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88 Posts of Business Trends to Expect in 2016: Monster #TYBCommunity Round-Up

In this special, monster #TYBCommunity round-up for the New Year we have 88 posts predicting business trends to expect in 2016 plus advice to follow in the year ahead. These include Marketing Trends, Finance Trends, Technology Trends and much more.

You can look back at the round-up we did for business trends to expect in 2015 and compare what actually happened.

At Tweak Your Biz it’s been a great year with at least twice as many contributors now writing for us and traffic still on the up. And it will only get better in 2016 as the mobile site will soon be live and a new design too, so watch this space.

The Tweak Your Biz team wish all our contributors and readers a great 2016 – may it be successful, fun, fulfilling and most of all a Happy New Year.

I hope you enjoy the posts of business trends I’ve compiled below. You may need to bookmark it as it’s pretty comprehensive.  Thank you to all the great writers I’ve included.

88 Posts of Business Trends to Expect in 2016: Monster #TYBCommunity Round-Up

General Business Trends in 2016

New Year’s Resolution Checklist for Small Businesses – This year, resolve to minimize stress and make your life that much easier. Get started with this handy New Year’s Resolutions checklist for small businesses. Small Business Trends

[VIDEO] The 3 Nonprofit Digital Trends to Watch in 2016 – Recently, we took a break from reflecting on an exciting year here at EveryAction to look ahead to 2016 and the trends that will shape the nonprofit sector. Everyaction

Top 16 Trends For 2016: Augmented Reality Goes Mainstream, The Dragon Stumbles And Everything Is ‘Uberized’ – Each year my team of futurists puts together a list of big trends for the coming year. We analyze how right we were with our “15 for 2015” and compile our “16 for 2016”  Forbes

Five trends to watch in 2016 – Here are five trends to watch, based on insights drawn from Dun & Bradstreet’s commercial database of over 240 million company records, and our daily monitoring of regional events. CNBC

Five Business Trends to Watch in 2016 – No Matter How or Where You Work – Here’s a look at some of the business trends that seem most likely to impact professionals of all stripes in the year ahead. Fast Company

10 Workplace Trends You’ll See In 2016 – While these might be challenges, there are also great opportunities for companies to automate, modernize and lead in 2016. Forbes

10 New Leadership Books You Must Read in 2016 – When it comes to leadership, the leadership books on this list reveal a couple of things I think you should know and be aware of if you want to reach your goals in 2016. Small Business Trends

The one thing these six entrepreneurs plan to change about their business in 2016 – The start of a new year can be a time to take stock and reflect on where your business has come from and where you want it to go. It can be a time of renewal and change; a time to work on your business, not just in it. With this in mind, SmartCompany asked six entrepreneurs to tell us one thing they plan to change about their business in 2016. Smart Company

10 New Year’s Resolutions To Be A Happy Entrepreneur – Whether you choose the entrepreneurial route, or any other approach, I suggest you try the following top ten recommendations from experts around the world on how to stay happier at work. Startup Professsionals Inc

How to Make Customers Love You in 2016 – As we round the corner to 2016, everyone’s looking for ways to build upon 2015’s successes or overcome its failures. What everyone really wants is an advantage — an unfair advantage — something that sets us apart from the crowd and gives us an inside track. Inc.com

5 Employee Benefit Trends to Watch in 2016 – Here’s a look at what to expect on this front heading into 2016 – and what it means for your wallet. US News Money

4 New Year’s Resolutions for SMB Owners – Here are four relatively simple resolutions that any business owner can implement for a less stressful and more profitable 2016. Noobpreneur

New Year Brings New Events and New Opportunities – Hopefully, the end of the year brought you a chance to recharge and you are now ready to launch into 2016 with a fresh perspective. Get out there and mix it up, meet new business connections and soak up new ideas. Small Business Trends

88 Posts of Business Trends to Expect in 2016: Monster #TYBCommunity Round-Up

Marketing Trends in 2016

4 Trends That Will Shape Marketing in 2016 – Are experts predicting any major shifts in the industry over the next 12 months? Here are four changes marketers will encounter in 2016. Entrepreneur

15 Digital Marketing Trends for 2016 That Could Destroy Your Business – So what are the digital marketing trends that could destroy your business if you don’t start now? You can be sure that your savvy competitors will be getting in on the digital action! So it’s time to beat them to the punch.
Jeff Bullas

The Top B2B Marketing Trends For 2016 – In this post, I explore B2B marketers’ progress towards these highly effective habits, and offer a few tips to help you stay ahead of the pack in 2016. Business2Community

