The Biggest Game-Changer in Online Commerce…?

Do you know what is driving higher conversion rates on e-commerce sites? Big data, from multiple sources in real time, crunched by powerful programs that ultimately recommend products to you based on where you are, what you have bought in the past, what people like you are buying right now, the weather, your travel plans…

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My One and Only Ever Top Ten List

Full and embarrassing disclosure… Like everyone else, I click on list links… As a public service, I provide some for your entertainment and amusement as well as three core sources for continued and higher education in list learning…. 17 Weird But Endearing Things Couples Do To Annoy Each Other 6 Times Cheaper Foods Win Out…

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Lessons from CES: It’s Always All About People

I have just returned from Las Vegas where I joined tens of thousands of gamblers on their yearly pilgrimage, looking for, praying for, the Big Bet. To give you context, I was attending the annual CES (Consumer Electronics Show) – an event that I have been attending since 1996; and to give you some more…

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Predictions, Predilections, Prophecies, Punditry…and Future Babble

How do you end one year and begin another without the onslaught of future gazing by the experts who know…. There was a time when looking forward was a function of truly challenging imaginations: Leonardo DaVinci imagining flight – parachutes, airplanes, helicopters, even retractable landing gear; or centuries later, HG Wells writing “Anticipations of the…

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The JetBlue Blues

For 2015: A new concept in customer service and personalized experiences. You go shopping for clothes… You can go basic and buy something that really doesn’t fit, because it’s been cut narrow to save you money, if you don’t mind the tightness; but you can pay more and buy one with the extra material that…

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How Technology Will Not Save the World

The United States is currently tangled up in a racially charged debate around police violence, or maybe better put, excessive and biased use of force against people of color. We have seen riots and demonstrations over the past few weeks, reminiscent of the worst days of the ‘60s and ‘70s, and the inflammatory rhetoric, from…

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Apps for Addictions

Too much of a good thing… We all know that adage. In fact, too much of anything can be bad for you…except maybe love…but then don’t read Gone Girl…. Too much sugar; too many carbs; too much coffee; too many alcoholic drinks; too much sun; too many tanning sessions and on and on – yet…

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Deepak Chopra, Winnie the Pooh, and JFK

Thank you…. Such a small phrase. Yet one fraught with such deep possibilities. Its English origins are rooted in the concept of gratitude…a more meaningful concept I think… And culturally…around the world…while its use and meaning might vary – I think it’s safe to say that the basic concept is the same – we have…

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Alibaba and the IPO Treasure

“OPEN SESAME…” My bet is that you will recognize that phrase…its magic and its origin. And for those who forgot, “OPEN SESAME” are the words that magically opened the hidden cave of the legendary forty thieves, the words that Ali Baba, a poor woodcutter, overheard…and ultimately the words that made him richer than rich…. Alibaba…

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Amazon Goes Hollywood Without the Algorithm

“You have to use judgment as well.” So said Roy Price, head of Amazon Studios, to a bunch of TV critics…as reported by The New York Times. Actually the quote began with: “It’s not like you can come in on Tuesday and the computer says: ‘Doot, doot, doot. Here are the shows you are going…

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Is Facebook an Important Source or a Sweet Distraction?

Has Facebook morphed into something new? Has the evolution of those boring slide shows that grandparents used to relish turned into something more…more human, perhaps? Katherine Rosman, an editor of “Sunday Styles” at The New York Times, laments in a worthy article in an aptly named column – “Water Cooler” – that the place where…

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Dichotomy

The Dichotomy. The same technology that allowed Edward Snowden to access, download and share thousands upon thousands of classified documents is the same technology that listens to thousands upon thousands of phone calls and reads thousands upon thousands of messages…which frightened Snowden and catalyzed him to action and so on…. Yet the same people who…

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Stop Downloading your Resolutions

How many resolutions do you have on your list this year? How many did you have last year? Seems that no matter how hard we try, less than 10% of us seem to be able achieve success with said resolutions. Even worse, I’d argue…our global leadership seems equally afflicted…the proof being that despite best efforts,…

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What is the Best Buy….really!

Have you ever heard of Hubert Joly? No worries – no one else had either when he was named the CEO of Best Buy in mid 2012. NB – I’m sorry to feature an American retailer – but Joly is French and the story I believe is universal and important. Back to my narrative… Not…

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Have You Been Cocooned by Culture?

How “popular” are you? According to Adam Sternbergh, “We are all, by some measure, popular.” Which of course begs the question: “What It Means to Be Popular (When Everything Is Popular)” And to answer that conundrum, or at least to give you grist for your own popularity mill, I recommend that you read his article…

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Zynga Farms Its Own Future

Remember Zynga? In June of 2009, they launched FarmVille on Facebook, had 10 million+ active users daily in only six weeks, and on that trajectory went public with huge pre-launch hype on December 16, 2011 – opening at $10 a share, hitting a high of $14.50 in March of 2012, and today trading under $3.50…

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Remember Cell Phones?

Do you remember cell phones? We used to use them to make calls…. Today we have smartphones.  We use them to communicate, but also to take pictures, consume content, play games, buy and sell stuff, find our way, store data and get advertised to…. We pontificate on mobile – it’s here! Its time has come!…

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Are You Into Retro?

Are you into retro? Retro anything… Fashion, food tastes, furnishings – you name it. Retro seems always to be in style – in fact, it’s often haute couture – the highest. Yet some retro is viewed as merely old, tired and worn out, and we slavishly pursue the new in denial of what was. In…

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Temptation in the Big Apple

The temptation was too great… The need…the need…what can I say? I did it!!!!! YES!!!!!! I can’t hide from it…. I went into a bookstore and bought books. There…it’s out – WHEW – I’m feeling better already. Brick and mortar. No digital full-immersion experiences. No clicks; swipes; tweets or posts. Just people and books –…

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