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Month: November, 2013

Leadership Unplugged: Stripping out the noise to uncover a new direction

Leadership Unplugged: Stripping out the noise to uncover a new direction

Guest post by Roland Deiser and Sylvain Newton Twenty years ago, on November 18th, 1993, the music band Nirvana agreed to an unplugged performance at the Sony Music Studios in New York City. It was part of a television series called “MTV Unplugged”, which invited popular music groups to perform their songs “naturally”. Unlike in a studio, the sound of instruments would not be electronically amplified and engineered; the artists had rather to rely on the “raw” performance of a…

Brian Solis on Why Yahoo Hired Katie Couric

Mashable’s Seth Fiegerman and Brian Solis exchanged thoughts on why Yahoo announced the hire of Katie Couric as its Global Anchor. Here’s a snapshot of the discussion… Brian Solis, a principal analyst with Altimeter Group who has worked with Couric, notes that the anchor has experimented in the past with creating news items targeted to specific mobile platforms, which may be part of her appeal to Yahoo. “The two are going to really play to see if they can create…

Information Week Asks Brian Solis for His 5 Top Social Media Trends For 2014

Information Week’s Kristin Burnham asked Brian Solis for his thoughts on the biggest trends for Social Media heading into 2014. According to Brian Solis, principal analyst at Altimeter Group, this year marked social media’s move into the mainstream. “It’s no longer passed over as a fad or something that’s going away any time soon,” he said. “Social media is now part of our fabric of society, like mobile phones and computers — it’s a staple of our everyday life.” In…

17 Cartoons that Will Change Your Business

17 Cartoons that Will Change Your Business

When writing my new book, What’s the Future of Business, Changing the way businesses create experiences, I felt that text wasn’t enough. So, I sought the wit and creativity of my good friend from the ole Web 2.0 days Hugh MacLeod aka @gapingvoid to help summarize each chapter in the form of a toon. Then we got to talking, why limit the cartoons to just the book? Hugh MacLeod is not only a dear friend but also one of my…

How to Foster a Culture of Contribution: Communities Take Investment and Engagement, Not Just Content

How to Foster a Culture of Contribution: Communities Take Investment and Engagement, Not Just Content

Guest post by Greg Narain (@gregarious), co-founder of Chute, a social media platform that helps brands and publishers obtain rights to UGC content. Customer-contributed stories are not only powerful, they’re also influential and important. Yesterday, customers conveyed their stories through text and voice. Today, we’ve moved to visually rich tools like photos and videos. While compelling to look at at face value, there’s quite a bit more hidden within. Ever one of these stories affords us much more than just…

UK’s Marketing Magazine Asks Brian Solis if Amazon and Facebook’s new F-commerce link-up will change the way we shop

F-commerce was hailed as the future of online shopping, and there was a lot of anticipation that Facebook would turn into the destination to stop and shop. But the results were underwhelming, Facebook’s efforts to get ‘e-tailers’ to build shop-fronts on its pages fell flat. According to Brian Solis “F-commerce gets an ‘F’ because brands used Facebook as yet another digital catalogue for selling products and not as a platform for activating new experiences based on the nature and the…

Social Media and the Bystander Effect

Social Media and the Bystander Effect

Guest post by Francisco Dao, noted tech author and founder of 50Kings If you logged on to any of your social media accounts this past Monday you undoubtedly saw an outpouring of posts thanking our veterans for their sacrifice along with multiple links to the typhoon Haiyan disaster in the Philippines. As I scrolled through my feeds I started to wonder if the appearance of support was actually discouraging people from helping either group. How many people decided posting was…

Snapchat Reportedly Turns Down $3 Billion from Facebook, Brian Solis Tells CNET Why That’s a Mistake

Snapchat Reportedly Turns Down $3 Billion from Facebook, Brian Solis Tells CNET Why That’s a Mistake

Two-year-old Snapchat is playing a high-stakes game of Blackjack, betting that its business won’t bust with the turn of an unwelcome card. CNET’s Jennifer Van Grove reports that the company refused a $3 billion cash buyout offer from Facebook, a decision that may forever define the future of Snapchat and Evan Spiegel, its 23-year-old CEO. Van Grove called upon Brian Solis for his unabashed views on whether or not Snapchat was “foolish” in its decision to turn down Facebook’s offer….

The Ultimate Moment of Truth and The Art of Digital Engagement

In 2012, Google along with Jim Lecinski published a fantastic book that explored how digital customers made decisions in what Google refers to as “The Zero Moment of Truth.” The ZMOT as it’s abbreviated, helps strategists discover relevant strategies and tactics on how to show up at the right place, at the right time and with the right content in a digital ecosystem. In a world where consumers “Google it” to begin their digital journey, ZMOT revealed that brands need…

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