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Month: April, 2013

McKinsey Partner Jonathan Gordon and Brian Solis Help Marketers Speak the Language of the C-Suite

McKinsey Partner Jonathan Gordon and Brian Solis Help Marketers Speak the Language of the C-Suite

Jonathan Gordon, a McKinsey partner and leader focused on the power of smart analytics to drive growth, talks about the future of marketing with Brian Solis, principal analyst at Altimeter Group and a leading thinker on the impact of social media and disruptive technology on business. Brian Solis: Customers are becoming more demanding, and more connected. As I say in my new book, What’s the Future of Business, instead of purely reacting to this different breed of customer, companies need…

The Imminent Shift from Social to Digital Engagement

The Imminent Shift from Social to Digital Engagement

How do you define engagement? No matter how you define it, engagement is something that we most likely underestimate. Engagement symbolizes the touches that occur in various moments of truth and this should completely change not only how you engage someone in each moment but also how the inside of your company works with one another to make it frictionless and experiential. Whether a customer stands on the stage of awareness, consideration, purchase, or post purchase, touch points open and…

Without Analytics, Big Data is Just Noise

Without Analytics, Big Data is Just Noise

Guest post by Eric Schwartzman, founder and CEO of Comply Socially, which helps employers manage the risk and capitalize on the opportunities of social media in the workplace. Follow him on Twitter @EricSchwartzman The online Boston Marathon bombing witch-hunt last week dragged social media down to a new low. Social media has become “the cocktail party from hell,” writes Maureen Down in her column “…with the flood of information jeopardizing meaning.” When everyone’s talking about a crisis in real time…

TNN (Twitter News Network) Trumps CNN….Again

TNN (Twitter News Network) Trumps CNN….Again

Like many, I found myself gripped by the real-time reports that poured in on the evening of April 19th…Boston Police were in close pursuit of the second Boston Marathon bombing suspect. Up to this point, I mostly followed the story via @CNN and CNNLive. I noticed however, that some of the most interesting updates were shared via Twitter directly by the Boston Police (@Boston_Police). As police surrounded the second suspect while he hid in a recreational boat in the backyard…

Twitter’s New #Music App Released, CNET and Brian Solis Discuss the Move

Twitter’s latest big move may be evidence that its goal is to create — and control — a series of media channels across music, TV, movies, and more. CNET’s Daniel Terdiman and Brian Solis discuss the impact of #Music and why Twitter is moving into this channel. Here are the highlights… “I think what Twitter is really trying to do with #Music and Vine and what else is to come in the pipeline is to really become this cultural epicenter…

It’s The End of Business as Usual in Japan

It’s The End of Business as Usual in Japan

I’m so excited. As I type, I’m moments away from heading to SFO to visit Tokyo for the first time in years… Shortly before the official launch of What’s the Future of Business, I spent several weeks writing new chapters for The End of Business as Usual. Why? I’m proud to announce that it’s finally the End of Business as Usual in in Japan! The new book features new content specific to the Japanese economy. But that’s not all. It…

Brian Solis’ The End of Business as Usual Now Available in Japan; Renamed EFFECT

Brian Solis’ The End of Business as Usual Now Available in Japan; Renamed EFFECT

Japanese-American business leaders Hide Hashizume and Eiko Hashizume have successfully brought Brian Solis’ The End of Business as Usual to Japan. The book is localized but it is also a new book in many ways. First, Solis’ book has earned a new title and cover design – エフェクト (EFFECT.) Second, Solis wrote new chapters specific to the Japanese economy and how to rethink the future of business based on Japanese case studies. Lastly, Mr. Natsuno, a board member of Nico…

The Dim Light at the End of the Funnel

The Dim Light at the End of the Funnel

Over the years, businesses have developed sales, marketing and service strategies around the funnel. Awareness, interest, desire, action, to this day, describes the likely steps a customer may take in making a decision. Over the years, it was assumed that the liner path would also continue through a transaction to a state of loyalty and ultimately advocacy. The process of customer engagement to this day is designed to shepherd people along this delicate path. For at any moment, consumer attention,…

Be on your best behavior! Behavioral expert Kare Anderson on how to design idyllic experiences

Be on your best behavior! Behavioral expert Kare Anderson on how to design idyllic experiences

“If we feel instinctively liked by someone else then we tend to project unto them the qualities we like in other people…and that’s priceless.” Those are the wise words of Kare Anderson, expert on the art and science of understanding and perfecting behavioral cues. As she shares, emotion precedes rational thought. In this episode of Revolution, we learn about the importance understanding what we do and don’t appreciate in others to improve how we connect and communicate. If you’re aware…

USA TODAY Features Excerpt from Brian Solis’ New Book, What’s the Future of Business

USA TODAY featured a full excerpt from Brian Solis’ new book, WTF. The piece discusses how businesses should embrace disruptive technology as catalyst for change, not the reason for it. He believes that the customer journey is still evolving. But, how businesses react and ultimately lead the enhancement of relationships is not solely determined by technology though. To truly get closer to customers takes a culture of customer-centricity, empowerment and innovation. Read the excerpt here.

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