and maintain yourself. As a result, the small businesses that do not currently have a website will be able to get online. So what are you waiting for? Nothing can avoid you from starting new small business now.

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