2016 Marketing Predictions for Small Businesses – Is your small business prepared for the New Year? Here are the 12 emerging trends in marketing (as I see them) and what you can do to keep your business current and innovative in 2016. The Savvy Copywriter

Marketing Trends for 2016 – Will we be in a post-digital era? – Our annual look at the latest trends in digital media and technology and how they will impact marketing. Smart Insights

Biggest Email Marketing Mistakes You Need to Correct in 2016 – To become efficient with your marketing dollars this 2016, you should check if you are guilty of the biggest email marketing mistakes that could endanger your business. Christopher Jan Benitez on Tweak Your Biz

Why Mobile Marketing Should Be The Focus For 2016 – It’s apparent that the trend is shifting towards mobile marketing. Here are the reasons why this should be your focus in 2016. Mass Planner

9 Content Marketing Trends That Will Dominate 2016 –  If content marketing is your game, 2016 would be the year it gets crazy competitive, and a lot more exciting!  DigitalDefynd

Five Social Trends Marketers Won’t Be Able to Ignore in 2016 – Here are five social trends for 2016 that marketers can’t ignore from how SnapChat is now tv to the rise of messaging networks over broadcast social. Ad Age

2016 Social Media Marketing Predictions From the Experts – To get you ready for what’s coming next, we asked 14 social media marketing experts what to watch for in the new year. Social Media Examiner

Top Marketing Trends in 2016 and What They Mean for Your Small Business – As you’re preparing your 2016 marketing plan, here are some predictions for what the top trends will be in the New Year — and what these trends could mean for your small business. Vertical Response

The 5 Most Undercovered Marketing Trends For 2016 – CMOs, bloggers, and influencers highlight marketing trends that didn’t get nearly enough attention heading into 2016. Forbes

Toss the Social Media Predictions – I do not have any grandiose predictions, because the only thing we know for sure is that social media will change. The trending channels will change and the technology will change. Strella Social Media

Will 2016 Be the Year for Social Commerce? – While social commerce may still only drive a small fraction of retail sales, small businesses can’t ignore its impact. Small Business Trends

88 Posts of Business Trends to Expect in 2016: Monster #TYBCommunity Round-Up

Why Strong Writing Is a Skill to Prioritize in 2016 (And How to Hire Great Writers) – Writing is a discipline that needs to be prioritized and practiced. Read on to get some practical ideas from our B2B roundtable on how to do that. Content Marketing Institute

Digital Marketing Strategies You Can Still Depend on in 2016 – There will still be marketing strategies that you used in 2015—or even earlier—that will continue to produce results here in 2016. Let’s take a look at what they are. Social Media Today

10 B2B Lead Generation Strategies for 2016 – Lead generation is any company’s lifeblood, and coming up with a strategy to increase and sustain leads is important. In helping you generate new lead ideas, here are strategies to fill in the lead gaps for 2016. Pure B2B

Digital marketing in 2016: Trends, tips and the new role of content – Content marketng and more – check out these tips for digital marketing trends in 2016. Brafton

A Complete Guide To 2016 Content Marketing Trends – #infographic – It’s time to get creative in the realm of tech. With smartphone users set to top 2 billion in 2016 (eMarketer) and over 90 percent of marketers learning on interactive content to educate buyers (Ion Interactive), optimization for mobile devices in one of the many keys to a successful strategy through next year. Digital Information World

The Top 5 Digital PR Trends to Watch in 2016 – In order to get in front of those cherished eyeballs you must understand the digital landscape. As our public service announcement to you, here are the top digital PR trends to watch in 2016. PR Newser

4 Key Social Media Marketing Trends To Lead The Game in 2016 – In 2016 we should expect to see new exciting trends and changes in the social scene and here are the top 4. Huffington Post

2 Key Ways to Assure Your Business is Found Online in 2016 – Granted, trying to predict what new social media avenue will appear or exactly where your audience will be can be a fruitless and futile endeavor; however, there are a couple of things we see as trending and soon-to-be a necessity for you and your business. i7 Marketing

7 Digital Marketing Trends to Watch Out for 2016 – As the 2015 comes to an end, it’s important that your company is primed to take advantage of the seven trends gearing up to take online marketing to the next level in 2016. Entrepreneur

Your Handy Dandy Marketing Calendar for 2016 –  find that breaking down your marketing activities helps small business owners actually expand what they do, rather than throw a list of “you should be doing this!” at them. So, here’s a suggested calendar of things to add (or improve upon) to your marketing mix in 2016. The Marketing Eggspert Blog

