Looking back at 2011, it was a pretty eventful year for those who provide small business computer consulting.
As you might expect, there are plenty of experts weighing in on what they see as the biggest tech events of the year.
For example, Rosa Golijan of Technolog at msnbc selected the passing-away of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs as the biggest tech event of 2011.
For Wired, on its Gadget Lab blog, Jon Phillips cast a dozen votes for the biggest tech events of 2011, including the launch of Google+, HP killing off its TouchPad tablet, Adobe retiring mobile flash, and of course, the death of Steve Jobs.
Chloe Albanesius, a news editor for PCMag, also weighed in on the top 10 tech stories of 2011, including Apple patent wars, NetFlix pricing controversy, RIM’s troubles, and again the passing-on of Steve Jobs.
Keeping this in mind, even though this blog was only launched in early October, what were the most popular posts of the 2011 “quarter year” for the Small Business Computer Consulting blog?
10 Computer Consulting Marketing Tips that Attract Awesome Clients – Most small business computer consulting firms are severely under-invested in marketing, specifically in lead generation and lead nurturing. This can be a fatal business mistake, because new clients are the future of your business. If you’re serious about attracting awesome small business clients in 2012, be sure to read this post and watch its related video tutorial.
Top 5 Small Business IT Lead Qualification Tips – Not all small business leads are created equal. Because small business technology providers often waste a ton of time and resources chasing after the wrong leads, it is important you enter 2012 with a crystal-clear definition of who is qualified to do business with your firm.
2011 Cloud Expo Santa Clara Offers Insight into Cloud Adoption – Cloud computing is a hot topic. Regardless of whether you’re betting your company’s entire future on cloud computing, or just adding it to your portfolio of outsourced IT services, this post will get you up to speed fast on four particularly noteworthy cloud computing announcements and trends from the 2011 Cloud Expo West trade show.
4 Ways to Improve Your Computer Service Contract Business—Starting from scratch each month is a tough way to survive, let alone grow, in small business computer consulting. Read this post and watch the accompanying video tutorial to learn four simple ways to improve the service contract part of your business.
Starting a Computer Business? Bookmark These 8 Web Sites—This post, and its related collection of embedded screencast tutorials, walks you step-by-step through free and inexpensive resources for growing a small business computer consulting firm. Learn about infoUSA market research, Toastmasters International public speaking training, Amazon crowd-sourced product selection advice, DSL Reports crowd-sourced ISP selection, Microsoft Action Pack Solution Provider product training, CRN industry news, and Inc. magazine business advice for aspiring Virtual CIOs. Whether you’re just starting a computer business or have been in the computer business for 10 or more years, this resource list can propel your company forward in 2012.
How Small Business IT Audit Specialists' Website Nails Niche Marketing—In this mini case study, we looked at how a small IT consultancy and management consulting firm use a very under-utilized marketing technique to stand out from the crowd, command top rates, and grow their team. If you’ve been searching for a marketing campaign no-brainer for 2012, start by reading this post.
So there you have it: the six biggest small business computer consulting blog posts of the 2011 “quarter year.” While our list may not be as dramatic or headline-grabbing as how Facebook sparked the overthrow of a government or the passing of one of the greatest innovators in a generation, these six blog posts can make an enormous impact when it comes to attracting great clients, building recurring revenue, and growing your business in 2012 and beyond.
Best wishes for a very safe, happy, healthy, and prosperous 2012!
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