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Digital Transformation: A Year in Review

Digital Transformation: A Year in Review

When I published the first in a new series of reports exploring the state and future of Digital Transformation, it was almost the antithesis of a typical technology report.  It didn’t talk about tech trends for automated marketing. It mentioned zero platforms, software or apps for improving processes, manufacturing or customer or employee engagement. It also didn’t talk about the latest enterprise cloud services to improve marketing or CRM or process big data and the like. Instead, I, along with…

Community is Much More Than Belonging to Something; It’s About Doing Something Together That Makes Belonging Matter

Community is Much More Than Belonging to Something; It’s About Doing Something Together That Makes Belonging Matter

Viginia Coutinho is a dear friend who just released a new book (in Portuguese) that helps strategists think differently about social media. She is also the organizer of Upload Lisboa, a fantastic event in Portugal that focuses on innovation and disruptive technologies. Earlier in the year, she surprised me by asking if I would consider writing the foreword. Even though I don’t write much about social media these days, I couldn’t let her down.  Now that her book is available,…

1 Short But Important Prediction for Marketing in 2015

1 Short But Important Prediction for Marketing in 2015

It’s that time of year when experts share their predictions and others assemble them into long lists. Yay! I’ve only managed to write one officially so far. And to be honest, it’s less of a prediction and more of something for a wish list, not just for the future of marketing, but all of business. I’d love to say that by 2015 we will truly see digital strategies that are integrated across digital, social, mobile, advertising, marketing, comms, et al….

The Gap Between Big Data and Big Insights: Turning data into engaging stories

The Gap Between Big Data and Big Insights: Turning data into engaging stories

Have you seen the popular HTC One TV commercial featuring Gary Oldman? It’s quite brilliant really. A highly celebrated A-list actor is paid millions to say little more than “blah blah blah” throughout the entire commercial. I’m reminded of it because that’s the reaction I tend to have these days when I hear the words “big data.” It’s almost as if I’m transported to the classroom in a Peanuts episode listening to the muted voice of the teacher muttering incomprehensible…

Customer Experience Happens To You Not Because of You…But It Doesn’t Have to Be That Way

Customer Experience Happens To You Not Because of You…But It Doesn’t Have to Be That Way

  Earlier this year, I was asked to write the foreword for a new book focused on experience marketing and CX. The opportunity appeared while I was in the throes of researching and writing my (not yet announced) book. As hard as it was to pull away from it, I must admit that it was a welcome distraction. So, I stopped what I was doing and read the manuscript for Connect: How to Use Data and Experience Marketing to Create…

Spotify, Taylor Swift and The Music Industry’s Missed Opportunity

Guest post by Monica Corton (@momusing), Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs & Licensing Next Decade Entertainment, Inc. If you have any connection to the music biz, it’s been hard to ignore story after story of the pull out of Taylor Swift’s catalog from Spotify. As a music publisher, I have to say that I too share all of the frustrations that both Swift and Big Machine’s, Scott Borchetta have with the bad royalty structure that exists with regard to streaming…

Digital Transformation is About Empathy First and Technology Second

Digital Transformation is About Empathy First and Technology Second

Every day, there’s seemingly yet another disruptive trend that emerges out of nowhere which affects consumer behavior and the future of everything along with it. Many of you already follow some of the most notable trends disrupting markets today and I know you’re devising new strategies as a result in order to compete in these ever shifting markets. – Real Time – Social Media- Mobile – Sharing Economy – Peer-to-Peer Economy – Maker Economy – Internet of Things – Crowd…

Curate This! We are the Network Now

Curate This! We are the Network Now

My good friend Steve Rosenbaum released his new book, “Curate This,” to help us learn the ins and outs content curation. This is his second book and also the second time I’ve had the privilege to write his foreword. In fact, this time around, I wrote two. I’d like to share the first with you here. I’m sure I’ll publish the second at some point in the near future. I’ve known Steve Rosenbaum since the mid 2000s. We’ve worked together…

The Sophisticated Marketer’s Guide to Thought Leadership

The Sophisticated Marketer’s Guide to Thought Leadership

LinkedIn and I have worked on several research projects together over the years ranging from the future of Native Advertising (private) to the state of Relationship Economics.  Now, we banded together once again to explore the art and science of thought leadership. Although this time, I was on the contributing side of the research project and Jason Miller, LinkedIn’s senior manager of content marketing, was the lead. Thought leadership is one of those things that’s easier to talk about than…

Digital is Just a Means to Reach People…It’s How and Why You Use It That Matters

Digital is Just a Means to Reach People…It’s How and Why You Use It That Matters

Splendida Notizia! #WTF is going on in Italy? The future of business is turning a new page…that’s what. I’m excited to announce that What’s the Future of Business: Changing the way businesses create experiences is now available in Italy. To celebrate the launch, I spent some time with Luca Conti, new media strategist, Italian blogger, journalist, and author of several books on social media. In our discussion, we explored the future of business and why the time is now for…

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