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Digital Darwinism: What Killed Borders, Blockbuster and Toys R Us and How to Survive

Digital Darwinism: What Killed Borders, Blockbuster and Toys R Us and How to Survive

We live in an era of “digital Darwinism,” a time when technology and society are evolving faster than the ability of many organizations to adapt. It is for this reason (along with a myriad of other problems of course) that in fact killed Borders, Blockbuster, Toys “R” Us and the like. Not only did digital Darwinism cost us close to a half billion job, it’s only accelerating. As Leon C. Megginson once said in paraphrasing Charles Darwin’s Origin of the…

In Pursuit of Relevance

In Pursuit of Relevance

Welcome to irrelevance. Population: most of management by @gapingvoid and @briansolis What does it mean to be relevant today? We live and work in an era of digital Darwinism, where technology and society are evolving away from yesterday’s norms, mindsets, values, and behaviors. Most companies want to be customer and employee centric. Most executives believe that their work matters to employees and customers. But the reality is that customers and employees are changing as times, trends and tastes evolve. They’re…

The Importance of Experience Design and the Future of Brand

The Importance of Experience Design and the Future of Brand

Customers today are accidental narcissists. Tomorrow is an entirely new game brands, CX strategists and marketers. Disruption is a gift either given to you or by you. Knowing this, we are still making mistakes in creating meanignful experiences to a new generation of connected, impatient and demanding customers. We get stuck in legacy thinking, playbooks and metrics rather than innovate and disrupt to fully capitalize on new digital opportunities. Following my presentation at Adobe Summit, I had the opportunity to…

WTF: What’s The Future of Travel and Hospitality?

WTF: What’s The Future of Travel and Hospitality?

We live in an era of digital Darwinism as technology and its impact on consumers continue to rapidly evolve. The question is, where do we fall in the evolution and how does this transformation impact consumer travel and the travel industry? I was invited to share my research and ideas about the future at World Travel Market London. I also presented on travel’s progression toward an “experience economy” and the need to shift from destination to experiential products/services. In order to…

Stop Talking About a Customer-Centered Culture and Build It Already

Stop Talking About a Customer-Centered Culture and Build It Already

In 2016, I had the opportunity to visit my mother’s birthplace, Madrid, Spain, and keynote the inaugural Digital Business World Congress (DES). I was invited to present on the business implications of experience design and also the state and future of artificial intelligence (AI) and customer experience (CX). Leading up to the event, I was invited to participate in a media tour to promote my arrival in Spain. The topics ranged from digital transformation to CX to disruptive technologies to corporate innovation….

Rocket Fuel Marketing: Brian Solis gives insight to the evolution of SMB marketing

Rocket Fuel Marketing: Brian Solis gives insight to the evolution of SMB marketing

Charles Darwin’s study and publications were so ground breaking that when referencing evolution you will often hear the term Darwinism, either reflecting upon his works or the beliefs in evolution. Over a century later Brian Solis uses Darwin’s work as a metaphor to help describe the phenomenon occurring when the rate of change in technology and society are faster than organisations can adapt.

5 Tips for Reimagining Yourself in an Era of Digital Darwinism

5 Tips for Reimagining Yourself in an Era of Digital Darwinism

Learning to do things differently will have a positive impact on your business. Recently, I had the chance to talk with Deep Patel for Entrepreneur to discuss the challenges and opportunities surrounding digital Darwinism. In the conversation, I  shared some of my work and observations about how living in an era of great disruption will ultimately humanize business (at least I hope). Following is a summary of our conversation and five prescriptions for surviving and thriving an era of digital Darwinism… 1. Reimagine yourself in an era…

MarketWatch: This is how the smartest companies are leading the tech (r)evolution

MarketWatch: This is how the smartest companies are leading the tech (r)evolution

As a digital analyst and anthropologist, I study disruptive technology’s effect on business and society. I call this “digital Darwinism.” It’s a modern-day take of creative destruction through the lens of disruptive technology.

The effect of digital Darwinism on Corporate America is real, and it’s enlivened though evolutionary changes in people (customers, employees, and business partners) — how they think, learn, and make decisions; what they expect, prefer, and value; how they influence and are influenced. The question is, at what pace or extent is a company tracking against digital Darwinism in its industry?

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