I Have Met the Algorithm and It is Us

Facebook is biased! Facebook is hijacking the newsfeed! Facebook could change the course of the US presidential election!!!! Facebook will make us do anything it wants!!!!!!! No doubt you have seen these headlines, amongst others, in your own various newsfeeds and such over the past couple of weeks. And of course you have read about…

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Is Netflix the Amazon of Entertainment?

What do Amazon and Netflix have in common besides highly valued, or overvalued, stock prices, depending on your view? Most people answer that they are both Digital Disrupters kicking the old-fashioned, asleep-at-the-wheel, traditional competitors in the teeth or ass…as the case may be. And there is certainly plenty of Digibabble support for that particular POV….

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What Happens When Life Imitating Art Imitates Bad TV?

Life imitates what???? There was a time in history (some would argue still today…) that rulers of countries, and people of great wealth and power, commissioned portraits, ballads and stories about themselves that had no bearing whatsoever on reality. The practice can be traced way back to antiquity, when even the pharaohs were prone to…

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Downton Abbey Inspires an App?

How do I begin 2016? Big Data? Drones? IOT? Need it now? More mobile? Post-digital? Pre-apocalypse? More on Star Wars and Adele? Nah… Instead I opted for a great story. One that encompasses everything that I love and admire about the age we live in and an age that is past. 2016 begins the sixth…

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At the end of the day…

To all my dear readers… Forgive me for eschewing my usual soapbox on Digibbable, Business Ethics and Management Motivation. But the season always talks to me…. And, I am always conscious of this season and the varied customs and practices of all of you. Yet, when it comes to wishing others Goodwill, even Political Correctness…

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Resolved: Social Networks Should Fight Terrorism…Or Not…

“Goodwill towards all men”…in the nonsexist, nongender-specific and gluten-free way…before the knee-jerkers call me out for not being PC… “Goodwill” seems to be a reasonable wish and an admirable goal for all of humankind…no? That will be my only point – the rest I leave up to you, dear reader. Here is the question, the…

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When is Digital Marketing Really Digital Marketing…a Lesson in Customer Centricity

Last year PepsiCo’s Lay’s brand launched an interesting promotion in New York City. Over the course of two days, consumers logging into UberRUSH – Uber’s courier service – could enter a special code provided by Lay’s, and in return have delivered, free, a picnic basket of sandwiches, water, fruit and, of course, bags of flavored…

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Language Powers Digital

What comes first? Once was digital. Then gamification. Now mobile. Maybe next wearable. But what does any of that really mean? Is not the ultimate use of any of the above based on ideas? And aren’t ideas based on people’s vision for creating something new? And, at the end of the day will it not…

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Are You Ready for a World of Cats?

Try this. Next time you are in a conversation with a friend, go silent for 8 seconds. Count the time in your head…a good slow 8 seconds. Don’t react to anything. Watch your friend’s face…thank you, Sheryl Sandberg, for the experiment…. You have just experienced the time lag that often occurs as your desired content,…

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Volkswagen and the Ying and Yang of Technology

“Any color so long as it’s black.” So said Henry Ford – or at least so says Henry Ford’s autobiography…. When or where or if he said it is irrelevant – he was making a point that was really about production efficiencies and less about customer opportunity. Yet today, besides the myriad choices we have…

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A Rare Einstein Thought I Hope Never Comes True

Over the past few weeks I have watched how technology and its applications can impact the lives of bedridden patients in the most profound ways. I have seen a hospital bed that reacts to patients’ vital signs so that there is no need to hook them up with cords to beeping, buzzing monitors. Heart rate…respiration…

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Three Letters that Will Make You a Better Manager

Some people and companies confuse management with cheerleading. Now…there is nothing wrong with rallying the troops, encouraging people, inspiring behavior – au contraire…it is critical, and when done right can lead to a better workplace and happier folks. But in and of itself the pom-poms are not a strategy for management…they are a good and…

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I’m Buying a Wristable

Once again Apple has confounded the digibabblists, perplexed their competitors, baffled the analysts, and in general annoyed and irritated all the self-proclaimed digital-first…or is it mobile-first?…or perhaps our proclamation of the day should be wearable-first…experts, pundits and gurus. And, once again, we approach a product and category as if ex nihilo we have created something…

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Do You Think You Can Learn to be a Leader?

Are you a leader? One way to find out is to take one of the many online tests available and see for yourself…just beware…most pitch you a service…like get training to enhance your skills or products like Ginsu knives at the conclusion… Here are a few to try…and, of course, please search on your own…

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Lessons in Managing from the Holidays

Between Easter and Passover, this was a weekend of holidays. All around the world, there were big family gatherings, huge meals, lots and lots of ritual, religious services, activities, and a balance of serious and fun. What, might one ask, does any of this have to do with management? Ah, I reply, everything!!! Start with…

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Not Digital…Not Mobile…People First!

Is there a difference between Disruption and Transformation? Between shaking up a business sector (I’d say “business model,” but that is proving to be less and less true) and transforming society? Between monetizing fabulous enablement and actually changing people’s lives for the good? For example…we talk about Uber disrupting the “Get a Taxi” model –…

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Killer Content On Demand

I am fairly confident that a declaration can be made that the once-definitive analyst prediction that UGC – user-generated content – would supplant and replace all advertising, movie, broadcast, film, video and whatever else production can now officially be declared dead digibabble. Truth is I never believed it – anymore than I believed that access…

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Scrooge and a Digital Christmas

Has Scrooge taken over digital shopping? Is the global discount World Wide Web in danger of returning to its save-human-kind roots? Does Amazon have a business model, finally? Maybe… “What surprised me was how many of these deals were bad,” said Jacqui Cheng, the editor-in-chief of the product review sites The Wirecutter and The Sweethome….

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Do You Hear the People Sing?

Since the dawn of time we have marched to war with music. Drums beating…trumpets blaring…music was created to stir the soul of one side and freeze the soul of the other…. Marshal music…enhanced by thousands of stamping feet…swords pounding on shields…wild blood-curdling yells…all in rhythm to the beat and drive of the music…such as it…

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