Archive for June, 2013

HuffPo Covers Facebook’s New Reader with Commentary from Brian Solis

The world’s largest social network is developing a mobile product codenamed “Reader” that will highlight and showcase news from Facebook users and media organizations. Timothy Stenovec asked Brian Solis for his thoughts.

Following is an excerpt from the article

With its new feature, Facebook could be setting its sights on Twitter’s position as the place to turn for breaking news, Brian Solis, author of What’s the Future of Business and a principal analyst at Altimeter Group, told HuffPost.

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SnapChat Targets Tweens with SnapKidz – Hide your kids, hide your wife, hide your husband…

Snapchat has yet to show any signs of self-destructing. In fact, it’s blowing up. Nielsen recently reported that Snapchat had more than 8 million unique users in May 2013 with adults on Nielsen’s U.S. panel accessing the app on average 34 times that month. Snapchat now sees 200 million snaps exchanged per day, up from 60 million in February. According to my good friend Jennifer Van Grove at CNET, that places Snapchat in the league of the majors. Facebook for example,sees 350 million photo uploads per day.

ABC News and Brian Solis Examine What Instagram Video Means for News Coverage


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Sally Zhang of ABC News sought Solis’ views on Instagram Video and its role in news coverage

Brian Solis, principal analyst at Altimeter Group, says Instagram Video’s Cinema feature in particular, which stabilizes shaky video, will lead the way for that.

“With video, it takes more than filters,” Solis told ABC News. “It takes realizing that to make everyday people look like incredible videographers or cinematographers, they needed something to solve video’s biggest barrier to watchability and shareability — giving users a digital tripod to dramatically improve the video experience.”

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Instagram Adds Video, CNET and Solis Talk About Why


Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom shows off his application’s newest feature: video.
(Credit: James Martin/CNET)

Instagram has video — 15-second, filtered, camera-stabilized miniature movies, to be exact. But more importantly, with the release, video will finally get its moment in the spotlight. Jennifer Van Grove and Brian Solis are back together once again to examine how this is good for social video, Instagram and Facebook overall.

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Los Angeles Times Compares Facebook’s Instagram Video to Twitter’s Vine with Brian Solis

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When Facebook announced that Instagram would add video, Jessica Guynn of The Los Angeles Times asked Brian Solis and the differences and how users would react.

Following is a snapshot of Solis’ view on the subject…

Altimeter Group analyst Brian Solis says Instagram may have a shot at doing for video what its arch-rival has only begun to do: put the new art of short-form video in the hands of millions of people the world over.

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Doing Good Means Good Business: Peter Glatzer and Adrian Grenier Make SHFT Happen

Conversations about the environment and sustainability are important. But, there may be a prevailing sense that those doing the talking might inadvertently create an “us versus them” conversation. Instead, there is an opportunity to consider everyday lifestyle center point to then examine how the choices we make impact society from a personal point of view. Lifestyle is also something that’s aspirational and as such, requires an ecosystem to inform and empower our everyday decisions without reproach.

Small Business Survey: Technology a Challenge and Opportunity, Steve Jobs Recognized as Idol

Did you know that the 23 million small businesses in America account for 54% of all U.S. sales?

Did you know that small businesses provide 55% of all jobs and 66% of all net new jobs since the 1970s?

While big business has eliminated four million jobs since 1990, small businesses added eight million.

Why the focus on small business today? It’s National Small Business Week in the United States and to commemorate the occasion, I partnered with Cox Business to discuss the importance of connected consumerism amidst the release of its inaugural small business survey (#SBWSurvey).

Disruptive Selection: Nature’s Way of Weeding Out the Average Business

Disruption!

It’s everywhere. I live in Silicon Valley where many say that the terms disrupt and disruption have become buzzwords. Pundits believe that the word is losing its promise and impact through the acts and examples of entrepreneurs and businesses that misuse the word to describe intentions rather than associating it with a desired or natural effect.

In some of the startup meetings I attend for example, digital disruption is actually a stated business objective. Instead of “killing it” or “crushing it” many businesses are aiming now to disrupt it!

Experiences Matter to Your Bottom Line

SAS invited Brian Solis to speak at New York’s Integrated Marketing Week to expound on his notion of “shareable” customer experiences and how they’re key to future business success.

To Solis, the future of business has always been about creating value – for shareholders and for all stakeholders in the enterprise. What’s changing is how value is defined, derived and demonstrated in the context of today’s new generation of consumerism. While technological advances are making customer-centricity imperative for the enterprise, success will not be defined in terms of technology, but in terms of shared experiences and the outcomes they generate.

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Plugging into the Future of Humanity: Exploring the Human API

I had the opportunity to present at LeWeb in Paris, arguably Europe’s largest conference dedicated to the future of technology. The theme of the conference explored the Internet of Things, where devices and things connect to one another to perform certain tasks and/or track activities to improve what we already do or make possible what we’re trying to do.

ABOUT ME

Brian Solis is a digital analyst, anthropologist, and also a futurist. In his work at Altimeter Group, Solis studies the effects of disruptive technology on business and society. He is an avid keynote speaker and award-winning author who is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders in digital transformation.

His most recent book, What's the Future of Business: Changing the Way Businesses Create Experiences (WTF), explores the landscape of connected consumerism and how business and customer relationships unfold in four distinct moments of truth. His previous book, The End of Business as Usual, explores the emergence of Generation-C, a new generation of customers and employees and how businesses must adapt to reach them. In 2009, Solis released Engage, which is regarded as the industry reference guide for businesses to market, sell and service in the social web.

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