Are We Immune to the Incredible?

Are We Immune to the Incredible?

Every day, all around us, the most amazing technological advances are introduced to make the world a better, more connected place. And no one bats an eye. Are we immune to the incredible? Last Tuesday, I was flying to Dallas. That’s a four-hour flight give or take some help/hindrance from the wind. Thanks to the rain, my trip took a little over 12 hours. Then, on Thursday, I was flying back home, which took me nearly ten hours thanks in…

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Google Gboard: A Whole New Ad Platform

Google Gboard: A Whole New Ad Platform

Just when you thought Google had all its bases covered, a brand new advertising avenue has popped up in Google Gboard. Back in May, Google announced its new keyboard application for iPhone, Google Gboard. In case you haven’t heard about it yet, take a look at the video below. In Canada, I had to wait until recently to install the app (much to my dismay, as the video had me itching to download it right away) and within minutes of…

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The Big Gap with Big Data

The Big Gap with Big Data

For the record, I’m only referring to it as ‘big data’ because it makes the title of this article more catchy. We all know that I’m of the camp that marketers need to think small about data. Anyone who has read much of what I’ve written about the concept of big data knows that I am firmly of the belief that in order to popularize the use of data, we need to think in less grandiose terms. That said, big…

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The 2 Biggest Mistakes Made when Selecting Marketing Technologies

The 2 Biggest Mistakes Made when Selecting Marketing Technologies

Marketers seem to fall into some pretty common traps when it comes to selecting marketing technologies to add to the arsenal. I’ve written about the expansive market that exists in the world of marketing tech. There are thousands of tools out there (over 220 in the social media management space alone!) and it can often seem like an impossible task to select the right one for your objectives. That is due largely to the fact that companies do a great…

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The Problem with Millennials (It’s Not What You Think)

The Problem with Millennials (It’s Not What You Think)

Millennials are a difficult group to pin down, but that’s largely the fault of marketers. If you were to survey marketers around the world about what they thought the hottest demographic was at the moment (based on their experiences, work, and client/organizational discussions) I can all but guarantee that the vast majority (if not all) would say ‘millennials’. Why do I say this? Well, to give you some perspective, I know of at least a half-dozen agencies or derivatives that…

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There Are More Marketing Technologies Than Ever

There Are More Marketing Technologies Than Ever

Every year (since 2011) Scott Brinker of ChiefMarTec.com releases the marketing technology landscape supergraphic, and this year was the most impressive one yet. In 2011, there were about 150 marketing technologies categorized by Scott Brinker’s supergraphic. A lot has changed in the last five years. Now, as you can see below, there are over 3,500. That’s almostĀ double what we saw last year (~1,800) and a market that has grown more than twentyfold since Brinker and his team started taking stock…

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My (Official) Thoughts on Snapchat

My (Official) Thoughts on Snapchat

No one can deny the unbelievable power of this social media juggernaut, but where does it fit in the world of marketing? Snapchat launched in 2011. About a year later, it was on my iPhone and I started sharing. It wasn’t long before (almost) everyone I knew was using the app, and not too long after that, I read about how Spiegel and his gang turned down $3 billion in cash from Facebook. As someone who has yet to be…

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Here’s How LinkedIn Can Save Itself

Here’s How LinkedIn Can Save Itself

There are a few important changes LinkedIn needs to make in order to save itself from a disastrous fate. If you happened to catch a glimpse of LinkedIn’s stock price over the last week or so, you might have noticed a straight line downwards on Friday February 5th. That wasn’t a glitch; LinkedIn’s stock price has fallen by over 40% (at the time of writing) since it announced lower-than-expected earnings and lowered projections for the coming year. Investors are losing…

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Brand Trust is on the Rise

Brand Trust is on the Rise

Every year, Edelman releases the Edelman Trust Barometer, and for the first time in a long time, consumers are starting to trust in brands again. The Edelman Trust Barometer (embedded below from SlideShare) was first released in 2001, and its purpose has consistently been to show the state of trust of the average consumer (globally) in different bodies. Those bodies range from governments to NGOs to, most recently added, ‘a person like me’. When this last one was added, we…

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Quantum Computing: First Steps to Creating a Mind

Quantum Computing: First Steps to Creating a Mind

Google’s newest super (duper) computer is a major step towards creating a mind. Where to even begin on what it possibly the most exciting topic I’ve covered since I started writing. This is a subject so dense that I had to research plenty just to write a subjective blog post. Google recently unveiled the superest of super computers that recently proved its capable of something special: quantum computing. Perhaps the best place to start is with a brief discussion about…

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