Top 3 Digital Marketing Trends for 2016 – 2015 may be only a couple of weeks old, but staying ahead of the curve is of utmost importance in the marketing world. Here are three strategies to make sure you’re ready for the challenges of 2016 ahead of time. Impress1

7 Game-Changing Marketing Trends To Tackle in 2016 – Here, we’ll discuss those trends that are changing the face of marketing (yet again) and give you an eye-opening look at what marketers should be leveraging in 2016. Hubspot Blogs

10 Digital Trends every Digital Marketer should know about in 2016 – Looking at the trends for 2016, and you’ll see them in a moment, it takes creativity and an analytical approach to execute these trends, but it is totally worth it. Conversion Advantage

Advertising trends for 2016 show no digital slowdown (infographic) – The question of what will be your advertising budget in 2016 is beginning to creep upon many companies, and, based off new findings, there appears to be no slowdown in online rewards. Silicon Republic

The Top Digital Marketing Trends To Expect In 2016 – Change can be difficult, but it’s important to under the main trends that will shape the digital marketing landscape for the year. Here are the top digital marketing trends to keep you ahead of the curve. New Media Digital

88 Posts of Business Trends to Expect in 2016: Monster #TYBCommunity Round-Up

Top Digital Marketing Trends for 2016 – From content and relationship marketing to the Internet of Things, let’s look at some of the top digital marketing trends for 2016. Zest

5 Online Marketing Trends to Watch for in 2016 – What digital marketing trends should you be watching out for in 2016? Inc.com

10 digital branding and marketing trends to watch for in 2016 – Tried-and-true marketing strategies will never go out of style, but savvy marketers also keep up with current trends. Here are 10 things to watch for in 2016. Ragan’s PR Daily

7 SEO Trends That May Dominate the Web in 2016 – While businesses continue to make huge investments in digital marketing and create diverse digital content, search engines are shifting their focus away from content and concentrating more on usability across devices. It is no longer enough for an organization to simply rely on its web presence to offer deals and promote sales. SEMRush

Content Marketing Trends for 2016 – Content marketing is an essential element of marketing for the digital world. Now, when we are entering a New Year – planning and moving in a focused, strategic manner is very important.  IV Technologies

5 Digital Marketing Trends for 2016 – As we head into 2016, let’s take a look at the top digital marketing trends and tactics that your company should implement to stay ahead of the competition. CommCreative

How Companies Find You Online is Changing in 2016! Find Out How to Assure Your Company is Easily Found – We’re reading between the lines, looking at what Google changed this year, and taking in the bits of information Google has given us in order to make predictions that will guide our work in January and beyond. Business2Community

11 Marketing Tools Worth Trying in 2016 – Small businesses owners- start your New Year’s resolutions early with a list of 11 marketing tools to help make 2016 your most productive year yet. From tracking important press mentions to helping automate social media- these are the tools that can jumpstart your marketing plan. Entrepreneur

10 Stunning Marketing Predictions For 2016: Digital Continues To Drive Marketing Trends – These trends are in no particular order, but they all should provide food for thought and be just a little less-than-obvious, if we did our job well. CMO by Adobe

10 Words We All Need to Stop Using in 2016 – As we put the final touches on our content marketing playbooks for 2016, can we all agree to send these played-out words to the showers? Resonance Content Marketing

5 Ways To Grow Your Following On Instagram In 2016 – Grow your following on Instagram with these 5 ways. Learn and master these tips and you’re sure to hit a gold mine with Instagram. Massplanner

The Top 8 Social Media Trends to Watch Out For in 2016 (Infographic) – tay ahead of the social media marketing game by familiarizing yourself now with the following trends and new features that will be hitting it big next year – and beyond. CJG Digital Marketing

10 Trends for 2016: Digital Strategy & Marketing – As key technologies mature and as user behavior follows, these are the trends you should keep in mind for 2016 and beyond.  Wolfgang Gruener via LinkedIn

88 Posts of Business Trends to Expect in 2016: Monster #TYBCommunity Round-Up

4 Ways to Reach Your Small Business Customers in 2016 – Search engine marketing is only small part of internet marketing, and there are more ways to reach your audience than you may realize, especially in 2016. i7 Marketing

The top 5 digital marketing trends to prioritize for 2016 – Smart technology, wearable tech, Big Data and the ‘Internet of Things’ all vie for center stage when it comes to identifying the biggest influences shaping the next year and even the next decade. adestra

In 2016 No One Will Read Your Content… – In 2016 no one will read your content… Think again. Do you also believe that no one will use Google anymore? Read this post to see that content will remain king in 2016.  Simplicity

