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The 11 Digital Trends Shaping CX and Marketing in 2020

The 11 Digital Trends Shaping CX and Marketing in 2020

Each year, I help kick-off Brand Innovators Mega-Trends event during CES. In the opening keynote, I share the trends (and hopes) I would love brand executives to embrace in the new year. In 2020, the presentation focused on “11 Digital Trends Shaping CX and Marketing.” There are certainly more than 11 trends to follow, but in the context of this conversation, I focused on the convergence of AI, customer empathy, digital distractions and intentions, and the technology that connects the…

2020 CX and Marketing Prediction: Shift from Tracking Trends to Creating Possibilities

2020 CX and Marketing Prediction: Shift from Tracking Trends to Creating Possibilities

I’d like to think of 2020 as we think about it with vision, 20/20, which means normal visual acuity. Marketing and CX in 2020 will be a lot like marketing and CX in 2019 (not a bad thing necessarily.) As we kickoff the new year, we’re already talking about hot new trends and how to integrate shiny new tech into existing thinking, processes and programs, doing cool things, without really changing the game. If 2020 can stand for something, make…

2020 Trends: Mobile, Voice, Mixed Reality and 5G Set the Stage for Next Generation Customer Experiences

2020 Trends: Mobile, Voice, Mixed Reality and 5G Set the Stage for Next Generation Customer Experiences

My friends at Keap asked me to share my predictions for the annual, “2020 Small Business Marketing Trends Report.” I wanted to share my ideas with you here as well… Next Generation CX Must Be Designed as Native Experiences for Emerging Platforms Search and content are more important than ever when it comes to the customer journey. Beyond digital and social media, mobile was a complete game changer. But many businesses have yet to catch up with how mobile changed…

One Important Social Media Trend We Need to Think More About in 2020

One Important Social Media Trend We Need to Think More About in 2020

It’s that time again where we explore what’s new and possible in the new year. My dear friend Lee Odden assembled a stellar panel of experts to share predictions and trends for social media marketing in 2020. While I’m not a social media marketer, I study how social media and digital trends are reshaping the human network and society online and offline. I’d like to share my thoughts with you here. I’d also love to hear your predictions and trends for the…

Align Digital Transformation with Business Modernization to Compete for the Future

Align Digital Transformation with Business Modernization to Compete for the Future

Digital transformation is more important now than ever, but some organizations are more difficult to change than others. I love it whenI get to join Karen Roby on her TechRepublic show. Each time, we discuss leading business technology news and trends and I honestly geek out each time. In our latest episode, we explore the hurdles facing organizations and how to overcome them as they go through digital transformation. We also explore some highlights from the Salesforce Dreamforce 2019 event….

The Future of Fast Advertising is Born as Aviation Gin Saves the Peloton Wife in Clever Sequel

The Future of Fast Advertising is Born as Aviation Gin Saves the Peloton Wife in Clever Sequel

Bravo Ryan Reynolds! Bravo. A brilliant form of marketing is playing out right now from the likes of Ryan Reynolds and Aviation Gin on social media. It represents the next trend in advertising, or what I call “fast advertising.” If you’ve been following the Peloton marketing fiasco, then you will appreciate the ambitious (and/or audacious) marketing coup achieved by Aviation Gin’s new clever holiday commercial. Following Peloton’s release of its latest ad, “The Gift that Gives Back,” outrage instantly erupted over what consumers…

The Digital Change Agent’s Manifesto; Empowering Tomorrow’s Leaders from Within

The Digital Change Agent’s Manifesto; Empowering Tomorrow’s Leaders from Within

In a world where digital technology is evolving faster than organizations can adapt, it’s no secret that companies are investing in digital transformation and corporate innovation. But who is leading the charge? Often, it’s the individuals who share a deep expertise and passion for digital. And while these “digital change agents” are striving to bring change from within their respective group in the organization, they aren’t necessarily seasoned or trained at navigating the cultural dynamics that drive change throughout an…

New Book Leads to New Call for Empathetic Leadership in an Era of Digital Distractions

New Book Leads to New Call for Empathetic Leadership in an Era of Digital Distractions

In case you didn’t know, I have a new book out and it’s a little different than anything I’ve published to date, Lifescale: How to Live a More Creative, Productive and Happy Life. I’ll be completely transparent with you. Some wondered, myself included, if writing a book about digital distractions and how to recenter yourself without disconnecting would be healthy for my keynote speaking and professional research/advisory. Some felt that it would distract from my brand as as a thought leader in digital transformation,…

Personal Innovation During Times of Digital Disruption

Personal Innovation During Times of Digital Disruption

Note: For mobile users, please subscribe to my new feed here and unsubscribe from the old Feedburner feed. Ever have one of those conversations with someone you care about where you’re left feeling inspired and motivated? They’re rare occurrences in my life. I can count on one hand how many people I’m lucky to know who leave me feeling this way. One recent conversation was with Jim Marous, Publisher at The Financial Brand. If you’d like to listen to that conversation,…

Digital Transformation: Executives Need a Sense of Urgency to Compete Against Digital Natives

Digital Transformation: Executives Need a Sense of Urgency to Compete Against Digital Natives

Note: Please subscribe to my new feed here and unsubscribe from the old feed. Digital transformation is one of those trends that everyone is talking about, but few can pinpoint exactly what it means and why it’s business critical. Yet, it’s the very catalyst that puts companies on a path to business modernization. Companies need a sense of urgency. This is the conversation I had with TechRepublic’s Karen Roby. We discussed the changes shaping digital transformation, including operational models and the…

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