Archive for July, 2014

Facebook’s Messenger Push: Steve Jobs-esque?

Gabrielle Karol writing for Fox Business focused on Facebook’s bold move to push its messenger app out of the native Facebook environment. It’s a move she wanted to investigate further. As part of her research, Gabrielle contacted Brian Solis to discuss the news.

Here’s an excerpt

Over the next few days, Facebook (FB) will stop allowing mobile messaging on its main apps.

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Let Digital Natives Be Your Guide in Defining the Future of Work

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Don’t let complacency undermine your company’s hyperconnected present and future.

Pervasive technology fundamentally changes how people communicate, discover and connect. With smartphones and tablets serving as digital ­appendages, we focus on small screens throughout our day, every day and in all we do. Technology’s biggest impact, however, is not so much on the devices or the apps we use, but on our behavior. Specifically, it affects how we learn, how we buy, how we work, and how we influence and are influenced.

InformationWeek: Facebook, Twitter Push E-Commerce, Like It Or Not

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Writing for InformationWeek, Kristin Burnham took a broader look at new social commerce plays by Facebook and Twitter. Kristin sought the input of industry experts with Brian Solis being one of them.

Following is an excerpt of Brian’s commentary…

Facebook’s and Twitter’s moves into e-commerce now reflect an overall maturity of the social networking space, said Brian Solis, principal analyst at Altimeter Group.

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The 2014 State of Digital Transformation

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Today, I’m proud to announce the release of Altimeter Group’s second report on Digital Transformation. This new report is aimed at executives and digital strategists to help them (you) further understand the state of digital transformation as you plan your next steps and investments.

In our initial report, “Digital Transformation: Why and How Companies are Investing in New Business Models to Lead Digital Customer Experiences (DCX),” we learned that digital transformation was as much about technology as it was about people. It was a much more human story, one that shared insights, advice and cautionary tales from those on the front lines.

CNN: Facebook says if you Like it, buy it

CNN’s Sara Ashley O’Brien covered the news around Facebook’s “Buy” button tests. She explored how small businesses should approach the new capability and whether or not it was going to help or hurt business.

Sara reached out to Brian Solis for his thoughts…

“This represents a tremendous opportunity for savvy small businesses to generate sales in real time,” said Brian Solis, principal analyst at Altimeter Group. “This is an opportunity for innovation.”

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Live Your Brand the Way Your Customers Do

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I recently spent some time with PRNews editor Steve Goldstein. As part of a fireside chat we’re doing at the upcoming 20/20 Summit in San Francisco, Steve asked a few questions that lead to a pretty deep conversation. I wanted to share it with you here.

Apple Gets Serious About Social, Adds Familiar Functions to iMessage

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Apple’s most popular app will be getting its biggest overhaul to date when the company releases iOS 8 in the fall. CIO’s Matt Kapko took a look at all of the new features Apple’s including in the next rev. Brian Solis was asked to comment on whether or not Apple was getting social and why.

Matt wrote that if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Apple has been flattering competitors for years. The company has famously copied, redesigned and reimagined many more products and services than it has ever invented.

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The Disconnect in Connecting the Workplace

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There’s a lot of talk about the future of work…

Technology is indeed connecting us in ways that improve communication, discovery and connectivity. The world is becoming a much smaller place as a result. Chances are that you are connected in one network or another to people in at least 12 other countries. Although social networking and smartphones are relatively new as a staple in the everyday life of adults and kids, how we as consumers use these networks and devices is outpacing how we as employees use technology in the workplace. Over time, how we make decisions as consumers, what we come to expect from the companies that we do business with, and simply how we want to work with them is shifting the balance of power away from today’s business models to the connected masses.

Uber Tussles With Lyft Wooing Drivers With $1,000 Bonuses

Bloomberg’s Serena Saitto continues to follow the story of how Uber and Lyft not only compete for the right to compete but also how they each significantly develop their respective markets.

Once again, Saitto sought perspective from Digital Analyst Brian Solis. At the heart of growth of course are customers who drive demand. At the same time, supply has to scale as well. This adds an additional dimension of competition in that Uber, Lyft and the like must now also vie for drivers.

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Live Your Brand the Way Your Customers Do, Says Brian Solis

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PRNews recently interviewed Brian Solis to discuss WTF and his upcoming keynote at the 20/20 Summit in SF…

San Francisco is the urban epicenter of the ongoing digital revolution, with its proximity to Silicon Valley, bottomless start-up venture capital and polarizing corporate transportation services. So it’s the ideal spot for PR News’ Social Media 20/20 Summit on Aug. 12, where PR and marketing pros will gather to arm themselves, each other and their brands for the battles ahead over visibility, relevance and profit in the digital ecosphere.

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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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