Archive for October, 2013
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In a piece entitled, “Google Is Far From Losing the War Over Social,” Time’s Verne Kopytoff examined the state and future of Google+. At 390 million users, Google’s social network is 60% larger and much younger than Twitter. But two years after its launch, many still question its progress.
Koptoff interviewed Brian Solis where the two spent an hour discussing every aspect Google’s rise, strategies, and the meaning of Google+ within the company’s greater ecosystem of search, mobile, and the Web.
Twitter filed its S-1 on October 3rd, 2013 in its quest to raise up to $1 billion in a public offering. The company reports up to a quarter billion users and also a quarter billion in revenue for the first six months of 2013. While revenue doubled this year over last, its net loss grew by 40% to $69 million as a result of ballooning expenses.
Paul Gillin, author of many popular business book including Attack of the Customers, his most recent release, interviewed Brian Solis to discuss the upcoming Pivot Conference along with his views on the state of customer experience and business innovation. In an article meant to shake things up starting with the headline, “It’s the Customer Experience, Stupid,” Gillin and Solis explore disruption, innovation and the need for businesses to change at the top.
StarkInsider was on hand to catch Brian’s keynote at the inaugural C2SV festival in San Jose. Bringing culture, technology and music together in one place, C2SV brought together luminaries to share their thoughts on the past and future of their fields. Performances and conversations featured the likes of Steve Wozniak, Iggy Pop and the Stooges, John McAffee, Jello Biafra among others.
Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to present in London at a special Adobe event to celebrate the launch of What’s the Future of Business: Changing the way businesses create experiences. Immediately following the presentation, I joined Adobe’s Jeremy Waite to shoot an episode of Marketing Minute.
Los Angeles Times technology reporter Jessica Guynn published an important article discussing Twitter’s IPO hurdle. As her headline points out, “The service is well known but not widely used.”
The article includes experts who weigh in on the challenges and opportunities facing Twitter as a mainstream platform and also a publicly traded company.
Brian is rarely on the answer side of a fireside chat. As host of the Webby Honored Revolution Web series and executive producer and host of The Pivot Conference, he is usually the one to ask the questions. But this year at the inaugural Social Shakeup in Atlanta, Robin Carey used a keynote slot to ask Brian pressing questions about the future of marketing and business. The audience saw a side of Brian that few have seen.
Brian Solis is principal at Altimeter Group, a research firm focused on disruptive technology. A digital analyst, anthropologist, and futurist, Solis has studied and influenced the effects of emerging technology on business, marketing, and culture. Solis is also globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders and published authors in new media. His new book, What's the Future of Business (WTF), explores the landscape of connected consumerism and how business and customer relationships unfold and flourish 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. Prior to End of Business, Solis released Engage, which is regarded as the industry reference guide for businesses to market, sell and service in the social web.