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Having access to a great tool like Google Trends means that it is easy to keep an eye on how important brands and services are faring.
Since Google search is so prevalent (weighing in at about 67% in the U.S. and 90% in Europe), monitoring how popular services are trending can give some great insight into which ones are gaining market share and which are losing the race.
If you are trying to decide which product or service is the right one for your company then we have some great head-to-head comparisons of the biggest and best tools and services for entrepreneurs and small businesses.
Here's a look at our to favorite website builders, Wix & Weebly:
Looks like these two are pretty much neck and neck, which is a good indication that they are both doing great work innovating and staying competitive. Especially because this industry moves very, very quickly.
You can check out a more in-depth feature comparison of these two platform at Comparing Wix vs. Weebly.
We've got three great competitors in the online shopping cart space - Shopify, Bigcommerce & Volusion:
When we did a proper review of each of these solutions, we found that they tended to focus on slightly different segments of the market, using slightly different approaches.
Bigcommerce looks to build a strong community of contributors and developers around its core offering, while Volusion offers strong integration with Amazon (going after a specific segment).
Despite this, Shopify seems to be running away with things through a slick, easy-to-use interface, great features, and quality support... and a superior marketing campaign.
There's a complete comparison table with all their main features, pricing, customers reviews, etc at Shopify vs. Volusion vs. Bigcommerce.
Here's a great comparison between Freshbooks and Quickbooks online:
I think in some senses this comparison is a bit misleading. On the surface of things it looks like Quickbooks is killing Freshbooks, but that's not the case. Freshbooks goes after a slightly different market in that they offer a lightweight, simple solution for small business - and they have attracted over 5 million customers.
Quickbooks, on the other hand, is well established and particularly popular in the massive US market. We answered the question is Quickbooks online the best accounting software? over in our forums a little while back, if you want a bit more clarity.
This is one I just don't understand - GetResponse vs. Constant Contact vs. AWeber:
I personally went through the setup procedure for both of these platforms and found GetResponse to be significantly better than Constant Contact.
There's a complete account of how good each service is from the perspective of a new client at GetResponse vs. Constant Contact.
One thing I did note is that Constant Contact completely dominates the US market, which becomes clear when you look at this regional breakdown of their brand popularity:
Seems like, for email marketing services, there is significant lock-in which means that it can be difficult to displace a company once it is established. Still, I strongly recommend you check out our review before making a decision.
Wow, not much competition for GoDaddy - but HostGator tries:
Size doesn't always mean you get the best quality service, but it does help when it comes to economies of scale. We did a price and quality review of 3 top Web hosting services at 3 best Web hosting companies for corporate sites.
Ok, this is a big comparison with FaceBook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+ all looking to carve out an important stake in this rapidly growing market:
Well, it seems that Facebook has got things wrapped up on the social media front... although, if I were them, I would be a little concerned about the strong decline in recent years (even though there is no real competition).
Is this decline a sign of growing disinterest, or is it simply a reflection of the fact that everyone is already on Facebook?
What other interesting trends would you like us to cover? Share your requests in the comments.
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Among their top 3 challenges, according to most business leaders, is the ability to keep pace with new technology - like the cloud.
Being able to understand what new technology offers and how to use it to increase productivity and maintain competitiveness is not easy, because technology moves moves faster than our ability to keep up.
Small businesses, in this regard, have a distinct advantage over larger ones, and we might well be entering an age where small companies start out-competing big ones because of technology.
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