Predictions: 16 Digital Marketing Trends for 2016 – We’ve spoken to a raft of marketing leaders, analysts and industry commentators about what the digital marketing mix will look like in the New Year and whether 2016 is shaping up to be even more competitive, complex and evolutionary. OpenTopic

10 Stunning Marketing Predictions for 2016: Digital Continues to Drive Marketing Trends – We took the time to review and rate Anvil’s 2015 marketing predictions as well as share a few of our 2016 marketing trends. We hope you enjoy our predictions and share your thoughts in the comment section. iMedia Connection

3 Digital Marketing Trends of 2016 – Below are three digital marketing trends of 2016 that you need to know in order to keep you and your business ahead of the game. RSO Consulting

Marketing Trends to Watch Out For in 2016 – If you thought marketing and commerce were migrating online, you were right. In 2016, it’s even more of the same. Daphne Stanford on Tweak Your Biz

Technology Trends in 2016

10 Social and Content Marketing Technology Trends to Watch Out For in 2016 – Social and content technology is transforming, and will continue to transform the ways in which we engage with people online. Ian Cleary, Razor Social

Digital Trends for 2016 – here is one of the many lists I’ve written in anticipation of 2016. This one is for when a client asks me, “what’s going to happen in digital?” Huffington Post

2016 channel trends: Digital transformation to alter relationships – A look ahead: Digital transformation trends will persist into 2016, impacting channel shops, their vendor partners and end clients. Notable techs will include cloud, security and IoT. Search IT Channel

Business Technology Trends for 2016 – What new trends can companies look forward to in 2016, and how can these innovations help the business? Corpnet

9 Travel Tech Trends That Will Make 2016 a Great Year to Get Out of Town – From virtual-reality tours to drone photography, new technology is continuing to reshape the way we move around, stay, and play where we’re on vacation. Here’s a look at some of the trends coming to us in 2016 and beyond. Digital Trends

5 Digital Design Trends and Predictions for 2016 – Here are the most significant trends in digital design that we need to keep our eyes on in 2016. 3Q Digital

Five trends in digital marketing to success in 2016 – It’s really important to know which marketing trends will set the tone next year: some of them are known but they will end to consolidate and some of them are true novelties which certainly will come to stay. Bubblegum Health

88 Posts of Business Trends to Expect in 2016: Monster #TYBCommunity Round-Up

8 Latest WordPress Development Trends To Look Up In 2016 – Here are a few invaluable web design techniques that anyone can find useful when designing their website. Learn these tricks to understand what contributes to the making of a great web design and apply them in your current web development project. Sudeep Banerjee on Tweak Your Biz

5 mobile marketing trends that will rule in 2016 – Based on the results of a recent marketing trends poll conducted by Smartinsights (which asked users to share their views on marketing techniques that will have maximum commercial impact in 2016), here is a list of five of the top marketing trends as they relate to mobile marketing. Smart Insights

5 Robot Trends to Watch for in 2016 – We saw significant advancements in robotics and artificial intelligence in 2015. Here’s what we’re watching closely in 2016. MIT Tehnology Review

Design trends 2016: 20 leading designers, artists and creatives tell us what’s inspiring them for next year – Discover 2016’s most important trends across graphic, digital and immersive design, illustration, creative direction, advertising, photography and VFX. Digital Arts

Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2016 – Click through for the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2016, as identified by Gartner. IT Business Edge

Tech Trends ot Look Forward to in 2016 – As 2015 winds down, let’s take a look forward at the technology trends we can expect to see in 2016. IGN

3 Digital Security Predictions for 2016 – Let’s take a look at the coming year ahead and predict what security is going to look like in 2016. Small Business Trends

Tech trends that will make waves in 2016 – We asked some experts for their insights into some of the tech innovations likely to make waves in 2016. CBS News

The Top 4 Business Technology Trends for 2016 – When it comes to staying ahead of the game, keeping up with the latest business technology trends is crucial. Here are some of the main business technology trends to keep on your radar for 2016. Business2Community

2016 predictions: The six tech trends that will rule – 2016 will be filled with incremental tech developments that will serve as a foundation for a much smarter future. MarketWatch

Virtual Reality and Palm-Sized PCs will Conquer Computing at CES 2016 – If all you have time for is a crash course of what you might expect to see lining the demo counters and media suites, there are a few key trends to keep an eye out for when the show officially opens on the 6th. Digital Trends

Best Apps and Tools Every Entrepreneur Would Require in 2016 – Check these different best apps and tools for businesses to manage their teams, marketing, productivity, outsourcing and communication etc. Manish Bhalla on Tweak Your Biz

