Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Dominion Enterprises Expands Social Media Offerings

Dominion Enterprises Expands Social Media Offerings

I am very excited about the addition of VoxBloc to the Dominion Enterprises - Business Solutions team. Details are included on the press release accessible via the above link.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Mobile and Touch are the Future

I woke up this morning this morning to the realization that the world has once again permanently changed. Not that I have had my head buried in the sand, but it now appears that the fundamental shift that needed to happen in user behavior to cement the transition from desktop to mobile and touch has arrived. What does this mean to Internet businesses? It means that the winds of change are upon us and that if you have yet to shift your focus from developing for desktop to mobile touch devices you could find yourself threatened in the near future by nimble mobile only startups. This is not as conspicuous as you would imagine. Facts such as 50% of all mobile searches result in a purchase will certainly continue to shed light on the importance of mobile. As I recently tweeted that I spotted my 20 month old daughter trying to manipulate the screen on our iMac with her finger. This will be her world. She will more than likely never need to know how to operate a mouse. Her world will be one radically different that the one we can imagine today. As an Internet-based business, today's world and the technology in it has to be the focal point of our development efforts.

So here is a question for you...

What will have the greatest impact on your technology strategy over the next 24 months? Will it be mobile, social, touch or something else?

Monday, October 24, 2011


In my opinion being passionate about what you do for a living is critical to achieving professional happiness. Esotericism? Not hardly. The old saying "Work to live..." not the reverse rings true and is becoming an even more prominent mantra for emerging generations. But let's face it, sometimes work is work and you do what you have to do to continue to put food on the table. There is certainly nothing wrong with that. In fact, it can be quite a noble cause if you are taking care of your family, etc. Sometimes though everything lines up perfectly so that work and passion coexist. This could happen on multiple occasions since people typically are passionate about multiple causes. When this does happen you should dive in deep and nurture the opportunity to truly love what you are doing. Live in the moment. I have recently had multiple opportunities to engage in activities that are in line with my passions. What fun! To be able to do exactly what it is that you love to do. It doesn't get any better. Now keep trying to do that same stuff more often...

What are you passionate about and how can you conjoin that with what you do for a living? You might be amazed at just how simple a process this can be and what a positive impact it can have on your productivity not to mention your life. Esotericism? Maybe...

Friday, February 11, 2011

Emergence of the Daily Deal

The emergence of the online daily deal space has been rapid and fun to watch. I remember looking up Groupon on last year and was amazed month after month at how quickly their traffic, as well as Living Social's traffic, seems to have no ceiling. Personally I enjoy the art of saving a dollar here and there, so I jumped at the chance to register with both services in my home market and those to which I frequently travel. From getting the chance to ride in a race car at close to 200 miles per hour, saving at local restaurants or jumping in on the nation-wide Gap deal, I have really enjoyed the opportunity to save while having fun.

There have been many "deal" sites jumping into the space. The emergence of competitors will lead to a healthier market for both the merchants offering their services and the consumers looking to save. While the larger "deal" sites have gained a trusted position, it has yet to be seen if other emerging competitors can reach similar status on either a national, regional or local level. In my opinion, local newspapers are in a great position to capture this market giving their long-standing relationships with local merchants. Given the number of software companies offering "deal" software, I would think that local newspapers could enter this space fairly easily and be competitive.

I believe that there is still a significant upside to this emerging industry. We at Dominion Enterprises will soon be launching a new business in the "deal" space called We hope that you will afford us the chance to earn your business and provide you with another fun opportunity to save. We are having a blast putting this business together and promise to do our best to improve upon what we have learned via our own experiences thus far by being on both the consumer and merchant side of this industry. A special thanks to the talented folks on the team who are working diligently on constructing this exciting new venture!

Obviously the aforementioned race car experience was my "outside of the box" daily deal experience. What has been yours? Also, I am curious about what kind of "deals" you are most likely to buy?