The Mall Was The Web

My parents came to visit and we got to talking about shopping.

You see, my neighbor buys pretty much everything online.

There’s a package outside their door practically everyday.

And so we got to talking about why that is.

My mom said she likes to go to the mall and look around.

She searches around until she finds the item she wants and then checks out.

I explained to her the concept of buying stuff online and she said that it just wasn’t for her.

She likes going to the mall.

She’s old skool.

Which got me thinking about how year’s back the mall was the web.

Very much like shopping online today, you’d go to the mall, find the product you were looking for and then check out through their checkout process.

Nowadays, the whole experience of looking around, finding what you need and then buying it has been replicated in a digital medium.

They say the malls are dying.

And so I put the statement to a test.

I went and visited a few malls around and you know what?

The malls are dying.

Fewer and fewer people are going to malls in my neck of the woods.

While there are some that get more traffic than others the experience has definitely gone online.

If malls can die then what does that say for other brick and mortar businesses?

As time changes your business can become a dinosaur.

It’s the people who figure out how to transform their businesses into an online model that will stand the test of time.

Notice I didn’t use the word replicate because that’s not really what going online is all about.

My mom is pushing 80 and so online shopping isn’t going to be a thing for her.

But it’s not too late for you.

I enjoy helping businesses grow into the future.

Transformation is the key.

It’s the route to growth.

It’s the route to the future.

You're My Satellite

By the way I love the song Satellite by Guster.

So my car is in the shop for a couple of days and my temp car doesn't have Satellite Radio.

I thought list listening to commercials was going to be a downer but what's even more of a downer is the lack of musical selection on FM radio.

It's nuts.
Not having listened to radio for many years it's quite a frustrating experience.
There might be some redeeming quality to listening to radio but when you've lived in the future it's hard to go back.
This is by no means a paid endorsement of Sirius Satellite Radio, unless they want to send me a check. 
It’s more of a comment on how the industry and technology have shaped how we consume entertainment.
And in the business sense how we consume technology.

You don't know what you don't now.
I'm sure the people in the dark ages were somewhat happy.
But the future looks so bright with so many things at your fingertips that nostalgia gets old really fast.
Give me a heavy dose of future.
And…  I want my Satellite radio back.

Bright Future Ahead

The future holds fascinating promise.

There are so many things that are coming.

There are so many things that are already here.

Yet as business owners we struggle with what we have.

We only use a small percentage of what is available to us.

The advances in artificial intelligence are incredible.

Working alongside computers that anticipate our needs will enable us in ways we never thought possible.

But at the same time so many businesses struggle with running old versions of operating systems, running old versions of software or just putting along instead of embracing and enable enabling change.

What you do today shapes your future.

If you're still mired in old technology your future will likely be much the same.

Embrace change.

Embrace the present as it will define your future.

Onward and upward my friends.