Finance Trends in 2016

2016: Preparing for the Year Ahead – The business environment is changing rapidly in the digital age, so your company must be ready to react at a moment’s notice to whatever opportunities or threats arise. Preparation is key to success in 2016, but what trends can you expect from the next calendar year? Intuit QuickBooks

16 Money Trends We’ll See in 2016 – Here’s our list of the top 16 money predictions that could affect you in 2016. If these don’t motivate you to take control of your cash, get out of debt, and save for your goals, we don’t know what will! Dave Ramsey

Top Trends In Finance 2016 – The CFO is overseeing a sea change. New digital technologies are putting paid to the way that finance departments have traditionally operated, enabling greater productivity, and a new role within organizations. Innovation Enterprise

5 Steps to a Healthier Cash Flow in 2016: Invest in New Digital Tools – Let’s take a look at three technological investments small businesses can make that will assuredly make their cash flow healthier. Fundbox

4 Steps to Take NOW to be Ready to Buy a Franchise in 2016 – The end of the year inevitably means resolutions and goals for the new year. If buying a franchise is one of yours, check out these 4 steps to be ready to buy in 2016! Franchise Direct

Top 10 Retail Banking Trends and Predictions for 2016 – For the fifth consecutive year, we have surveyed a panel of close to 100 global financial services leaders for their thoughts around upcoming retail banking and credit union trends and predictions. The crowdsource panel including bankers, credit union executives, industry analysts, advisors, authors and fintech followers from Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, and Australia. The Financial Brand

Want to Start 2016 with a New Corporation or LLC? Here’s the Secret to When You Should Incorporate – You’ve got a business filing conundrum. You want to change your business structure to a corporation or a Limited Liability Company, but you’d rather have a clean start and have your structure kick off on January 1. Corpnet

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  • # 8. Show the Total Price Upfront.

    Is it still best to have prices upfront? Some business owners are saying that prices shouldn’t be placed on websites. That customers should talk directly to the site owner or seller and that should be where they can talk prices.

    In your opinion, can price unavailability hurt the business?

  • Elish Bul-Godley

    Thanks for that relevant question. I can see how that idea would work if the role of the website was to begin brand awareness or create display advertising opportunities . Engagement and community building could really benefit from enticing that level of interaction by not disclosing prices .
    However if your site is an ecommerce portal interested in generating e-tail sales efficiently, then your prime objective is to make it quick easy and convenient for would be buyers to work through the buying process with as much transparency and ease as possible . In which case clear pricing options from the get go help with the user experience online

  • Yes, you’re right. This is why goals for the business should always be the same. Sometimes conflict in how to get results may affect how the business perform.

    Thanks for the advice! Will have to be vigilant in pursuing this transparency issue.

  • Hi Elish, great to see you back writing for Tweak Your Biz and as always a great post 🙂
    Special thanks to Lawrence for taking part in this #TYBspotlight and for providing us with some great insights and tips. As he describes, online buyers online cannot feel, smell or touch your product so providing 3 – 5 images and getting customers to tell their stories with reviews and testimonials are both critical aspects towards building trust.

  • Elish Bul-Godley

    Thanks Niall, Nothing helps the ego than knowing you were missed eh? Hoping to set in motion more handy guides for the readers. I don’t know if this comes across but you can tell by the wealth of info that Lawrence is one of those generous spirited individuals who believes in collaboration, community building and helping other people in the sector.

  • Craig

    Wow 20% Commission! Thats twice as much as eBay!

  • craftbaymarketplace

    Hi We are currently running a promo giving away Free Unlimited shops. With this promo you can set up your e shop for free, put up unlimited amounts of products, avail of all our social feeds and trends, avail of a free banner on our home page to promote your Craftbay shop. When we sell your product we get a 15% commission. After 6 months of availing of the free shop you have the option of either going with the Pay per item or Unlimited shop offer. Basically it is not costing any of our Community anything up front. I don’t think with e bay they will let you put up unlimited items and wait for a commission if they sell your products. I do know that they will let you put up some products for free but not in your own specific shop. Our philosophy is try it, like it, then buy it if its for you. I hope this helps.

  • Hi Elish, those are pretty good points above you’ve gotten from Lawrence, and I completely agree with him!

    I’d also like to add that post-store-visit follow-up efforts such as customer retargeting and referral marketing are definitely important parts that retailers need to work on! 🙂

  • Sian: Weekend reading! 😉

  • Annual reading I think Martin 🙂

  • Excellent post, bookmarked!

  • Thanks Ioana – definitely one to bookmark and come back to on a coffee break 🙂




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