Why Customer Experience is The Catalyst for Digital Transformation

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As a digital analyst, I spend a lot of his time thinking about the future of customer experience. So much so that my next book attempts to rethink the term “experience,” X:The Experience of Business Meets Design. “X” explores experience architecture the various ways companies can design meaningful and shareable experiences in every moment of truth.

Racing IndyCars with Team Penske and Hitachi

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On August 30th, 2015, I dropped the top on my 1960s Corvette Sting Ray, fired up the 427 and made my way from Silicon Valley to Sonoma Raceway for the big IndyCar race finale. For those who don’t know, I am enamored with cars and have been since I was old enough to play with Hot Wheels. I remember obsessively washing my hands before and after too. In fact, my parents still tease me about it to this day because the obsession with cars continues. Except now, I try to have fun with an entirely different scale of rolling toys.

The Importance of Artistry in Business and Everything

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I am a big fan of Chase Jarvis and I’m also proud to call him a dear friend. As I was preparing for the launch of my next book, I found this gem of a video from 2013. I can’t believe I lost this.

In what is either a serendipitous or coincidental discovery, this video was shot as part of the official debut of CreativeLIVE‘s studio in San Francisco at the same time I was introducing  What’s the Future of Business (WTF) with Mekanism.

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Apple’s Odd, Yet Effective, Social Media Strategy

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CIO’s Matt Kapko recently explored why Apple’s social media strategy seems to play the game differently, according to its rules, and not the best practices of everyone else. We  talked at length about it now and over the years. This time, I focused specifically on the question about why/why not have an @Apple account. Part of my thoughts made it into the final article, the rest is below for you to see.

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The Hero’s Journey to Digital Transformation

I spent some time with Bernhard Steimel to help him with research for his “Smart Service” series. He sent over the audio files from our conversation for review. He organized them into snackable formats to make it easier for me to follow the conversation. It was so well done that he’s allowing me to share the discussion with you.

Each audio segment ranges between two and four minutes.

I hope these brief segments help you in some way…

The 10 Commandments of Content Marketing

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Marketers often confuse content marketing with engagement. Just because you get someone’s attention doesn’t mean your audience actually cares. You spend all of this time following the work of others, listening to experts who preach soundbites and executing against a programmatic calendar only to miss the very thing that connects with people…relevance.

Attention is a Gift: Once you have my attention, why should I care?

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I’m frustrated that my worth is measured more by the numbers of followers, views or visitors that I have and not the merit or impact of my work. You too must start to feel discontent when it comes to your work being judged on hollow numbers alone. The ability to cause effect or change behavior is true influence and that’s the core of what we stand for.

What Do You Stand For? #WDYSF

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To change, to make things matter to real people, everything must begin with a new perspective and approach.

Ask yourself…What do you stand for?

It’s an important question you must answer before expecting anyone to stand alongside you.

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What is the value you wish to add?

What is the value you wish to take away?

How does engagement make things better or create new possibilities and opportunities for all involved?

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It’s About the Customer Experience; So, Why Is Your Brand Ignoring Customers?

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Humans are emotional creatures and they want experiences that engage them as humans. They’re not eyeballs, impressions, views, likes, shares, clickthroughs, or conversions.

A few weeks ago, I visited New York on a beautiful summer day to participate in an event that I would love to repeat everywhere around the world.

Prophet, a global brand strategy firm that recently acquired Altimeter Group, hosted an intimate event to explore the new horizons of digital customer experience (DCX). I was invited to share my thoughts alongside a very enchanting and sage MaryKay Kopf, CMO at Electrolux.

Why Marketers Should Care About Millennials and Anyone Living a Digital Lifestyle

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What is a Millennial, and why should a marketer care? That was the question Adobe’s Simon Nicholson asked me during Adobe Summit EMEA in London earlier this year.

I joined Simon in a live chat on the topic and have included the fun, casual yet informative conversation below…

Let’s start with this, the definition of Millennials is imprecise, with the consensus being they’re aged around 18-34. But one of the key points that I emphasized in our discussion is that marketers shouldn’t think of Millennials as a generation based on age, but on living a connected lifestyle.

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. More so, he humanizes technology’s causal effect to help people see people differently and understand what to do about it. He is an award-winning author and avid keynote speaker who is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders in digital transformation and innovation.

Brian has authored several best-selling books including What’s the Future of Business (WTF), Engage! and The End of Business as Usual. His blog, BrianSolis.com, is ranked as a leading resource for insights into the future of business, new technology and marketing.

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