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We all talk of innovation, but few us start with innovation in our own work

We all talk of innovation, but few us start with innovation in our own work

Photo Credit: Brian Fanzo I don’t normally share things like this, but…I’ve had a heck of a week. On Monday, I released what I would consider my most significant research to date on the subject of digital transformation, “The Race Against Digital Darwinism: Six Stages of Digital Transformation.” I also spent traveled to San Diego (SMMW), Las Vegas (SAS) and Huntington Beach (WCPRSA). Not the most extreme mileage in comparison to previous trips, but each event, was in its own way, unforgettable….

Nonstop: X, my experience touring Geneva [VIDEO]

Nonstop: X, my experience touring Geneva [VIDEO]

While I was in Geneva for the Lift Conference, I spent quite a bit of time with Manuel Diaz, Arnaud Grobet, Karim Chouikri and Brice Le Blévennec of Emakina. I gotta say, I like how they roll because everything we did was recorded by a video crew. It was then assembled into this special montage as part of a series called “Nonstop.” I have to admit, I felt a bit like a celebrity. The episode in a collection of moments that include and revolve around my main stage…

How to Make Lifelong Learning an Organizational Priority

How to Make Lifelong Learning an Organizational Priority

Guest post by Mark Burgess (@mnburgess) co-author of “Social Employees: The New Marketing Channel,” a 22-part video tutorial released by Lynda.com, a LinkedIn company. What is the value of lifelong learning, and how do you build it within your organization? Today, the value of building a culture of active learners can be summed up in one word: relevancy. In a recent post for Harvard Business Review, Pat Wadors, CHRO of LinkedIn, argues precisely this. Simply put, organizations that are not…

The Importance of Designing Customer Experiences

The Importance of Designing Customer Experiences

SXSW is one of my favorite events of the year for many reasons. It’s an experience where serendipity becomes the new gravity and almost everyone you meet has incredible stories to share. Upon arrival in Austin, I drove straight from the airport to the Sysomos lounge to see my dear friend Amber Naslund and her team. She was kind enough to host my very first booksigning of X the evening before SXSW was set to kick-off. The place was packed! What…

Introducing a framework for experience architecture

Introducing a framework for experience architecture

Alan Quarry is one of those people that makes you smile and earns your trust and respect within minutes. He also has a pretty killer video setup. Alan invited me on his show to talk about X and I gladly accepted. The minute I plugged-in to his video feed though, I instantly wished I could teleport to his studio. #jealous. In X, I introduce framework for experience architecture and how one can become an xperience architect. We talk about what that…

To improve CX, companies must rethink the customer journey to cater to Gen C

To improve CX, companies must rethink the customer journey to cater to Gen C

A (r)evolution is brewing, and most companies are not prepared for it. It’s no secret how, with an overabundance of new devices and platforms available every day, customers are more empowered and finding new ways to either hack or completely ignore company touchpoints. With this complex customer journey unfolding, great marketing, products and services are not enough to win. Now, companies need to create and cultivate meaningful experiences for their customers. This starts with designing a more intuitive and efficient…

Facebook Borrows Key Feature from Snapchat to Help Brands and Customers Connect

Facebook Borrows Key Feature from Snapchat to Help Brands and Customers Connect

Conversations about the eventual demise of Facebook are greatly exaggerated. Each week it seems, Facebook finds interesting ways to improve engagement on its platforms by either innovating, acquiring or borrowing new features. Did you know that 900 million people use Facebook Messenger every month? Beyond everyday conversation, Facebook sees a promising opportunity for businesses. In fact, over one billion messages are sent between people and businesses on Messenger each month. The team at Facebook aims to help businesses benefit from further promoting…

The Opposite of Change is Conformity: A framework for driving meaningful digital transformation

The Opposite of Change is Conformity: A framework for driving meaningful digital transformation

Digital transformation is a buzzword. On top of that, the term digital transformation causes debate amongst those working in or studying the field and confusion among everyone else. But at the same time, digital transformation is also one of the most promising and impactful trends in business (r)evolution today. Why? It carries with it the ability to modernize how businesses work, market and serve. And more so, digital transformation offers a unique glimpse into how disruptive technologies are affecting human behavior, expectations and values. It has…

Do employees hold the keys to Customer Experience?

Do employees hold the keys to Customer Experience?

Guest post by Gib Bassett (@gibbassett), gib.bassett@oracle.com “Companies will invest in digital customer experiences to improve experiences for all customers and employees.” – Brian Solis I’m a huge proponent of the power of digital transformation to help brick and mortar retailers adapt to a world where Amazon dominates e-commerce and is beginning to make inroads into physical retail. The technologies of digital engagement and Big Data Analytics bring much needed parity to traditional retailers’ efforts to create and deliver a…

An Xclusive Look Behind the Story of X and Why Experiences Really Matter [VIDEO]

An Xclusive Look Behind the Story of X and Why Experiences Really Matter [VIDEO]

I was recently in Orange County, Calif., where I had the opportunity to share insights from X and also host a book signing for the LinkedOC community. While there, event organizer Bryan Elliot and entrepreneur extraordinaire shot an episode for his popular business TV series, “Behind the Brand.” It’s a pretty epic show he produces that rivals anything you see on prime time TV. In this episode, we discuss the story behind the X, what makes experiences matter and how…

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