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I'm always on the lookout for exciting ideas and new technologies to broaden my knowledge of web development and design. Each week, I'll be posting links to articles on development, design and other miscellanious information that I find interesting. What follows are the highlights of the links I've recently discovered. I hope you find them as useful as I did.


A survey recently conducted by BtoB Magazine reveals that business-to-business marketers are planning to increase overall marketing budgets in 2013 and the number one reported focus is website development. 70% of all respondents, in fact, are planning an increase in spending on website development in 2013. What is also interesting is that of the marketers surveyed, 82% reported back that demand generation and customer acquisition were the primary goals of their marketing programs. Though email marketing, social media, and online video also rank as top digital marketing tactics for this year, the company website remains the leading channel for lead generation and promotion for marketers.


As 2012 ends and 2013 begins, you've no doubt already made some plans for your business for the year ahead. It's important that you not neglect your website in your business plans. To help you with that, I've compiled a list of three resolutions that you should consider for your site in 2013.


I'm always on the lookout for exciting ideas and new technologies to broaden my knowledge of web development and design. Each week, I'll be posting links to articles on development, design and other miscellanious information that I find interesting. What follows are the highlights of the links I've recently discovered. I hope you find them as useful as I did.


There has been a lot of talk about Cyber Monday for online merchants, but the eTail holiday season truly kicks off right after the Thanksgiving dishes are put away on Thursday and continues through the weekend in what has been dubbed the Cyber Five. This year, eCommerce sites saw a significant increase in sales over last year during that time with comScore reporting a 32% increase over 2011 for shopping on Thanksgiving day. As an online retailer, it's important to take note of this upward trend and consider the drivers of online spending as well as what people were buying to help increase your profits for this and coming holiday seasons.


For the past several years, I have both enjoyed and agonized over the competition that is Fantasy Football. Online fantasy sports, like Fantasy Football, have been growing in popularity over the past decade with groups of sports fans all over the country. Friends, coworkers, and online acquaintances come together to form fantasy leagues where professional athletes are virtually drafted, traded and utilized to win. For those of you that are new to Fantasy Football, here is a little more detail. This activity can be a lot of fun and extremely frustrating based on your players’ performances each week. While sites like CBS Sports, ESPN, Yahoo! and Fox Sports have always featured great web applications for Fantasy Football, the mobile applications are the main contributors to the growth in fantasy popularity.


Too often when people think of developing their websites for mobile, they limit that thinking to smartphones. In fact, tablet use is not only on the rise, but for eCommerce site owners out there, online shopping via these devices has risen significantly in the past year while desktop use has dropped. In March 2012 alone more than 40 million Americans visited Amazon via tablet or smartphone. A recent Adobe study showed that one tablet generates as many website visits as four smartphones.


I recently stumbled upon the following infographic from http://visual.ly/. It gives an overview of the history of eCommerce from the first electronic transactions to today. eCommerce come so far since the days of teleshopping and Netscape, with online stores now offering everything from bagels to a zombie apocalypse survival kit. So, what's next?


With the rapid development of mobile and tablet devices, more and more people are browsing the web with these powerful devices. In merely a few years, mobile and tablet devices are expected to surpass laptops and desktops as the tools of choice to explore the web. Based on a US Digital Media Usage Report by eMarketer, mobile internet users will grow from 97.3 million users in 2011 to 113.9 million users in 2012. That is over 17% growth in a year. These are early growth estimates. I expect the percentage in growth to be much higher. What do these statistics tell online store owners? It is time to invest in a mobile presence.

Today's keynote presentation was about developing and designing with mobile in mind first. Review of the statistics makes it very clear that we are trending toward an entire generation of people/professionals who will never utilize what we would call the "personal computer". What I found interesting was that the largest area of expected for growth is actually in mobile web as opposed to native applications. Great examples of this are echoed by some of the largest consumer companies in the world, such as Southwest, Facebook, Flickr, Expedia, and many more.