HuffPo Covers Facebook’s New Reader with Commentary from Brian Solis

The world’s largest social network is developing a mobile product codenamed “Reader” that will highlight and showcase news from Facebook users and media organizations. Timothy Stenovec asked Brian Solis for his thoughts.

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With its new feature, Facebook could be setting its sights on Twitter’s position as the place to turn for breaking news, Brian Solis, author of What’s the Future of Business and a principal analyst at Altimeter Group, told HuffPost.

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ABC News and Brian Solis Examine What Instagram Video Means for News Coverage


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Sally Zhang of ABC News sought Solis’ views on Instagram Video and its role in news coverage

Brian Solis, principal analyst at Altimeter Group, says Instagram Video’s Cinema feature in particular, which stabilizes shaky video, will lead the way for that.

“With video, it takes more than filters,” Solis told ABC News. “It takes realizing that to make everyday people look like incredible videographers or cinematographers, they needed something to solve video’s biggest barrier to watchability and shareability — giving users a digital tripod to dramatically improve the video experience.”

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Instagram Adds Video, CNET and Solis Talk About Why


Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom shows off his application’s newest feature: video.
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Instagram has video — 15-second, filtered, camera-stabilized miniature movies, to be exact. But more importantly, with the release, video will finally get its moment in the spotlight. Jennifer Van Grove and Brian Solis are back together once again to examine how this is good for social video, Instagram and Facebook overall.

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Los Angeles Times Compares Facebook’s Instagram Video to Twitter’s Vine with Brian Solis

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When Facebook announced that Instagram would add video, Jessica Guynn of The Los Angeles Times asked Brian Solis and the differences and how users would react.

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Altimeter Group analyst Brian Solis says Instagram may have a shot at doing for video what its arch-rival has only begun to do: put the new art of short-form video in the hands of millions of people the world over.

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Experiences Matter to Your Bottom Line

SAS invited Brian Solis to speak at New York’s Integrated Marketing Week to expound on his notion of “shareable” customer experiences and how they’re key to future business success.

To Solis, the future of business has always been about creating value – for shareholders and for all stakeholders in the enterprise. What’s changing is how value is defined, derived and demonstrated in the context of today’s new generation of consumerism. While technological advances are making customer-centricity imperative for the enterprise, success will not be defined in terms of technology, but in terms of shared experiences and the outcomes they generate.

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San Jose Mercury News Seeks Commentary on Yahoo’s Tumblr Acquisition from Brian Solis

Brandon Bailey of The San Jose Mercury News covered the Tumblr Yahoo! deal and reached out to Brian Solis for his thoughts.

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Many adults already use multiple services for different purposes, such as Facebook for friends, Twitter to follow celebrities and LinkedIn for professional contacts, said Brian Solis, principal analyst at Altimeter Group. But when there are so many alternatives, he added, “Facebook is going to have to compete every day for our attention.”

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Los Angeles Times and Brian Solis Analyze Yahoo’s $1 Billion Acquisition of Tumblr

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Jessica Guynn of the Los Angeles Times covered Yahoo’s acquisition of Tumblr and reached out to Brian Solis for his thoughts.

“Certainly Yahoo has a track record of taking cool and making it uncool,” said Altimeter Group analyst Brian Solis. “Marissa Mayer is trying to bring Yahoo’s brand appeal to a different type of audience. Yahoo sees this as a path to future relevance.”

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The Huffington Post Asks Brian Solis How Long Yahoo Can Hold On To Tumblr’s Teens


Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer speaks during a news conference Monday, May 20, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Bianca Bosker of The Huffington Post asks Brian Solis if he believes Yahoo’s acquisition of Tumblr is a good investment…for teens.

Yet some experts speculate that younger demographics may be more fickle than their parents or older peers. Not only do they have an ever-expanding selection of sites and services from which to choose, but these younger users are “more ambitious in what they explore,” noted Brian Solis, an analyst with Altimeter Group.

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Forbes asks Brian Solis if Tumblr is Yahoo’s Next Big Mistake


Yahoo! acquired Tumblr for $1.1 billion (Image credit: AFP/Getty Images via @daylife)

Stuart Newman and Monique Lewis of Forbes reached out to Brian Solis to discuss the fate of Yahoo’s acquisition of Tumblr.

The company is in good hands under Marissa Mayer, Yahoo’s CEO since July 2012, according to Brian Solis, principal analyst at Altimeter Group. She will aim to grow the company and on Yahoo’s Tumblr page went as far as to promise “not to screw it up.” As a Google alumna she has seen several successful deals and that experience should help.

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San Francisco Chronicle and Brian Solis See Tumblr as Yahoo’s Doorway to Younger Audiences

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San Francisco Chronicle’s Benny Evangelista and Brian Solis review Yahoo’s acquisition of Tumblr as a venture to lure a younger crowd.

Adding ‘coolness points’

This year, Yahoo paid $30 million to a British teenager who created a news aggregation app called Summly. But with Tumblr, Mayer is trying to add “coolness points” to a brand that “may have been viewed as the antithesis of cool,” said Brian Solis, principal analyst at San Mateo’s Altimeter Group and author of “What’s the Future of Business.”

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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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